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John Smoltz | Starting Pitcher

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (47) / 5/15/1967
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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John Smoltz failed to qualify Monday for the U.S. Open.
Oh well. Smoltz shot six over par, finishing far off the lead of the other 144 golfers attempting to qualify for the event. He said afterward that he plans to play other amateur tournaments, but made no mention of continuing his baseball career. Smoltz last pitched for the Cardinals. Mon, May 10, 2010 03:39:00 PM

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John Smoltz began a U.S. Open qualifier on Monday morning.

Smoltz believes he has "20-to-1" odds to make it through to a sectional qualifying tournament, and even then he has to beat out some pretty exceptional golfers to qualify for the U.S. Open. It's a longshot, but something he has wanted to try for a while. He's likely done with baseball, at least as a player. Smoltz has been great as a game analyst for MLB Network.
Mon, May 10, 2010 10:56:00 AM

John Smoltz will compete in a 36-hole U.S. Open qualifier next week.

That's right -- the PGA event. Smoltz, 42, is a -2 handicap on the golf course and shot consecutive rounds of 65 this year at a course in Kennesaw, Georgia. "I'm pretty realistic," Smoltz told MLB.com's Mark Bowan on Monday. "Even if I set forth a month's worth of practice, my realistic chance of qualifying isn't great. I just want to do it for the experience." He's currently working for MLB Network and is doubtful to return to a big league mound.
Source: MLB.com
Tue, May 4, 2010 08:38:00 AM

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, John Smoltz's broadcast contracts contain "outs" if he chooses to continue his playing career.

While Smoltz placed his odds of returning to baseball at 50-to-1 during an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday, he hasn't officially announced his retirement. According to Rosenthal, the Phillies have shown strong interest in the 42-year-old as a potential mid-season acquisition, similar to how they signed Pedro Martinez last season.
Thu, Mar 18, 2010 06:13:00 PM

In an interview with Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, John Smoltz placed his odds of pitching again at "50-1."

"I think everyone understands that with the [broadcasting] role I have now, I don’t mind saying the chances [of pitching] are pretty slim," said the 42-year-old Smoltz, who joined TBS as a regular season and playoff analyst on Tuesday. "I don’t know what slim means. Maybe I make that announcement in 10 days. Maybe in 30 days. Just let me get through this week. I can’t imagine it will go on that long. But there are a lot of things swimming through my head right now." Whether we see him take the mound again or not, the former Cy Young Award winner is a pretty solid lock for the Hall of Fame.
Wed, Mar 17, 2010 05:32:00 PM

John Smoltz has joined TBS as a regular season and playoff analyst.

"Joining Turner Sports’ Major League Baseball coverage is a great opportunity for me to stay immersed in the game that I love and I’m really looking forward to this experience," Smoltz said via press release. "Having worked with TBS and Peachtree TV before, I am thrilled about the start of the 2010 season." Smoltz, 42, has entertained offers from several teams this offseason, but it looks like he'll remain on the sidelines for now and possibly for good. If this is the end, the former 1996 Cy Young Award winner hangs it up with 213 career wins, a 3.33 ERA, 3,084 strikeouts and 154 saves. A date with Cooperstown is in his future.
Source: Turner.com
Tue, Mar 16, 2010 01:35:00 PM

Free agent right-hander John Smoltz is seeking a salary of $3 million, according to the New York Times.

Smoltz, 42, has drawn plenty of interest on the free agent market this winter but he's in no hurry to sign anything just yet. "Nothing is closed for me," he said. "That's why I'm talking about taking my time, letting things play out. A lot of things will go into this decision." He had a 4.26 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 40/9 K/BB ratio in seven starts with the Cardinals down the stretch last season.
Fri, Feb 12, 2010 10:44:00 AM

John Smoltz told Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he hasn't ruled out a return to the Braves.

"Nothing is closed for me," Smoltz said. "That’s why I’m talking about taking my time, letting things play out. A lot of things will go into this decision." Smoltz, 42, won't close the door on Atlanta, but if he legitimately wants a chance to start again, he'll likely have to look for work elsewhere. Many have said that he could wait to sign mid-season, similar to what Pedro Martinez did with the Phillies, but Smoltz dismissed that as speculation, saying "it hasn’t come from anything that I’ve said."
Thu, Feb 11, 2010 09:35:00 AM

The Nationals have spoken with the agent for John Smoltz recently, but aren't willing to break the bank to sign him, reports Bill Ladson of MLB.com.

They currently have a similar stance with free agent second baseman Orlando Hudson. Smoltz, 42, has also been linked to the Mets in recent weeks. With Jason Marquis under contract and a host of young starters in the pipeline, the Nationals are prepared to go with internal options, for better or worse.
Fri, Jan 29, 2010 08:57:00 PM

Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the Mets have "fallen behind" on free agent right-hander John Smoltz.

This suggests than another team has jumped to the forefront, but Heyman doesn't note who that might be. The Mets need another starter badly, but according to recent reports they have yet to actually tender him a contract offer. Manager Jerry Manuel may be forced to hope he can "get away with" Fernando Nieve as his fifth starter.
Fri, Jan 29, 2010 06:30:00 PM

A source tells Adam Rubin of the Daily News that free agent right-hander John Smoltz could wait until mid-season before signing with a new team.

Not only would it provide the 42-year-old with a better opportunity to be at full strength late in the regular season, but it would also allow him to sign with a contender. The Mets have maintained interest in Smoltz to be their No. 5 starter, however they have yet to formally make him an offer to come to Queens.
Thu, Jan 28, 2010 09:03:00 AM

Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record believes that free agent John Smoltz is leaning toward returning to the Cardinals.

The Mets have expressed a good amount of interest in Smoltz lately but the 42-year-old may not want to pick up and move to the East Coast. He had a 4.26 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 40/9 K/BB ratio in seven starts with the Cardinals down the stretch last season and seemed comfortable with St. Louis management. If the Mets are unable to land him or any other starter, they'll likely go with Fernando Nieve as their No. 5 arm.
Wed, Jan 27, 2010 12:26:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that after losing out on Ben Sheets the Mets' next target "looks to be" free agent right-hander John Smoltz.

Destinations of the remaining free agent pitchers should become much clearer with Sheets off the market. The Mets' interest in Smoltz has been well documented this winter, but interestingly Rosenthal notes that the club has not been aggressive with free agent right-hander Jon Garland. Chances are Smoltz will cost less than Garland, but there's no promise he can provide the number of innings the Mets seek for a middle-of-the-rotation type.
Tue, Jan 26, 2010 01:30:00 PM

The Mets continue to have an active dialogue with free agent John Smoltz, according to Adam Rubin of the New York Daily News.

The Mets evidently view Smoltz as a starter and he would certainly fit the bill as a back-end option in the rotation. Smoltz, who turns 43 in May, found some success with a switch back to the National League late last season, posting a 4.26 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 40/9 K/BB ratio in seven starts with the Cardinals down the stretch. Ben Sheets and Jon Garland are two other rotation options for the Mets, according to Rubin.
Mon, Jan 25, 2010 01:26:00 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak has spoken with the agent for right-hander John Smoltz in the "past couple of days."

Smoltz, who turns 43 in May, found some success with a switch back to the National League late last season, posting a 4.26 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 40/9 K/BB ratio in seven starts with the Cardinals down the stretch. Mozeliak has maintained interest in the veteran right-hander because of his ability to start or relieve.
Sat, Jan 16, 2010 05:49:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2A.J. Pierzynski
1B1Matt Adams
2B1Kolten Wong
2Mark Ellis
3Daniel Descalso
SS1Jhonny Peralta
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Jon Jay
2Peter Bourjos
RF1Oscar Taveras
2Randal Grichuk
3Shane Robinson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Lance Lynn
4John Lackey
5Justin Masterson
6Shelby Miller
7Jaime Garcia
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Pat Neshek
3Seth Maness
4Randy Choate
5Sam Freeman
6Jason Motte
7Nick Greenwood
8Carlos Martinez
9Tyler Lyons