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MILESTONE

Posted By Alex Belth On September 22, 2003 @ 6:20 pm In Bronx Banter | Comments Disabled

Congrats to Greg Maddux [1], who won his 15th of the year yesterday (on the third try). With the victory Maddux breaks Cy Young’s [2] record for consecutive seasons with 15 or more wins.

What does it mean? It means that Greg Maddux has been very fortunate, and very good for a very long time.

Or as Rob Neyer [3] noted a few weeks back:

Is Maddux’s streak of 16 15-win seasons really more impressive than Cy Young’s streak of 19 13-win seasons or Warren Spahn’s streak of 17 14-win seasons?

No, not really. If we draw the line at 15, we’re doing it simply to glorify Greg Maddux, (whose streak includes two 16-win seasons and three 15-win seasons), and he doesn’t need us to glorify him. It’s enough, I think, to say this:

In baseball’s first half-century, Cy Young was the game’s most durable and consistent pitcher.

In baseball’s second half-century, Warren Spahn was the game’s most durable and consistent pitcher.

And in baseball’s third half-century, Greg Maddux has been the game’s most durable and consistent pitcher.


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[1] Greg Maddux: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2003/baseball/mlb/09/21/marlins.braves.ap/

[2] Cy Young’s: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?columnist=stark_jayson&id=1619374

[3] Rob Neyer: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?columnist=neyer_rob&id=1613736

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