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Jeff Schultz: Competitive nature drove Smoltz on, off field

There have been 18,245 major league baseball players in the last 140 years, according to Baseball-Reference.com, of which only 215 have been elected to the Hall of Fame. So to make it to Cooperstown, a player must have the talent and drive to be recognized as one of the top 1.2 percent in his profession, as well as the lab results to confirm he's not a chemical creation. The one-percent club welcomes John Smoltz. The former Braves' pitcher will be inducted into the Hall of Fame Sunday. He was a medical wonder, as doctors checked off several pages of Gray's Anatomy to keep him together. He won 213 games as a starter, saved 154 as a closer, struck out more than 3,000 and is the...

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