“My wife Kathy and I grew up in baseball in Chicago, and then we had just an amazing experience in Atlanta with the Braves,” Maddux said in a statement. “It’s impossible for me to choose one of those teams for my Hall of Fame plaque, as the fans of both clubs in each of those cities were so wonderful. I can’t think of having my Hall of Fame induction without the support of both of those fan bases, so, for that reason, the cap on my Hall of Fame plaque will not feature a logo.”
Many had presumed Maddux would go in as a Brave after he won three Cy Young awards and 194 of his 355 wins with Atlanta after signing with the team as a free agent after starting his career with the Cubs where he won his first Cy Young award.
Undoubtedly many Braves fans will be upset that he is not going to be inducted as a Brave and take it as a perceived slight against the club he helped lead to a World Series Championship.
In an era with players jumping from one team to the next and rarely playing their entire career with one team, Maddux could be a pioneer for future hall of famers who go in without a logo as well.