Atlanta Braves To Retire John Smoltz’s Jersey
The Atlanta Braves will retire longtime pitcher John Smoltz’s jersey No. 29 in June, according to Major League Baseball’s official Twitter account.
NO ORDINARY JOHN: @Braves to retire John Smoltz’s No. 29 on June 8.
— MLB (@MLB) April 16, 2012
Smoltz played 20 seasons for the Atlanta Braves posting a 210-147 record with a 3.26 ERA while also collecting 154 saves. He is one of the few pitchers in Major League history to ever win a Cy Young award as a starter and also lead the league in saves.
His best season as a starter came in 1996 when he led the league in wins (24) and strikeouts (276) while posting a 2.94 ERA. His best year as a reliever came in 2002 when he led the league in saves (55) while posting a 3.25 ERA.
He will join his rotation mate Greg Maddux as one of the seven players who have had their jerseys retired as a member of the Atlanta Braves. Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews, Phil Niekro, Warren Spahn, Dale Murphy, and Jackie Robinson are the others.