Former Cardinal Smoltz elected to Hall of Fame; Johnson, Martinez, and Biggio too
WASHINGTON - APRIL 12: John Smoltz #29 of the Atlanta Braves pitches against the Washington Nationals April 12, 2008 at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images) By Greg Fiume
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (BaseballStL) - Former Cardinals' reliever John Smoltz has been elected into the MLB Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
Smoltz is most notably known for his time with the Atlanta Braves, where in 2002, he moved from the starting rotation to the bullpen after multiple stints on the disabled and eventually having Tommy John surgery.
In his first season as a closer, Smoltz broke the National League record with 55 saves and would become the first pitcher in major league history to have 200 wins and 150 saves.
During his time with the Cardinals, in 2009, Smoltz compiled a 1-3 record with an ERA of 4.26. Smoltz pitched two innings of relief in Game 3 of the 2009 NLDS and retired after his 2009 season with the Cardinals.
Along with Smoltz, pitchers Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson were elected to the Hall of Fame, as well as Astros' great Craig Biggio, who missed being elected into the 2014 class by just two votes a year ago.
The four will be inducted in Cooperstown on July 26.