The Newest Mr. 3000

Yay John Smoltz!
Atlanta Braves future Hall of Famer John Smoltz had no trouble at all fanning his 3,000th batter Tuesday evening against the Washington Nationals.

Entering the game at 2,996, the 40-year-old righty got the hoopla over quickly. He recorded his milestone off Felipe Lopez on a swinging strike in the third, and then it went like this: fist pump, high five Brian McCann, acknowledge standing ovation, get on with the game. It literally took under a minute.

Smoltz (3-0, .086 ERA) marks the 16th pitcher in the history of the game to record 3,000 K's. He's the fifth active pitcher in the big leagues to conquer the feat, joining veterans Greg Maddux, Curt Schilling, Randy Johnson, and Pedro Martinez.

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Anonymous said...

Not to discredit what John Smoltz and the other four veterans you mentioned have accomplished, but aren't you bound to hit those sort of milestones after pitching for 15-20 years?