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Greg Maddux makes it official, rides off into Las Vegas sunset

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Greg Maddux just wrapped up his retirement press conference and not surprisingly it was everything you might have expected from the Mad Dog. During the half-hour he stood on the dais and took questions, the future Hall of Fame pitcher was both cool and calm, analytical and soft-spoken. Never once did he approach full-blown Mike Schmidt territory, though he did use humor to escape his voice catching when he talked about how much his wife's efforts at home meant to his career. ("Let's hope it continues," he joked.)

The press conference was well attended and included Scott Boras on the stage with him and his entire family watching from the front row. During the session he discussed everything from whether another pitcher would ever reach 355 wins ("Maybe") to his future plans ("Lots of golf"). A few more of Maddux's more memorable quotes from his hometown presser follow below the jump. Read the whole transcript here.

On whether he still "has it": "I still think I can play. Just not as well as I'd like to."

On knowing this would be his last year, but not announcing it to the public: "I didn't want a big dog and pony show going on the last two months or whatever."

On whether he'll coach or manage in the future: "I might. Right now I want to take a year off and spend time with my family."

On how he'll feel about baseball once spring training rolls around: "I'm going to miss it. Hopefully I won't miss it too much."

On how he'd feel to have a DiMaggio-style "Best Living Pitcher" tag ascribed to him: "It'll be a nice compliment. I'm very proud of what I did on the baseball field ... (but) I don't think of myself that way."

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