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Smoltz to start next year?

Postby Madison » Fri Oct 10, 2003 2:29 am

This started as a rumor, but it's growing quickly:

Braves: Smoltz still wants to be a starter

by Fanball Staff - Fanball.com
Thursday, October 9, 2003

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Following Tuesday’s elbow surgery in which scar tissue was repaired, Braves closer John Smoltz said that he’s done going under the knife, and reiterated his desire to return to starting. "This will be the final one for me, I can guarantee you that," Smoltz told the Associated Press referring to his operation. “If I have to have another surgery, it's time to do something else." As for his role with the team, Smoltz said: “I just don't see us winning a championship with me in the closing role, but other people do…No doubt it's tougher on my elbow to do what I was doing as a closer, at the rate I was doing it. I think starting is a lot easier on my elbow.” Does he think that he’ll get his chance next spring to return to starting? "Who knows? The door to starting might open."

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Smoltz has been spectacular as a closer, but has never hidden his desire to return to starting. The one thing that&! #146;s different this time is that Greg Maddux is a free agent and probably won’t return in 2004, so the Braves might be open to making the switch with Smoltz and finding someone else to close.




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Postby wrveres » Fri Oct 10, 2003 2:36 am

He should return to starting... He was kinda dupeed in to closing anyways ...
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Postby Madison » Fri Oct 10, 2003 2:38 am

wrveres wrote:He should return to starting... He was kinda dupeed in to closing anyways ...


Agreed.

If his arm can handle the innings, that would be a big boost for Atlanta.
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Postby wrveres » Fri Oct 10, 2003 2:40 am

They will get him stretched out ...

what I found curious was ... he said "Thats It" .. No more scoping..I think he is just frustrated ... Probably the whole team is frustrated.. finger pointing should come next :-)
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Postby Madison » Fri Oct 10, 2003 2:43 am

Sounds more like an ultimatum to me. If I don't start............
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Postby wrveres » Fri Oct 10, 2003 2:47 am

agreed ...

That team has to make some changes ... didn't ESPN just do an interview with him? He sounded upset during that interview when the started talking about his teamates..
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Postby Madison » Fri Oct 10, 2003 2:50 am

I agree. The Braves need some changes. Honestly, I don't know what to change exactly, but anything to get them through a round or two of the playoffs. Some new blood, new manager, etc. Something, anything.
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Postby wrveres » Fri Oct 10, 2003 2:56 am

Though I hate to admit it... The easiest fix, with all that talent they have ... is a new manager....
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Postby Madison » Fri Oct 10, 2003 9:46 am

wrveres wrote:Though I hate to admit it... The easiest fix, with all that talent they have ... is a new manager....


That does seem to work for a lot of teams. :-/
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Postby jskidder » Fri Oct 10, 2003 11:51 am

it has worked for the cubs
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