Greg Maddux is among the newest players on the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot. The former Cubs’ and Braves’ ace will compete with Tom Glavine, Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, Mike Piazza and many others to be named on the magic 75 percent of ballots as required for induction at Cooperstown.
A no-brainer first-ballot choice, Maddux won four consecutive National League Cy Young Awards from 1992-95 and finished with a lifetime record of 355-227, a 3.16 ERA and 3,371 strikeouts. He also won a record 18 Gold Glove Awards.
Even though his career numbers are ridiculous, Maddux will likely be left off the ballot of more than one old-school baseball writer. The bookish-looking right-hander is probably used to it by now; people underestimated the hurler with the slight build (6′ and 170 lbs.) throughout his career.
Mets scout Duffy Dyer filed a scouting report (see below) on Maddux while he was in Single-A ball in Peoria, Ill. in 1985. Included in Dyer’s analysis of Maddux:
• Not strong enough to be a starter
• Class Tops: AAA
• Good arm
• Ran out of gas
• Did not pitch good last 1/3 of season
Maddux was hardly dominant in Peoria, but he did finish 13-9 with a 3.19 ERA and a WHIP of 1.226. You can watch him throw in the video above. By 1986, Maddux made five starts with Chicago, and he was on the National League all-star team by 1988.
Dyer, by the way, is currently managing the Kenosha Kingfish of the Northwoods League collegiate summer baseball league. In fairness to him, his minor league scouting reports on Rob Dibble and B.J. Surhoff are much more accurate evaluations in retrospect.