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4. Can Smoltz be the Braves' ace in 2007?

John Smoltz

The Braves Show continues its series on the top issues facing the Braves this winter. Can John Smoltz be the ace next season? Bill Shanks talks about the Braves' veteran right-hander.

His critics said his arm would never hold up. He had so many surgeries that there was no way John Smoltz could return to his dominating ways as a starting pitcher. But boy hasn't he proved them wrong. I remember interviewing Smoltz before the 2005 season. I had never heard anyone so determined to not only succeed, but to prove people wrong. By then the Braves' front office was on his bandwagon...

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