Selections and the National League. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. His first year of eligibility. As part of a dominant starting rotation for the Braves in the 1990s that included Greg Maddux. Smoltz helped make Atlanta perennial contenders, highlighted by a championship in the 1995 World Series.
Though predominantly known as a starting pitcher. Smoltz was converted to a reliever. In 2001, following his recovery from Tommy John surgery. And he 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 record a 20- win. Season and a 50- save. Season the other being Dennis Eckersley.He is the only pitcher in major league history to top both 200 wins and 150 saves. In 2008, he became the 16th member of the 3,000 strikeout club. Smoltz left the Braves after 2008 and split his final season with the Boston Red Sox. Since retiring as a player, he has served as a color commentator.
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. He also used a curveball. On occasion, and in 1999, he began experimenting with both a knuckleball. Though he rarely used either in game situations. This item is in the category "Sports Mem, Cards & Fan Shop\Sports Trading Cards\Trading Card Singles". The seller is "sportsphilanthropist" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, Korea, South, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Republic of, Malaysia, Panama, Jamaica, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French Guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macau, Martinique, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Paraguay, Bahamas, Uruguay, Chile, Canada, South Africa, Colombia, Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Oman, Reunion, Philippines.