Greg Maddux NOT Going Into Baseball Hall of Fame As a Brave
When you think of Greg Maddux, what is the first thing that comes to mind? The 1990’s Atlanta Braves. Personal accolades aside, when you think of “Mad Dog”, you see that monster rotation leading the Braves to every Division title and five World Series appearances in the decade. However, when the Baseball Hall of Fame announced which cap Maddux would don while being enshrined, that familiar “A” won’t seen.
The Baseball Hall of Fame will consult with players that have earned enshrinement into the hallowed grounds regarding which team they would like to represent. Most players see no issue deciding which logo will be placed on their caps. Mickey Mantle? Yankees. Ted Williams? Red Sox. Easy. However, there are a few players in MLB history that have had stellar years with more than one squad and when the HOF asks, though the player has their opinion, the Hall makes the official call. While we know that 2014 member, Greg Maddux, played for several teams during his illustrious career, we all KNEW that Maddux would be a Brave, right? Wrong.
Maddux annoucned today that there will be NO logo on his HOF cap. The man that won four Cy Young awards in a Braves uniform, won 14 division titles, appeared in five World Series, garnered 13 Gold Glove awards and won 194 of his 355 wins all as a Brave – is NOT going in as a Brave. Or any team. Makes sense.
Pitching 10 years for the Chicago Cubs, Maddux could not decide which team to represent in the HOF. Pat Sullivan, reporter for the Chicago Tribnune, quotes Maddux as saying “I can’t think of having my Hall of Fame plaque induction without support of both of those fan bases, so, for that reason, the cap on my Hall of fame plaque will not feature a logo.”
A decade ago when catcher Gary Carter was inducted, he wanted to go in as a New York Met. However, realizing that Carter played almost 70% of his games as a member of the Montreal Expos, the HOF decided for him – an Expo logo in his cap. Wade Boggs is in as a Boston Red Sox (and rightfully so) despite wanting to be inducted as a Tampa Bay Devil Ray. Why is it that when players wish to go in as a certain team, the HOF squashes their desire but when a player decides to go sans logo, they oblige? This should be the time when the HOF steps and and slaps an “A” on Maddux’s hat.