John Smoltz

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Biography

  • Birth Name: John Andrew Smoltz
  • Birth Place: Warren, MI
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 05/15/1967, Taurus
  • Profession: 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:
  • Rachel Elizabeth - Daughter
  • Mary Smoltz - Mother
  • Dyan - Ex-wife
  • John Andrew Smoltz Jr. - Son
  • Carly Maria - Daughter
  • Kelly Christina - Daughter
  • John Andrew Smoltz - Father
  • Kathryn - Wife

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