Episode 77 - Glavine, Maddux, and Smoltz
With absolutely no news coming from anywhere in baseball, we went straight into reminiscing about the cornerstones of the best rotation in baseball history. The Braves first acquired Tom Glavine in the 1984 draft, and he seemed like a solid lefty pitching prospect. They then got John Smoltz back for Doyle Alexander from the Tigers at the 1987 deadline. Neither looked like a future Hall of Famer in the 1980s. Then they began working with Leo Mazzone, who focused on throwing strikes with your fastball, and never giving a hitter what they want. By 1993, they were joined by an even better pitcher, when Greg Maddux signed as a free agent. They were together for a decade, forming a remarkable staff, and all three being not just successful pitchers, but unique.