Greg Maddux’s 300th win. Saturday August 7, 2004. The Cubs rally at San Francisco for an 8-4 victory helping the professor become the 22nd pitcher ever to reach the 300 win milestone.
His 594th career start didn’t get off to a promising start. Ray Durham led off the bottom of the first with a triple and later scored on a sac fly by Barry Bonds. Two innings later AJ Pierzynski delivered an RBI double giving the Giants a 3-0 advantage.
The Cubs stormed back with RBI hits from Aramis Ramirez, Derrek Lee and Todd Walker. Corey Patterson’s 2-R HR gave Chicago a 6-3 lead in the sixth to put Maddux in position for the win. Moises Alou would tack on a 2-R HR off Brett Tomko in the ninth to finish off the scoring and put Maddux in the record books.
Maddux’s line: 5IP, 4-ER, 7-H, 3-BB, 3-K – 82 pitches
He reached the historic mark in just over 4,000 innings pitched in the big leagues and became the first National League pitcher to reach 300 since Steve Carlton in September of 1983.
Maddux was 38 at the time and finished the ’04 season (16-11, 4.02). He spent another season and a half with the Cubs before the team traded him to Los Angeles for Ceasar Izturis at the trade deadline in July 2006.
During his 10 seasons spent with the Cubs Maddux went (133-112, 3.61) making 298 starts including 47 complete games and 14 shutouts. He retired four years later and with 355 career wins.
When Kerry Wood retired in May he marked the last player to remain in a Cubs uniform from the 2003 playoff team.
Currently there are three holdovers from Chicago’s last postseason appearance in 2008: Alfonso Soriano, Carlos Marmol and Jeff Samardzija.
Marmol will likely be traded this offseason. A Soriano trade is more possibility than certainty. However, if he and Marmol are both dealt this winter Samardizja becomes the lone remaining player from the Cubs’ last playoff team.
What does it all mean? Nothing, really. But man, time sure does fly…
–Greg Maddux has been named the pitching coach for Team USA in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. The team’s skipper, Joe Torre, also tabbed Gerald Perry (hitting), Dale Murphy (first base), Willie Randolph (third base), Marcel Lachemann (bullpen) and former Cub Larry Bowa (bench) to his coaching staff.
Maddux could prove a valuable recruiting tool for American pitchers still wavering with their decision to participate. There isn’t a pitcher alive who couldn’t learn a little something from The Professor. A few weeks of one-on-one counseling with Mad Dog should be an enticing offer for any hurler.
–The Miami Herald reported a poll by Bendixen & Amandi International conducted last week of 400 South Florida baseball fans‘ opinions of Marlins owner Jeffery Loria.
The majority polled are self described Marlins fans (90-percent) and the results revealed little surprise…87-percent are still seething over Loria’s fire-sale trade with Toronto.
If there’s any surprise, it’s the 13-percent who were not outraged by the move. That’s 52 votes. Really?
Aside from Loria and the Blue Jays, I couldn’t imagine any Marlins fans agreeing with the salary dump. Even the Marlins NL East rivals had to think the move was ridiculous and made in poor judgment.
What’s more, a small percentage (6-percent) actually responded with a ‘favorable’ vote for the team’s owner. Favorable!
Granted a few of the folks polled know the owner personally, but I’d have to fairly assume the rest of Loria’s supporters are in some way tied to his payroll.
But seriously, how can you be a baseball fan, let alone a Marlins fan, and not be disgusted with Loria’s leadership as the club’s owner? Some things I’ll just never understand…but my vote is Marlins fans deserve better.
1.) Tom Ricketts’ wise understanding as team owner.
2.) Pujols or Fielder?
3.) Did the Cubs really lose Maddux again?
1.) What I’m most happy about this offseason is Tom Ricketts’ willingness to allow Theo Epstein the opportunity to build the Cubs as he sees fit.
Basically, Ricketts is staying out Theo’s way, which is something we don’t see often enough from owners in pro sports be it baseball, football, basketball or hockey.
2001 — Alex Rodriguez hit his 48th home run, breaking Ernie Banks’ major league record for shortstops and lifting Texas to a 5-2 win over Anaheim.
2001 — Sammy Sosa became the first player to hit three home runs in a game three times in a season, but Moises Alou’s two-run shot rallied Houston to a 7-6 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
2004 — Greg Maddux picked up his 15th win of the season in Chicago’s 6-3 victory over Pittsburgh. Maddux reached 15 wins for a record 17th consecutive season. He surpassed Cy Young’s record of 15 consecutive 15-win seasons in 2003.
-Courtesy AP News Wire.
1.) Zambrano is on the right track, for now.
2.) Which Cub teammate did Kerry Wood fight?
3.) Greg Maddux McNutt.
1.) Cubs fans have had every right to be angered with Carlos Zambrano. Not only did his immaturity squander some of his best years, but it squashed the Cubs’ clubhouse chemistry and regularly embarrassed the organization. All this for $91.5 million bucks?
I’ve been particularly hard on Z, given his dizzying bouts of silly business, to the point where I’d be fine seeing the Cubs trade him. But that doesn’t mean I’m rooting against him, either.
Teams win with inteligent people in the front office and solid pitchnig on the field, which makes the hiring of Greg Maddux as an assistant to Jim Hendry a very smart move by the Cubs.
Maddux, unquestionably, qualifies in both catagories.
He’s always been a cerebrial player and I have little doubt he’ll be a good scout, as well.
The only downside to retiring Fergie’s and Mad Dog’s No. 31 is that the ceremony is being held before a game against the Marlins.
The Cubs never play the Marlins well…a small dose of Cubbie occurrence I tell you!
Obviously though, that’s not the point.