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John Smoltz “Not Finishing As A Brave Was The Hardest Part”

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Mac Attack 05/16/12:  Former Braves great and current TBS analyst John Smoltz joined the guys to talk baseball and discuss his new book that was just released.

We began the interview by asking Smoltz what he thought about the Braves’ upcoming season. He didn’t say they were the best in the NL East, but he did have some good things to say about the team’s offense.

“They’re doing a lot of good things right now, and…the collective at bats that they’re having are a lot better than last year,” said Smoltz. “I think their starting pitching needs to be a little bit better consistent-wise…Offensively they’re doing the things they need to do.”

Although Smoltz finished up his career with the Cardinals, Atlanta retired his No. 29 jersey earlier this season in a pre-game ceremony. We asked him how difficult it was for him to say goodbye to the game, but he told us putting down the baseball wasn’t even the hardest part.

“I had played so many years and did everything I pretty much wanted to do. Probably the hardest thing was not finishing with Atlanta,” said Smoltz. “I’m onto my next adventures of broadcasting and possibly some golf later on.”

In addition to his new career in broadcast, Smoltz has recently released a book, Starting and Closing. In the memoir, he discusses the struggles of his final season and how he was able to persevere. He seeks to encourage those who read his book, no matter what aspirations they might be chasing.

“I hope they get inspiration,” said Smoltz.  “I hope they find that the book has a tone and a message throughout it that allows people to think about whatever they’re doing in life and how they can achieve and dare to be great.”

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