Posted January 23, 2014

Greg Maddux’s Hall of Fame plaque to have no logo

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Greg Maddux won three Cy Young awards with Atlanta, but will enter the Hall of Fame with no logo on his plaque. (Matt Campbell/Getty)

Greg Maddux will not have a logo on his cap when he is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this summer, the Hall announced Thursday.

Maddux pitched for four teams in his 23-year career, starting with the Chicago Cubs. Following the 1992 season, Maddux signed with the Atlanta Braves, where he pitched for 11 seasons.

He also had stints with the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres, as well as a second tour with the Cubs, at the end of his career. Eight of Maddux’s 10 best seasons by Wins Above Replacement came in Atlanta, as well as three of his four Cy Young awards.

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Maddux is not the only member of the 2014 class to enter the Hall without a logo on his cap. Manager Tony La Russa, who won World Series with the Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals, will also have a blank plaque.

Of the other inductees, Bobby Cox and Tom Glavine will wear Braves logos, Frank Thomas will wear a White Sox logo, and Joe Torre will wear a Yankees logo.


17 comments
Matthew W
Matthew W

When you think of Greg Maddux you think of the Braves....

laur52
laur52

In a bygone era when teams owned players forever, so that HOF great players would never be traded (Babe Ruth was traded before becoming HOF great), it made sense to have one logo on the plaque.  In the modern age where musical teams is the norm, and with the modern technology available, it should be not only possible, but routine for players to enter the Hall with the logo of all the teams they ever played for o their plaque(s), to be displayed at the discretion of whichever fan is looking at it.

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

As a Cubs fan, I really enjoyed watching Maddux both as a young player and an older player, but I agree with husky below, Maddux probably should go into the HoF as a Brave.   That's where he had the vast majority of his success, and it's where every one except Cubs fans will remember him.



huskymuskyhunter26
huskymuskyhunter26

I'm a lifelong Cubs fan -- the "26" in my moniker is my nod to childhood hero & MLB HoFer Billy Williams -- and, heck, I believe Mad Dog should go in as a Brave. That's really where he became GREG MADDUX. I'm not certain he's a Hall of Famer if he doesn't escape the North Side and go to Atlanta. Despite bleeding my cubbie blue, I'm disappointed he's not going into Cooperstown with an "A" on his plaque, and I'm disappointed for Tomahawk Choppers who love their team as much as I love the Cubs, especially Georgia kids who grew up idolizing Maddux.

FOOLKILLER
FOOLKILLER

cubbies lol what a miserable franchise and fanbase.

NickNash
NickNash

I get that he loves Chicago and that his best years came with Atlanta. But going into the HOF with a blank plaque? Pick one. He's probably going to "insult" more of his fans by going in blank. Im sure Cubs fans would understand if he went in with a Braves hat on.

x72
x72

A slap in the face to Braves fans.

JerryCarr
JerryCarr

It doesn't seem like this could be Maddux's decision! This seems like some BS political correctness from the Hall Committee! As a Lifelong Atlanta fan, I'm not only pissed but I also feel sorry for the other Atlanta fans who are getting cheated out of Maddux adorning a Braves cap when he accepts his hall of fame award!

KevinFisher1
KevinFisher1

Unless that's his personal decision, it's incredibly dumb. Maddux dominated with the Braves, he should have a Braves' cap on. And I'm not even an Atlanta fan---but if I was, I'd probably be pissed right now

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

@NickNash He's not allowed to pick.  The Hall of Fame doesn't allow players to choose any more, because Wade Boggs took money to go int as a Devil Ray (or he was going to anyway), so now no one gets to choose which cap.  They can only choose to go in with or without a logo, and if they choose the logo, the HoF chooses which logo.


So it's possible that Maddux has a preference one way or the other and is afraid that if he allows the HoF to choose, they'll choose wrong, or maybe he's just protesting the stupidity of not allowing players to choose.


I mean, really, if Boggs wanted to go in as a Devil Ray, then that's something he'd have to live with for the rest of his life.  If people want to make stupid choices, then let them live with the consequences.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@JerryCarrYou feel cheated?  How funny is that.  Get over it.  He broke in with the Cubs and won a bunch of games for them as well.

EarlMalmsteen
EarlMalmsteen

@KevinFisher1 Maddux's statement from the link: “My wife Kathy and I grew up in baseball in Chicago, and then we had just an amazing experience in Atlanta with the Braves. It's impossible for me to choose one of those teams for my Hall of Fame plaque, as the fans of both clubs in each of those cities were so wonderful. I can't think of having my Hall of Fame induction without support of both of those fan bases, so, for that reason, the cap on my Hall of Fame plaque will not feature a logo.” 

subgenius731
subgenius731

@EarlMalmsteen 

It is indeed the HOF's decision, but it sounds like they decided to honor Maddux's request.  Hey everyone already knows the Braves are quality and the Cubs are crap anyway, what difference does it make?

subgenius731
subgenius731

Now when parents take their kids to the HOF they can say, look there is Braves' pitching great Greg Maddux.  Not only was he one of the greatest pitchers to ever live, he was a nice guy, too.  He didn't want to hurt Cubs fans feelings, they already suffer enough.