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 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 ...