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Big Three Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

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Greg Maddux, John Smoltz, and Tom Glavine are as synonymous with the Braves as just about anyone who has ever donned a tomahawk across their chest. Not only were they instrumental in the Braves' fourteen-straight division titles, but they formed arguably the best pitching trio in baseball history during what has become known as the "Steroid Era". During the winter meetings, the three future hall-of-famers were recognized by Baseball America with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Glavine, Smoltz, and Maddux combined to collect 667 wins in their time with the Braves along with six Cy Young awards. They afforded Bobby Cox a luxury in turning to three aces at the top of his rotation, that not many managers have had or will ever have. The most spoiled though were the fans. Braves fans, more than any others, are disappointed by anything less than perfection out of their pitching. I guess that's the price you pay for that much talent over more than a decade. We judge our rotations not off of the average MLB staff, but off of the rotations that included Smoltz, Maddux, and Glavine. Congratulations to John Smoltz, Tom Glavine, and Greg Maddux. They made the Braves who they are and will rightfully go down as three of the best pitchers in the history of professional baseball.

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