7. John Smoltz
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: May 15, 1967 in Detroit, MI USA
  • Weight: 210 lbs.
  • Height: 6'3"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: July 23, 1988
  • Final Game: September 30, 2009
  • NLCS MVP - 1992
  • Cy Young Award - 1996
  • TSN All-Star - 1996
  • TSN Pitcher of the Year - 1996
  • Silver Slugger - 1997
  • Rolaids Relief Man Award - 2002
  • TSN Reliever of the Year - 2002
  • Lou Gehrig Memorial Award - 2005
  • Roberto Clemente Award - 2005
  • Branch Rickey Award - 2007
 
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The Atlanta Braves essentially stole John Smoltz when they traded what was left of Doyle Alexander to the Detroit Tigers for him and doesn’t the latter could have that one back?

Smoltz would go eight All Star Games and is the only Pitcher in history to record 200 Wins and 150 Saves.  The righthander would establish himself as an elite Pitcher in the 1991 post season where he went 2-0 in the NLCS and had a 1.26 ERA in the World Series.  Smoltz would again have a good playoff in 1992 where he went 3-0 and was the NLCS MVP. 

As part of a triumvirate of greatness with Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine the Braves had the best rotation in baseball in the 1990’s, although they only have one World Series win (1995) to show for it.  Like Maddux, Smoltz would win the Cy Young as a Brave (1996) and he would also lead the National League in Strikeouts twice.  Smoltz is one of the few pitchers to whiff 3,000 batters for one team (3,011) and he racked up 210 Wins playing for the ATL.

What really made Smoltz unique was when he came back from injury after sitting out the 2000 Season and became a closer.  He would have three seasons of 55, 45 and 44 Saves respectively and he would be named the Rolaids Reliever of the Year in his 55 Save season, a number that was good enough to lead the league.

This is quite the versatile resume isn’t it?

John Smoltz was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015, his first year of eligibility.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Traded from the Detroit Tigers for Doyle Alexander 8/12/87.
  • Departed: Signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox 1/12/09.
  • Games Played: 708
  • Notable Statistics: 210-147 Record
    466 Games Started
    3.26 ERA
    53 Complete Games
    204 Games Finished
    154 Saves
    3,395 Innings Pitched
    3,011 Strikeouts
    3.23 FIP
    1.170 WHIP
    69.6 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Champion (1995)

    Cy Young (1996)

    TSN Pitcher of the Year (1996)

    All Star Game (1989, 1992, 1993, 1996, 2002, 2003 2005 & 2007)

    Rolaids Relief Award (2005)

    Lou Gehrig Memorial Award (2005)

    Roberto Clemente Award (2005)

    Branch Rickey Award (2007)

    Silver Slugger (1997)

    Most Wins (1996 & 2006)

    Highest SO/9 (1996)

    Most Saves (2005)

    Most Innings Pitched (1996 & 1997)

    Most Strikeouts (1992 & 1996)

    Most Games Started (1992, 1997 & 2006)

    Lowest FIP (1996)

    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Pitcher (1993, 1998 & 2005)
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