Maddux and Glavine, in bullets

Even though strikeouts were not his bread and butter, Maddux had more K’s (181) in 1995  than hits and walks combined en route to his fourth consecutive Cy Young. Mad Dog didn’t make it past the 4th inning in 2 of his first 5 starts as a Brave in 1993.  He pitched at least 5…

On Mad Dog’s curious decision to go no logo

I’ll never criticize Mad Dog. It’s surprising he chose not to be inducted as Brave, for whom he toiled 11 years. But he was a Cub for 10 years, so let’s not minimize his attachment to the team that drafted him. And it was the Cubs, not the Braves, who hired Mad Dog as a…

Bobby in the HOF

Bobby Cox unanimously elected to hall of fame. #braves — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 9, 2013 We assume Mad Dog and Glavine will join him. And, perhaps, Pete Van Wieren in the broadcaster’s wing. Another former Brave player and manager, Joe Torre, was unanimously voted in by the Veteran’s Committee, as was Tony LaRussa, who…

Is Fredi a lame duck?

While Dan Uggla’s fate will get the most attention, the biggest storyline this offseason has to do with extensions. The Braves need to decide which of the young core they’re going to try and lock up, and they have to do it now (though I fear it ain’t happening with Jay Hey, a free agent…

April 14, 1966 was a great day for Braves fans

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.

What makes Mad Dog the coolest guy ever?

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…

Hire Mad Dog now!

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…

Mad Dog joins Twitter

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…

Speed is to steroids as pot is to heroin

Ken Davidoff of the New York Post is an idiot, as evidenced in this exchange with John Schuerholz. KD : I have one question, one challenging question for you. You know how much I respect you, but one thing I’ve read that irks me a little. I think you’ve had some ceremonies where the team introduces Hank…

Maddux slighted again, and was Smoltzie better than Glavine?

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…