Hall of Fame Pitcher
Career Highlights: Best known for his prolific 20-year pitching career with the Atlanta Braves, John Smoltz was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015. An eight-time All-Star and Cy Young winner, Smoltz is the only pitcher in history to top both 200 wins and 150 saves. A great postseason pitcher with a lifetime record of 15-4 and 2.67 ERA, Smoltz was instrumental in helping Atlanta win the 1995 World Series. He was the only Braves player to be part of the franchise’s historic run of 14 consecutive division titles. Smoltz’s best year was 1996 when he went 24-8 with a 2.94 ERA and 276 strikeouts, including a franchise record 14 straight wins, an NL record 24 wins, and the Cy Young honor. Predominately a starting pitcher, Smoltz spent three years as Atlanta’s closer. In 2002 he became only the second pitcher in history to have had both a 20-win season and a 50-save season. Other accolades include: 1992 NL Championship Series MVP, 1997 Silver Slugger Award, 2005 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award, and 2005 Roberto Clemente Award. His career statistics include a 213-155 record, 3.33 ERA, 3,084 strikeouts and 154 saves.