Former Atlanta Braves Pitcher and current MLB Network Game & Studio Analyst John Smoltz joins the show to discuss the Braves, injuries to pitchers in today’s game, and the Hall of Fame.
Asked if there was an answer to the Braves offensive struggles, Smoltz answered, “If there’s an answer a lot of teams in baseball have been trying to search for it. It’s really been a weird year. Baseball has gone through a transition, offensively we haven’t seen the numbers we’re used to seeing and people are trying to figure out how to accomodate and adjust”.
When asked about the injuries to pitches in today’s game, Smoltz shared “The damage is being done in the youth, they’re not playing multiple sports, and they’re playing year round baseball. Kids now days aren’t concerned with pitching, but how hard they can throw and that’s their ticket to the big league.”
Finally, speaking on his former teammates Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, and former manager Bobby Cox going into the Hall Of Fame this summer and his thoughts on entering into the Hall Of Fame himself, Smoltz said, “I’ll be intrigued I’m not going to lie. I don’t wake up thinking about the process, but being there will intrigue me to go. It’s one of those things as you play your career with these guys you see it unfold. I can’t think of another scenario that I could be happier for the guys going in and can’t wait.”