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Greg Maddux bid goodbye to Dodgers as Clayton Kershaw said hello
Greg Maddux bid goodbye to Dodgers as Clayton Kershaw said hello

The final act of Greg Maddux's distinguished career was an ignoble one. He wandered in from the Dodgers' bullpen in the third inning, with his team losing. He departed in the fifth inning, his team even further behind. "A very special day for me," Maddux said. Maddux, arguably the premier pitcher of his generation, started more games than any pitcher in major league history except Cy Young, Nolan Ryan and Don Sutton. The Dodgers dumped him into middle relief for the 2008 National League Championship Series — him and Clayton Kershaw, perhaps the most glamorous mop-up crew in recent memory. Kershaw was 20. He was coming. Maddux was 42. He was going. He...

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