As Greg Maddux goes into the Baseball Hall of Fame today, here’s a look back at two posts from January (when he was elected) combined into one post as we honor the first former Peoria Chiefs player ever elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame, here is a tribute to Greg Maddux by the numbers and with pictures. Congrats Greg!
Start with our 2010 Jersey Retirement ceremony in Peoria:
A look at Maddux by the numbers:
1 – Hits allowed by Maddux against Cedar Rapids on May 14 at home in a rain-shortened six inning game.
2 – Round in which Maddux was drafted by the Cubs in 1984 out of Valley High School in Las Vegas, NV
4 – National League Cy Young Awards won by Maddux and NL ERA titles won.
8 – National League All-Star Selections.
10 – Maddux ranks in the Top 10 on the Chiefs single season list for Wins, Innings Pitched, Starts and Complete Games
12 – Number Maddux wore with the Chiefs in 1985
13 – Wins for Maddux in 1985 with the Chiefs. He was 13-9 with a 3.19 ERA and 125 strikeouts. Maddux finished fourth in the Midwest League in wins and starts, fifth in innings pitched and 13th in ERA.
18 – Maddux’s age on Opening Day 1985 when he started against Springfield in a 4-1 Peoria home win with a franchise debut record 12 strikeouts over 8 innings of work. The #18 also represents the number of Gold Gloves Maddux won, more than any player to ever play in the Majors.
21 – At-bats for Maddux in 1985 with the Chiefs (pre-DH). He hit .238 with a double and a RBI.
27 – Starts for Maddux with the Chiefs in 1985
31 – Number he wore in the Major Leagues, retired in Peoria, Chicago and Atlanta.
35 – MLB playoff appearances for Maddux
72 1/3 – NL record in 2001 for Maddux without issuing a walk
95 – Wins for Maddux as a Cub before signing a free agent deal in Atlanta in the winter of 1992.
97.2 – Percent of Hall of Fame ballots with Maddux’s name listed. Tom Seaver (98.8) in 1992 holds the all-time record.
300 – Win #300 came on August 7, 2004 against the San Francisco Giants
355 – Career wins, 8th all-time. One more than Roger Clemens and the most in MLB history since Warren Spahn retired in 1965 with 363.
546 – Career putouts. Most ever for a pitcher in MLB history.
740 – Career starts, 4th all-time.
999 – Career walks. Maddux is one of two pitchers (Fergie Jenkins) with more than 3,000 strikeouts and less than 1,000 walks issued.
1986 – Maddux debuted with the Cubs the season after he pitched in Peoria. His MLB debut came in the 17th inning of a September 2 game against Houston when he pinch ran for future Chiefs manager Jody Davis.
1988 – Maddux’s breakout season for the Cubs going 18-8
1992 – The first of four Cy Young Award seasons and the first 20 win season for Maddux.
1995 – The 1995 season was magical for Maddux and the Braves as he won his fourth straight Cy Young Award with one of the best pitching seasons in the last 40 years and the Braves won their first World Series in Atlanta. In 28 starts in 1995, Maddux issued just 23 walks and posted a 19-2 record with a 1.63 ERA.
2004 – Return to Chicago with a 16-11 season and a 4.02 ERA
2008 – Maddux’s final season. Split between San Diego and Los Angeles, Maddux made his final appearance in Chicago in game one of the NLDS with an inning of work against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. He then threw twice in the NLCS against the Phillies, which his final outing in game 5.
2010 – Maddux has his number 31 retired in Peoria on June 11.
3000 – Strikeout #3000 came against the Giants on July 26, 2005
3371 – Career strikeouts, 10th all-time.
Here’s a clip of Maddux pitching from 1985 on WTVP with Ed Hammond on the call:
Looking through my various spreadsheets I was able to get the result of 24 of Greg Maddux’s 1985 Chiefs starts. I didn’t have full box score lines on all of them but an hour with Microfilm at the Peoria Public Library allowed me to get all 27 results and box scores from the Peoria Journal Star archives. So here is the Greg Maddux Game by Game lines from 1985. Also includes an exhibition game in which Maddux pitched for AAA-Iowa against the Cubs, the Midwest League All-Star Game and a post-season start.
Date Result Opponent Line
April 12 W 4-1 vs. Springfield 8ip, 4h, 0r, 1bb, 12k. Team record K in debut
April 17 L 3-2 at Appleton 6ip, 3h, 3r, 2er, 2bb, 3k, E. Lost on UER.
April 22 W 8-1 vs. Beloit 7ip, 5h, 0er, 4bb, 9k. Win (2-1)
April 28 ND W 6-5 at Springfield 7ip, 7h, 5r, 1bb, 7k. Chiefs win in 9th
May 3 W 3-2 at Springfield CG 9ip, 7h, 2r, 2bb, 2k. Double at plate
May 8 W 8-3 vs. Burlington 6.1ip, 6h, 2er, 4k. Win (4-1)
May 14 W 2-1 vs. Cedar Rapids CG 6ip, 1h, 1r, 2bb, 3k. Rain shortened
May 20 L 7-3 at Madison 5.2ip, 10h, 7r, 4er
May 25 W 6-2 vs. Madison CG 9ip, 8h, 2r, 2bb, 6k Win (6-2)
May 30* L 5-1 vs. Chicago 3ip, 3r. First 2 IP Sho. Ron Cey 2r 2b.
June 4 L 3-1 at Quad Cities 7ip, 6h, 3r, 2er, 6k. Dante Bichette 2-3 2b
June 9 W 9-7 at Quad Cities 8.2ip, 9h, 7r, 6er, 5bb, 7k
June 14 L 4-1 at Beloit 7ip, 9h, 4r, 3er, 2bb, 6k
June 20 W 9-4 vs. Wisconsin 6.1ip, 10h, 4r, 1bb, 2k
June 25 W 11-6 at Springfield 6.1ip, 9h, 6r, 5er, 1bb, 3k. 3-4, rbi
June 30 W 4-1 vs. Cedar Rapids CG 9ip, 5h, 1r, 0bb, 8k
July 5 W 12-2 at Waterloo CG 9ip, 7h, 2r, 3bb, 6k
July 8** ND L 4-2 Midwest League 1ip, 0h, 0r, 0bb, 0k
July 13 ND W 5-4 vs. Madison 5ip, 7h, 4r, 3bb, 3k
July 18 ND L 4-2 (12) at Madison 8.1ip, 7h, 2r, 1er, 0bb, 2k
July 23 L 8-7 vs. Quad Cities 4.1ip, 7h, 6r, 3bb, 2k. QC scored 6 in 4th
July 28 W 6-2 at Burlington 6.1ip, 5h, 2r, 2bb, 4k
Aug 2 L 1-0 vs. Clinton 8ip, 7h, 1r, 2bb, 3k
Aug 7 L 4-1 vs. Wausau 6ip, 4h, 3r, 1er, 3bb, 6k. Mickey Mantle in att
Aug 13 G2 ND L 3-2 at Wausau 5.2ip, 6h, 2r, 1er, 4bb, 1k
Aug 18 W 8-3 at Clinton 5.2ip, 6h, 1r, 2bb, 6k Win (13-7) last win
Aug 23 L 5-4 at Burlington 6.1ip, 7h, 4r, 3er, 2bb, 1k
Aug 28 ND W 9-8 vs. Quad Cities 5ip, 9h, 5er, 4k. Chiefs clinch Division title
Sept 2 L 4-1 vs. Quad Cities CG 9ip, 3h, 4r, 0er, 2bb, 5k
Sept 7*** L 5-3 vs. Kenosha 4.1ip, 8h, 5r, 1k. Game 2 MWL Finals
*exhibition game between the Iowa Cubs & Chicago Cubs in Des Moines, IA
**Midwest League All-Star Game in Cedar Rapids, IA
***Midwest League Finals Game 2 vs. Kenosha
Rowan Wick has steadily become one of the most talked about prospects in the Cardinals organization. The buzz started when Wick made State College history in his 2014 debut. Wick blasted two homers and five RBI, becoming the first player to hit two homers in their State College debut and only the eighth player for State College to hit two home runs in a game.
Wick didn’t slow down from there and engraved his name in the record books just four days later. Wick launched another two homers in State College’s 6-3 win over Williamsport on June 16. Wick become the only player for State College to have two multi-homerun games in a season. This feat was accomplished just four games into the season.
Wick would solidify himself as one of the greatest power hitters to play for State College on the night of July 2. Wick drilled a three-run homer over the right field wall, his 11th of the year. This blast made Wick the record holder for home runs in a season, breaking former Chief David Washington’s record of 10. Wick accomplished this feat in only 19 games. Wick was also named the Cardinals Player of the Month in June.
Wick was finally promoted to Peoria on July 23 after batting .378 with 14 homers and 38 RBI. In his first game with the Chiefs, Wick collected his first hit as a Chief and, wouldn’t you know it, it was a three-run home run, which cleared Legends Landing in right field. Below is the homer:
Wick showed that he could provide runs without having to belt one out of the stadium in his very next game with the Chiefs. He ripped a clean RBI single into right field, which plated the speedster Vaughn Bryan.
So now that the awe from his absolute bomb at Dozer Park on July 23 is starting to wear off, let’s take a look at what Wick means to this lineup moving forward. Wick is most likely going to be slotted in the 3-6 range of the lineup, which has him batting either in front of or behind the likes of Justin Ringo, Carson Kelly, Ronald Castillo, Steve Bean and sometimes Luis Perez.
In Wick’s debut with the Chiefs, the 3-4-5-6 hitters were Kelly, Ringo, Castillo, and Wick. They combined to go 5-17 with four runs scored and Wick’s homer and three RBI. In last night’s game, it was Ringo, Castillo, Wick, and Bean combining to go only 2-14 with another RBI by Wick.
Having Wick in the middle of the Chiefs lineup will lead to a much needed boost to the offense. In only two games, Wick already has produced four RBI. There were also numerous times during those two games where there were runners in scoring position, but Wick was left in the on-deck circle and the Chiefs were unable to produce runs.
Imagine slotting Wick in the three hole. Yes, it may be premature as it is only his third game with the Chiefs, but having Wick batting directly behind Bryan and CJ McElroy is a deadly combination. Bryan and McElroy both have incredible speed on the base paths and high on-base percentages. Having Wick step into the batters box with Bryan and McElroy on base is just asking for some Peoria Chiefs runs.
Wick being added to our roster couldn’t have come at a better time as we are chasing a playoff spot, something we have not obtained since 2009. Wick’s power could possibly be the necessary addition we need to end that drought.
The Cardinals won the second game of their four game series with Pittsburgh in exciting fashion for the second night in a row. Kolten Wong started off the scoring with a two-run double in the second. Pittsburgh would come back and lead the Cardinals 4-2 after an Andrew McCutchen two-run homer in the fifth. Matt Holliday wasted no time and hit a two-run double in the bottom half of the inning to knot the game at four. They would remain tied until Wong drilled a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth, his third homer of the season. Below is the line-drive shot:
John Gast had a perfect game going through five and two thirds innings for Memphis, but after two rain delays he would come out of the game. Angel Castro took over for Memphis and blew the game as they would go on to lose to Nashville 4-2. Stephen Piscotty was two for four with two RBI. He is batting .306 with six homers and 51 RBI on the year. Read about it in the Game Story.
State College rolled Auburn 10-2 behind Rowan Wick’s 12th home run of the season and former Chief Robeyls Reyes’ three-run shot. This was Wick’s first homer in four games, the longest drought of the season thus far. Reyes finished the game going two for five batting leadoff for the Spikes. Check out the Game Recap.
Johnson City lost their series with Elizabethton after losing 9-3 Tuesday night. The GCL Cards have now lost two in a row, their longest losing streak of the season, after being shutout by the GCL Mets 7-0 in a game shortened by rain.
Former Chief of the Day Sam Fuld had a perfect night at the plate for the Minnesota Twins in their 2-0 shutout of the Seattle Mariners. Fuld was three for three with a solo home run, his second of the year. Former Chiefs Coco Crisp and Marwin Gonzalez also tacked on a RBI on Tuesday while former Chief Brandon Guyer delivered a three-hit performance for the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Chiefs will have to negotiate the second half of the Midwest League season without their most consistent reliever as All-Star Chris Perry was promoted to Palm Beach after Tuesday’s game. It is going to be “next man up” in the bullpen but will likely take a team effort to replace what Perry meant to the Chiefs through 87 games this season.
Perry turned in one of the best seasons for any reliever in the Chiefs 32 year history. In 28 games he went 4-0 with a 2.20 ERA covering 49 innings of work. Perry saved three games, earned five holds and finished off eight contests. He struck out 80 batters while walking just 15 over his 49 innings. The numbers lead to a 0.90 WHIP, a 14.7 K/9IP ratio and a .165 opponents average against.
So where do all those numbers rank among the Midwest League leaders and in Chiefs history? Glad you asked.
As for the Midwest League, Perry leaves the Chiefs ranking 2nd in the league in reliever K/9IP, 4th in reliever opponents average against and fourth in relievers WHIP.
If you sort the 32 year Chiefs history by pitchers who threw at least 49 innings (Perry’s total) you’ll get 302 names. There are 70 who like Perry, pitched only in relief. Of those 302, Perry is #1 in strikeouts per 9 innings and his 14.7 number beats the previous high by one full strikeout. Ben Julianel posted a 13.7 number in 2003 over 51 2/3 innings.
Perry’s 0.90 WHIP ranks fourth among relievers behind Jared Blasdell 0.75 in 2002, Alex Maestri 0.87 in 2007 and Brian Reed 0.89 in 1995. Of those three Maestri made four starts in 48 games and totaled 83 2/3 innings while Reed pitched 60 times for 61 innings and Blasdell threw 65 2/3 innings in 53 appearances.
Perry’s .165 average against is also fourth behind Brandon DeJaynes .151 in 2003,
Blasdell at .155 in 2002 and Heath Slocumb .162 in 1989.
Perry’s 80 strikeouts are tied for 8th among all Chiefs pitchers with zero starts. The other pitcher with 80, Keith Glauber, needed 64 innings in 1996 to rack up 80 strikeouts. How dominant are Perry’s K numbers? Well put it this way, Michael Sodders holds the Chiefs single season strikeout record at 177 in 1989. His K/9 IP ratio is 7.7, or nearly half of what Perry posted in 2014.
Good luck in Palm Beach Chris!
Adam Wainwright tossed another gem for St. Louis on Monday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He tossed seven shutout innings allowing seven hits, three walks, and struck out five, but received a no decision. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the ninth inning when Matt Adams launched a walk-off homer, his 10th of the year, to beat the Pirates 2-0 and move to only four games back of first in the NL Central. Below is the walk-off blast:
Memphis had a walk-off of their own as Luis Mateo drove home the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the ninth to cap the 2-1 comeback for Memphis over division-leading Nashville. Former Chief Zach Petrick allowed only one run off off six hits, walked none, and struck out six in seven innings of work. Check out the Game Story.
Springfield was locked in a pitcher’s duel with San Antonio that went into extras. Mike O’Neill delivered the game-winning RBI double in the 11th to propel Springfield to a 3-2 victory. Former Chief Mike Mayers allowed two runs off five hits, walked none, and struck out five in seven innings of work. Former Chiefs David Popkins and Patrick Wisdom both produced a RBI. Here is the Recap.
State College notched a narrow 3-2 victory over Auburn. Nick Thompson drilled a three-run home run in the seventh, his second homer of the year. Former Chief Jake Stone was one for four with a double. Check out the Game Recap.
Johnson City got blown out 15-7 by the Twins affiliate Elizabethton. Casey Turgeon was three for four while crossing the play three times. Read about it in the Game Story.
The GCL Cardinals finally lost after a fantastic seven-game win streak. Catcher Joshua Lopez was one for four with a double and two RBI on the day.
Former Chief Marwin Gonzalez legged a three-run triple in Houston’s blow out win over Texas on a one for four night with two runs scored.
With the Sunday night announcements of the 2014 MLB All-Star Teams, the Chiefs will have four former players on rosters for the first time ever. This ASG will also be the first time former Chiefs have started on both teams (Josh Donaldson & Yadier Molina). Below is a table listing all the former Chiefs who were named to MLB All-Star Games and their results from the game.
|1986||WALLY JOYNER||ANGELS||0-1||STARTING 1B|
|1988||RAFAEL PALMEIRO||CUBS||0-0, BB|
|1991||RAFAEL PALMEIRO||RANGERS||0-0, BB|
|1992||GREG MADDUX||CUBS||1.1 IP, 1H, 1R, 1HRA|
|1993||MARK GRACE||CUBS||0-3||STARTING DH|
|1993||DEVON WHITE||BLUE JAYS||1-2, 2B, R, RBI, SB|
|1994||GREG MADDUX||BRAVES||3IP, 3H, 1R, 2K||STARTING P|
|1995||HEATH SLOCUMB||PHILLIES||1IP, 1H, 0R, 2K||WIN|
|1997||GREG MADDUX||BRAVES||2IP, 2H, 1R, 1HR||STARTING P|
|1998||RAFAEL PALMEIRO||ORIOLES||2-2, R, RBI|
|1998||DEVON WHITE||DIAMONDBACKS||3-3, 3B, R|
|1998||GREG MADDUX||BRAVES||2IP, 3H, 1BB, 1K||STARTING P|
|1999||RAFAEL PALMEIRO||RANGERS||1-2, RBI||STARTING DH|
|2001||ALBERT PUJOLS||CARDINALS||0-0 BB|
|2003||ALBERT PUJOLS||CARDINALS||1-3, RBI||STARTING LF|
|2004||ALBERT PUJOLS||CARDINALS||2-3, 2 2B, 2RBI||STARTING 1B|
|2005||ALBERT PUJOLS||CARDINALS||1-2||STARTING DH|
|2006||ALBERT PUJOLS||CARDINALS||0-3, K||STARTING 1B|
|2007||PLACIDO POLANCO||TIGERS||0-1||STARTING 2B|
|2007||DANNY HAREN||A’S||2IP, 2H, 1R, 1BB, 2K||STARTING P|
|2008||ALBERT PUJOLS||CARDINALS||2-3||STARTING DH|
|2008||DANNY HAREN||DIAMONDBACKS||2IP, 2H, 0R, 1BB, 2K HOLD|
|2009||ALBERT PUJOLS||CARDINALS||0-3||STARTING 1B|
|2009||YADIER MOLINA||CARDINALS||1-2, R, RBI||STARTING C|
|2009||DANNY HAREN||DIAMONDBACKS||1IP, 1H, 0R, 0K|
|2010||ALBERT PUJOLS||CARDINALS||0-2, K||STARTING 1B|
|2010||YADIER MOLINA||CARDINALS||1-1||STARTING C|
|2013||YADIER MOLINA||CARDINALS||0-2||STARTING C|
|2014||YADIER MOLINA||CARDINALS||STARTING C|
|2014||JOSH DONALDSON||A’S||STARTING 3B|
Donaldson is the 9th different Chiefs player to be named a starter. Albert Pujols leads the way with 7 starts while 2014 will be the 4th for Yadier Molina. Greg Maddux made three starts while Placido Polanco, Danny Haren, Rafael Palmeiro, Mark Grace and Wally Joyner had one start each.
Pujols leads the way with 6 hits in 19 AB while Devon White has 4 hits and both Palmeiro and Molina have 3 each. Maddux threw 8.1 inning while Haren has 5 IP.
The St. Louis Cardinals were defeated by the Miami Marlins 6-5 on Saturday. After winning three straight, the Cards blew a one-run lead in the ninth and lost the middle game of their three-game series with the Marlins. Allen Craig and Jhonny Peralta hit back-to-back homers in the fourth to extend the Cards lead 5-1, but the Marlins scored five unanswered runs to topple the Cards at Busch Stadium. Former Chief Yadier Molina was two for five with a RBI. Check out the Highlights.
Memphis won their second game in a row behind Boone Whiting’s first win of the season. Whiting allowed only one run off five hits, walked two, and fanned seven batters in five innings of work. Randal Grichuk launched his 14th home run of the season as Memphis beat New Orleans 6-3. Below is Grichuk’s homer:
Springfield struggled to find runs yet again, but Kyle Hald led them to victory with a great pitching performance. Hald allowed only one run off seven hits, walked one, and struck out five in seven innings of work as he improved to 7-2 on the year. Former Chief David Popkins was two for three on the night. Read about the win in the Game Story.
Former Chief Tyrell Jenkins tossed a gem for Palm Beach, in which he allowed an unearned run off five hits over seven innings pitched to lead Palm Beach to a 4-1 win over Bradenton. Former Chief Gerwuins Velazco was one for three with a two-run double. Here is the Game Recap.
State College narrowly escaped Jamestown in the late innings for a 3-2 win. Rowan Wick scored the game-winning run in the eighth, crossing the plate on a wild pitch. Former Chief Jake Stone was one for two with a RBI double. Read about the narrow win in the Game Story.
Juan Perez got his first start of the year for Johnson City and notched his third win of the season as they beat Princeton 3-1. Blake Drake hit his first professional home run, a two run shot. Check out the Recap.
The GCL Cards improved to 12-2 on the year after beating the GCL Nationals in a shoot-out 12-8. 2014 first round draft choice Luke Weaver made his professional debut and tossed a scoreless inning with a strikeout. Jack Flaherty also made his debut as he allowed two runs off two hits and struck out two in an inning of work.
Former Chief Albert Pujols had another monster game against Houston as the Angels cranked out three homers in a seven-run eighth inning to beat the Astros 11-5. Pujols was three for five with a homer, a double, three RBI, and two runs scored. With his 19th homer, Pujols tied Mel Ott for 23rd on the all-time home run list. Below is Pujols’ 19th home run of the year:
Former Chief Robinson Chirinos launched his eighth home run of the season on a two for four night with three RBI as the Rangers beat the Mets 5-3.
Former Chief Chris Archer pitched into the ninth inning as he improved to 5-5 on the year with the Rays 7-2 win over the Tigers. Archer allowed two runs off six hits, walked four, and struck out four. Here are the highlights from Archer’s solid outing.
The St. Louis Cardinals barely edged the Marlins on Friday 3-2. They were cruising until the ninth up 3-0 before Trevor Rosenthal had trouble closing the Marlins out. After allowing two runs, Rosenthal got a game-ending double play to secure their third win in a row. Former Chief Yadier Molina was two for two with a RBI double and bumped his average back up to .292. Check out the highlights.
Memphis got a 3-2 victory as well thanks to a great pitching performance from Tim Cooney. He allowed two runs off six hits, walked one, and struck out five over eight innings of work as he garnered his eighth win of the year. Stephen Piscotty was three for four with two RBI. Here is the Game Story.
Corpus Christi blanked Springfield on Friday 8-0. Cody Stanley had the only multi-hit night going two for four. Springfield, as a whole, only managed four hits against Corpus Christi’s pitching. Former Chief Kurt Heyer suffered the loss after allowing three runs off five hits over five and two thirds innings. Here is the Recap.
Former Chief Corey Baker was fantastic in his first start, but ended up with a no decision as Palm Beach blew a 4-0 lead in the eighth and ended up losing 7-4. Baker tossed five shutout innings allowing only two hits, walking none, and striking out three. Former Chief Mason Katz launched his second homer for Palm Beach, his 16th overall. Check out the Game Story.
State College won a shoot-out on Friday 11-9 over Jamestown. Jake Stone launched a grand slam, his second homer in as many games and his third of the year. Stone would finish the game going two for four with 5 RBI. Read about it in the Game Recap.
Johnson City blanked Princeton 7-0 behind Ian McKinney’s incredible start. McKninney tossed eight shutout innings, allowing only two hits, one walk, and fanning 10 batters. McKinney is currently 2-0 with a 0.50 ERA, 18 strikeouts, and only two walks over 18 innings of work.
The GCL Cardinals rolled the GCL Nationals 7-1 as they improved to 11-2 on the season. Elier Rodriguez was perfect at the plate going three for three with a double and a run scored.
Former Chief Albert Pujols had a huge part in the Angels’ 7-6 walk-off win over Houston. Pujols was three for four with his 18th home run of the season, three runs scored, and two RBI.