Greg Maddux aka The Professor aka Mad Dog was an absolute stud during his two decade career, most notably with the Atlanta Braves. Mad Dog is the only pitcher in MLB history to win 15 games in 17 straight seasons and in the early 90s, he was the first pitcher in major league history to win the Cy Young Award for four consecutive years, and to this day the only person to match that feat is Randy “Joe Dirt” Johnson. The dude was a shoe in for the Hall of Fame back in 2014, when he received a pretty decent 97% of the votes.
Maddux was a legend on the mound and apparently a savage to his teammates in the locker room. One former teammate called Maddux ‘The Silent Scumbag,’ for his sophomoric pranks on rookies in particular. He would allegedly sneak behind rookies in the shower and pee on their legs, pick his nose and leave it wherever he pleases, and use his rental car to rear end other players’ rental cars until the bumper literally fell off.
One former San Diego Padre teammate recently told a story about how one rookie broke the unwritten rule of not speaking to Greg Maddux in the locker room or looking him in the eye. Check it out below.
For those who can’t click on the video at the moment, one of Maddux’s teammates stopped him in the training room and asked him why he isn’t better at holding runners at first base.
Maddux stopped, looked him in the eye, and said ‘Do you know what the average of guys who steal second that end up scoring is?…30 percent.’
And then he looked the player dead in the eyes and said, ‘that’s the average. I’m not average.’
It should be noted that teammates claim that Mad Dog was privy to telling complete statistical lies, such as claiming that any fly ball in the air for six seconds is caught 100% of the time, which often started a long-winded debate in the locker room.
This guy seemed like the best worst nightmare to have in the clubhouse.