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John Smoltz

Smoltz, with the Braves in June 2007
Atlanta Braves — No. 29
Starting Pitcher
Born: May 15, 1967 (1967-05-15) (age 40)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Major League Baseball debut
July 23, 1988 for the Atlanta Braves
Selected MLB statistics
(through August 20, 2007)
Win-Loss     204-143
Saves     154
Earned Run Average     3.26
Strikeouts     2,920
Teams

John Andrew Smoltz (born May 15, 1967 in Warren, Michigan) is a Major League Baseball player. He is predominantly known as a starter and former Cy Young Award winner. However, before the 2001 season, his 13th, he became a closer, a role in which he is no longer serving. In 2002 he became only the second pitcher in history to have had both a 20-win season and a 50-save season (the other being Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley). He is the only pitcher in Major League history to top both 200 wins and 150 saves. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... In baseball or softball, a starting pitcher, often abbreviated as starter, is the pitcher who pitches the first pitch to the first batter of a game. ... is the 135th day of the year (136th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday and the summer of 1967 was known as The Summer of Peace and Love (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... is the 204th day of the year (205th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... In Major League Baseball, a win (denoted W) is generally credited to the pitcher for the winning team who was in the game when they last took the lead. ... To save in a sport means to stop a goal or to maintain the lead. ... In baseball statistics, earned run average (ERA) is the mean of earned runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched. ... Cincinnati Reds outfielder Adam Dunn strikes out swinging to Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz (not pictured). ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) East Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 21, 35, 41, 42, 44 Name Atlanta Braves (1966–present) Milwaukee Braves (1953-1965) Boston Braves (1941-1952) Boston Bees (1936-1940) Boston Braves (1912-1935) Boston Rustlers (1911) Boston Doves (1907-1910) Boston... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 12 - Former Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Willie Stargell is the only player elected this year to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... is the 135th day of the year (136th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday and the summer of 1967 was known as The Summer of Peace and Love (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... Country United States State Michigan County Macomb County Incorporated 1957 Government  - Type Council-Strong Mayor  - Mayor Mark A. Steenbergh Area  - City  34. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... In baseball, the Cy Young Award is an honor given annually to the best pitchers in the Major Leagues. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2001 throughout the world. ... Mariano Rivera is the closer for the New York Yankees. ... This year in baseball: 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-March January 8 - Ozzie Smith is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... Dennis Lee Eckersley (born October 3, 1954 in Oakland, California), nicknamed Eck, was a Major League Baseball player elected to Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004 (his first year of eligibility). ...


Smoltz throws a four-seam fastball that has been clocked as high as 101 MPH, a strong, effective slider, and a 90 MPH split-finger fastball that he uses as a strikeout pitch. He also mixes in a curveball and change-up on occasion.[1] For the American band of the same name, see Fastball (band). ... Miles per hour is a unit of speed, expressing the number of international miles covered per hour. ... A common grip of a slider a pitcher uses In baseball, a slider is a pitch halfway between a curveball and a fastball. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Cincinnati Reds outfielder Adam Dunn strikes out swinging to Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz (not pictured). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the song by Fabolous. ...

Contents

Minor Leagues and trade to Atlanta

John Smoltz was an All-State baseball and basketball player at Waverly High School in Lansing, Michigan before the Detroit Tigers drafted him in the 22nd round of the 1985 amateur draft. He was the 574th selection of the draft. He would have been drafted higher, but concerns that he would accept a basketball scholarship from Michigan State University dissuaded teams from drafting him. Basketball is a team sport in which two teams of five active players each try to score points against one another by throwing a ball through a high hoop (the basket) under organized rules. ... Location in Ingham County, Michigan1 Coordinates: Country United States State Michigan County Ingham, Eaton Settled 1835 Incorporation 1859 Government  - Type Strong Mayor-Council  - Mayor Virg Bernero (D) Area  - City  35. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 2, 5, 6, 16, 23, 42 Name Detroit Tigers (1901–present) Other nicknames The Bless You Boys Ballpark Comerica Park (2000–present) Tiger Stadium (1912-1999) Briggs Stadium (1938-1960) Navin Field (1912-1938) Bennett... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 7 - Outfielder Lou Brock and knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... Michigan State University (MSU) is a co-educational public research university in East Lansing, Michigan USA. Founded in 1855, it was the pioneer land-grant institution and served as a model for future land-grant colleges in the United States under the 1862 Morrill Act. ...


Smoltz would never throw a pitch for the Tigers. On August 12, 1987, he was traded to the Atlanta Braves. The 1987 Tigers were in a three-team race, chasing the Toronto Blue Jays for the AL East division lead. In need of pitching help, Detroit sent their 20-year-old prospect to the Braves for the 36-year-old veteran Doyle Alexander. The trade initially worked to perfection. Alexander posted a 9-0 record with a 1.53 ERA down the stretch, as Detroit overtook Toronto and narrowly won the division. However, the Tigers were beaten easily by the Minnesota Twins in the playoffs. Alexander remained with Detroit, winning 20 games in two years before retiring. The Tigers did not reappear in the postseason until 2006. is the 224th day of the year (225th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 14 - Catfish Hunter and Billy Williams are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) East Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 21, 35, 41, 42, 44 Name Atlanta Braves (1966–present) Milwaukee Braves (1953-1965) Boston Braves (1941-1952) Boston Bees (1936-1940) Boston Braves (1912-1935) Boston Rustlers (1911) Boston Doves (1907-1910) Boston... Major league affiliations American League (1977–present) East Division (1977–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Toronto Blue Jays (1977–present) Other nicknames The Jays Ballpark Rogers Centre (1989–present) a. ... The American League East Division is one of Major League Baseballs six divisions. ... Doyle Lafayette Alexander (born September 4, 1950, Cordova, Alabama) was a right-handed Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves, San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays, and Detroit Tigers. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 6, 14, 29, 34, 42 Name Minnesota Twins (1961–present) Washington Nationals/Senators (1901-1960) Other nicknames The Twinkies Ballpark Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 1982-present Metropolitan Stadium (1961-1981) Griffith Stadium (1903-1960...


On the other side of the trade, Smoltz developed into a pitching stalwart for a 14-time division winning team. Atlanta won five NL pennants, including the franchise's first championship in 38 years. Dates October 21, 1995–October 28, 1995 MVP Tom Glavine (Atlanta) Television network ABC Games 1, 4, and 5, NBC Games 2, 3, and 6 Announcers ABC: Al Michaels, Jim Palmer, and Tim McCarver NBC: Bob Costas, Joe Morgan, and Bob Uecker Umpires Harry Wendelstedt (NL), Joe Brinkman (AL), Bruce...


Career

Early years

Smoltz made his Major League debut on July 23, 1988. He posted poor statistics in a dozen starts, but in 1989, Smoltz blossomed. In 29 starts, he recorded a 12-11 record and 2.94 ERA while pitching 208 innings and making the All-Star team. Teammate Tom Glavine also had his first good year in 1989, raising optimism about the future of Atlanta's pitching staff. is the 204th day of the year (205th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 12 - Former Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Willie Stargell is the only player elected this year to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... 1989 in baseball - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Thomas Michael Tom Glavine (born March 25, 1966 in Concord, Massachusetts) is an American Major League Baseball starting pitcher for the New York Mets. ...


Smoltz began the 1991 season with a 2-11 record. He began seeing a sports psychologist, after which he closed out the season on a 12-2 pace [1], helping the Braves win a tight NL West race. His winning ways continued into the 1991 National League Championship Series. Smoltz won both his starts against the Pittsburgh Pirates, capped by a complete game shutout in the seventh game, propelling the Atlanta Braves to their first-ever World Series. Smoltz had two no-decisions against the Minnesota Twins, with a 1.26 ERA. In the seventh and deciding game, he faced his former Detroit Tiger hero, Jack Morris. Both starters pitched shutout ball for seven innings, before Smoltz was removed from the 0-0 game in the eighth. Morris had eventually pitched a 10-inning complete game victory. Sports psychology refers to the study of psychological/mental factors that influnce or are influenced by the partication in and performance of sports, physical activity and exercise. ... The 1991 National League Championship Series was played between the Atlanta Braves (94-68) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (98-64), with the Braves coming out on top in the series 4-3. ... Major league affiliations National League (1887–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 20, 21, 33, 40, 42 Name Pittsburgh Pirates (1891–present) Pittsburgh Innocents (1890) Pittsburg Alleghenies (1882–1889) (Also referred to as Infants in 1890) Ballpark PNC Park (2001–present) Three Rivers... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 6, 14, 29, 34, 42 Name Minnesota Twins (1961–present) Washington Nationals/Senators (1901-1960) Other nicknames The Twinkies Ballpark Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 1982-present Metropolitan Stadium (1961-1981) Griffith Stadium (1903-1960... John Scott Jack Morris (born May 16, 1955 in St. ...


The next year, Smoltz won fifteen regular season games and was the MVP of the 1992 National League Championship Series, winning two games. He left the seventh game trailing, but ended up with a no-decision as the Braves mounted a dramatic ninth-inning comeback win. Smoltz won his first World Series victory against the Toronto Blue Jays, but the Braves lost in six games. The 1992 National League Championship Series was played between the Atlanta Braves (98-64) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (95-66) from October 6 to October 14. ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... Major league affiliations American League (1977–present) East Division (1977–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Toronto Blue Jays (1977–present) Other nicknames The Jays Ballpark Rogers Centre (1989–present) a. ...


Before the 1993 season, the Braves signed renowned control pitcher Greg Maddux, completing what many consider to be the most accomplished starting trio ever assembled on a single Major League team. Smoltz again won fifteen, but suffered his first postseason loss to the Philadelphia Phillies in the NLCS despite a 0.00 ERA. // This year in baseball Events January - Reggie Jackson is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, receiving 94% of the vote. ... Gregory Alan Maddux (born April 14, 1966) is a pitcher for the San Diego Padres. ... The trio of Atlanta Braves pitchers John Smoltz, Tom Glavine, and Greg Maddux formed one of the all-time great starting rotations in MLB history. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 14, 20, 32, 36, 42 Name Philadelphia Phillies (1884–present) Philadelphia Quakers (1883-1889) (Also referred to as Blue Jays 1943-1945 despite formal name remaining Phillies) Other nicknames The Phils, The Phightin Phils... The 1993 National League Championship Series was played between the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves. ...


Smoltz had a 6-10 record in the strike-shortened 1994 season, and during the break, had bone chips removed from his elbow. Returning as the Braves' #3 starter, he posted a 12-7 record in 1995. Smoltz had shaky postseason numbers, avoiding a decision despite a 6.60 ERA. But Smoltz and the Braves won their only World Series, thanks in great part to Maddux and Glavine, who had begun to overshadow Smoltz. The following are the events of the year 1994 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1995 throughout the world. ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ...


The following season, 1996, was Smoltz's best year as a professional. He went 24-8 with a 2.94 ERA and 276 strikeouts, including winning a franchise record fourteen straight decisions. He won the National League Cy Young with 26 of the 28 first-place votes. Smoltz's effectiveness in 1997 was only slightly less than his Cy Young season, but frugal run support limited him to a 15-12 record. Smoltz was also awarded a Silver Slugger Award for his batting. The following are the baseball events of the year 1996 throughout the world. ... In baseball, the Cy Young Award is an honor given annually to the best pitchers in the Major Leagues. ... The following are the events of the year 1997 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... Silver Slugger Award In Major League Baseball, the Louisville Silver Slugger award is given annually to the best offensive player at each position in each league. ...


Injuries and move to the bullpen

Smoltz continued to post excellent statistics in 1998 and 1999, but he was spending significant time on the disabled list and missed about a fourth of his starts. In 1999, Smoltz began experimenting with both a knuckleball and a three-quarters delivery, though he rarely uses either in game situations today.[2] This year in baseball 1995 - 1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-March January 5 - Don Sutton, a 324-game winner is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on his fifth try. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1999 throughout the world. ...


He underwent Tommy John surgery prior to the 2000 season, missing the entire year. When he was unable to perform effectively as a starter in 2001, Smoltz made a transition to the bullpen, filling a void as Atlanta's closer down the stretch. Tommy John surgery, known by doctors as ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (or UCL), is a surgical procedure in which a ligament in the medial elbow is replaced with a ligament from elsewhere in the body (often from the forearm, hamstring, knee, or foot of the patient). ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2000 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2001 throughout the world. ...


In 2002, his first full season as a closer, Smoltz broke the National League saves record with 55 saves (the previous record was 53; Éric Gagné would equal Smoltz's new record a year later). Smoltz finished third in the Cy Young Award voting. Injuries limited Smoltz slightly in 2003, but he still recorded 45 saves with a 1.12 ERA in 64.3 innings pitched. In 2004, Smoltz finished with 44 saves, but was frustrated with his inability to make an impact as a closer during another Braves' postseason loss. This year in baseball: 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-March January 8 - Ozzie Smith is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. ... The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the National League, is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada and the worlds oldest extant professional team sports league. ... Éric Serge Gagné (born January 7, 1976 in Montreal, Québec, Canada), pronounced GAHN-yay, is a right-handed relief pitcher for the Texas Rangers. ... In baseball, the Cy Young Award is an honor given annually to the best pitchers in the Major Leagues. ... The following are the events of the year 2003 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2004 throughout the world. ...


By this point, Smoltz was all that remained of the once-dominant Atlanta Braves' rotation of the 1990s. Tom Glavine had moved on to play for the New York Mets, a divisional rival, while Greg Maddux returned to his old team, the Chicago Cubs. Thomas Michael Tom Glavine (born March 25, 1966 in Concord, Massachusetts) is an American Major League Baseball starting pitcher for the New York Mets. ... Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 14, 37, 41, 42 Name New York Mets (1962–present) Other nicknames The Amazin Mets, The Amazins, The Metropolitans Ballpark Shea Stadium (1964–present) Polo Grounds (1962–1963) Major league titles World Series titles... Gregory Alan Maddux (born April 14, 1966) is a pitcher for the San Diego Padres. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1889) (a. ...


Return to the rotation

After three years as one of baseball's most dominating closers, the team's management agreed to return Smoltz to the starting rotation prior to the 2005 season. The following are the baseball events of the year 2005 throughout the world. ...


Smoltz's renewed career as a starter began inauspiciously. He allowed six earned runs in only 1 2/3 innings--matching the shortest starts of his career--as the Braves were blown out on Opening Day by the Florida Marlins. Poor run support contributed to an 0-3 start despite better pitching numbers. After these initial difficulties, though, things fell into place. At the All-Star break, Smoltz was 9-5 with an ERA of 2.68 and was chosen for the 2005 NL All-Star team. Smoltz gave up a solo home run to Miguel Tejada in the second inning of the American League's 7-5 victory and received the loss. For his career, he is 1-2 in All-Star games, putting him in a tie for the most losses. Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) East Division (1993–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 42 Name Florida Marlins (1993–present) Other nicknames The Fish Ballpark Dolphin Stadium (1993–present) a. ... Miguel Odalis Tejada (born May 25, 1976 in Baní, Dominican Republic), nicknamed Miggi, is currently the shortstop of the Baltimore Orioles Major League Baseball team. ...


Smoltz finished 2005 at 14-7, with a 3.06 ERA with 169 strikeouts while allowing less than one hit per inning. Smoltz had answered the critics who doubted would be able to reach the 200 inning plateau after three years in the bullpen. Nonetheless, Smoltz's increased workload caused him to wear down towards the end of the season.


Still, even with a sore shoulder, Smoltz pitched seven innings in the Braves' 7-1 win over the Houston Astros in Game Two of the 2005 NLDS. It was the only game the Braves would manage to win in the series against the eventual National League champions. Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 24, 25, 32, 33, 34, 40, 42, 49 Name Houston Astros (1965–present) Houston Colt . ... The 2005 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 2005 National League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 4, and ended on Sunday, October 9, with the champions of the three NL divisions – along with a wild card team – participating in two best-of-five series. ... The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the National League, is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada and the worlds oldest extant professional team sports league. ...


Smoltz has a 13-4 record as a starter (15-4 overall) with a 2.65 ERA in the postseason. He currently has more career postseason wins than any other player in history. He is followed by Andy Pettitte (14), Tom Glavine (14), and Greg Maddux (11). Andrew Eugene Pettitte (pronounced PET-it), born June 15, 1972 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is an American left-handed starting pitcher for the New York Yankees. ... Thomas Michael Tom Glavine (born March 25, 1966 in Concord, Massachusetts) is an American Major League Baseball starting pitcher for the New York Mets. ... Gregory Alan Maddux (born April 14, 1966) is a pitcher for the San Diego Padres. ...


In 2006, Smoltz finished the season with a record of 16-9, an earned run average of 3.49, and 211 strikeouts. He was tied for the National League lead in wins, and was third in strikeouts. The Braves bullpen blew six of Smoltz's leads in 2006. The following are the baseball events of the year 2006 throughout the world. ...


On September 21, 2006, the Braves announced they had picked up Smoltz's $8 million contract option for the 2007 season. On April 26, 2007 Smoltz agreed to a contract extension with the Braves. The extension includes a $14 million salary for the 2008 season, a $12 million vesting option for 2009 dependent on Smoltz's ability to pitch 200 innings in 2008, and a $12 or $13 million team option for 2010 dependent on Smoltz's ability to pitch 200 innings in 2009. is the 264th day of the year (265th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2007 throughout the world. ... is the 116th day of the year (117th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


May, 2007 was a month of reunions for Smoltz. On May 9, he faced Greg Maddux for the first time since July 10, 1992. Smoltz earned a win in a 3-2 victory over the San Diego Padres; Maddux received a no-decision. On May 24, exactly eleven years to the day after recording his 100th win, Smoltz recorded his 200th win against Tom Glavine.[3] Smoltz is the last member of the Braves roster remaining from the team's worst-to-first 1991 season. On June 27, 2007, Smoltz, Glavine and Maddux all recorded wins on the same day. Gregory Alan Maddux (born April 14, 1966) is a pitcher for the San Diego Padres. ... Major league affiliations National League (1969–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 6, 19, 31, 35, 42 Name San Diego Padres (1969–present) Other nicknames Pads, Friars Ballpark PETCO Park (2004–present) Qualcomm Stadium (1969-2003) a. ... is the 144th day of the year (145th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Thomas Michael Tom Glavine (born March 25, 1966 in Concord, Massachusetts) is an American Major League Baseball starting pitcher for the New York Mets. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 8 - Rod Carew, Gaylord Perry and Ferguson Jenkins are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, with Carew becoming the 22nd player to be named in his first year of eligibility. ... is the 178th day of the year (179th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2007 throughout the world. ...


On August 3, 2007, Smoltz recorded the 2,900th strikeout of his career in a 9-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies. is the 215th day of the year (216th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) West Division (1993–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Colorado Rockies (1993–present) Other nicknames The Rocks, The Rox, Blake Street Bombers Ballpark Coors Field (1995–present) Mile High Stadium (1993-1994) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None NL Pennants...


On August 19, 2007, Smoltz set the new Atlanta Braves strikeout record by striking out Arizona Diamondbacks' Mark Reynolds. It was his 2,913th strikeout and he passed Phil Niekro on the Braves all-time list; striking out 12 in the game.[4] is the 231st day of the year (232nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Major league affiliations National League (1998–present) West Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Arizona Diamondbacks (1998–present) Other nicknames The D-Backs, The Snakes Ballpark Chase Field (1998–present) a. ... Mark Reynolds (born August 3, 1983 in Pikeville, Kentucky) is a current third baseman in Major League Baseball who plays for the Arizona Diamondbacks. ... 1970 Topps super card #15 Philip Henry Niekro (born April 1, 1939 in Blaine, Ohio) is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. ...


Accomplishments

  • Eight-time All-Star (1989, 1992-93, 1996, 2002-03, 2005, 2007)
  • National League Championship Series MVP (1992)
  • Led the National League in Strikeouts (1992, with 215)
  • National League Cy Young Award winner (1996)
  • Holds Braves record for most wins in a season (1996, with 24)
  • Led the National League in wins (1996, with 24)
  • Counting his wins in the playoffs and All-Star Game, John Smoltz amassed 29 wins in 1996. The only higher such total in the last 70 years is Denny McLain's 31 in 1968.
  • Holds Braves record for most strikeouts in a season (1996, with 276)
  • Led the Major Leagues in strikeouts (1996, with 276)
  • Led the National League in win percentage (1996)
  • Silver Slugger Award Winner for Pitcher (1997)
  • Finished 4th in National League Cy Young Award voting (1998)
  • Led the Major Leagues in Win Percentage (1998)
  • National League Rolaids Relief Man of the Year Award winner (2002)
  • Finished 8th in National League MVP voting (2002)
  • Finished 3rd in National League Cy Young Award voting (2002)
  • Holds Braves record for most saves in a career (154)
  • Holds Braves record for most saves in a season (2002, with 55)
  • Led the Major Leagues in saves (2002, with 55)
  • Tied for National League lead in wins (2006, with 16)
  • One of only 5 Pitchers to compile 125 Wins and 125 Saves
  • Holds Braves record for most strikeouts in a career (2,920)

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic, is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the starting position players and by the respective managers (from the previous years World... In baseball, the Cy Young Award is an honor given annually to the best pitchers in the Major Leagues. ... In Major League Baseball, the Rolaids Relief Man of the Year Award, first awarded in 1976, is a distinction given to the top relief pitcher in each league at the end of each season. ...

Personal life

Smoltz met his wife at the Omni Hotel in downtown Atlanta. Smoltz is a born-again Christian who has made Atlanta his home, and is Chairman of the Board at Alpharetta-based King's Ridge Christian School (http://www.kingsridgecs.org/), and a member of the Presbyterian Church in America. He also has a home at Sea Island, a golf resort on the Georgia coast. Smoltz produced an automated campaign phone recording on behalf of the candidacy of Ralph E. Reed, Jr. for Lt. Governor of Georgia during the 2006 primary (Post) As a father of four children, he dedicated himself to the development of a new Christian school in the metropolitan Atlanta region. "Building a school takes an incredible amount of time. In one sense, I'd rather have another surgery on my arm than go through all this again." [citation needed] On February 9, 2007, Smoltz's agent, Lonnie Cooper, released a statement informing the public of the decision by Smoltz and his wife Dyan were going through divorce after 16 years of marriage. The couple has four young children. This article is about the state capital of Georgia. ... The Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) is a Protestant denomination, the second largest Presbyterian church body in the United States after the Presbyterian Church (USA). ... Ralph E. Reed, Jr. ... is the 40th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


Many reports suggest that Smoltz suffered a chest burn by trying to steam wrinkles out of his shirt while wearing it. Smoltz has long denied the story.[5]


Smoltz is a good friend of professional golfer Tiger Woods. The two often golf together.[6] Personal Information Birth December 30, 1975 ) Cypress, California Height 6 ft 1 in (1. ...


See also

Major League Baseball recognizes saves champions in the American League and National League each season. ... Major League Baseball recognizes strikeout champions in the American League and National League each season. ... Major League Baseball recognizes win champions among pitchers in the American League and National League each season. ... All statistics are current as of July 7, 2007. ... In baseball, a strikeout occurs when the batter receives three strikes during his time at bat. ...

References

  1. ^ Neyer, Rob and Bill James, The Neyer-James Guide to Pichers. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004. ISBN 0743261585
  2. ^ Neyer, Rob and Bill James, The Neyer-James Guide to Pichers. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004. ISBN 0743261585
  3. ^ http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/news/wrap.jsp?ymd=20070524&content_id=1983289&vkey=wrapup2005&fext=.jsp&team=home&c_id=atl
  4. ^ http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070819&content_id=2158289&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb
  5. ^ http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/article/this-annotated-week-in-baseball-history-may-6-12-2000/
  6. ^ http://www.tigerwoods.com/news/fullstory.sps?iNewsID=115289&categoryID=505&page=fullstorynews

Rob Neyer is a baseball author and, since 1996, a columnist for ESPN.com. ... George William “Bill” James (born October 5, 1949 in Holton, Kansas) is a baseball writer, historian and statistician whose work has been widely influential. ... Jean-François Millet Le Semeur (The Sower) Simon & Schuster logo, circa 1961. ... Rob Neyer is a baseball author and, since 1996, a columnist for ESPN.com. ... George William “Bill” James (born October 5, 1949 in Holton, Kansas) is a baseball writer, historian and statistician whose work has been widely influential. ... Jean-François Millet Le Semeur (The Sower) Simon & Schuster logo, circa 1961. ...

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Ninguna sorpresa, el abridor estelar John Smoltz llegó a un acuerdo con los Bravos de Atlanta para continuar una temporada en lo que será la número 19 como profesional.
Smoltz, de 39 años, tiene marca de 190-137 con 154 salvamentos y 3,29 de promedio de efectividad desde que llegó a las Grandes Ligas para jugar siempre con los Bravos.
Smoltz abrirá esta noche contra los Rockies de Colorado con marca de 13-9; 3,71 de promedio de efectividad, 193 ponches y 50 bases por bolas, en las 32 salidas que ha hecho esta temporada al montículo.
Gossip pÃ¥ John Smoltz (1592 words)
Den Smoltzs upplivade karriären såsom en förrätt började inauspiciously.
Smoltz kapitulerade en solo hemkörning till Miguel Tejada i den andra inningen av den amerikanska segern för Leagues 7-5 och mottog förlusten.
Genom att banka Hudson, den Smoltzs leken blev irrelevant för Bravesen, som finnas matematiskt avlägsnat.
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