Just think John Smoltz has endured four elbow surgeries during his 21-year major league career and now his shoulder will undergo a procedure soon which will end his season-- and maybe his career altogether.  The 41-year old Smoltz plans on trying to make it back next year, but all involved admit no one knows a thing about his playing future until doctors are done with their work.  Smoltz will stay away from the Braves' next road trip, then rejoin the team for the rest of the season helping in the role of a de facto coach.  It's amazing he has pitched so long given the fact his elbow has endured so much.  I'll guess that he'll eventually make the Hall of Fame.

     If Michael Curry is the Pistons next coach, then who does he want in terms of personnel for next season?  Clearly he would be hired to put the Pistons over the top and get to the NBA finals, at the least, where Flip Saunders failed to take the team.  What if Curry prefers to have Rasheed Wallace return?  Would Joe Dumars keep him?  Hard to say and even if Dumars wants to trade Wallace will he be able to get some value in return?  And remember the Pistons did make the Eastern Conference finals three times with Wallace-- can they do as much without him?

     Wednesday night's Diamond Classic baseball finale signals the end of the high school career of DeWitt's Dan VanDreumel.  And what a career it has been-- a star in three sports for three years-- football, basketball and baseball.  VanDreumel, an excellent student, will enroll as a general student at CMU this fall.  He broke the state's single season touchdown pass record last fall with 38.  VanDreumel, along with Holt's Mitch Zajac, will go down as two of the best three sport high school athletes I have ever seen come out of mid Michigan.


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