Greg Maddux Wiki
Greg Maddux Biography
Who is Greg Maddux ?
A medical emergency could have drastically changed the landscape of baseball in the 1990s.
Greg Maddux, who was a key part of the Braves’ powerhouse teams in the 1990s, revealed on an episode of the “Toeing the Slab” podcast with David Cone that he had no intention of signing with Atlanta at all. In fact, he traveled to New York in 1992 with plans to sign with the team that beat them twice in the World Series.
“I went there to sign with the Yankees,” Maddux said. “I mean, I was surprised that they didn’t offer me a contract. It’s not college, I didn’t go there just for a recruiting trip. You go there to sign the contract and everything. I had a good day, I went around, I went to a show, I went to dinner and they said: we will contact you with a contract offer.
The offer never came. What was that for?
“I don’t know who he was, but…one of the guys had a heart attack,” Maddux said. “And that’s why they didn’t make me an offer.
“I got on the plane, I went home, we made a layover in Chicago … and I remember landing in Chicago and calling Scott [Boras, Maddux’s agent], and he said the Braves could make me an offer. Which was originally the team I wanted to go to, before I went to New York.”
Maddux was coming off the final year of his career with the Cubs in ’92, in which he won his first Cy Young Award. He was the most coveted free agent of the offseason, and the Yankees were preparing to return to prominence after not making the playoffs in more than a decade.
Greg Maddux with the Braves in 1998
According to Joel Sherman of The Post, the Yankees’ disaster in the early 1990s made the franchise undesirable and was the reason Maddux traded to Atlanta for less money.
Clearly, things worked out for the Yankees, who won four championships during Maddux’s 11 years with the Braves. And Maddux was a key reason for Atlanta’s success, in which he appeared in three World Series and won three straight Cy Youngs.