Yeah, Neyer did something like this in his book a few years ago, but I want to do it again. There are certain players who are automatic, of course:
And with all due respect to Chipper, another is almost as automatic:
I want to pick five starting pitchers. Three are automatic, but not the three you might think:
That leaves two spots between Glavine, Maddux, and Smoltz. Respectful nods to a number of other pitchers, Lew Burdette in particular. Oh, heck, we’ll go with six pitchers. Smoltz can relieve.
Leaving aside the bullpen — is Smoltz the closer? — that leaves six positions to decide. I figure we’ll vote on it. I’m imposing a minimum standard of 2000 PA in a Braves uniform for all candidates, and they are to be rated solely on what they did with the Braves, not with other teams. We’ll start at catcher, the entry to come in a few minutes.