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John Smoltz

John Smoltz

The bottom line in 1989 was last place, sixth in the Western Division with a record of 63-97. The Atlanta Braves were 28 games behind the leader. The manager Russ Nixon was trying to create some positive momentum. It didn’t help.

Nixon’s focus was on some relatively unknown (at the time) pitchers. John Smoltz was a 22 year old. Tom Glavine was 23. They managed to post winning records on a team that knew how to lose.