John Smoltz HOF chances
I'm hearing a lot of chatter and people assuming this guy is going to get in and I did some research on it. It looks like to me for most his career he was pretty much a solid 2 and maybe a 1 on a lot of other teams with ERA's hovering in the high 3's . He did have one magnificent season with Atlanta, won a Cy I think. and one or two other great years. Career won lost is good, not great. He was a very good closer, but his ERA in three of the four years he was in the role weren't the greatest. High strikeout totals career is what voters love so he has that. I personally think he is a notch below Eckersley as a reliever, as I think Eck was as good as there ever was when he was on top of his game, and he closed longer with better numbers in the ERA department. Outside Smoltz one big year he an Eck were pretty comparable as starters, Eck has a lot of low 3 and high 2 ERA seasons as a starter, and amazing ERA's as a reliever. The reason I say no to Smoltz if I was a voter is he just was not top notch dominant in either closing or starting. Eck was undoubtedly an all time great as a closer. Just couldn't vote for a guy that was just very good at both. I don't remember sitting there watching Smoltz back in the 90's and thinking this guy is HOF material. He has a great postseason record whereas a lot of his Brave's teammates with bigger reps weren't so great. But is that enough to get him in, 19 decisions in the postseason. Schilling was a better starter I believe and he didn't get in with the same type of postseason performance.
Last edited by mahagga73; 01-21-2013 at 12:50 PM.