- May 15, 1967
- 6' 3"
- 210 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 7-23-1988 with ATL
- Allstar Selections:
- 1992 NLCS, 1996 CY, 1996 TSN, 1997 SS, 2002 RR, 2005 LG, 2005 RC, 2007 BRA
A Detroit native, John Smoltz was drafted by his hometown Tigers. Yet in September of 1987, Detroit traded him to the Braves for Doyle Alexander, in a deal that netted the Tigers the division title in the short term, and Atlanta a pitching ace for more than 15 years. Starting in 1993, Smoltz teamed with Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux to form one of the most formidable pitching trios in baseball history. The three hurlers guided Atlanta to the 1995, 1996, and 1999 National League flags. Smoltz also pitched for the Braves in the 1991 and 1992 Fall Classics. Right-handed Smoltz was a hard thrower, fanning more than 200 batters four times, and leading the league in 1992 and 1996. In 2008, he recorded his 3,000th strikeout, becoming the 16th pitcher to reach that plateau. He won the Cy Young Award in 1996, when he was 24-8 with 276 K's for the pennant-winning Braves. In 2002, recovering from an arm injury that had shelved him the previous season, he was moved to the bullpen to become the team's closer, a role which he initially embraced. Out of the pen he set a National League record with 55 saves, just two shy of the major league mark, and earned the Rolaids Relief Man Award. In 2005, he returned to the rotation for the Braves.
Smoltz paced the NL in strikeouts (276) and won the Cy Young Award, giving the Braves the honor in five of the previous six seasons. He was 4-1 with a 0.95 ERA in 38 IP in the post-season.
John Smoltz is the first pitcher to win the Cy Young Award as a starting pitcher, and later win the Rolaids Relief Man Award for leading the league in saves (1996 and 2002).
June 3, 1985: Drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 22nd round of the 1985 amateur draft; August 12, 1987: Traded by the Detroit Tigers to the Atlanta Braves for Doyle Alexander; October 31, 1996: Granted Free Agency; November 20, 1996: Signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves; November 5, 2001: Granted Free Agency; December 4, 2001: Signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.
Clutch perfomance and willingness to do anything to help his team win.
No glaring weaknesses.
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