Smoltz Returns To Atlanta, Says He Cherished His Time

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Wednesday Jan 14, 2009
ATLANTA (AP) -- John Smoltz returned to Atlanta to make it clear he'll always cherish the city that has been his home since 1988.

But the pitcher says Braves management took him for granted this offseason. And he says that helped push him to accept a $5.5 million, one-year contract from the Boston Red Sox as he recovers from major shoulder surgery.

The 41-year-old Smoltz was back in Atlanta one day after his first news conference in Boston. He said the offers between the Braves and Red Sox were "not even close" and said the performance bonuses that pushed the potential value of Atlanta's offer close to $10 million were impossible to reach.

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