Vote now for Cubs' Maddux and Sandberg
Vote to add them to the Pepsi Max Field of Dreams Team
Greg Maddux was such a mastermind on the mound that he often remembered pitches he threw to certain hitters years after he threw them.
Do you want him to remember you?
You could stand in the batter's box and face one of the greatest pitchers in Major League history -- or try to field a smash hit by Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg -- by voting for the Pepsi MAX Field of Dreams Team.
From now through Aug. 31, vote up to 25 times a day for your favorite living legends and help create the Pepsi MAX Field of Dreams Team. All-time greats have been nominated at each position, from catcher to reliever. For each ballot cast, you will be entered to win the chance to take on the winning Pepsi MAX Field of Dreams Team with 10 of your friends on your home turf next spring, surrounded by family, fans and media.
Cubs fans have the chance to vote for two of their team's all-time greats in Maddux and Sandberg. Maddux was drafted by the Cubs in the second round of the 1984 Draft and pitched on the North Side of Chicago from 1986-92 and again from 2004-06. He won the first of four straight Cy Young awards with the Cubs in '92 before leading the Braves to the playoffs for 14 consecutive seasons and the '95 World Series title.
Maddux is known as one of the most accurate pitchers in big league history. The right-hander often painted the corners with perfect strikes, his signature two-seam fastball starting outside to a right-handed batter before slicing to catch the outside edge. "Mad Dog" retired in 2008 with 355 wins, eighth all-time, a 3.16 ERA and 3,371 strikeouts, 10th all-time. He won a Major League record 18 Gold Gloves, including 13 straight.
Sandberg's work ethic and tough-nosed attitude made him one of the most beloved Cubs off all time. The second baseman was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005 after playing 15 of his 16 big league seasons with the Cubs, who acquired him from Philadelphia before the 1982 season. Sandberg was the National League MVP in '84, leading the Cubs to their first postseason appearance since '45.
"Ryno" finished with a .285 career batting average, 282 home runs, 403 doubles and 1,061 RBIs. He made 10 consecutive All-Star appearances and won nine straight Gold Gloves. He is considered one of the best second basemen of all time, and his .989 career fielding percentage is a record at the position.
Sandberg managed in the Cubs Minor League system from 2007-10, including Triple-A Iowa in '10, when he was named Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year. He now manages the Phillies' Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
Sandberg and Maddux played together with the Cubs from 1986-92. Here's your chance to make them teammates again, and, with some luck, try to beat them.
So, what are you waiting for? Cast your ballots for these legends now, and you could end up playing against them in your own backyard.
Alex Ruppenthal is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.