Monday, April 28, 2008

90's Braves Staff --Best Ever?

John Smoltz has been in the news lately as he recently passed the 3000 strikeout mark. He is almost a certain first round Hall of Famer. That got me to thinking about the Braves staff of the 1990's. They featured a Big 3 of Smoltz, Glavine, and Maddox. That is 2 300 game winners, and Smoltz, who without his seasons lost to injuries and his nearly 3 seasons as one of the top relievers in the game, he would be right near that same mark. I wondered if this may have been one of the greatest staffs ever assembled, with 3 HOF starting pitchers. Thinking back to some of the great staffs that I have witnessed, and all I could come up with was the '69 Mets, and the Orioles of the 70's who had 4 20 game winners in one year. Palmer was the only HOF Oriole, and the Mets had Seaver and Ryan. But neither team had the longevity of those Braves squads. For 10 years they stayed together, which is a feat in itself in the day of free agency. Can anyone remember a better staff, even for one year?

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