Congratulating Greg Madduxby Senator Dean Heller
Posted on 2014-01-16
HELLER. Mr. President, today I wish to congratulate one of
Nevada's own and four time Cy Young award winner Greg Maddux for being
selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Greg ``Mad Dog'' Maddux excelled
at the major league level, not only with refined skills and superior
pitching mechanics, but also a mental approach to the game that was
unmatched. His pitching philosophy has made him one of the greatest
pitchers of the ``live-ball'' era.
A 1984 graduate of Valley High School in Las Vegas, Greg Maddux excelled on the mound as a right-handed pitcher before being drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the second round of the 1984 Major League Baseball draft. Mad Dog then spent the next 23 seasons accruing 355 wins, 3,371 strikeouts, and an unrivaled record of 18 Golden Gloves for the likes of the Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Atlanta Braves, a feat that still remains unmatched. Mad Dog's prolific major league career also led him to be the only player in history to record 17 straight, 15-win seasons. It is no doubt that these numbers and records led to his near unanimous vote for entry to the Hall of Fame.
I ask my colleagues to join me in congratulating Greg Maddux for a distinguished playing career. It is my hope that he will serve as an example of what great things Nevadans can accomplish when they work with commitment and determination.