John Smoltz has signed a contract with the Boston Red Sox. I can certainly understand Chipper Jones' frustration with the deal, and it is going to be strange seeing Smoltz is some uniform other than that of the Braves.
I'm happy that Smoltz thinks he can still pitch, but I was kind of hoping that he was going to retire, because I really wanted to see if it was possible for three guys from the same rotation -- and one of the best rotations of all time -- to go into the Hall of Fame at the same time, and with the earlier retirings of Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine this off-season, that was a distinct possibility.
I was looking forward to the arguments that all three going in at the same time would detract from the individual moment, and I'm sure that in five years I'll be hearing something along the lines that putting Glavine in at the same time as Maddux will detract from the moment for Maddux.
Either way, these three guys, for about a decade starting in the early-90s, were one of the best 1-2-3 pitching combinations in baseball, ever. It's not going to be the same this season not seeing Maddux and Glavine on the mound, and it's going to be just as strange seeing Smoltz wearing a Red Sox uniform.