Greg Maddux will not have a logo on his cap when he's inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, becoming the first player in more than three decades not to represent a team upon enshrinement. Most of Maddux's dominant years came with the Braves, but he broke into the big leagues -- and had his first taste of success at the highest level -- with the Cubs.
It's a situation that is sure to come up again, with many current and future candidates having spent significant time and having accomplished significant things with more than one team. Here's a look at a few notable retired stars who fit that category:
BBWAA ballot: 2015 will be third year
The case for the Dodgers: Piazza was drafted by and broke into the majors with Los Angeles, and took the baseball world by storm by becoming the most prolific offensive catcher the game had ever seen. Piazza hit .331/.394/.572 and averaged 33 home runs and 105 RBI during his five full seasons with the Dodgers after winning the 1993 NL Rookie of the Year award. He also was selected to five consecutive All-Star teams and won five straight Silver Slugger awards.
The case for the Mets: Piazza hit .296/.373/.542 with 220 home runs in parts of eight seasons in New York. He also appeared in his only World Series during that time. Those accomplishments are likely a big part of why Piazza has already proclaimed that he'll wear a Mets hat when he one day gets enshrined in Cooperstown.
A team he definitely won't represent: The Marlins. Piazza made only 19 plate appearances for the Fish in 1998 after being acquired from the Dodgers in May. The Marlins flipped him to New York eight days later.
First year on BBWAA ballot: 2015
The case for the Mariners: The Big Unit won 130 games and racked up more than 2,100 strikeouts in 10 seasons in Seattle. He also won a Cy Young award and was selected to five All-Star teams as an integral part of the team that generated enough excitement to keep baseball in the Emerald City at a time when the team's very future existence in Seattle was in doubt.
The case for the Diamondbacks: Ordinarily, that kind of resume with one team would make this kind of decision a no-brainer, but Johnson went on to win four consecutive Cy Young Awards and a World Series championship with the D-Backs, with whom he served two stints spanning eight seasons.
A team he definitely won't represent: The Astros. But that's not for lack of performance. In his 11 starts in Houston after being traded by the Mariners at the 1998 trade deadline, Johnson went 10-1 with a 1.28 ERA and 12.4 strikeouts per nine innings.
First year on BBWAA ballot: 2015
The case for the Marlins: Sheffield was a World Series champion with Florida in 1997 and spent more years there (six) than he did with any other club. His numbers there were great, too. Sheff hit .288/.426/.543 with 122 home runs in 558 games played.
The case for the Dodgers: Though he was only in L.A. for parts of four seasons, Sheffield hit 129 home runs and compiled a .312/.424/.573 line. However, the Dodgers missed the playoffs in each of those seasons and Sheffield became frustrated toward the end of his tenure with the team. He wound up publicly criticizing teammates and coaches prior to being shipped to Atlanta.
A team he definitely won't represent: The Brewers. The team that drafted and developed Sheffield didn't really reap any benefits from the potential future Hall-of-Famer, as he hit just .259/.319/.376 in parts of four seasons in Milwaukee.
First year on BBWAA ballot: 2017
The case for the Expos: Guerrero was an absolute monster in Montreal, hitting .323/.390/.588 with 234 home runs. He was also impactful on the bases, swiping 123 bags — including 40 in a huge 2002 season in which he fell a homer short of a 40/40 campaign — for the Expos. Vlad compiled 84 of his 126 career outfield assists while manning right field at Olympic Stadium.
The case for the Angels: The 2004 AL MVP award was given to Guerrero, who had just completed his first year in Anaheim with a .337/.391/.598 line and 39 home runs. He never appeared in a postseason game while in Montreal but played in 29 of them with the Halos, finishing with a .365 on-base percentage and 14 RBI in those contests.
A team he definitely won't represent: The Orioles. Vlad wrapped up a terrific MLB career by posting career full-season lows in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage with the O's in 2011.