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  1. Andruw Jones still a far better player than Terence Moore is a writer

    Dec 21, 2012, 8:45 PM EDT

    Terence Moore

    MLB.com should be ashamed to have published such a hack job. Former Atlanta Journal Constitution writer Terence Moore takes on Andruw Jones today as only he can: The bottom line: Jones is only assured of joining the inaugural class of the Hall of Fame of Disappointment. The majority of Jones’ lowlights came later. With apologies…

  2. The Royals can win this trade even if Myers blossoms — and they can lose it even if he flops

    Dec 10, 2012, 9:58 AM EDT

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    Because it’s the Internet overreactions abound with respect to the Royals-Rays trade. Some people are saying this is the dumbest trade ever for the Royals, some saying that they won it. Some are totally overvaluing prospects like Wil Myers, acting as if he’s cant-miss, while some are totally discounting Myers and acting like James Shields…

  3. Inducting Jack Morris would lower the bar for the Hall of Fame

    Dec 4, 2012, 2:00 AM EDT

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    I’ve covered this territory before, and I realize I’m mostly preaching to the choir here. Still, it needs to be written again: Jack Morris did not have a Hall of Fame career. The funny thing is that the writers once knew this. When Morris debuted on the Hall of Fame ballot in 2000, he received…

  4. Phil Coke shows that anybody can pitch the ninth

    Oct 14, 2012, 8:08 PM EDT

    Phil Coke

    Did you ever notice that when baseball broadcasters start talking about the ninth-inning mentality and about all the setup men who couldn’t handle the closer’s role, they never go on to name names? Moments after John Smoltz went on his little spiel about how not everyone can pitch the ninth Sunday, Phil Coke finished shutting down the…

  5. Chris Carpenter joins exclusive club with 10th postseason win

    Oct 10, 2012, 5:55 PM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    Thought to be out for the season after July surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome, Chris Carpenter came back to go 0-2 with a 3.71 ERA in three starts at the end of the regular seasons. On Wednesday, he picked up his first win in almost a year by shutting out the Nationals for 5 2/3 innings in…

  6. The deke that shouldn’t have worked

    Oct 9, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

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    A random observation from last night’s Yankees-O’s game. In the third inning, Adam Jones singled. It should have scored J.J. Hardy, but Alex Rodriguez deked him into thinking he had the ball and was going to tag him. Hardy stopped at third when he could have scored without a throw. While the Orioles prevailed, in…

  7. John Smoltz doesn’t know his Leo Durocher

    Sep 22, 2012, 12:20 PM EDT

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    Braves fans are arguing among ourselves a little bit. Not a ton, but a little. The argument: should Kris Medlen start the one-game wild card playoff for which the Braves seem destined or should Tim Hudson.  I say “a little bit,” because almost everyone I talk to thinks it should be Medlen because the dude…

  8. Max Scherzer is trying to crash the aces-only party for MLB strikeout leaders

    Aug 22, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

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    Usually the MLB strikeout leader is a big-name, Cy Young-caliber pitcher. In fact, every single MLB strikeout leader during the past 20 years fits that description: Randy Johnson (nine times) Johan Santana (two times) Justin Verlander (two times) Curt Schilling (two times) Jered Weaver Tim Lincecum Jake Peavy Kerry Wood John Smoltz You get the…

  9. John Smoltz says smart things about the Stephen Strasburg shutdown

    Aug 22, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

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    John Smoltz was on NBC SportsTalk last night and gave his opinion of shutting down Stephen Strasburg, and it’s a pretty smart, informed and nuanced one: I think Smoltz made a key point early: “maybe if they had to do it over again [the Nationals] would have done something without alerting everyone to what was…

  10. Leo Mazzone calls Strasburg shutdown “pathetic,” forgets what happened to Steve Avery

    Aug 16, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

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    I’ve mentioned several times that I don’t like the impending Stephen Strasburg shutdown. I think that the Nationals, especially after they realized they had a playoff contender on their hands, needed to manage his workload in such a way that he could pitch into the postseason. That said, one cannot be blind to pitcher injuries…

  11. Fernando Rodney is in very rare territory

    Aug 1, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    Fernando Rodney

    The Rays have had the magic touch with lightly regarded relievers before, but Fernando Rodney is easily their biggest success story yet. The 35-year-old Rodney recorded his 31st save Wednesday, moving himself into a tie for the major league lead, and lowered his ERA to 0.74 with a scoreless inning in a 4-1 win over…

  12. John Smoltz’s solution to the Strasburg innings limit: he should fake injuries

    Jul 16, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    There’s no ideal way to handle the Stephen Strasburg situation. At least not since GM Mike Rizzo made it loud and clear that, yes, the Nats were going to cap his innings come hell, highwater or a playoff race. But John Smoltz has an idea. He told ESPN radio’s Scott Van Pelt what he’d do…

  13. Francisco Liriano becomes 30th ever to fan 15 and lose

    Jul 13, 2012, 11:35 PM EDT

    Francisco Liriano

    Francisco Liriano whiffed a career-high 15 batters on Friday night, but he still took a loss in a 6-3 game after giving up four runs — three earned — in eight innings against the A’s. Jonny Gomes hit a grand slam in the fourth inning to account for all of the scoring off Liriano. It…

  14. Impostor crashes the Braves alumni event

    Jun 12, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

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    John Sullivan was a Braves’ reliever in the late 70s and the Braves bullpen coach during Bobby Cox’s first stint as Braves manager. He left the team when Cox did in 1981. John Sullivan was at the Braves alumni event/old timers softball game this past weekend. It was not, however, the correct John Sullivan. Indeed, it…

  15. Chipper Jones is very impressed with Stephen Strasburg

    May 25, 2012, 6:04 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Chipper Jones has been teammates with future Hall of Famers Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz and he got to see plenty of Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and Kevin Brown during their heydays. Stephen Strasburg, though, might outclass them all: “He has the best stuff, the best repertoire of pitches that I’ve seen on…

  16. Because it is an insanely slow news day …

    May 14, 2012, 3:31 PM EDT

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    … I link funny old-timey pictures of funny-looking old-timey baseball players posing for the camera. Fun time-killer: try to mentally delete the facial hair and see if any of these guys look like any current major leaguers. I think one of the “cool-guy poses” guys looks like John Smoltz. That’s the best I can do.…

  17. Braves to retire John Smoltz’s number

    Apr 16, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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    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,…

  18. Wanna buy a house from a ballplayer?

    Feb 17, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

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    In honor of the beginning of spring training, Realtor.com has assembled a page of listings of homes of several former and current ballplayers.  The players: Adrian Beltre, Pat Burrell, Matt Cain, Barry Larkin, Derek Lowe, Jack McDowell, Jamie Moyer, John Smoltz — whose home we’ve featured previously — and Jonathan Papelbon.  There are links to…

  19. Rockies add an underrated arm in Jeremy Guthrie

    Feb 6, 2012, 6:06 PM EDT

    Jeremy Guthrie

    There’s nothing sexy about a 47-65 career record. Jeremy Guthrie has led the AL in losses twice and in homers allowed once. He’s never won even a dozen games or struck out more than 130 batters in a season. Still, the Rockies should be very happy to have him, especially for the modest price of…

  20. Smoltz falls short in bid to qualify for U.S. Open

    May 10, 2010, 11:49 PM EDT

    We learned last week that former pitching great John Smoltz was going to play in a local qualifier in hopes of advancing to play in one of golf’s biggest tournaments: the U.S. Open. Unfortunately, we find out today that Smoltz, despite carrying a 2-handicap, came up short. From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: He didn’t embarrass himself,…

  21. Charlie Manuel says Brad Lidge 'looked ready' to close last night

    May 4, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    Charlie Manuel said Monday afternoon that Brad Lidge wasn’t ready to resume closing yet, but apparently changed his mind following a scoreless inning just a few hours later. After the game Manuel said: Tonight he looked ready. His slider was better. His fastball was better. Everything about it was better. Ryan Madson is set to…

  22. Smoltz hits the links, with eye on U.S. Open

    May 4, 2010, 1:03 AM EDT

    Even though he has yet to find a team interested in his services for the 2010 season, John Smoltz isn’t ready to call it quits. He might, however, be getting a head start on a post-baseball career on the golf course. Smoltz, a future Hall of Fame pitcher who is working as a broadcaster for MLB…

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