We all knew it was coming, but that doesn't make it sting any less. One of the greatest pitchers of all time is hanging up his glove. Greg Maddux announced his retirement at the opening of MLB's Winter Meetings in Las Vegas today. Maddux ends a storied career full of highlights and awards including 4 NL Cy Young Awards, 18 Golden Glove Awards, including one for every season from 1990-2008 except 2003, 8 All-Star seasons, and a World Series Championship with the Atlanta Braves in 1995.
I will never forget watching Greg Maddux dominate the NL East the 90s. TBS was included in our basic cable package, so the Braves were always on. I wanted to dislike Maddux, but I never could. He was just TOO good to hate. The fact that he's remained not only relevant, not only competitive, but CONSISTENT in 23 major league seasons is a testament to his impeccable talent. I will always admire Greg Maddux's passion for the game, and the way he could control a pitch like no one else.
"Greg Maddux could put a baseball through a life saver if you asked him." ~Joe Morgan
Thanks for 23 great seasons, Greg, and enjoy your retirement. You've earned it.