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.
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.