63 Greg Maddux Quotes from Baseball Pitcher and Coach

Gregory Maddux is an American former professional baseball pitcher and college baseball coach.

He is well-known for his accuracy and methodical approach to the game.

Maddux a 1966-born pitcher made a name for himself with the Chicago Cubs in 1984 as he started his professional career.

Greg Maddux Quotes

He struggled in his early years but as he improved his mechanics he in 1992 won his first Cy Young Award.

After that Maddux moved to Atlanta where he won three more straight Cy Young Awards and helped the team win the World Series in 1995.

Prior to his retirement in 2008 Maddux returned to the Cubs in 2004 and achieved notable accomplishments.

His 2014 induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame recognized his contributions to baseball.

I have listed top quotes by Greg Maddux in this article.

Top 10 Greg Maddux Quotes


He was trying to change it up a little bit, give me a breather. ~ Greg Maddux.


My stuff was all right, but it’s not about pitching good. It’s about winning. I pitched just good enough to lose. ~ Greg Maddux.


It’s just pitching, man. I’m just pitching. I’m getting ready to pitch in five more days. ~ Greg Maddux.


It’s better to be wild out of the strike zone than in it. It was nice to get out there and pitch again. ~ Greg Maddux.


I take golf trips with my brother or with friends. We usually go to Pebble or Bandon Dunes. One year we went to Hawaii. ~ Greg Maddux.


You can’t control the outcome of the game, but you can control what you put into it and that’s what I’m going to do. ~ Greg Maddux.


I don’t believe for one second that the eye surgery has helped me on the mound. ~ Greg Maddux.


The key to pitching is to have the ability to throw a strike when they’re taking and throw a ball when the hitter is swinging. ~ Greg Maddux.


I look forward to another good year next year. It would be nice to win, too. ~ Greg Maddux.


I don’t care if we’re out of it or not, if I’ve got a chance to pitch, I want to. ~ Greg Maddux.

Famous Greg Maddux Quotes


It’s what I do. I enjoy coming to the park every day. Mentally, I don’t want to give it up. When it comes time to decide on next year, I will. But it’s not time yet. There’s too much in front of me right now to worry about. ~ Greg Maddux.


I felt better than the last time, which is good. It’s still early. You’ve got to wait and see, rack up some innings, to see if you start feeling better. Who doesn’t feel good after five innings (in spring training)? ~ Greg Maddux.

There are a lot of shots in golf I can’t hit, but I try to hit them anyway. The frustration is not there, because I’m still learning. But I really know how to do this. I’m not just hoping to get it where I want it… Let the other guys do it half-assed. ~ Greg Maddux.


If you are content with yourself, you’ll stop taking those little steps forward and begin taking big steps backward. ~ Greg Maddux.

What has benefited me the most is learning I can’t control what happens outside of my pitching. ~ Greg Maddux.


I took some time to reflect back on my experiences here because I guess you’re going to blow it up once the season is over. Great fans, and all that. I’m sure they’ll be the same fans just a block down the road or whatever. ~ Greg Maddux.

My goal has always been 20 (wins) and to try to get to the postseason, … Fifteen was a number that was thrown out there because I think that was the fewest amount I ever won. I never worried about it. It was kind of cool with all the 15-win stuff, but my goal has always been 20. ~ Greg Maddux.

Best Greg Maddux Quotes


You want to lower your ERA, pitch better. It’s that simple. Just try to pitch better. Don’t make as many mistakes as I made last year. ~ Greg Maddux.

You’re not going to win by automatically going out there. It’s hard to know what people really expect of you, and I’ve never tried to live up to expectations anyway. That’s no way to play baseball. ~ Greg Maddux.


I was under the impression I had signed a three-year contract. I want to be back. I expect to be back. I will be back. ~ Greg Maddux.

My goal has always been 20 (wins) and to try to get to the postseason. Fifteen was a number that was thrown out there because I think that was the fewest amount I ever won. I never worried about it. It was kind of cool with all the 15-win stuff, but my goal has always been 20. ~ Greg Maddux.


The best pitchers have a short term memory and a bullet proof confidence. ~ Greg Maddux.

It’s still fun; I like it. I looked forward to coming here this morning, and I’ll look forward to it again tomorrow. After a while, it might wear off a little bit, but I’m excited to be here. … I still enjoy coming to the ballpark. ~ Greg Maddux.


If they want me I’d love to come back. I’m not going to play because I can, I’m going to play because I deserve it. ~ Greg Maddux.

It’s spring training, and you don’t have to walk him. You’ve got that going for you. Yeah, it was fun to actually face him and not have to worry about winning the game and walking him. ~ Greg Maddux.

Popular Greg Maddux Quotes

I’d rather try and not win than not try at all. ~ Greg Maddux.

The reason I think I’m a good pitcher is I locate my fastball and I change speeds. Period. That’s what you do to pitch. That’s what pitchers have to do to win games. ~ Greg Maddux.


I would love to try to win another game. Obviously, it’s more fun when you win. I’d rather try and not win than not try at all. ~ Greg Maddux.

I couldn’t see. I had a hard time with contacts, was the thinking. I didn’t mind wearing glasses. I saw fine out of my glasses. Contacts? I had no chance. I had one work, one didn’t. Next inning the other one would work, the other one wouldn’t. I just had bumpy eyes, I guess. My eyes were bumpier than the normal person. I was a tough fit for contacts. ~ Greg Maddux.


Regardless of where you’re pitching, regardless of what goes on before or after your game, you still have to be ready. ~ Greg Maddux.

I never mind looking like the dork or the geek or whatever, or the accountant or all that. It didn’t bother me one bit. It’s a lot hassle-free now. I have no hassles with my eyes other than the normal stuff. Maybe the sun is too bright. ~ Greg Maddux.

I only know one way to pitch. I really do. ~ Greg Maddux.

When people say (nice) things you take them as compliments and it’s nice, but it won’t help you win your next game. The thing I am trying to keep in mind is that relying on my past performance will not make me win my next game, it’ll only get in my way. ~ Greg Maddux.

The guy’s doing everything in his power to help me out there. It’s very gratifying. ~ Greg Maddux.

Julio Franco once said age is just a number. I’m beginning to agree with him. ~ Greg Maddux.


I daydream just like everybody else. I just do it with my body facing the field, so everybody thinks I’m paying attention. ~ Greg Maddux.

I’ve always felt the last one was kind of a waste. The last Spring Training start, it’s like, ‘God, I hope no one hits one off my knee or foot,’ because you feel like you’re ready to go. ~ Greg Maddux.

Great Greg Maddux Quotes

I guess I would deal with it when the time came, but right now it’s not an issue. ~ Greg Maddux.

People judge too much by results. I’m just the opposite. I care about more than results. I’d rather make a good pitch and give up a bloop single than make a bad pitch and get an out. ~ Greg Maddux.

I could probably throw harder if I wanted, but why? When they’re in a jam, a lot of pitchers…try to throw harder. Me, I try to locate better. ~ Greg Maddux.

The outcome of the game is something that, as a starting pitcher, is very hard to control. Just worry about making pitches. And leave it at that. ~ Greg Maddux.

Hopefully, the same as the 30s. We’ll see. I don’t know – I’ve never been 40 before. ~ Greg Maddux.


The dirt was OK, but once you hit the grass… Wet grass is slippery. ~ Greg Maddux.

We’ll see. I enjoy coming to the ballpark every day. It’s a good life. Mentally I don’t want to give it up. ~ Greg Maddux.

Consistency is something you can always improve on. You can be more consistent with your mental approach, the things you do physically on the mound. Instead of doing 5 good pitches an inning, try to make six. You can always do more of what you are doing well and try to be as consistent as you can be. ~ Greg Maddux.

Oh, poor me (jokingly, after being told that Randy Johnson & Pedro Martinez would make more in 2003 than he would). What do I do now? I guess I’ll have to get a second job. ~ Greg Maddux.

I try to do two things: locate my fastball and change speeds. That’s it. I try to keep as simple as possible. I just throw my fastball (to) both sides of the plate and change speed every now and then. There is no special food or anything like that, I just try to make quality pitches and try to be prepared each time I go out there. ~ Greg Maddux.


I’m not getting any younger, … I really want to play out the year and come back next season. ~ Greg Maddux.

It’s one of those games when you look back and you pitched just good enough to lose. He (Willis) pitched a good game. We knew going into the game we needed to hold them close and we might get him later. ~ Greg Maddux.

Quotes about Greg Maddux

It seems like he’s inside your mind with you. When he knows you’re not going to swing, he throws a straight one. He sees into the future. It’s like he has a crystal ball hidden inside his glove. ~ Wade Boggs.

You keep saying the same thing over and over and it sounds like a recording. Maddux was absolutely in command. ~ Atlanta Braves Manager Bobby Cox.

When he’s on like this, it can be a boring game for the fans. It looks like you’re not even trying. ~ Paul O’Neill.

One thing anyone can go through is a slump. Unless you’re Greg Maddux, it’s going to happen to everybody. ~ Mike Piazza.

Every pitch has a purpose. Sometimes he knows what he’s going to throw two pitches ahead. I swear, he makes it look like guys are swinging foam bats against him. ~ John Smoltz.

When you think it’s a ball, it’s a strike. When you swing at what you think is a strike, it’s in the dirt. He’s a remarkable pitcher. ~ Yankee Manager Joe Torre.

He makes it look easy. You wish there was another league he could get called up to. ~ Dwight Gooden.

He’s like a meticulous surgeon out there…he puts the ball where he wants to. You see a pitch inside and wonder, ‘Is it the fastball or the cutter?’ That’s where he’s got you. ~ Tony Gwynn.

So these were the 63 top quotes about Greg Maddux.

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