Last week, it was announced what team the Hall of Famers in this years class would be representing on their bust in the Hall of Fame. Now, for those of you who are unfamiliar, the logo on the cap of your hall of fame plaque is kind of a big deal. The plague says all the teams you played for, so they all get equal representation, but the one on your cap typically represents the team that you accomplished the most with. Every few years there is a player that bucks the trend and picks a team where he may have had 1 great season with rather than the majority of his career (often due to leaving on poor terms, or possibly a championship). Even on occasion a player will choose to go in without a logo on his cap if his career accomplishments were spread out over several teams. But again these are exceptions not the norm. Well last week, 2 of the 6 entrants into the Hall of Fame chose not to display the logo of any team on the plaque. Those 2 were Greg Maddux and Manager Tony LaRussa.
Maddux lead the Hall of Fame vote and he was a phenomenal pitcher through the course of his career. Maddux started and wrapped up his career (essentially because no one really counts those years with the Padres and Dodgers) with the Cubbies and during his tenure there picked up his 300th win (Which is kind of a big deal). But in the minds of the majority of baseball fans out there, he was, is and always will be a Brave. He won 4 consecutive Cy Young Awards (3 of which were with the Braves), had the league leading ERA 4 times (all with the Braves), lead the NL in wins 3 times, twice with the Braves, and won his only World series, you guessed it, with the Braves. Now I don't say all of this to imply that his time with the Cubs was insignificant, I am simply saying the highlights of his career, the things that people really remember about him... were with the Braves. While the players should get some input on what team is on there cap in the hall, it is disappointing when a guy of the caliber of Maddux cops out and chooses not to take a logo. The most disappointing part of Maddux not choosing to go in as a Brave is the fact that that a former teammate and his former manager are both going into the hall and it was the opportunity for 3 Braves to go into together. While yes, he still is a brave, the fact that his hat won't have the script A on it is disappointing.
The other individual not going into the Hall of Fame with a cap is manager Tony LaRussa. Now, as a Cardinals fan, this hurts. For years the Cardinals were blasted for some of the antics of Tony LaRussa (TLR). He was a micromanger, he had a way of frustrating apposing managers and players alike, but moreso he was a winner. More than most managers I know, he would leave his fingerprints all over a game and a season. Tony managed more season with the Cardinals than with either of his 2 other clubs, the White Sox and the Athletics, Won more championships (2 World Series, and 3 Pennants) than he did with his other 2 clubs, and had more wins with the Cardinals than his other 2 clubs, and more playoff appearances. While he will likely be remember partially for his time with the A's, the years that made him a Hall of Famer were in St. Louis. LaRussa said in an interview that he wanted to make all 3 cities happy by not choosing a logo of just one team, and while I can respect that, I must say that he really only made 2 happy and upset 1. Tony was trying to make the right call, which I can respect, but his number is only retired in one stadium, and it ain't the O.co coliseum out west nor is it the Cell in the Windy City.
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T.O. signing out