However, Maddux didn't dominate by striking guys out. He wasn't an extreme ground-ball pitcher, either. He simply didn't walk guys and induced weak contact by keeping hitters off balance. No one has been better in the game at doing that since Maddux, and anyone would be hard-pressed to repeat his long trend of excellence.
He started out fairly well with the Cubs, but it was after signing for some big money with the Atlanta Braves in 1993 that his best years began. From 1993-2003, he amassed 66 WAR, for an average of 6 WAR per season. That is a pretty ridiculous peak, and that's not even including his 9.2 WAR year with the Cubs in 1992. Even after leaving Atlanta in 2004 and returning to the Cubs, Maddux was still an above-average pitcher in 2004 and 2005. He would only have one more truly good season, 2008 with the Padres (2.6 WAR), but that was mostly due to arm fatigue from pitching all of those thousands of innings over such a long period of time.
It should also be noted that Maddux had quite a postseason career, as well, due to all those years with those many Braves playoff runs. While he wasn't the most dominating pitcher, he had a career 3.27 postseason ERA in 198 innings, but an 11-14 record due to an incredible lack of run support.
Greg Maddux is one of the greatest pitchers that has ever played the game of baseball. I was lucky to see many of his starts on TBS in my youth and will never forget the impeccable command he had with his pitches and his amazing ability to read hitters and keep them off balance. He definitely deserved his Hall-of-Fame induction in Cooperstown!
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