The Daily CCO: Greg Maddux and Hall of Fame Sunday

Greg Maddux, along with Frank Thomas, Tom Glavine, Tony LaRussa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre, will be inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame Sunday in what should be a special ceremony.

Maddux-print-1Greg Maddux was the best starting pitcher of his generation and one of the greatest of all-time. Maddux finished his 23 year big league career with a 355-227 record in 744 appearances, 740 starts, with a 3.16 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. Maddux struck out 3371 batters while walking only 999 over his career. Maddux is one of only four pitchers in the game with 3000 career strikeouts and less than 100 walks (Ferguson Jenkins, Pedro Martinez and Curt Schilling).

Greg Maddux won four straight Cy Young Awards (1992-1995), 18 consecutive Gold Gloves (1990-2008), led the NL in ERA four times (1993-1995, 1998), wins three times (1992, 1994-1995), innings pitched five times (1991-1995), games started four times (1990-1993), complete games three times (1993-1995) and shutouts five times (1994-1995, 1998-2001). The only achievement Maddux did not accomplish during his career, he did not throw a no-hitter.

Dallas Green and the Chicago Cubs selected Greg Maddux in the second round of the 1984 draft. Maddux pitched for four different teams during his career (Cubs, Braves, Dodgers and Padres) and spent two different stints with the Cubs.

Greg Maddux is the 51st former Cubs player, manager, coach or executive to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Coverage of the Hall of Fame ceremonies begin at 11:00am CDT on MLB Network and the induction speeches start at 12:30pm CDT.

Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame announced changes to the voting process Saturday, the first changes made since 1991.

Starting this year, players can remain on the Hall of Fame ballot for a maximum of 10 years. “Candidates for Hall of Fame election who receive votes on at least five percent of ballot cast had previously been eligible to remain on the ballot for a maximum of 15 years or consideration by the BBWAA. Going forward, the maximum years of consideration for a player who meets the criteria is now 10 years.”

Players currently on the ballot that have passed the 10-year mark were grandfathered in and will be allowed to stay on the ballot for a maximum of 15 years. Those three players are Don Mattingly, Alan Trammell and Lee Smith.

Neil Ramirez

The Cubs optioned Neil Ramirez to Iowa before Saturday’s game in order to get him a breather. And Rick Renteria made sure to point out his demotion was not based on his performance.

PrintRenteria told the beat writers that Ramirez should not be in Iowa longer the minimum 10 days required when a player is optioned to the minors. The Cubs apparently discussed using the option of sending the relievers down to Iowa as a way to get them a break in the spring. The Cubs have been carrying an eight-man bullpen for a majority of the season in order to monitor the relievers innings. Renteria said other relievers may be sent out in order to give them a breather as well over the next month.

News, Notes and Rumors

Anthony Rizzo’s power numbers obscure his ‘softer’ side according to a report from ESPN Chicago.

According to the Providence Journal, it is time for the Red Sox to trade Jon Lester. Lester said he would understand if the Red Sox traded him.

The Yankees and Red Sox were well represented at Rusney Castillo’s showcase. And the outfielder could be looking at a contract similar to the one Yasiel Puig signed ($42 million) according to Ken Davidoff.

Justin Ruggiano sees parallels in the Cubs and Rays.

Rick Renteria wants to see his players keep on grinding according to a report from ESPN Chicago.

Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo are ready to give advice to the prospects as they make their way to Wrigley Field according to a report from ESPN Chicago.

Minor News and Notes

In the first inning of the first game of Iowa’s doubleheader Saturday … Javier Baez hit a three-run homer, Kris Bryant singled and Jorge Soler doubled in consecutive at bats.

Carson Sands had another good outing Friday. Sands tossed two scoreless, hitless innings and worked mostly off a 91-94 mph fastball. Sands is 1-0 in four games, one start, with a 1.69 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP. Sands has allowed four runs, one earned, on four hits with one walk and seven strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

Felix Pena was promoted from High-A Daytona to Double-A Tennessee.

Jaron Madison, Cubs farm director, and Derek Johnson, the Cubs minor league pitching coordinator, were at Kane County’s game on Friday night.

This Day In Cubstory

2012 – Cubs signed free agent Jeff Frazier

2005 – Cubs released Enrique Wilson

2001 – Cubs acquired Fred McGriff from the Devil Rays for Manny Aybar and a PTBNL. Cubs sent Jason Smith to Tampa to complete the trade on Aug. 6

1998 – Sammy Sosa hit the first grand slam of his career. Sosa established the mark of the most career home runs (246) before hitting a grand slam.

1992 – In his first start at Wrigley since announcing he would be leaving the Cubs at the end of the season, Greg Maddux beat the Pirates 3-2 and received a standing ovation as he walked off the field in the eighth inning.

1979 – Cubs beat the Mets 4-2 at Shea Stadium behind a pair of home runs by Dave Kingman

1969 – Manager Leo Durocher went AWOL, visiting his stepson at Camp Objiwa at Eagle River, Wisconsin and created a furor that simmered all summer

1968 – Tom Goodwin, born

1952 – Bump Wills, born

1945 – Larry Bittner, born

1945 – Cubs purchased Hank Borowy from the Yankees for $97,500. Borowy went 11-2, with three wins against the Cardinals, down the stretch and helped lead the Cubs to the National League Pennant.

1905 – Leo Durocher, born

1885 – John Clarkson pitched a no-hitter against Providence

1880 – Joe Tinker, born

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  • calicub

    For those of you who don’t have MLB Network, mlb.com is carrying coverage of the ceremonies on its front page gratis.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Thank you for posting this.

  • AaronOR

    Wow, Frank Thomas’s speech was emotionally driven!

    • triple

      He was one of the White Sox players that I always thought highly of. Looking back at his stats, it’s almost unbelievable how good he was. He pretty much hit his first half of all his 521 homeruns in his first 7 full seasons (plus his first partial season) with the White Sox between the ages of 22 and 29.

      • AaronOR

        Before I was told you couldn’t like both the Cubs and Sox, he was the reason I liked the Sox.

        • triple

          I can see that… I think I am a little older than you, as I remember, before I chose a side, the players I liked on the White Sox were Ron Kittle, Greg Luczinski, and Harold Baines. The funny thing is that after I became a Cubs fan I paid little attention to the White Sox, and Frank Thomas is the only good player I can think of from the 90’s, but I know they had more than just him.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        There were a few years in the 90’s where there was Ken Griffey Jr. and Frank Thomas…then everyone else. They were just on a different plane.

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    The totality of Maddux’s stats are pretty unreal!

    So Maddux never threw a no-hitter and Nolan Ryan had like 7 or 8. Both are HOF’ers. Put aside our Cub bias and love for Maddux. Who, in their prime, would you prefer to have on the mound in game 7 of the WS?

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      It’s tough for me. I tend to think Ryan because he’s so intimidating. But you know you’re not going to lose the game because of Maddux.

      For that reason…I will say Maddux. I’ll take his skill set over the power arm.

      • John_CC

        OK, Ryan was even better than I thought. He posted ERAs under 3 quite often over his amazingly long career and ended witha 3.17 career ERA. What is amazing is that he walked 200 batters a season more than once but still maintained that ERA, he was unhittable at times.

        But 94-95 for Maddux has to be two of the most dominating back to back seasons for any SP. ERAs of 1.6 and 1.5 with WHIPs of 0.9 and 0.8 respectively! Considering that was in the middle of the * Era it is insane. Guys like Brady Anderson were hitting 40 HR in the mid 90s and there is little Mad Dog giving up less than 7 hits/9 and maybe the most amazing stat I’ve seen – he gave up 4HR in 1995. FOUR in 202 innings!

    • John_CC

      I’m their prime – without looking up Ryan’s stats – I will obviously go with Maddux. It isn’t possible to put aside the bias, and I do love Nolan Ryan. But Maddux in his prime was putting up season ERAs well under 3. Now I’m going to look at his early 90s run and compare it.

      • paulcatanese

        I wouldn’t want to face either one, Ryan would put the fear of God in me and Maddux would frustrate the heck out of me, trying to hit the pitchers strikes. Would have liked to have both.

    • triple

      You couldn’t go wrong with either one. If I had seen Nolan Ryan more when he was in his prime, instead of the latter third of his career, which he was no slouch then either, I’d have a sneaking suspicion I’d tip the scale toward Ryan, but I got to see Maddux pitch alot so I’d have to go with MadDog!