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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

How a heart attack led to Hall of Famer Greg Maddux spurning Yankees for Braves

Hall-of-Fame pitcher Greg Maddux set the record straight about picking the Atlanta Braves when he was a free agent in December 1992, and it sure is disheartening for the Yankees.

According to Maddux, he had decided to sign with the Yankees, but never received an official offer because a team executive suffered a heart attack while he was in New York to cement the deal.

This new development, which was shared by Maddux this week when he appeared on David Cone’s “Toeing the Slab” podcast, contradicts decades-ago reports that the legendary right-hander had turned down $34 million over five seasons from the Yankees to sign a five-year, $28-million deal with Atlanta….

“Oh, I was there. I went there to sign with the Yankees. I was shocked. I didn’t get offered a contract. It’s not college. I didn’t go there just for a recruiting trip. You kind of go there to sign the contract and everything. I had the nice day. I went around. I went to a show. I went to dinner. They said they’d be in touch with a contract offer and I’ve heard bits and pieces over the years, but I don’t know who it was …. Some of the higher-ups, one of the guys had a heart attack and that’s why I wasn’t made an offer. Gene Michael was the GM at the time. (Owner George) Steinbrenner was out of baseball. He was suspended and whoever was calling the shots then apparently had a heart attack. So I didn’t have a contract offer. So I got on the plane and went home.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 19, 2022 at 09:28 PM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jack Sommers Posted: January 19, 2022 at 11:55 PM (#6061665)
oops

Their run starts a couple years earlier perhaps if not for that twist of fate.
   2. McCoy Posted: January 20, 2022 at 07:15 AM (#6061671)
Thing is George was still calling the shots. If he truly didn't get offered a contract it's because George said no.

But Maddux went with Atlanta despite Atlanta's offer being only 500k more than the Cubs offer and way less than the Yankees supposedly counter offers once the Braves entered the picture.

Me thinks the true answer is that Maddux wanted to play for a winner and a team that had good coaches for pitchers and he didn't really want to play for the Yankees.
   3. Nasty Nate Posted: January 20, 2022 at 08:50 AM (#6061674)
Did they sign Jimmy Key instead, or were they trying for both?
   4. Jose is Absurdly Correct but not Helpful Posted: January 20, 2022 at 09:43 AM (#6061680)
Jimmy Key? What's he like 45? I could hit him.
   5. Nasty Nate Posted: January 20, 2022 at 09:51 AM (#6061683)
He had more WAR than Maddux in the ensuing season!
   6. Jose is Absurdly Correct but not Helpful Posted: January 20, 2022 at 10:05 AM (#6061685)
I'm sorry, "ensuing" is only permitted to be used before the word "kickoff."
   7. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: January 20, 2022 at 10:35 AM (#6061692)
Well, we also have a lot of lawyers here.
   8. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 20, 2022 at 12:24 PM (#6061710)

I'm sorry, "ensuing" is only permitted to be used before the word "kickoff."


False. Hilarity can also ensue.
   9. Tin Angel Posted: January 20, 2022 at 01:09 PM (#6061715)
How miserable it would have been to have to watch Maddux dominate in a Yankees uniform all those years.
   10. Tony S Posted: January 20, 2022 at 02:20 PM (#6061744)

The way "uncorked" can only be used in tandem with "wild pitch".

If Maddux never wanted to play for the Yankees, why even talk to them? Also, was he the last major free agent the Yankees seriously pursued and didn't get? (I guess Cliff Lee was another one.)
   11. Itchy Row Posted: January 20, 2022 at 02:43 PM (#6061754)
The Yankees settled for improving their rotation that winter by signing free agent Jimmy Key and trading for one-handed pitcher Jim Abbott.
Ohhhhhhh- that Jim Abbott.
   12. Perry Posted: January 21, 2022 at 03:33 PM (#6061864)
I'm sorry, "ensuing" is only permitted to be used before the word "kickoff."


And even then, only if said kickoff is returned for a touchdown.
   13. Walt Davis Posted: January 21, 2022 at 03:59 PM (#6061870)
Hilarity can also ensue.

True enough but one cannot have ensuing hilarity. Philosophers have been trying to figure that one out for millenia.

The top 12 in WAR for the 92 Yankees:

Melido Perez, Tartabull, Mattingly, Andy Stankiewicz, Steve Farr, Mel Hall, Charlie Hayes, Bernie, Velarde, Rich Monteleone, Sam Militello, Roberto Kelly

Mystique and aura.
   14. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 21, 2022 at 04:00 PM (#6061871)


If Maddux never wanted to play for the Yankees, why even talk to them? Also, was he the last major free agent the Yankees seriously pursued and didn't get? (I guess Cliff Lee was another one.)


Probably to get them to drive up the bid for other teams. This reminds me that Mark Davis after his Cy Young season also turned down more money from the Yankees and signed (an ill-fated) deal with the Royals because he "wanted to win." How times have changed.
   15. Greg Pope Posted: January 21, 2022 at 04:54 PM (#6061884)
I think you are allowed to have "ensuing chaos". Google search gives 1.27 million hits. Although the first bunch of them are just definitions of the phrase. And a surprising large number of them refer to a volcanic eruption in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2021.
   16. Howie Menckel Posted: January 21, 2022 at 05:23 PM (#6061887)
"hijinks" ensue all the time.

"ensuing hijinks" - not so much.
   17. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: January 21, 2022 at 05:46 PM (#6061895)
Who was the NYY exec with the heart attack?

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