Sole Survivor

John Smoltz closes out an era of unprecedented success in Atlanta.

Originally Published: January 19, 2004
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine
The Big Four became the Big Three, then the Big Two, and now the Lonely One. John Smoltz is a closer now, which is fitting because, after the Braves boasted baseball's best rotation for more than a decade, the party's officially over. Steve Avery is long gone, Tom Glavine bolted last year, and now Greg Maddux has left town. "It's weird," Smoltz says. "I feel like I'm on Survivor and haven't been voted off the island yet."

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