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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