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Longtime Braves pitcher Greg Maddux will enter the Hall of Fame without any logo on his cap, in a statement released Friday by the Hall.

Citing the fact that he spent half his career a Brave and almost another half as a Cub, Maddux decided that his plaque will not bear a Braves logo, despite winning his only championship here in 1995 and having the best years of his career in an Atlanta uniform.

"I came up a Cub. I played there for six years [and] went back for six more. I was in Atlanta for 11 years. So it comes out to about the same amount of time in both cities. 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. Both places mean so much to me personally, to my family. I couldn't pick. So I'm going to go in neutral, I guess."

Fellow Hall classmates Tom Glavine and Bobby Cox have both decided that there will be Atlanta braves logos on their Hall of Fame plaques when they are inducted this summer. Glavine spent 17 of his 22 seasons in a Braves uniform, while Cox spent 25 years in the Braves' dugout with a four-year intermission to manage the Toronto Blue Jays in the mid-80's.

Tony LaRussa, who is also going into the Hall, will also go logo-less. LaRussa, however, won titles with both the A's and Cardinals during his managing career after breaking into managing with the Chicago White Sox.

Joe Torre, who played and managed with the Braves as well, will enter the Hall wearing a Yankees cap. However that should surprise no one, as it was in New York that Torre won four World Series championships.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on July 27.

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