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Starting and Closing: Preseverance, Faith and One More Year by John Smoltz with Don Yaeger

Starting and ClosingReviewed by Allen Hott

No doubt one of the best pitchers in baseball when you look at all of his statistics, John Smoltz explains why he did some of the things he did during his great career. For those of you not familiar with Smoltz he pitched from 1985 to 2009 with (mostly) the Atlanta Braves, the Boston Red Sox, and the St Louis Cardinals. Born in Michigan John always wanted to play for the Detroit Tigers and in fact he was signed by the Tigers. But Detroit traded him to Atlanta while he was still in their farm system so in fact his beginning and hoped for ending became Atlanta.

His parents always had hoped that he would continue in music for a career as he was an accomplished accordion player by age four. He loved the music and still plays that accordion for relaxation but at an early age he became engrossed with baseball.

John was part of the great Atlanta Braves franchise that won 14 consecutive division titles during the 80’s and 90’s. He was part of a great pitching staff that included Gregg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and others. Several members of that staff are considered virtual shoo-ins for the Baseball Hall of Fame. And that definitely includes John!