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Continued: Reusse: In Maddux, we saw a master at work

  • Article by: PATRICK REUSSE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 9, 2014 - 12:38 AM

As a baseball fan, I loved any chance to watch Bob Gibson or Nolan Ryan, any chance to watch a young Doc Gooden or Pedro Martinez.

But my all-time favorite pitcher to watch was Greg Maddux on TBS in the mid-’90s. To marvel at his mastery, starting in 1993 and for six seasons when he was a combined 107-42 with a 2.15 ERA, with 159 unintentional walks in 191 starts … it was a wonderful respite from the hapless Twins of the time.

On Wednesday, Maddux swept into the Hall of Fame, leading a grand three-man group that included teammate Glavine and slugger Frank Thomas. How did this happen with a guy who couldn’t touch 90 on a radar gun?

“Ever since you were a little kid, you had coaches tell you, ‘Get your pitch,’ ” Charlie O’Brien, Maddux’s former designated catcher, once said. “With Doggie, you don’t get your pitch.”

And that was it — the secret of greatness.

 

Patrick Reusse can be heard 3-6 p.m. weekdays on AM-1500. • preusse@startribune.com

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