Braves Retire Maddux's Number
On the day the Atlanta Braves retired Greg Maddux's number, his former manager, Bobby Cox, led the praises.
"I get asked by managers and press people all the time, how good was he?" Cox said. "Was he the best pitcher I ever saw? Was he the smartest pitcher I ever saw? Was he the best competitor I ever saw? Was he the best teammate I ever saw?
"The answer is yes to all the above."
The 43-year-old Maddux was inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame at a luncheon, then had his No. 31 retired last night before the Braves played the Mets.
Maddux won the 1992 NL Cy Young award with the Cubs and then won three straight with the Braves, becoming the first player to win four straight.
Maddux, who retired after pitching for the Padres and Dodgers last season, ranks eighth in career wins with 355 and won 18 Gold Gloves. He was 19-2 with a 1.63 ERA in 1995, when Atlanta won the World Series.
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-- From News Services