Description : John Andrew Smoltz (born May 15, 1967), nicknamed "Smoltzie" and "Marmaduke," is an American former baseball pitcher who played 21 seasons in Major League Baseball from 1988 to 2009, all but the last year with the Atlanta Braves.
During his Hall of Fame induction speech on Sunday, John Smoltz took some time to consider the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics by exploring all the different ways his life might have turned out.
In one universe, he let his hair grow out: Why he assumes it would have grown into a mullet best described as "Little Orphan Annie in the front, windsurfing party in the back," is anyone's guess.
He posted poor statistics in a dozen starts, but in 1989 Smoltz blossomed.
In 29 starts, he recorded a 12–11 record and 2.94 ERA while pitching 208 innings, and was named to the NL All-Star team.
Smoltz had a 6–10 record in the strike-shortened 1994 season, and during the break, had bone chips removed from his elbow.
Returning as the Braves' #3 starter, he posted a 12–7 record in 1995.Before the 1993 season, the Braves signed renowned control pitcher Greg Maddux, completing – along with Smoltz and Glavine – what many consider to be the most accomplished starting trio ever assembled on a single major league team.Smoltz again won fifteen games, but suffered his first postseason loss to the Philadelphia Phillies in the NLCS despite not allowing an earned run.Teammate Tom Glavine also had his first good year in 1989, raising optimism about the future of Atlanta's pitching staff.Over his career, Smoltz threw a four-seam fastball that was clocked as high as 98 miles per hour, a strong, effective slider, and an 88–91 mph split-finger fastball that he used as a strikeout pitch.Smoltz left the Braves after 2008 and split his final season with the Boston Red Sox and St. Since retiring as a player, he has served as a color commentator and analyst on television.