If Clayton Kershaw struggles at any time in the World Series you're likely to hear how much Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine struggled in the postseason, even if it's not true. While it's true that neither was as dominant as they were in the regular season, they were still solid. Maddux had a 3.27 ERA... Continue Reading →
Today marks a sad anniversary, as well as a franchise-altering one. And Aug. 12 also marks one of the most bizarre games in Braves history: Five years ago tonight, we learned that Ernie Johnson Sr. died. Check the link for a tribute to the old righthander. On Aug. 12, 1987, John Smoltz joined the franchise after... Continue Reading →
One of baseball's great minds, and a Braves legend, is now working for the Dodgers. It's inexcusable that Greg Maddux isn't working here. Hell, if I had my way he'd replace Fredi in the dugout.
Respected pitching coach Mike Maddux has left the Rangers, along with his less famous little brother Greg. Mad Dog should be in the Braves organization. Period. If I had my druthers he'd replace Fredi, with older bro Mike as pitching coach. Too bad there's little chance of that happening.
I just heard Mike Lupica repeat the popular myth that Mad Dog was not very effective in October, that only hard throwers dominate in the postseason. Oh really? Maddux had a 3.27 ERA in 198 playoff innings, a half-run better than Roger Clemens posted in 199 October frames. And Mad Dog's postseason ERA would've been... Continue Reading →
Forty seven years ago tomorrow, Mad Dog and David Justice were born. It's also Steve Avery's birthday, though he's four years younger than his ex-teammates. If it fell on a Monday I'd call in sick to celebrate.
I'm 90 percent sure his Twitter profile pic is a joke. That there is even 10 percent doubt makes Greg Maddux even more endearing. No move -- except signing J. Upton, Jay Hey, Medlen and Freeman to reasonable contract extensions --would make me happier than naming Mad Dog manager. I have no idea if he hasany... Continue Reading →
It's a crime that Greg Maddux isn't employed by the organization that knows him best. How do you let that mind work for another team? Craig Kimbrel is the latest to marvel at Mad Dog's baseball smarts. With a man on second base and Yadier Molina on deck, Kimbrel told Maddux he had no desire... Continue Reading →
The greatest pitcher of his generation has joined Twitter: @realcj10 Hello Larry— greg maddux (@31gregmaddux) March 14, 2013 I wonder if serving as Team USA's pitching coach has given Maddux the itch to return to the dugout? He'd be my first call if I was hiring a manager -- experience be damned. No one can... Continue Reading →
I'm thrilled that the last pitcher chosen in ESPN's ranking of the 100 greatest players in MLB history is the perpetually underrated Knucksie, #100 overall. Not so much with the highest-ranked pitcher: Roger Clemens. ESPN cautions its list is a "judgment-free zone where Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and even Pete Rose are welcome." (Rose debased the game but earned every one of his... Continue Reading →
"This one hurts," said Gene Michael, the general manager of the Yankees, who did manage to trade for Jim Abbott on Sunday. "He's the best one out there. I never thought I could say this. But he's a steal at $28 million. He's a steal." Needless to say, Stick was right. I remember where I... Continue Reading →
By now you've seen Ichiro's nimble avoidance of Matt Wieters to score the first Yankees run Monday night. Did it remind you of this? (h/t Buster Olney)
Medlen is on about as good a run as any Atlanta Braves pitcher ever, maybe any pitcher ever. After some (admittedly limited) research, I found a similar stretch composed by the master himself in 1994, and another super-human streak by Bob Gibson. That was perhaps Maddux's best year. He was 16-6 -- hard to figure... Continue Reading →
I'm downright giddy watching Kris Medlen twirl yet another gem. He's not Greg Maddux -- never will be. No one will. But he's the closest facsimile we've seen since Mad Dog departed for Chicago. (And then he gives B-Mac a comical hug after the catcher is hit in the jimmy by a foul ball. Pure... Continue Reading →
Any credibility the Astros and Royals organizations had -- and I'm not sure they had any -- vanished Saturday night when they dispatched scouts to watch a 50-year-old cheater pitch to the likes of Joey Gathright and guys who will never be half as good as Chris Woodward. Likewise, any scribe who doesn't treat Clemens'... Continue Reading →
There's a reason the Cubs are the Cubs. Failing to re-sign Greg Maddux, who took less money to play for the Bravos (one of the many, many cool things about Mad Dog), then-Cubs GM Larry Himes argued the Little Bears were better off without the 26-year-old reigning Cy Young Award winner. And how lamentable is... Continue Reading →
JJ may just need to clear his head, writes Mark Bradley, who spoke with the now-Gwinnett Brave after his last start in Atlanta. “A lot of people get on me about how fast I’m throwing. I need to go back to pitching. But [velocity] is a hot topic every time I pitch. Everyone wants to... Continue Reading →
Here's a question I hope someone with the time and inclination can answer: The news of Chipper's retirement means the Braves, in all likelihood, will send four players and one manager to Cooperstown in one decade. Has any franchise ever produced five Hall of Famers inducted in such a short span of time? They may... Continue Reading →
On this day it's nice to remember our favorite team didn't have to cheat to win. Okay, that has nothing to do with Christmas but Rowland is cheap so a clip from an old Nike commercial will have to do. Ah, what the hell, Rowland is feeling generous.