Friday, December 5, 2008

The End of the Greg Maddux Era

Friday night, it was revealed that pitcher Greg Maddux was retiring:
Greg Maddux has thrown his last pitch.

The four-time Cy Young winner will announce his retirement Monday at the baseball winter meetings, near his home in Las Vegas.
Maddux, who turns 43 in April, ranks eighth on the career wins list with 355. He went 8-13 with a 4.22 ERA last season with the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Maddux made three relief appearances in the playoffs for the Dodgers this year -- he had an 0.00 ERA over four innings -- and then filed for free agency amid speculation he would retire.

Maddux leaves baseball after the worst scandal in its history--the steroids scandal, of course--and is a testament to winning clean. Unless someone proves Maddux was doctoring the ball with voodoo, he will go down as one of the best pitchers in the history of the game, easily, and get into the Hall of Fame the first year that he is eligible. If Maddux stays retired--and if baseball keeps Roger Clemens from returning--he will finish his career exactly one game AHEAD of Clemens in career wins--but a million miles ahead of Clemens in class, dignity and honesty.

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