While his time with the San Diego Padres was brief, Greg Maddux collected the 350th win of his career on this day in 2008
The San Diego Padres signed Greg Maddux in the twilight of his Hall of Fame career. The 41-year-old had previously spent two stints in the Chicago Cubs’ organization and time with both the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers.
His deal with the Padres was a one-year contract valued at $10M with a player option for the 2008 season as well. Both he and David Wells were signed to bolster a rotation that already featured Jake Peavy and Chris Young.
However, on May 10, 2008, Maddux would add another accolade to his illustrious career.
Hosting the Rockies at PetCo Park, Maddux took the mound to face the defending National League Champions. It was not one of his more impressive starts, tossing 6.0 innings of three-hit ball while allowing an unearned run and striking out just one. However, it was just enough as the Padres offense backed his start to give Maddux his 350th career win.
Maddux would make another 18 starts for the Padres in 2008 – adding three more wins to his total – before being traded within the division and returning to Los Angeles for a second stint with the Dodgers.
There, Maddux made seven starts to close out the 2008 campaign, bringing his career win total to 355, which also passed Roger Clemen’s for eighth all-time.
After the 2008 season, Maddux officially put a close on his fantastic career. And while his glory days were in the late 90s and early 2000s, Maddux left his mark on the Padres’ organization, earning a milestone victory in mid-May of 2008.