Smoltz done for the season; possibly career.

It was announced today that John Smoltz will have season ending surgery on his shoulder on Tuesday. The only question left is whether he will be able to come back in pitch in 2009. If he is unable to then John it has been one hell of a career. If he is able to come back then the Braves will have one of the most valuable players in baseball on the roster.

Smoltz only threw 28 innings in 2008 but he was able to record his 3,000 strike-out. His record was 3 and 2.

The only of the big three to have played his whole career as a Brave, may have thrown his last pitch. Smoltz will be a Hall of Famer. He was the most versatile of the big three.

Smoltz pitched in 708 games over the course of his 20 year career. He won 210 games and lost 147. The thing that really sets him apart from other 200 game winners is his 154 career saves. He spent 3 seasons as the Braves closer. During that three year stretch no closer was more dominant than he was. His career ERA is 3.26. He is the all time post-season leader in wins with 15 and strike-outs with 194.

He is an 8 time All-Star. He won the NL Cy Young in 1996. He won the Rolaids Relief award in 2002. He was awarded the Silver Slugger in 1997.

No one is more completive than Smoltz is. He always gave everything he had when he took the mound. He has had 4 separate elbow surgeries. He missed the entire season in 2000 to have Tommy John. But this time it is his shoulder that has betrayed him.

Smoltz being the competitor that he is has said that he intends to pitch again. He will be seeing Dr, James Andrews, who will perform the surgery on Smoltz’s shoulder. If Smoltz doesn’t comeback, he will be eligible to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014.

Thanks for the memories, John.

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