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Braves to retire John Smoltz’s number

Apr 16, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

(FILES) This 25 August, 2002, file photo

The Atlanta Braves announced this morning that they are going to retire John Smoltz‘s jersey and induct him into the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame. There will be a ceremony honoring him June 8.

Well-deserved. There’s little need to recount Smoltz’s importance to those Braves teams that won the division nearly every single year. Overall, he was 213-155 with a 3.33 ERA and 3084 strikeouts in 3473 innings pitched. Oh, and he tacked on 154 saves and a 15-4, 2.67 record in the postseason.

  1. randygnyc - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    He should retire from broadcasting too. Not one wants to hear biased, uninspired bullshit during nationally televised post season games. He can take Buck and McCarver too.

    • jjschiller - Apr 16, 2012 at 4:20 PM

      Stay classy, pal.

  2. Kevin S. - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Is AirTran gonna run a $29 airfare sale for him?

  3. hittfamily - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Greatest closer ever. Sorry Mo fans. His only seasons as a closer are better than Mo’s 3 best.

    Kinda makes you wonder how good Mo really is. This guy does it because he is hurt and can’t start. Mo does it because he wasn’t good enough to start. How many other starters are far superior closers than Mo? Dozens.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:26 AM

      By what standards? Certainly not WAR, WPA, SD/MD or even ERA.

    • vendolius - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:39 AM

      Interesting statement. Do you have any stats to back that up? I’m not a Yankee or Braves fan, and I am honestly asking because I don’t see any metrics that come close to saying what you are claiming.

    • rooney24 - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:04 AM

      I am not a Yankees fan, and I don’t know what the numbers say about both of them. But, I know that I pretty much lost all hope when Mariano came into the game against my team. That wasn’t necessarily the same feel when Smoltz was a closer. He was a very good pitcher, both as starter and reliever, and is a certain Hall of Famer (in my mind). But, Mariano is the premiere closer of our time, as much as I hate to give credit to a Yankee.

    • foreverchipper10 - Apr 17, 2012 at 12:23 PM

      As a Braves fan I have to respectfully disagree. While Smoltzie was more than solid in his term closing out games Mo has been the epitome of dominance for the better part of the last 15 years. The fact that Mo has done so by basically throwing one single pitch that entire time is evident just how dominant he was/is. Maybe if Smoltz was a closer for the better part of his career we could make an analogy but with such a small sample size I just can’t see it.

      Also, woo Smoltz! We knew this day would come but it will be a happy one now that we know the date.

  4. istillbelieveinblue - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Next stop, Cooperstown.

  5. Alex K - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    In other news: The sun rose in the east this morning.

  6. proudlycanadian - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    They should retire Larry’s number at the same time.

    • rooney24 - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:01 AM

      I won’t argue whether or not they should retire Larry’s number, but they shouldn’t do it at the same time. No reason to steal the thunder from either one. Give them both their own ceremony if you are retiring their number.

  7. mybrunoblog - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Smoltz will reach the HOF and is deserving of having his number retired. Probably the greatest bald pitcher of all time too.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Apr 16, 2012 at 4:53 PM

      Hahahaha…that should be his campaign.

  8. florida76 - Apr 16, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Very well-deserved and significant as well. Unlike players like the great Warren Spahn(who never pitched in Atlanta), Smoltz spent the vast majority of his career in Atlanta, pitching for those fans. Eddie Matthews was another outstanding player who spent a tiny faction of his career in Atlanta, and like Spahn, much more connected with Milwaukee.

  9. fierogirl - Apr 17, 2012 at 5:42 AM

    Bake him a cake too.

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