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January 24, 2014

Maddux, La Russa choose not to choose HOF caps

Torre will represent Yankees

(AP) — Greg Maddux and Tony La Russa will not have logos on their National Baseball Hall of Fame plaques, the Cooperstown shrine announced on Jan. 23.

The Hall also announced that team logos will be displayed on the plaques of Joe Torre (New York Yankees), Tom Glavine and Bobby Cox (Atlanta Braves), and Frank Thomas (Chicago White Sox).

The six will be honored during the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on July 27 at the Clark Sports Center. Former managers La Russa, Torre and Cox were elected last month by the Hall’s Expansion-Era Committee. The others were chosen this month by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America via the Players’ Ballot.

Of the 300 previous Hall members, 86 have caps with logos.

Maddux began his big league career with the Chicago Cubs from 1986 to 1992, winning the first of his four Cy Young Awards in his final season at Wrigley Field. He was with the Braves from 1993 to 2003, winning Cy Youngs in his first three seasons in Atlanta, then returned to the Cubs from 2004 to 2006. He also played for the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres from 2006 to 2008.

“I feel good about it. I spent half my career in Chicago and half of my career in Atlanta,” Maddux said during a media conference in Arlington, Texas. “I love both places. Obviously, I feel like I had more success as a Brave. We did get a World Series there, but I kind of came up a Cub. For me, I couldn’t pick. I really couldn’t. ... So I’m going to go in neutral, I guess.”

Hall President Jeff Idelson said a logo makes sense for those “whose most compelling contributions clearly took place with one team” and not having a team logo is “equally acceptable” for those whose careers were built significantly among multiple teams.

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