Salsa presents: The John Smoltz Tribute

I was fortunate enough to grow up in the ATL. One of the best things about the dirty south, is that I was privileged to witness one of the best baseball teams of the century for many years. The 90’s and early 00’s Atlanta Braves. The cornerstone of those great teams was one of the greatest pitchers of our generation. I’m talking about the one and only, John Smoltz.

Today at 2:00 pm John will punch his ticket to Cooperstown as a First-Ballot Hall of Famer. Now I’d be remiss, if I failed to mention his buddies Greg Maddux, and Tom Glavine who made up the most feared three headed monster in MLB History, but today is Smoltz’ moment. John Smoltz was Atlanta’s Rock. He was the definition of a Big game pitcher, and for that we salute you.

Now i know most of you readers don’t know (or care) about John Smoltz like I do– and that’s cool, so I’m just going to quickly take you through his life in pictures.

Drafted in 1985 By the Tigers and came up with the Lakeland Tigers
lakeland tigers

MLB Debut- July 3rd 1988
future star

“The Good Years” -1990’s
Tom Glavine, John Smoltz and Greg Maddux

World Series Champs 1995
world series champs

The injury-John had Tommy John Surgery causing him to miss the entire 2000 season
the injury

The comeback- He came back AS A CLOSER- and dominated.
closer2

Retirement- Braves Retire #29 – April 16, 2012
John Smoltz

Golf- A lot of people don’t know this But Smoltz is a hell of a golfer
SMOLTZ-golf

MLB Analyst- has worked for TBS, Fox Sports South, MLB Network, and still does select Braves games
smoltz analyst

Here are some of his career highlights.

    15-4, 2.67 ERA in 41 post-season appearances, (27 as a starter)

    1996 NL Cy-Young going 24-8 with a 2.94 ERA and 276 Strikeouts that season

    8 time all star

    3000 Career Strikeouts

    1992 NLCS MVP

    only pitcher in MLB History with 200 wins and 150 saves

Thanks for the memories John, you deserve everything you get.

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