Atlanta Braves will retire Greg Maddux' #31 tonight

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One of the greats of the past two decades will be honored by the Atlanta Braves on Friday night when Greg Maddux will have his number-31 jersey retired by the club.

Maddux pitched for four teams in his big league career, but his longest stretch and his most dominant stretch came as a member of the Atlanta Braves -- a fact that will likely allow him to enter Cooperstown wearing a Braves hat. He started ballgames for the Braves for 11 years, rarely missing a start, and never going on the disabled list. His ERA with Atlanta is almost a run less than his ERA with any other club -- 2.63 with Atlanta, the next closest was the Cubs where he collected a 3.61 ERA.

Mad Dog had a .688 winning percentage with the Braves, winning 194 games, and losing only 88. He ranks eighth all-time with 355 wins -- one more than Roger Clemens. Probably the most inpresive stat he accumulated with Atlanta was his walk rate, which was 1.4 walks per 9 innings pitched. We could go on and on all day with all the stats and times he led the league.

One of my favorite quotes I ever heard about Maddux, was relayed by one of the Braves announcers some years ago, and I believe it was attributed to then-Padres manager Bruce Bochy, in which he said something to the effect of, "the thing that pisses me off most about Greg Maddux is that he's shutting us out and he hasn't even broken a sweat." It was something like that, and it really sums up what Greg could do when he was on his game (which was often).

In the comments section, list your favorite Greg Maddux memory.

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