A report on Greg Maddux and John Smoltz

Maddux in 2009
Smoltz in 2016
Maddux pitching for the Braves in 1994
Smoltz in 2007
Maddux pitching for the Cubs in 2006
Smoltz in 2007
Smoltz with the Boston Red Sox
Maddux pitching for the Padres
Smoltz with the Cardinals on September 3, 2009
Maddux in the dugout in 2008
Fans at Turner Field stand and applaud after Smoltz's 3000th career strikeout on April 22, 2008.

An eight-time All-Star, Smoltz was part of a celebrated trio of starting pitchers, along with Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, who propelled Atlanta to perennial pennant contention in the 1990s, highlighted by a championship in the 1995 World Series.

- John Smoltz

The Braves took their rotation of Maddux, 22-game winner Tom Glavine, 18-game winner Steve Avery, and 15-game winner John Smoltz to the postseason.

- Greg Maddux
Maddux in 2009

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Atlanta Braves

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American professional baseball team based in the Atlanta metropolitan area.

American professional baseball team based in the Atlanta metropolitan area.

King Kelly cigarette card (Goodwin & Company, 1888)
Boston Beaneaters team photo, 1890
Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn
Milwaukee Braves cap logo
Hank Aaron
The fence over which Hank Aaron hit his 715th career home run still exists outside of Center Parc Stadium.
Media magnate Ted Turner purchased the team in 1976, and played a large role in the team's operation.
The 1995 World Series Commissioner's Trophy on display in the Ivan Allen Jr. Braves Museum and Hall of Fame at Turner Field
Brian McCann bats for Atlanta in July 2007
Braves manager Bobby Cox retired in 2010 after 25 years of management
Braves closer Craig Kimbrel pitching in 2011
Chipper Jones salutes the crowd at Turner Field prior to his final regular-season game on September 30, 2012. Jones announced he would retire after 19 seasons with the Braves
Jason Heyward runs the bases in 2014
SunTrust Park (now Truist Park) prior to its first regular-season game
The Atlanta Braves encouraged fans to gesture with the "Tomahawk Chop", distributing foam tomahawks at games and other events.
Braves Hall of Fame wall at Truist Park
P Greg Maddux, Hall of Famer
2× MVP Dale Murphy, outfielder
3B Eddie Mathews, Hall of Famer
Chipper Jones
Phil Niekro

Most notably, this rotation consisted of pitchers Greg Maddux, John Smoltz, and Tom Glavine.

1995 World Series

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The championship series of Major League Baseball's 1995 season.

The championship series of Major League Baseball's 1995 season.

The team relied on clutch hitting and its powerful pitching rotation, which was made up of perennial Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, and Steve Avery.

Glavine playing for the New York Mets in 2005

Tom Glavine

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American former professional baseball pitcher who played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball, for the Atlanta Braves (1987–2002, 2008) and New York Mets (2003–2007).

American former professional baseball pitcher who played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball, for the Atlanta Braves (1987–2002, 2008) and New York Mets (2003–2007).

Glavine playing for the New York Mets in 2005
Glavine delivers a pitch in spring training, 1998
Glavine being introduced at Turner Field in his first game back with the Braves in 2008
Glavine with the Atlanta Braves in 1993.
Glavine signs autographs for fans in 2014

With 164 victories during the 1990s, Glavine earned the second-highest number of wins as a pitcher in the National League, second only to teammate Greg Maddux's 176.

Glavine was the ace of the 1991 Braves' starting rotation that included Steve Avery, Charlie Leibrandt, and another future NL Cy Young Award winner and Hall of Fame inductee, John Smoltz.

1993 National League Championship Series

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Played between the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves.

Played between the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves.

The heavily favored and playoff-seasoned Braves brought their legendary pitching rotation of Cy Young winner Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, and Steve Avery into the NLCS with them.

Nolan Ryan is Major League Baseball's all-time strikeout leader at 5,714.

3,000 strikeout club

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Group of 19 pitchers who have struck out 3,000 or more batters in their careers.

Group of 19 pitchers who have struck out 3,000 or more batters in their careers.

Nolan Ryan is Major League Baseball's all-time strikeout leader at 5,714.
Hall of Famer Randy Johnson, second all-time in strikeouts, is one of only three left-handed pitchers with 3,000 strikeouts.
An electronic banner announces John Smoltz' 3000th strikeout during a game in April 2008.

The other teams with multiple members are the Chicago Cubs (Ferguson Jenkins and Greg Maddux), the New York Yankees (Phil Niekro and Sabathia), and the Houston Astros (Nolan Ryan and Justin Verlander).

Fourteen members of the 3,000-strikeout club have been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, most recently Johnson, Pedro Martínez, and John Smoltz, all voted in during the 2015 balloting.

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Adam Dunn strikes out swinging.

Strikeout

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In baseball or softball, a strikeout (or strike-out) occurs when a batter accrues three strikes during a time at bat.

In baseball or softball, a strikeout (or strike-out) occurs when a batter accrues three strikes during a time at bat.

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Adam Dunn strikes out swinging.
Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax
Detroit Tigers fan keep track of their starting pitcher's strikeouts during a game in 2010, with each 'K' representing one strikeout
The batter attempting to advance to first base after an uncaught third strike, which the catcher has already retrieved and is about to throw to the first baseman to record the putout
An electronic banner announcing the milestone achievement of John Smoltz recording his 3000th strikeout during a game in April 2008

10) Greg Maddux – 3,371

19) John Smoltz – 3,084