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Braves retire Maddux's No. 31

Updated: July 18, 2009, 1:03 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- On the day the Atlanta Braves retired Greg Maddux's number, his former manager Bobby Cox led the praises.

"I get asked by managers and press people all the time, how good was he?" Cox said. "Was he the best pitcher I ever saw? Was he the smartest pitcher I ever saw? Was he the best competitor I ever saw? Was he the best teammate I ever saw?

"The answer is yes to all the above."

Maddux was always grouped with Tom Glavine and John Smoltz as the team's most dominant starting ...

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