The 25 Greatest Pitchers of All-Time

22. John Smoltz



Teams: Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals
Innings Pitched: 3,473
Wins: 213
Saves: 154
Strikeouts: 3,084
WHIP: 1.176
ERA: 3.33

Smoltz is one of the more intriguing names on this list. As a member of the pitching-dominant Atlanta Braves, “Smoltzie” began his career as a starter. Over the first 12 seasons of his career, Smoltz racked up 157 wins, 4 All-Star selections, and a Cy Young Award.

After undergoing Tommy John surgery following the 1999 season, Smoltz became the Braves closer for four seasons. In his first full season as the Braves closer, “Marmaduke” saved an NL-record 55 games. Smoltz saved an incredible 154 games during his four years, only to return to the starting rotation at the age of 38. The one-time ace still had it, going 44-24 over the next three seasons, finishing sixth in Cy Young voting as a 40-year-old. Smoltz has the second most wins in postseason history (15), and is a member of the elusive 3,000 strikeout club.

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