John Smoltz
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"John Andrew Smoltz", nicknamed "Smoltzie" and "Marmaduke," is an American former baseball pitcher and active sportscaster. He played 21 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for three teams, all but one of which were spent with the Atlanta Braves. In his tenure with the team, he garnered eight Major League Baseball All-Star Game/All-Star selections and the National League Cy Young Award in 1996. He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum/Baseball Hall of Fame in Baseball Hall of Fame balloting, 2015/2015, his first year of eligibility.

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I've never seen a bruise that lasts all year.

It's just ingrained into a player now. It's more famous here than anyplace else in the world, ... The only thing about it here is it's followed by, 'Let's score some runs!'

The fact that we've won division titles in such strange ways every single year, I don't think there is one thing you can say other than Bobby Cox.

I tried a little too hard early. I pitched like it was a playoff game. We needed to win. The guys came through. I knew if I could keep it close, we would have a chance.

And for one day, we could put aside the failures of what things they keep (saying) about this team.

I'm tired of talking about it. But that's just the way it is.

This is for all the nay-sayers. This is for all the ones that said there's no way this can continue ... to the ones that are waiting for the next debacle.

If I could stand up there with my whole side protected, ... why would I give up anything?

I don't know any other way to do it. I take the mound with the focus that we can't lose. I've had that feeling for a long time.