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John Andrew Smoltz
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MLB analyst and broadcaster
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John Smoltz Fast Facts:
Taught the accordion by his parents (he idolized Lawrence Welk).
His mother, Mary, was the granddaughter of Henry Ford's personal musician.
Was a longtime part of the dominant Braves rotation of the 1990s, that also included Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Steve Avery.
Won 1996 Cy Young Award (24-8; 2.94 ERA).
Missed entire 2000 season due to Tommy John surgery and came back in 2001 as a closer for the Braves.
Spent three full years as a closer, recording 55, 45 and 44 saves respectively in those years. The 55 saves in 2002 set the NL mark, which was matched by Eric Gagne in 2003.
In 2002, became the second player to record both 20-win and 50-save seasons. The other was Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley.
Only pitcher to reach the 200-win and 150-save plateaus.
Reached the 3000-strikeout mark on April 22, 2008.
Claims his approachability is due to his mother seeing a child request an autograph from a Tigers player, who said, "Get out of here, kid."
An avid golfer who has played the sport with the likes of Tiger Woods and Annika Sorenstam.
In 2010, joined TBS and MLB Network as a baseball analyst.
John Smoltz Relationships:
Kathryn - Wife
John Andrew Smoltz - Father
Mary Smoltz - Mother
Dyan - Ex-wife
John Andrew Smoltz Jr. - Son
Carly Maria - Daughter
Rachel Elizabeth - Daughter
Kelly Christina - Daughter
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