Greg Maddux Career Stats
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One of the great things baseball has brought to the world is information. As we prepare for the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony, what better way to appreciate what Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas offered the sport than examining key stats from their careers.
Sports are something we watch for pleasure, but that doesn't mean there aren't things to be taken away from what happens on the field. In this era of stats and data, the ways to study and analyze the game are vast.
Sometimes we can get too caught up in the numbers instead of just watching games to see how things play out, but what better way to appreciate what these three legendary figures did between the lines than pointing out what made them so special?
As you settle in to watch what happens at Cooperstown on Sunday, keep these numbers in the back of your mind.2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Class Name Team(s) Greg Maddux, RHP Chicago Cubs (1986-92, 2004-06), Atlanta Braves (1993-2003), Los Angeles Dodgers (2006, 2008), San Diego Padres (2007-08) Tom Glavine, LHP Atlanta Braves (1987-2002, 2008), New York Mets (2003-07) Frank Thomas, 1B/DH Chicago White Sox (1990-2005), Oakland Athletics (2006, 2008), Toronto Blue Jays (2007-08) Bobby Cox, Manager Atlanta Braves (1978-81, 1990-2010), Toronto Blue Jays (1982-85) Tony La Russa, Manager Chicago White Sox (1979-86), Oakland Athletics (1986-95), St. Louis Cardinals (1996-2011) Joe Torre, Manager New York Mets (1977-81), Atlanta Braves (1982-84), St. Louis Cardinals (1990-95), New York Yankees (1996-2007), Los Angeles Dodgers (2008-10)
Greg MadduxAMY E. CONN/Associated Press
That Maddux made the Hall of Fame isn't a surprise. By FanGraphs' wins above replacement metric, he ranks fourth all-time among pitchers with 113.9 behind Roger Clemens (139.5), Cy Young (135) and Walter Johnson (123.9).
Maddux (1992-95) and Randy Johnson (1999-2002) also hold the distinction of being the only pitchers to win four consecutive Cy Young awards. There are no shortage of stats to choose from when showing how great The Professor was. Here is a brief list:Greg Maddux League-Leading Stats Stat Times Led League ERA 4 (1993-95, 1998) FIP 4 (1992-95) ERA+ 5 (1992-95, 1998) Complete Games 3 (1993-95) WHIP 4 (1993-95, 1998) K-BB 3 (1995-97)
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