Smoltz, who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015, played in Major League Baseball for 21 years, including 20 seasons with the Atlanta Braves. Smoltz began playing golf in Class A minor league baseball when he was 19 years old and honestly disliked it at first. However, after hitting a few balls off the tee on his first day out on the course, he decided to give it another try.
Since then, he has become one of the best golfers in baseball and is now ranked No. 2 all-time among pitchers with his unique swing. The main reason why he has been able to improve so much as a golfer is because he takes his game seriously and works hard on his craft every day. He also admits that the fairway is harder than it looks and loves the challenge of hitting long drives over large greens!
In addition to his career in baseball, Smoltz has also made several appearances on the golf tour, most recently in 2016. That same year, he won the PGA Tour's Coca-Cola Championship by one stroke over Fred Funk and Jason Dufner. He has two other wins under his belt: the 2000 Buick Invitational and the 2004 BellSouth Classic.
Overall, Tim Smalley Jr. has had a very successful career as a pitcher and a golf player.
Smoltz was 42 years old when he temporarily played for the Cardinals in 2009. On paper, his total stats in 2009 and his final season don't seem great, but for a baseball great to still be pitching at the top level and competing at that age is astounding. He went 17-6 with a 2.64 ERA in 33 starts for the Cardinals that year.
In addition to being a great pitcher, he was also an excellent teammate and person. He was voted into the Braves' Hall of Fame in 2015.
John Smoltz's full career statistics include 514 games started, one retirement and 353 wins. His average annual salary during his career was $1 million.
He was born on January 4th, 1963 in Greenville, South Carolina. The right-hander was drafted by the Atlanta Braves after graduating from Clemson University in 1986. He played his first game in April 1992 and ended his career in 2011 with the Braves. In between seasons, he spent time on the disabled list due to back problems and elbow surgery.
As a player, he was known for his hard throwing arm and ability to pitch multiple innings per game. He finished his career with a record of 353-176.
His wife's name is Robin and they have three children: two daughters and a son.
2015 Inductions into the John Smoltz Hall of Fame John Smoltz went on to have a great MLB pitching career. He spent 22 seasons in the Major League Baseball. In 2015, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame for his accomplishments on the mound. The following is a list of major awards and achievements in his career.
He was the 1995 National League Rookie of the Year Award winner. That year, he had 31 wins, four losses and one tie along with a 3.67 ERA. He finished second in the voting behind Eric Davis of the Atlanta Braves.
In 1996, he became the first pitcher since Lefty Grove in 1928 to win 30 games twice in a season. He also led the NL in wins for the third time in his career. His 3.42 ERA was good for second best in the league behind Randy Johnson of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Smoltz ended up winning the NL Cy Young Award after leading the league with 238 strikeouts.
In 1997, he won his fourth straight NL Cy Young Award after having another great season with 33 wins, nine losses and a 2.83 ERA. He ended up beating out Tom Glavine of the Atlanta Braves and Greg Maddux of the Chicago Cubs.
In 1998, he lost his first two decisions of the season before getting injured.