Arlington, Texas-Quotes from the Texas Rangers on today's election of Greg Maddux to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Maddux, who won 355 games in an illustrious 23-year career, is beginning his third season as the Rangers' Special Assistant to the General Manager.
Rangers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jon Daniels:
"On behalf of everyone here with the Rangers, I want to congratulate Greg on his election to the Hall of Fame. His accomplishments are well documented, and it's an honor for us to work with one of the true greats. In addition, he has made an impression on all of us with his passion for and knowledge of the game, his willingness to share it with all, and his ability to keep things loose and have fun. His approachability and humility are rare, particularly for someone who has accomplished so much."
Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux:
"Congrats to Greg on his election to the Hall of Fame. Having seen his body of work through the 1980's, 1990's, and 2000's, his election into the HOF was easier than winning those 355 games. Greg's command of the baseball is unparalleled in our era and his quick work in recording outs became the gold standard for efficiency in our game.
"If you could combine command, movement, change of speeds, and the heart of a champion, you'd have a good number two pitcher to follow Greg. He was THAT good.
"Mom and Dad were always nervous when Greg was a youngster about him "catching a cold and catching the flu," because he caught EVERYTHING. Eighteen Gold Gloves later...Mom and Dad were right."