Thursday, November 27, 2014

#329 Mike Maddux

About the Front: The Padres were one of the early adopters in the MLB's 1990s pinstripe craze. Who actually thought that teams like the Angels and Astros needed pinstripes?

About the Back: Maddux was coming off of the best two-year stretch of his career, appearing in a total of 114 games for San Diego with a 2.42 ERA (153 ERA+).

Triple Play:

1. Mike is the only major leaguer to play college ball at the University of Texas at El Paso. The school dropped baseball in 1985, three years after he left.

2. He started 48 games in his career. His only shutout was a rain-shortened five-inning effort on April 29, 1989. The Reds reached him for only two hits, and the Phillies supported their starter with eight runs, highlighted by a Chris James grand slam.

3. Maddux got right into coaching after his pitching career ended in 2000, spending two-plus seasons with the AA Round Rock Express before a six-year stint as Brewers' pitching coach. Since 2009, he has been the pitching coach of the Texas Rangers.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I never thought that Mike much resembled his younger brother Greg. Must be the mustache.

Bill James Said: "Can you name the only other Cy Young Award winners whose brothers also pitched? There were two of them. Gaylord and Jim Perry each had a brother who won the award." Eh, the Niekros were robbed. Plus, if the award had existed in the 1930s, Dizzy and Daffy Dean would make the cut.

On This Date in 1993: November 26. Remember Bob Packwood, the Republican U.S. Senator from Oregon who was charged with sexual abuse and assault towards ten women?  Back on November 26, 1993, he was clinging to his job despite calls to resign. Ultimately, he stepped down in the fall of 1995.

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