Greg Maddux was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday.

Greg Maddux holds his plaque during the Hall of Fame induction ceremony. (Jim McIsaac, Getty Images / July 30, 2014)

The stats on former Cubs and Braves pitcher Greg Maddux's Hall of Fame plaque awarded Sunday are appropriately impressive.

The grammar? Not so much.

Astute baseball fans have taken to Twitter, sports podcasts and Internet sites to point out an error in the etched description of Maddux as the "only hurler with ... less than 1,000 walks."

For those of you who didn't pay attention to your high school English teacher, the correct phrasing should have been "fewer than 1,000 walks."

According to Oxford Dictionaries, use fewer if you're referring to things in the plural (e.g. houses, newspapers, dogs, students, children).

Use less when referring to something that can't be counted, or doesn't have a plural. (e.g. money, air, time, music, rain).

One website post on the grammatical flub has inspired more than 150 responses and some people also took the opportunity to point out where commas would have been nice.

vortiz@tribune.com