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2004 News > 8/7/04


By Kevin Czerwinski, MLB.com
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ST. LOUIS -- Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux formed one of the most potent pitching duos in history during their years together in Atlanta. So, when Maddux reached his milestone 300th victory Saturday in San Francisco, Glavine showed his appreciation.

"I'm very proud of him," Glavine said. "And I'm proud I had the opportunity to play with him. He was the epitome of consistency over his career. He's done a wonderful job to get to the point he's at.

"Those who know him will probably show much more excitement and emotion over it than he will. At some point, though, he'll break down and let everyone know what his career has meant to him. But I don't anticipate it at 300."

Glavine and Maddux were teammates in Atlanta from 1993 through 2002. Maddux went 178-77 over that stretch while Glavine posted a 169-83 mark.

Mike Stanton played with Maddux in Atlanta from 1993 through the middle of '95. He says Maddux hasn't changed much between then and now.

"It's an incredible accomplishment considering the type of pitcher he has been," Stanton said. "He's not a power pitcher. He's just a guy with great movement and control and he's put up incredible numbers. The longevity he's shown too, with a five-man rotation, is remarkable.

"And as long as I've know him, he's never changed. He's always been humble, close to being a fault. It's great, though. I'm very happy for him."

Maddux and Glavine were friends as teammates, but the southpaw says he was and remains closer to Atlanta closer John Smoltz.

"Smoltzy and I grew up together in the big leagues," Glavine said. "When you're together through the years like that, you do everything together. You know how guys are, though. They don't really keep in touch. I don't talk to Greg much, probably just when we play against him."

Glavine's struggles to get victories since signing with New York has been well chronicled while Maddux hasn't really broken stride since returning to the Cubs. A lack of run support and a shaky bullpen combined with last season's jitters about coming to the Big Apple have put a dent in Glavine's pursuit of the magic number. But he won't compare himself to Maddux or get riled about missed opportunities.

"You can make the run support argument anywhere," Glavine said. "There's no way you can say 'Well, if I was there I'd be getting eight runs a night.' The only team that maybe you can say that with is the Yankees. In the end it was my decision to come here and make a four-year commitment to win each year.

"It's what was best for me and my family. Getting 300 and all that would just be icing on the cake. Sure I could look at it and say I could have many more wins. But I could say the same thing about a lot of my years in Atlanta. It happens."