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John Smoltz has high praise for Mets' young rotation

Former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz speaks to

Former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz speaks to the media in the gallery at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. on Feb. 3, 2015. Credit: AP / Heather Ainsworth

John Smoltz spent much of his career on a talented Braves pitching staff that included eventual Hall of Famers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux. Smoltz will round out the trio when he is inducted into Cooperstown on Sunday.

Smoltz, who played 21 MLB seasons, said the Mets' current rotation is more than comparable to his group.

"Well, they're way better," the righthander who won 213 games and saved another 154 said in a Hall of Fame conference call last Thursday. "They've got more talent than we could ever have. The opportunities that exist today won't allow a lot of staffs to find out what kind of staff they can be. You know, that's the shame of the game."

Smoltz said if he pitched in this era, he would have been on the disabled list for most of his career. He said "dynamic arms" are better than ever, but overcoming injuries and having longevity are the challenges modern pitchers face.

"We've anointed people a little too quickly in this game," Smoltz said. "They don't have the ability to wait and learn and have a fair shake at the game. I mean, everybody wants quick results and that's what these guys are fighting today."

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