Braves' closer still a starter in his mind

May 26, 2003
By Jim Baker
It was initially John Smoltz's idea that he pitch in relief. It is also his idea that he will someday return to the starting rotation. Buster Olney profiles the Braves pitcher in today's New York Times and finds him at an odd place in his career where he is thriving but still longing for something else.

Smoltz Smoltz first headed to the bullpen upon his return from elbow surgery in 2001. It was a bold suggestion from a man who had never relieved once in his ...

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