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Braves to retire Chipper Jones' number

Braves to retire Chipper Jones' number

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Feb. 19 (UPI) -- The Atlanta Braves said Tuesday they will retire third baseman Chipper Jones' number and induct him into the team's Hall of Fame.

Smoltz misses cut at Ga. Nationwide event

VALDOSTA, Ga., April 30 (UPI) -- Eight-time all-star baseball pitcher John Smoltz took a hit to his pro golfing hopes Saturday, missing the cut by 27 strokes at a Nationwide Tour event.

Ex-pitcher Smoltz to make pro golf debut

ATLANTA, March 16 (UPI) -- Former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz said Wednesday he'll compete in the South Georgia Classic stop on pro golf's Nationwide Tour.

Smoltz joins broadcast booth, not retiring

ATLANTA, March 16 (UPI) -- Pitcher John Smoltz says he is heading to the TBS broadcast booth to announce games this year but has not yet retired.

MLB: St. Louis 5, San Diego 2

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- John Smoltz gave up three hits in five scoreless innings Sunday, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-2 win over the San Diego Padres.

John Smoltz signs with St. Louis Cardinals

ST. LOUIS, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- The St. Louis Cardinals have signed 42-year-old right-hander John Smoltz for the balance of the 2009 season.
Red Sox release pitcher John Smoltz

Red Sox release pitcher John Smoltz

BOSTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- The Boston Red Sox Monday released 42-year-old veteran pitcher John Smoltz.

Red Sox dump pitcher John Smoltz

BOSTON, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Veteran right-hander John Smoltz has been designated for assignment, Boston Red Sox Manager Terry Francona said Friday.

MLB: Boston 6, Baltimore 5

BALTIMORE, July 31 (UPI) -- David Ortiz hit his second homer in as many games Friday and a seventh-inning blast by Kevin Youkilis put Boston in front en route to a 6-5 win over Baltimore.

MLB: Baltimore 6, Boston 2

BOSTON, July 26 (UPI) -- Nick Markakis homered and drove in three runs for Baltimore Sunday, powering the Orioles past the Boston Red Sox 6-2.

MLB: Texas 6, Boston 3

ARLINGTON, Texas, July 20 (UPI) -- Michael Young, David Murphy and Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered off John Smoltz in the sixth Monday to lead the Texas Rangers to a 6-3 win over Boston.

MLB: Oakland 6, Boston 0

BOSTON, July 6 (UPI) -- Brett Anderson pitched a two-hit shutout and Mark Ellis and Adam Kennedy each had two RBI in the Oakland Athletics' 6-0 victory Monday over Boston.

MLB: Baltimore 11, Boston 10

BALTIMORE, July 1 (UPI) -- The Baltimore Orioles scored five runs in both the seventh and eighth innings Tuesday to overcome a nine-run deficit to rally past the Boston Red Sox 11-10.

MLB: Washington 9, Boston 3

WASHINGTON, June 25 (UPI) -- Anderson Hernandez finished off a four-run first with a two-run single Thursday and the Washington Nationals went on to defeat Boston 9-3.
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John Smoltz
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher John Smoltz throws a pitch in the second inning against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium in New York City on April 27, 2008. (UPI Photo/John Angelillo)

Johnathan Andrew "John" Smoltz (born May 15, 1967) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. He is best known for his prolific career of more than two decades with the Atlanta Braves, in which he garnered eight All-Star selections and received the Cy Young Award in 1996. Though predominantly known as a starting pitcher, Smoltz was converted to a reliever in 2001, following his recovery from Tommy John surgery, and spent four years as the team's closer before returning to a starting role. In 2002 he became only the second pitcher in history to have had both a 20-win season and a 50-save season (the other being Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley). He is the only pitcher in major league history to top both 200 wins and 150 saves. He became the 16th member of the 3,000 strikeout club on April 22, 2008 when he fanned Felipe Lopez of the Washington Nationals in the third inning in Atlanta.

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. He also mixed in a curveball and change-up on occasion, and in 1999, he began experimenting with both a knuckleball and a screwball, though he rarely used either in game situations.

John Smoltz was an All-State baseball and basketball player at Waverly High School in Lansing, Michigan and in college at Michigan State University before the Detroit Tigers drafted him in the 22nd round of the 1985 amateur draft. He was the 574th selection of the draft.

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