Members of baseball's 2014 Hall of Fame class announced which hats they'll wear on their Cooperstown plaques on Thursday. There's only one surprise: Greg Maddux, who won three Cy Young Awards and reached the postseason 10 times as a member of the Atlanta Braves, will not go into the Hall as an Atlanta Brave.
The 355-game winner opted for no team logo, a decisionhe explained in a statement on Thursday.
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.
The Cubs drafted Maddux out of high school in 1984. He developed into a Cy Young winner in Chicago before signing with the Braves in free agency following the 1992 campaign. Maddux returned to the Cubs before the 2004 season and stayed through 2006 before stints with the Padres and Dodgers in 2007 and 2008.
All told, Maddux threw 2526 2/3 innings for the Braves and 2016 for the Cubs, so it's not actually a tremendous imbalance. It's just that Maddux did his best work with the Braves, and is best remembered as the team's ace during its remarkable run of division championships.
Longtime manager Tony La Russa will also wear no logo on his Hall of Fame plaque, though his case is less surprising: La Russa won championships with both the A's and Cardinals. Bobby Cox and Tom Glavine will wear Braves caps, Joe Torre will represent the Yankees, and Frank Thomas will wear a White Sox cap.
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