John Smoltz is officially a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Sunday afternoon he gave his witty, way over the time limit speech in Cooperstown that made Braves Country remember why he’s such a great face for our franchise. John Smoltz was a class act throughout his career with the Braves and had the ability to live up to the hype. Smoltz was an 8-time All-Star who won 213 games and piled up 154 saves while maintaining a career ERA of 3.33. He is also a Cy Young Award winner and one of the best postseason pitchers this team has seen.
In his career, he was a member of the best starting pitching trio in the history of the game as well as a dynamic closer. There’s no question Smoltz is deserving of his induction, and he joins Greg Maddux, Bobby Cox and Tom Glavine in Cooperstown. He is also the first inductee to the Hall of Fame that underwent Tommy John Surgery during their career. His speech can be found here: