BASEBALL Maddux, Clemens do share traits
Greg Maddux believes other pitchers will follow with 300 wins.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Greg Maddux got to 300 wins with precision and pinpoint control, while Roger Clemens did it by just plain overpowering his opponents.
While their styles are quite different, the two star pitchers share some similarities: Both have stayed healthy, are durable and are respected for their diligent preparation.
"I think basically we're the same pitcher, we just do it at different speeds," Maddux said Saturday after joining Clemens and 20 other great pitchers in the 300-win club. "We do the exact same things on the mound, but just subtract 10 [mph] from the radar gun."
Some believe Clemens and Maddux could be the last pitchers to make it to the 300 mark, which has become more difficult to reach in the era of five-man rotations, relief specialists and pitch-count limits.
Don't tell that to Maddux.
While the modest right-hander insists that such an accomplishment is in large part "lucky," he believes there will be more pitchers to follow in his footsteps.
Glavine may be next
Tom Glavine, Maddux's former teammate with the Atlanta Braves, could be the next to reach 300. The New York Mets' lefty has 259 wins, and, like Maddux, he's 38. After Glavine, even Maddux is unsure how many more pitchers could accomplish the feat.
Randy Johnson, who turns 41 next month, is the next closest at 241.
"There will come some other guys," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "There will be some guys who go to winter ball to learn to pitch. I'm only saying that because Maddux went to winter ball."
Maddux, who improved his career record to 300-170, became the first National Leaguer to notch 300 wins since Philadelphia's Steve Carlton in 1983. Clemens reached the milestone last June while with the New York Yankees.
Maddux (11-7) did it on his second try -- he got a no-decision in his first chance last Sunday against the Phillies.
He celebrated over a nice dinner with his family Saturday night. Maddux also received more congratulatory phone calls than he could count.
"The calls I got were cool," he said Sunday. "I don't feel any different today than I did yesterday. It's a nice achievement and something I'm very proud of. It's almost like you might feel a little guilty. The game has been so good to me ... and it keeps coming."
Maddux just wanted to get 300 over with -- and knows his wife, Kathy, will appreciate fewer phone calls from friends and relatives requesting tickets. Maddux's son, Chase, bounced around the Chicago clubhouse before Sunday's game against the Giants, then played with a baseball with his dad in the dugout.
Maddux needed help from the Cubs' potent offense and a strong effort by five relievers as the Cubs rallied from an early 3-0 deficit to beat the San Francisco Giants 8-4.