Anthony Tobis reveled in it. Ethan Booker did some adept damage control. Our clan of baseball fans had differing opinions on the future, but John Smoltz’s time in Boston appears to have run out on the news that the Red Sox have designated him for assignment.
The numbers were terrible. In eight starts, he was 2-5 with an 8.32 ERA. He only completed six innings in a start twice, and otherwise labored through issues ranging from velocity to throwing it right down the freakin’ middle of the plate. In six starts he gave up at least five runs, and his 3 1/3, eight-run shellacking at the hands of the Yankees last night was the final straw.
Will the 42-year-old retire? Perhaps not, because there are tons of playoff teams that need pitching. Perhaps a team like the Detroit Tigers would like to accept the Hall of Fame-bound pitcher from Warren, Michigan into their bullpen. After all, it was the Tigers who drafted them but never saw him in an Olde English “D” jersey, since they sent Smoltz to the Braves in the famous 1987 Doyle Alexander trade.
Or perhaps the Angels could use the guy. Greg Maddux had a penchant for going westward in the twilight of his career. Of all the playoff teams, the Angels have the worst bullpen ERA (4.76).
A John Smoltz retirement would cease any activity of the fabled Atlanta Braves pitching rotation, save for Kevin Millwood, the Joe Besser of the group. Hey, my childhood had to end sometime.Powered by Sidelines