Former Braves closer John Rocker visits Lake Olmstead Stadium

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Former Atlanta Braves closer John Rocker made an appearance at Lake Olmstead Stadium on Wednesday night, promoting a book and recalling memories of his time in the South Atlantic League.

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Ex-Braves pitcher John Rocker talks with Rome manager Randy Ingle at the GreenJackets game on Wednesday night. Rocker threw out the first pitch and promoted a new book.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
Ex-Braves pitcher John Rocker talks with Rome manager Randy Ingle at the GreenJackets game on Wednesday night. Rocker threw out the first pitch and promoted a new book.

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Rocker threw out the first pitch and signed autographs during the GreenJackets game. He promoted his book, Scars and Strikes.

Rocker is known for his controversial remarks while playing in the major leagues, including his opinion of New York City residents and Mets fans printed in Sports Illustrated in 1999. He has continued to make comments that have made headlines after retiring from baseball in 2005.

Most recently he said in a radio interview in Cleveland that performance-enhancing drug use in Major League Baseball helped make it a better sport.

“There have been some misconceptions about me over the years,” he said. “I wanted to clear the air about a lot of that stuff. I had a career in professional baseball, and it’s about the trials and tribulations, the things I learned mentally, the things I learned physically. It was nice to put them in a package.”

The left-hander had a 2.63 ERA and 83 saves in four seasons with the Braves. He had a career 3.42 ERA in six seasons in the majors.

Rocker talked to the GreenJackets prior to the game. He also shared memories of his time with the Macon Braves
in 1995, a team that included Kevin Millwood and Andruw Jones.

“It’s tough mentally and physically to get through an A-ball season and come out successful on the other side,” he said. “That’s really what I mainly remember about A-ball, what a grind it was. But the team was great. A lot from that team I still talk to.”

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GiantsAllDay 08/01/13 - 05:57 am


scoopdedoop64 07/31/13 - 10:12 pm
Be careful about calling people a fool

John Rocker was never the sharpest marble in the bag and he said and did some dumb stuff. But he was an awesome closer for the Braves for a few years and he energized the team as he ran every time from the dugout to the mound. He had a lot of energy and I have never seen anyone throw a strike so fast. Finally, give the guy a break. No one deserves to be ridiculed and called a fool their whole life just because they made some mistakes when they were younger.

GiantsAllDay 07/31/13 - 11:38 pm
I hear ya scoop. But you do

I hear ya scoop. But you do see the parallels between rocker and HBO's Kenny Powers, right? He's hanging around the minor leagues right now. I wonder if the Atlanta braves would let him back into their clubhouse for a pep talk?

Riverman1 08/01/13 - 07:21 am
John Rocker is the antithesis

John Rocker is the antithesis of a quiche eating liberal. The Sports Illustrated reporter who did the hatchet job on him was laughing at the jokes told privately encouraging Rocker to say more.

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