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March 31, 2010

Greg Maddux Honored by Braves

Last season, the Chicago Cubs fittingly retired number 31 for both Greg Maddux and Fergie Jenkins.

And given the pair won a combined 300 games for the North Siders, retiring the number for both of them (and not just one) made perfect sense.

This season, the Atlanta Braves are doing something else that mades perfect sense...adding Maddux's number 31 to Turner Field's Monument Grove.

Five other Braves (Warren Spahn, Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron, Phil Niekro and Dale Murphy) have received the honor and its likely the team won't stop at Maddux.

"There are other numbers sure to come and it isn't hard to guess which ones they'll be," Braves president John Schuerholz said.

My guess...the future Hall of Famer and current assistant to Cubs' general manager Jim Hendry is likely going to be joined by fellow Braves' All-Stars Tom Glavine, John Smoltz and Chipper Jones.

Sorry Biff Pocoroba.

Long-time skipper Bobby Cox, who is retiring following this season, should also be seeing his number 6 honored in the not-so distant future.

And in case you were wondering...if you were to hit up Google and type in "Maddux Monument", the first thing you'd find is NOT a story about Greg Maddux. You'd be greeted with
a New Mexico headstone company.

Visit one of their four locations today!

BallHype: hype it up!

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