On radio station 680 this morning, Atlanta Braves president John Schuerholtz announced that the team will retire John Smoltz's number-29 this season on June 8th.
This is the final amigo from the great pitching staff of the 90's to have his number retired. The Braves will also induct Smoltz into the Braves Hall of Fame that day. This quote was in the press release:
"John has contributed so much to Atlanta Braves history," said Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz. "Inducting him into our Hall of Fame and making sure no one else will ever wear his number 29, are the most meaningful and significant ways we can honor John."
Smoltz' number 29 will be the ninth Braves uniform number to be retired, joining Hank Aaron (44), Eddie Mathews (41), Dale Murphy (3), Phil Niekro (35), Warren Spahn (21) and Greg Maddux (31), Tom Glavine (47) and Bobby Cox (6). The Braves also retired the number 42 along with all Major League Baseball teams to honor Jackie Robinson.
He will join Hank Aaron, Bill Bartholomay, Lew Burdette, Skip Caray, Bobby Cox, Del Crandall, Ralph Garr, Tom Glavine, Tommy Holmes, Ernie Johnson, David Justice, Herman Long, Bill Lucas, Greg Maddux, Eddie Mathews, Dale Murphy, Kid Nichols, Phil Niekro, John Sain, Paul Snyder, Warren Spahn, Ted Turner, and Pete Van Wieren in the Braves Hall of Fame.