“I take the mound with the focus that we can’t lose. I have had that feeling for a long time.”
John Smoltz pitched in the Major Leagues for 21 seasons and was an eight-time All-Star. Smoltz won the National League Cy Young Award in 1996. Smoltz pitched for some terrific Atlanta Braves teams. In 1995, the Braves won the World Series. After undergoing Tommy John surgery, Smoltz became a relief pitcher. John Smoltz won 213 games in the Major Leagues and will be inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame on July 26th.
John Smoltz was a great competitor and he took it to another level in the Post-Season where he went 15-4 with a 2.67 ERA. Smoltz primarily threw a fastball, slider, and a split finger pitch. Not only did he gave great seasons as a starting pitcher, but he also saved 50 games for the Braves in 2002. In fact, Smoltz is the only pitcher with more than 200 wins and 150 saves. What John Smoltz accomplished in the regular season is enough to get him into the Hall of Fame. Take that, and throw in his Post-Season success, and you have someone who was really special when he was on the mound.