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4. How long can Smoltz remain the ace?

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In many ways John Smoltz is the Atlanta Braves. But how long can he keep up this excellent pitching? The Braves Show's Bill Shanks continues the series on the Top 35 questions facing the Atlanta organization.

When John Smoltz signed his contract extension in April, he did so knowing that his new deal would pay him as an ace pitcher. He'll get $14 million next season and then options the next two seasons that could pay him either $12 or $13 million. But the question is, since he'll be 41 years old next season, can Smoltz continue to be an ace for this Braves' team? We all know his history, and we all... Recommended Stories

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