The Braves entered play on July 23, 1988 30 games under .500, facing crafty southpaw Bob Ojeda and the first-place Mets. If that wasn’t daunting enough, John Smoltz made his MLB … Continue Reading A HOF debut, 27 years ago tonight
Nine years ago on this date, Smoltzie recorded his 142nd save as a Brave, breaking Gene Garber’s franchise record. Three years later, on 8/19/07, the future Hall of Famer retired … Continue Reading John Smoltz owns August 19
I’m thrilled that the last pitcher chosen in ESPN’s ranking of the 100 greatest players in MLB history is the perpetually underrated Knucksie, #100 overall. Not so much with the highest-ranked pitcher: Roger Clemens. … Continue Reading Maddux slighted again, and was Smoltzie better than Glavine?
A bad trade set up the best deal the Braves ever made, consummated Aug. 12, 1987. On July 6, 1986, the Braves, 4 games out of first, traded promising right-hander … Continue Reading The silver anniversary of the best trade in Braves history
Stat geeks roll their eyes at the concept of a clutch performer, which tells me they must have never watched John Smoltz — whose number will be retired June 8 — … Continue Reading No. 29
Here’s a question I hope someone with the time and inclination can answer: The news of Chipper’s retirement means the Braves, in all likelihood, will send four players and one … Continue Reading Five HOF’ers in one decade
I missed Bobby this year. I also missed Smoltzie in the broadcast booth. I’m not one for hyperbole but I can’t remember a better analyst than Number 29. Twice this … Continue Reading The baseball Madden
It’s generally agreed that Julio Teheran has more potential than any Braves-grown pitcher since Steve Avery. Certainly there was a lot of buzz around Tommy Hanson’s first start, but mmmBop … Continue Reading The most anticipated debut since Avery
As in Ernie Jr., who will be calling 45 Braves games on Peachtree TV this season along with Smoltzie and Joe Simpson. That’ll be a nice respite from Chip. Smoltzie … Continue Reading Smoltz and Ernie Johnson back with the Braves
God save us.
Kris Medlen would most likely be called upon as fifth starter if, God forbid, JJ’s sore right arm proves serious. I hope it doesn’t come to that, but Medlen has … Continue Reading Worst-case scenario
Ken Rosenthal says Minaya is targeting Smoltz after losing out on Ben Sheets. Smoltzie, and the Mets, must be desperate. –CB
Next weekend the Fish come to Atlanta for a huge series. Don’t be surprised if they bring a familiar reinforcement. Smoltz, pitching AGAINST the Braves, in a pivotal late-season series? … Continue Reading Smoltzie back at The Ted?
I guess Frank Wren was right. Still, hate to see Smoltzie go out like this.
Judging from the comments here, some Red Sux fans are already for sending Smoltz to the bullpen. It would be interesting to see how he would react to such a … Continue Reading Already impatient with No. 29
He’ll make his Red Sox debut the night before Boston visits Atlanta, and that’s probably a good thing for both the Bravos and Smoltzie. –CB
I’m thrilled with the McLouth deal and excited about Hanson’s debut. Still, I pretty much agree with Smoltzie‘s take on his friend’s release: “That’s not how you treat people,” Smoltz … Continue Reading Smoltz on Glavine release
One year ago tonight, Smoltzie struck out his 3000th batter. The Braves lost 6-0 to the Nats’ after the ‘pen allowed five runs in the 8th and 9th. Same as … Continue Reading This date in Braves history
Interesting piece about the genesis of the Smoltz for Alexander deal. “The Atlanta Braves would take either (Steve) Searcy or Smoltz. When I asked various people, the consensus was (to … Continue Reading “Smoltz — who the hell is he?”
That’s how veteran scribe Murray Chass describes the Braves’ dealings with John Smoltz. His reporting is the most thorough I’ve read and confirms much of what we suspected about the … Continue Reading “as if they were negotiating with Carl Pavano”