Sunday, January 12, 2014
Baseball Hall of Fame - Maddux, Glavine and Thomas Oh My!
Maddux was a slam dunk. I have to say, and I don't think there is any bias here, he is the greatest pitcher I've ever seen in their prime. And I got to see a lot of him. It was awesome. His command was amazing. He always seemed in control and did not shake easy. There are tons of antidotes that will show you there is another side to him you don't expect. Yes he is a guy who knows pitching inside and out but he also has a sense of humor as well as being a quirky type of guy. Oh and he is one of the best sports golfers there is. Ranked 67th I think?
His numbers ooze hall of fame. 355 wins (8th all-time). Four straight Cy Youngs in the 90's. Eighteen gold gloves. ERA leader 4 times/top 5 ten times. Top 10 in WHIP 10 times (led four times). 3,371 strikeouts good for 10th all-time. Sub three ERA in 9 seasons. 3.16 career ERA. A 2.09 ERA in 5 World Series starts. You could go on and on. Just a great pitcher. Enough said.
His numbers don't lie. 2 Cy Youngs. Top 3 in the Cy Young voting 6 times. 305 wins. 5 20 win seasons. 11 times he was in the top 9 of wins. 8 times he was in the top 8 of ERA. He average 33 starts and 215 innings for his career. Wow. He is mister consistent to me. His pitches were gonna be right there on the edges of the plate every day frustrating hitters even though they knew where the pitches were going. His career highlight has to be game six of the 1995 World Series when he won the first and only championship for the Braves since they moved to Atlanta. He did it in style with eight innings of one hit ball and for that was named the World Series MVP. Glavine had a 2.06 ERA in eight World Series starts. It may be due more to how pitchers are handled today but Glavine could well be one of the last 300 game winners we see in a long time. That speaks to just how good he was. Again his consistency in taking the ball every time he was asked to and his greatness was exactly what makes him a perfect Hall of Fame selection.
Joining these three are three great managers. Joe Torre, Tony LaRussa and Bobby Cox. This is one of the greatest groups going into the Hall in a long time. Wish I could be there. I know it will be a great weekend.
No matter what I've said or not said the careers of these players say it all. Go to their individual baseball reference pages to see the whole story - Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas.