Greg Maddux won 355 games. He won four Cy Young Awards, consecutively. He finished in the top five of that vote five other times. He won 18 Gold Gloves.
So he goes to the Hall of Fame near unanimously, and it will be said he was among the best at what he did, that he was smarter than most, and more intuitive, and cleverer. And while his intellectual skills will be honored, it is one thing to understand how to win a game a pitch at a time, quite another to execute it. Neither would have worked without the other, however, not to the extent Maddux made it work over most of his 23 seasons. — Tim Brown Pitcher Greg Maddux #31 of the Chicago Cubs stares into the camera for this photo before a circa 1980's Major League Baseball game. Maddux played for the Cubs from 1986-92, 2004-06. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images) R-L) Greg Maddux of the Chicago Cubs stands on the field with his family, wife Linda, daughter Paige, son Chase, mother Linda and father Dave, as he is honored for his 300th win prior to a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers August 15, 2004 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Four-time Cy Young Award winning pitcher Greg Maddux (L) and Major League Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Rollie Fingers appear at a basketball game between the San Diego State Aztecs and UNLV Rebels on "Greg Maddux Night" at the Thomas & Mack Center February 3, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. UNLV honored Las Vegas resident Maddux who retired in December. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) Pitchers Tom Glavine #47, Greg Maddux #31, Pete Smith #25, John Smoltz #29 and Steve Avery #33 of the Atlanta Braves pose in spring training in February 21, 1993 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images) Atlanta Braves Greg Maddux in action during the 1995 Major League Baseball season. (Photo by Allen Kee/WireImage) A sign at Wrigley Field in Chicago notes the election of former Chicago Cubs pitcher Greg Maddux to baseball's Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Maddux, Frank Thomas and Tom Glavine were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) Greg Maddux #36 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on September 19, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images) Greg Maddux #31of the Chicago Cubs tees off on September 29,1994 at TCP in Summerlin,NV. Greg Maddux played for the Chicago Cubs from 1986 -1992. (Photo by: Bernstein Associates/Getty Images) Greg Maddux of the San Diego Padres poses for a portrait during San Diego Padres Photo Day at the Peoria Sports Complex on February 23, 2007 in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images) Pitcher Greg Maddux #31 of the Atlanta Braves warming up during a Major League Baseball game circa 1993 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. Maddux played for the Braves from 1993-03. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images) Greg Maddux seems to be a sure-fire Hall of Famer, but Hall voting is rarely that simple. (AP) Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine