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Baseball: Maddux to LA

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posted on Jul, 31 2006 @ 09:41 PM
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Greg Maddux is now a member of the LA Dodgers, a team I'm sworn to hate for life because I'm a dyed-in-the-wool Giants fan. The Dodgers are in last place, but they're also only 5 games out of first place, so they've obviously got a shot at winning their mediocre division. And if anybody's a veteran with experience in division stretch runs, he's it.

I believe Maddux is one of the 2 or 3 greatest right-handed pitchers in Major League Baseball history, possibly the greatest. He still has an excellent strikeout-to-walk ratio, and he's not giving up tons of hits, but he's giving up a few too many (153 in 136-1/3 innings), and he's given up 14 HR's in less than 2/3 of a season. Then again, that was in Wrigley Field. Dodger Stadium is a lot more pitcher-friendly.

It's beyond dispute that he can help the younger pitchers on LA's staff, and perhaps ALL the other pitchers there. Whether he can get a second wind at age 40, and improve on his uncharacteristic E.R.A. of 4.69, is another question. It will be interesting to learn the answer.

Baseball History Nut




posted on Aug, 1 2006 @ 08:06 AM
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The guy's an awesome fielder. I hated to see the Cubs give him up, but they're going nowhere fast, anyway. There really isn't a NL West team I can pull for. I used to be a big Willie Mays fan when I was a kid. And Bobby Bonds, too. McCovey. But Barry's soured me on the Giants.

At this point, for NL I'm a Cards fan. It's a regional thing.



posted on Aug, 1 2006 @ 04:08 PM
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Yeah, nobody needs to convince me what a puke Bonds is... as you know. And I sure wouldn't expect anyone who wasn't already a firm, dyed-in-the-wool Giants fan--like me--to become one while he's on the team.



posted on Aug, 1 2006 @ 05:41 PM
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I don't really see the Dodgers getting Maddux as something that will get them to the playoffs... it'll just give them hope. I still think the Padres or the Giants will end up as the NL West Champ, hopefully it being the Giants... as the way my Braves have been playing, I wouldn't be surprised to see them miss the playoffs.



posted on Aug, 1 2006 @ 07:00 PM
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Yeah, the Braves are just about going to have to relive 1914 to get there this year. Of course, if they do relive that year, they'll win it all.




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