Net Worth: $55 Million
John Smoltz or Smoltzie is an American former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher and an active sportscaster who has an estimated net worth of $55 million. Born John Andrew Smoltz on May 15, 1967 in Warren Michigan, he is best known for his prolific career of more than two decades with the Atlanta Braves. He garnered eight All-Star selections and received the Cy Young Award in 1996. In 2001, he was converted to a reliever though he is predominantly known as starting pitcher following his recovery from Tommy John surgery. He spent four years as the team’s closer before returning to a starting role.
Smoltz became only the second pitcher in history to have had both a 20-win season and a 50-save season in 2002 aside from the other Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley. He is the only pitcher in major league history to top both 200 wins and 150 saves. On April 22, 2008, he became the 16th member of the 3,000 strikeout club when he fanned Felipe Lopez of the Washington Nationals in the third inning in Atlanta.
Smoltzie threw a four-seam fastball that was clocked as high as 98 miles per hour, a strong, effective slider, and an 88-91 mph split-finger fastball that he used as a strikeout pitch. He also mixed in a curveball and a change-up on occasion. In 1999, he began experimenting with both a knuckleball and a screwball that he rarely used in game situations. On August 16, 2008, he debuted as a baseball commentator alongside Joe Simpson. The Atlanta Braves announced on April 16, 2012 that they would retire his number 29.