ARLINGTON, Texas -- The cap on Greg Maddux's Hall of Fame plaque won't have a logo on it when Maddux is inducted in July, and the part-time member of the Texas Rangers' coaching staff says he's "good with it."
Maddux said he just "couldn't pick" between a Chicago Cubs or Atlanta Braves logo. The inductees, with the help of the Hall of Fame staff, determine what, if any, logo will go on the cap. And in Maddux's case, as with manager Tony LaRussa, there won't be a logo.
Maddux said he felt good about the decision because he spent so much time in Chicago and Atlanta.
“I spent half my career in Chicago and half my career in Atlanta,” Maddux said Thursday after working with some of the Rangers’ prospects at a winter camp. “I came up a Cub. I played there for six years (and) went back for six more. I was in Atlanta for 11 years. So it comes out to about the same amount of time in both cities. I love both places.
“Obviously, I feel like I had more success as a Brave. We did get a World Series there. But I kind of came up a Cub. For me, I couldn’t pick. I really couldn’t. Both places mean so much to me personally, to my family. I couldn’t pick. So I’m going to go in neutral, I guess.”
There are 86 players who don't have logos on their caps in the Hall of Fame, most recently Jim "Catfish" Hunter and Yogi Berra.
“For those whose careers were built significantly among multiple teams, not having a team logo is equally acceptable,” said Jeff Idelson, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, in a release. “Regardless of the selection, a Hall of Famer belongs to every team for which he played or managed, as well as every fan who followed his career.”
Maddux was in town Thursday to work with some of the team's pitching prospects as part of his role as a consultant. Maddux will be at spring training and will also work with the minor league teams at various points during the season. He said he likes the fact that he can spend time with his family, including his 17-year-old son and his high school team, and still stay in the game by helping his brother, Mike, the Rangers' pitching coach, during the season.