Starting and Closing by John Smoltz

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What, then, does Smoltz do in telling a portion of his life story? He throws out most of the interesting stuff.
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John Smoltz was one of the greatest Major League pitchers of the late twentieth / early twenty-first century—one of only two in baseball history ever to achieve twenty wins and fifty saves in single seasons—and now he shares the candid, no-holds-barred story of his life, his career, and the game he loves in Starting and Closing.

A Cy Young Award-winner, future Baseball Hall of Famer, and currently a broadcaster for his former team, the Atlanta Braves, Smoltz  delivers a powerful memoir with the kind of fascinating insight into game that made Moneyball a runaway bestseller, plus a heartfelt and truly inspiring faith and religious conviction, similar to what illuminates each page of Tim Tebow’s smash hit memoir, Through My Eyes.


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John Smoltz is an American former Major League Baseball pitcher and active sportscaster. He is best known for his prolific career of more than two decades with the Atlanta Braves, in which he garnered eight All-Star selections and received the Cy Young Award in 1996. Though predominantly known as a starting pitcher, Smoltz was converted to a reliever in 2001, following his recovery from Tommy John surgery, and spent four years as the team's closer before returning to a starting role. In 2002 he became only the second pitcher in history to have had both a twenty-win season and a fifty-save season (the other being Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley). He is the only pitcher in major league history to top both 200 wins and 150 saves. He became the 16th member of the 3,000 strikeout club on April 22, 2008 when he fanned Felipe Lopez of the Washington Nationals in the third inning in Atlanta. He is currently the Chairman of Kings Ridge Christian School in Atlanta and is a scratch golfer (Tiger Woods has said Smoltz is the best golfer outside the PGA tour). He lives in Atlanta with his family.
Published May 8, 2012 by William Morrow. 324 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Mar 15 2012

Passable baseball memoir by retired pitching ace Smoltz, centered around his efforts, at age 41 and after major shoulder surgery, to pitch just one more year.

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Reviewed by Seth on Jul 16 2012

...the book is engaging and extremely readable, and his examples of sticking with his dream and fighting through pain and failure in order to succeed are excellent.

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Reviewed by Melissa on May 28 2012

It's a quick, easy read...that offers not only a closer look at Smoltz, but some of the other guys he played with throughout his career.

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Reviewed by Budd Bailey on May 16 2012

What, then, does Smoltz do in telling a portion of his life story? He throws out most of the interesting stuff.

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