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Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday …John Smoltz

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The Met fan in me always hated the Braves but had the utmost respect for John Smoltz. He was a gamer and big money pitcher plain and simple. He swallowed his ego when it came to team first in went from being a starter to Closer and then being one of the best closers in the Major leagues, then went back to being a starter yet again. Tough pitcher always hated to see him pitch against my Mets. But have to give credit where credit is due…

He is the only pitcher in major league history to top both 200 wins and 150 saves. He became the 16th member of the 3,000 strikeout club on April 22, 2008 when he fanned Felipe Lopez of the Washington Nationals in the third inning in Atlanta.

Smoltz threw a four-seam fastball that was clocked as high as 98 miles per hour, a strong, effective slider, and an 88–91 mph split-finger fastball that he used as a strikeout pitch. He also mixed in a curveball and change-up on occasion, and in 1999, he began experimenting with both a knuckleball and a screwball, though he rarely used either in game situations.

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday salutes John Smoltz Hall of Famer.

MLB debut
July 23, 1988 for the Atlanta Braves
Last MLB appearance
September 30, 2009 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Career statistics
Win–loss record 213–155
Earned run average 3.33
Strikeouts 3,084
Saves 154
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Accomplishments

Fans at Turner Field stand and applaud after Smoltz’s 3000th career strikeout on April 22, 2008.

  • 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 Atlanta 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 who had 32 in 1968.
  • Holds Atlanta 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)
  • Second in Braves history for saves in a career (154)
  • Holds Braves record for most saves in a season (2002, with 55)
  • Led the National Leagues in saves (2002, with 55)
  • Tied for National League lead in wins (2006, with 16)
  • Only pitcher to compile 200 wins and 150 saves
  • Holds Braves record for most strikeouts in a career (3,011)
  • Given the Branch Rickey Award for exceptional community service (2007)[39]
  • First pitcher in modern era (since 1900) to pitch exactly five shutout innings, strike out ten, and get the win (April 17, 2008 in the Braves’ 8–0 win at Florida)[40]
  • 16th pitcher in the major leagues to reach 3,000 strikeouts (April 22, 2008)
  • Holds Cardinals record for most consecutive strikeouts (7) in a single game (August 23, 2009)
  • Only MLB pitcher with more than one postseason stolen base (3)
  • Awarded Roberto Clemente Award (2005)
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