It is not all about the facts, but in Baseball we easily focus there. John, inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 26, 2015, had an amazing career.
John also had heart. John gave it everything he could every day. John loves baseball.
So a few of his amazing accomplishments:
- NL Cy Young Award winner (1996)
- Eight-time All-Star (1989, 1992, 1993, 1996, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007)
- NLCS MVP (1992)
- 1995 World Series champion
- 15-4, 2.67 ERA in 41 career postseason games
- Silver Slugger Award (1997)
- NL Rolaids Relief Man of the Year (2002)
- Roberto Clemente Award winner (2005)
- Atlanta Braves retired his No. 29 on June 8, 2012.
- The only pitcher in baseball history with at least 200 wins and 100 saves.
- Smoltz’s 55 saves in 2002 is tied for the third most by a pitcher in a single season (with Eric Gagne in 2003).
- Smoltz became a closer full-time in 2002-04; during that stretch, his 144 saves ranked second in baseball behind only Eric Gagne’s 152. During that three-season stretch, Smoltz had 23 more saves than Mariano Rivera.