Greg Maddux Not Recognized By Fans For His Greatness

Source: David Schoenfield, ESPN

MadduxOnly 70 percent of respondents — with more than 33,000 votes cast — believe Greg Maddux should be elected to the Hall of Fame on the first ballot.

Yes, as much as we criticize the BBWAA — for not electing anybody last year, for electing Jim Rice, for electing relief pitchers but not starting pitchers — your average sports fan apparently has an even more narrow view of the Hall of Fame.

Perhaps we need a little refresher on Maddux’s dominance: during his seven-year peak from 1992 to 1998, he went 127-53 with a 2.15 ERA, while averaging 32 starts, 239 innings, 184 strikeouts, 38 walks and just nine home runs per season.

He won four straight Cy Young Awards and had back-to-back seasons in ’94 and ’95 with ERAs of 1.56 and 1.63, all while pitching in the heart of a high-scoring era, not to mention 18 Gold Glove Awards.

Maddux is 25th in career wins above replacement, making him a clear inner-circle Hall of Famer.