Bledsoe: What a hoot. Many, many thanks to Mac for my own little virtual soapbox. This is the most fun I’ve had writing in a long time. I hope that you’ve enjoyed either remembering these guys with me or else learning a little about the Braves’ history and players. For those of you disappointed in … Continue reading “LEFT BEHIND 18 WRAPUP”

#6: John Smoltz

See the 44 Greatest Atlanta Braves here. Righthanded Pitcher Seasons With Braves: 1988-2006 Stats With Braves: 193-137, 3.27 ERA, 154 Sv The Tigers drafted John, a local boy, in the 22nd round in 1985. Three years later he was in a big league rotation, which can’t be too common for a 22nd round pick. The … Continue reading “#6: John Smoltz”

Introduction to Nos. 5-6

The next two players on the list are, in alphabetical order, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz. It’s hard to rank them, which is odd since we’re talking two pitchers who played for the same team in the same era, but the shape of their contributions is different. Through 1999, Glavine was clearly far ahead. But … Continue reading “Introduction to Nos. 5-6”