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13. John Smoltz

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John Smoltz
There are not that many baseball players who can make the claim that they were an All Star calibre Starting Pitcher. The amount that can say that they were an All Star Starter and Relief Pitcher can be counted on one hand. John Smoltz is one of those rare men.

Smoltz was not just an All Star at both Pitching positions, as he hit the 200 Win and 3,000 Strikeouts mark, won the Rolaids Relief Award and a Cy Young Award. It is one of the most unique resumes on the Hall of Fame ballot and should be considered Hall of Fame worthy. The real question is when.

The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.


Played for:
Atlanta Braves
Boston Red Sox
St. Louis Cardinals

Major Accolades and Awards:
Cy Young Award (1) (NL) (1996)
NLCS MVP (1992)
Rolaids Relief Award (1) (NL) (2002)
ML Lou Gehrig Memorial Award (2005)
ML Roberto Clemente Award (2005)
ML Branch Rickey Award (2007)
Silver Slugger (1) (NL) (1997)
8 Time All Star (1989, 1992, 1993, 1996, 2002, 2003, 2005 & 2007)
Most Wins (2) (NL) (1996 & 2006)
Most Innings Pitched (2) (NL) (1996 & 1997)
Most Strikeouts (2) (NL) (1992 & 1996)
Most Saves (1) (NL) (2002)
World Series Rings (1) (Atlanta Braves, 1995)

Other Points of Note:
Top Ten MVP Finishes: (NL: 2002, 8th)
Other Top Ten Cy Young Finishes (Won the 1996 NL Cy Young)
(NL: 1998, 4th), (NL: 2002, 3rd), (NL: 2006, 7th) & (NL: 2007, 6th)
8   Top Ten Finishes (Earned Run Average)
6 Top Ten Finishes (Wins)
8   Top Ten Finishes (Innings Pitched)
10 Top Ten Finishes (Strikeouts)
7 Top Ten Finishes (Complete Games)
3   Top Ten Finishes (Saves)
8 Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Pitchers)

Notable All Time Rankings:
16.   Strikeouts: 3,084
39.   WAR for Pitchers: 62.6
60.   Games Started: 481
74.   Saves: 154
74.   Innings Pitched: 3,473
77.   Games Played: 723
88.   Wins: 213

Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame

Should Be Inducted As A:
Atlanta Brave

Should they be in the Hall of Fame?

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Definitely put them in! - 33.3%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 0%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 66.7%


-1 #1 Fart 2013-09-21 12:19
If Smoltz came on the ballot at just about any other time, he'd be a likely first-balloter. With Pedro and Johnson entering on the same ballot, and Schilling and Mussina (and Clemens, sigh) being holdovers from 2013-14, he's going to have to wait. Look for him to get in the mid-60 percent range like Biggio and then get in on the third ballot, give or take one.
-1 #2 Darryl Tahirali 2013-10-18 19:37
You may be right. The ballot logjam will have have ramifications for some time to come.

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