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John Smoltz puts his odds of pitching again at 50-1

Mar 17, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

Smoltz Braves.jpgJeff Shultz of the AJC spoke with John Smoltz today to see if he’s retiring or not.  Smoltz wouldn’t use the word, but placed his odds of pitching again at 50-1 and said “My desire to work out every day is still there.  But my desire to throw 50 to 70 times a day isn’t.” So yeah, I’d say he’s done.

While he’s probably my least favorite of the Braves’ Big Three, and certainly wasn’t the best, there’s an argument that John Smoltz was the most important in many ways.  He was traded to the Braves by the Tigers just after my allegiances had shifted from the Braves to the Tigers in 1987, so he’s obviously an important figure in my fandom as well.  Still, I don’t think I’ve yet worked out all my feelings about John Smoltz yet — his retirement, such as it is, was a bit less anticipated than Glavine’s or Maddux’s — so I’ll save the career eulogy for a spell while I think on it.

Short version: yes, Hall of Famer, but that’s not terribly interesting to me.  I’m more interested in what he meant to the Braves and their fans. What he represented in that tenuous way players can represent anything.  I’ll dive into it more when I gather my thoughts.

  1. RobRob - Mar 17, 2010 at 10:08 PM

    Where can I put money on the over/under for articles written in five years that suggest that Maddux and Glavine be denied first-ballot elections to the Hall of Fame so that all three can go in together?

  2. Real Vikings fans wouldn't cheer for Favre - Mar 17, 2010 at 11:06 PM

    I think he’d be a good fit in Minnesota’s closer role

  3. Goodoleboy - Mar 18, 2010 at 6:56 AM

    Smoltzie was the face of the Braves for many years… The last few years not withstanding. I have nothing but fond memories and appreciate for what he did for the organization. When he was closing in Atlanta there wasn’t a single person not on their feet. We have never had that in Atlanta before. He was the exact opposite of both Maddux and Glavine, he pitched with power and grit. All 3 did wonders for the organization but I’ll appreciate John’s efforts the most.

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