JOE TORRE: Well, we expect it to be a good game. GREG MADDUX: Well, you know, I just kind of passed on my experiences that I've had. Q: They have a certain joy of the game that comes through, and you guys are intense in your own way. And having not been to a World Series my whole playing career and then watching what Mariano did and how guys perform in stress situations, that's pretty impressive to me. It's going to be a good game, but again, like any game, it's going to depend on who pitches better. And plus I mean, it gets to the point where it's sort of unfair, you expect him to do something special in key situations. As a great pitcher, what are you able to impart to other guys to make them better? ET on MLB Network. He played the Interleague Series and you'd see him, he was just a nice young man. Chicago Cubs pitcher Greg Maddux, left, and wife Kathy talk to reporters at Wrigley Filed in Chicago after Maddux was named the winner of the 1992 National League Cy Young Award, Nov. 11, 1992. You knew they would be when you figure out the number of Dominican players we have at the Major League level, and they're all pretty much all elite players.

Q: So it'll depend on the slotting and the way the games fall out, that's when you'll make your decisions on who pitches when and where? In the second hour, Matt Spiegel was joined by Hall of Fame pitcher and four-time Cy Young winner Greg Maddux to reflect on his approach to the game. Q: Greg, a couple of weeks ago in a press conference Joe was saying about you when he called you to be pitching coach on this team that your response was, do you have the right Maddux? And David, yeah, you always knew he was special. I've admired him from afar being a former catcher myself. How tough has that been to get everybody on the same page and then slotting them in to pitch when they needed to pitch here? © 2020 Entercom Communications Corp. All rights reserved. The scouting reports are kind of out the window when he pitches. 1995 Atlanta Braves, Cronkite School at ASU I thought even threw some good changeups. Q: When you put him in the fifth spot, do you expect so many bases loaded opportunities for him? That's the relative I was talking about. There always was more to Maddux than met the eye. GREG MADDUX: Yeah, I mean, I heard nothing but good things about him, and then when I had a chance to see him, he was kind of underrated. © 2020 Entercom Communications Corp. All rights reserved. And how many side armers have you seen throw as hard as he does?

Being a New Yorker myself, you sort of take it for granted. 4 Telephone interview with Linda Maddux, May 16, 1995. 1 to 5 is not going to change, and then we sort of figure it out after that. JOE TORRE: Well, I've done it. Q: This kind of came to mind last night when Wright was talking and he kept referring to you as Mr. Torre, and I couldn't help but think of another guy who did that, as well, in Derek Jeter. 555 N. Central Ave. #416 Contact SABR, 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, https://sabr.org/sites/default/files/MadduxGreg-Braves.jpg, /wp-content/uploads/2020/02/sabr_logo.png, https://www.ajc.com/sports/baseball/more-maddux-than-meets-the-eye/BnbkvNMtw2oN4vErpjatCI/, http://www.unlvrebels.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/070616aaa.html. Confidence.

Q: How did that change when you had a few guys drop out and Detwiler was thrown in late? Spiegel: Greg Maddux interview (Hour 2) Hit & Run with Matt Spiegel. The biggest thing is you just pitch. Part of the RADIO.COM Music Network. And they're two the most impressive thing and the thing that I think the fans obviously embrace is the fact that they both play well under pressure. They're pretty impressive. That first year in '96, with all the veterans we had on our club, they pretty much looked to him in August and September to do something. I enjoy being around the players. He's very special. I mean, they don't lack confidence. Q: Greg, just a two part question. I know a lot of people when they see him smile they don't think he cares, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Q: So basically you're saying you gave them your rotation, what you wanted to do, and then they fit everybody in accordingly? The biggest thing is you just pitch. The right-hander used a combination of location and changing speeds to keep hitters off balance rather than blow them away with high velocity. As far as the starters go, they were all on board right away. JOE TORRE: Well, you know, sometimes I don't think New York realizes how lucky they are to have the players that they have had over the years. I grew up with three teams in New York, so you figure everybody watches somebody on TV every day, you know. To his credit, he located his fastball very well. I mean, all of our starters were set up to pitch on their first day two weeks before Spring Training started. And if it's good enough, so be it. Spiegel then discussed a Chicago player making an odd comparison to his team and an iconic baseball movie. JOE TORRE: Well, I don't think Greg and I knew a great deal about him. Q: Close enough. I think when guys just worry about what do I throw and how do I throw it, they seem to start doing better. The focus and the look in their eye when something important is happening. Maddux relied on a sinker, circle changeup, cutter, and two- and four-seam fastball during his 23-year career. I mean, Dickey was prepared to pitch tonight, but that's not going to happen so he's going to pitch tomorrow. You've got two teams that are talented, and obviously I was here for most of the first game yesterday, and you could just see the passion on that bench over there, especially when they'd fallen behind and they started climbing back. But two young players, and of course I think both of them which is not easy these days, because we're so anxious to predict somebody is going to be a star, but these two guys have lived up to the advanced billing. But he's not the only one in that lineup. And depending on the outcome of that game, then we'll have our plan for the next game. Spiegel: Greg Maddux interview (Hour 2) Sunday, April 19th. GREG MADDUX: Well, he did it.

Q: Basically Gio said last night that you gave him the advice to just sort of like tunnel in and just let all the extraneous stuff that was going on in the crowd, just try to block that out. He's got a very unique pitch and he's had a lot of success with it, and you just kind of support him the best you can and hope he throws it correctly.

GREG MADDUX: Well, you know, I just kind of passed on my experiences that I've had. I heard a lot about his curveballs, but I thought his changeup was pretty good last night, as well. Robby is very special, and there's really no there's no weakness in this kid, not to say obviously you can get him out, but he scares you.

5 John McMurray, “Greg Maddux: Consistency, Hard Work, and Pitching Smarts Made Him a Winner,” Baseball Digest, September 2007: 40. Joe G. actually brought his name up first to me, and then I ran it by Greg, and then we and both of us inquired and we had good results. And you obviously have probably Gio set for a semifinal game, whether it's Sunday or Monday, right? You just kind of get rid of all the eyewash that goes around outside of pitching and just worry about pitching. He was special right from the beginning. Phone: 602.496.1460 But he is just really special in the way he goes about his business. In the 11 years that Greg Maddux pitched for the Braves, fans knew they were seeing something special, but they didn’t always understand why.

Q: So now you go to this sequence here, which is the first time in the whole tournament that you really don't know what's going to happen because there has to be contingencies. The only thing that's set is that Dickey is going to pitch tomorrow, and then depending on the game and everything, we'll go from there. And our ballclub is maybe not as animated but every bit as confident and determined as they are. The pitchers on the staff have been outstanding. Sunday, April 19th .

But when we asked, it was easy to get response from people who had seen him. Settle in today and check out a full slate of Greg Maddux programming beginning at 10 a.m.

Cubs legend and Hall of Famer Greg Maddux didn’t blow hitters away on the mound.

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