LEFT BEHIND NO. 13 Mike Stanton

Bledsoe: Lefthanded Relief Pitcher Seasons with Braves: 1989-95 Career Stats with Braves: 18-21, ERA 4.01, 289.7 IP, 55 SV, 223 SO Mike Stanton was a hardthrowing lefthanded minor league centerfielder whom the Braves took a look at and said “Pitcher.” Good call, as Mike’s 17-year career attest. Guy’s still pitching, at age 51, I think. … Continue reading “LEFT BEHIND NO. 13 Mike Stanton”

#31: Marcus Giles

See the 44 Greatest Atlanta Braves here. Righthanded Hitting, Righthanded Throwing Second Baseman Seasons With Braves: 2001-06 Stats With Braves: .285 .361 .448, 72 HR, 294 RBI, 416 RS My favorite player had a bad year, but to put it in perspective, it would have been a decent year for Hubbard or Millan and a … Continue reading “#31: Marcus Giles”

LEFT BEHIND NO. 12: Kerry Ligtenberg

Bledsoe: Righthanded Reliever Seasons with Braves: 1997-2002 Career Stats with Braves: 12-12, ERA 3.04, 266.7 IP, 44 SV, 256 SO Kerry Ligtenberg had the best sideburns of any reliever since the 70s’ Oakland Athletics. He also had an outstanding ERA for the Braves, and in 1998, 30 saves and 75 appearances. He looked like the … Continue reading “LEFT BEHIND NO. 12: Kerry Ligtenberg”

#16: Rafael Furcal

See the 44 Greatest Atlanta Braves here. Switch-Hitting, Righthanded Throwing Shortstop Seasons With Braves: 2000-2005 Stats With Braves: .284/.348/.409, 57 HR, 292 RBI, 554 RS I was always disappointed in Furcal. I liked the Rookie of the Year Furcal, who got on base at a .394 clip. Whatever happened to that guy? One theory is … Continue reading “#16: Rafael Furcal”

Left Behind 11: Terry Forster

Lefthanded Reliever Seasons with Braves: 1983-85 Career Stats with Braves: 7-5, ERA 2.23, 165.3 IP, 16 SV Okay, this is starting to get ugly. As Mac’s players rise to quasi-Hall of Fame level, mine are sinking to, well, Terry Forster. The Fat Tub of Goo, as Dave Letterman called him on national television, was the … Continue reading “Left Behind 11: Terry Forster”

#17: Darrell Evans

See the 44 Greatest Atlanta Braves here. Lefthanded Hitting, Righthanded Throwing Third Baseman Seasons With Braves: 1969-1976, 1989 Stats With Braves: .246/.368/.426, 131 HR, 424 RBI, 453 RS Longtime readers are hereby authorized to zone out. Darrell Evans is, in the words of Bill James, probably the most underrated player in baseball history, because he … Continue reading “#17: Darrell Evans”

LEFT BEHIND NO. 10: Earl Williams

Bledsoe: Righthanded Hitting, Righthanded Throwing C/1B/3B Seasons with Braves: 1970-72, 1975-76 Career Stats with Braves: .251/.321/.437, 81 HR, 255 RBI, 200 RS Earl Williams won Rookie of the Year for the Braves in 1971 by blasting 33 homers for America’s Team. He hit another 28 the next year, then was traded in a package for, … Continue reading “LEFT BEHIND NO. 10: Earl Williams”

#19: Jeff Blauser

See the 44 Greatest Atlanta Braves here. Righthanded Hitting, Righthanded Throwing Shortstop Seasons With Braves: 1987-1996 Stats With Braves: .268/.355/.415, 109 HR, 601 R, 461 RBI There’s already been some talk about Blauser in the comments, and some people will think that this is too high. If anything, it is too low; judging only by … Continue reading “#19: Jeff Blauser”

LEFT BEHIND NO. 9: John Rocker

Bledsoe: Lefthanded Reliever Seasons with Braves: 1998-2001 Career Stats with Braves: 8-12, IP 195.3, ERA 2.63, 83 SV, 259 SO This is an omission, I presume, due to Mac’s distaste for this particular player. I think he makes the three full seasons rule, since he came up in early May and appeared in 47 games. … Continue reading “LEFT BEHIND NO. 9: John Rocker”

#20: Felipe Alou

See the 44 Greatest Atlanta Braves here. Righthanded Hitting, Righthanded Throwing Outfielder/First Baseman Seasons With Braves: 1964-1969 Stats With Braves: .295/.338/.440, 94 HR, 335 RBI, 464 RS I have in my mind (though it is not original with me) the concept of the Felipe Alou Line, which is the line of demarcation between a guy … Continue reading “#20: Felipe Alou”