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Greg Maddux Caught Fire After Getting Mid-Season LASIK

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Like Bagwell, Greg Maddux was already a bonafide superstar by the time he elected to get LASIK in July of 1999. But the hurler's vision had been terrible ever since he entered the MLB in 1986.

After a few seasons in the big leagues, he'd grown tired of wearing his trademark glasses. He switched to contacts, but those made him want to rub his eyes on the mound and he'd immediately take them out once he completed a start. He didn't believe these issues ever seriously hampered his game—he'd won four Cy Young awards by 1999, after all—but he was just tired of dealing with it both in his professional and personal life. Maddux may not have thought LASIK was going to make him a better pitcher, but he went on a dominant run following the procedure.

He allowed one run in eight innings against the Boston Red Sox just two days after he got LASIK, and went on to win nine of his next 10 decisions. He also played a big role in the Atlanta Braves reaching the 1999 World Series, tossing 28 innings in the post-season and compiling a 2.25 ERA. "I see better now, I know I see a lot wider now," Maddux told the AP shortly after he had the procedure.

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Like Bagwell, Greg Maddux was already a bonafide superstar by the time he elected to get LASIK in July of 1999. But the hurler's vision had been terrible ever since he entered the MLB in 1986.

After a few seasons in the big leagues, he'd grown tired of wearing his trademark glasses. He switched to contacts, but those made him want to rub his eyes on the mound and he'd immediately take them out once he completed a start. He didn't believe these issues ever seriously hampered his game—he'd won four Cy Young awards by 1999, after all—but he was just tired of dealing with it both in his professional and personal life. Maddux may not have thought LASIK was going to make him a better pitcher, but he went on a dominant run following the procedure.

He allowed one run in eight innings against the Boston Red Sox just two days after he got LASIK, and went on to win nine of his next 10 decisions. He also played a big role in the Atlanta Braves reaching the 1999 World Series, tossing 28 innings in the post-season and compiling a 2.25 ERA. "I see better now, I know I see a lot wider now," Maddux told the AP shortly after he had the procedure.


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