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  1. Interesting article. Kind of sad that he won’t be palying right away, I was sort of hoping the Twins would pick him up, just to see if he could give our bullpen a bit of help.

    Also, just small nitpick but meastly should be measly, I believe.

    Comment by Doctor_Teh — March 19, 2010 @ 10:06 am

  2. For those of you wondering, ‘meastly’ was properly used. Measly in quantity + beastly in quality = 78 ‘meastly’ innings.

    Comment by The Usual SusBeck — March 19, 2010 @ 10:06 am

  3. I wouldn’t feel sorry for Smoltz. From what I hear, he is a regular at many golf courses from Florida to Georgia, and intends to sharpen his game for a shot at the Sr. Tour.

    Comment by neuter_your_dogma — March 19, 2010 @ 10:22 am

  4. I might feel sorry for him if I did not think his monetary aspirations had something to do with it.

    Comment by walkoffblast — March 19, 2010 @ 10:45 am

  5. I think just about everyone who reads this site is sad their respective team hasn’t picked him up yet. Smotlz is still a stud and would probably be relatively cheap.

    Comment by Bradley — March 19, 2010 @ 10:51 am

  6. “It’s always disappointing when talent is forced out of the big leagues, for whatever reason.”

    Anybody else’s thoughts immediately go to Bonds when they read this? That guy could still post a .400+ OBP today if only some AL team would sign him as their DH.

    Comment by Adam — March 19, 2010 @ 11:35 am

  7. Even as a fan of rival team, I appreciated watching Smoltz in his prime. He was a great competitor. Great career John!

    The question now becomes: 1st Ballot or later ballot?

    I would guess later as the Hall voters simply don’t like to elect first timers unless its a slam dunk (Ripken, Schmidt, etc)

    Comment by NEPP — March 19, 2010 @ 12:20 pm

  8. My understanding is that Smoltz isn’t interested in being a reliever, and that’s the primary reason teams aren’t signing him.

    Comment by Todd — March 19, 2010 @ 12:35 pm

  9. As a Tigers fan I’d rather take my chances with Smoltz in the rotation than Willis or Robertson like they are now. It also be kinda cool for his career to come full circle by ending his career with the team that drafted him some 20 years ago.

    Comment by Dwight Schrute — March 19, 2010 @ 12:48 pm

  10. He isn’t officially retired, is he?

    Comment by JoeR43 — March 19, 2010 @ 6:58 pm

  11. The question is if he’s going to do the Roger Clemens-Pedro Martinez thing and try to get a job in June. He’s still better than 90% of the 5th starters in Majors, and a significant portion of the 4th starters as well. How much can he cost?

    Comment by Bronnt — March 19, 2010 @ 11:37 pm

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