#2: Greg Maddux

See the 44 Greatest Atlanta Braves here. Righthanded Pitcher Seasons With Braves: 1993-2003 Stats With Braves: 194-88, 2.63 ERA One way to appreciate the greatness of Greg Maddux is to look at how he was able to make other great pitchers, like Glavine and Smoltz, seem ordinary by comparison. Another is how he was so … Continue reading “#2: Greg Maddux”

#3: Phil Niekro

See the 44 Greatest Atlanta Braves here. Righthanded Pitcher Seasons With Braves: 1964-1983; 1987 Stats With Braves: 268-230, 3.20 ERA, 29 Svs I’m going to start off by mocking the ignorance of the so-called expert baseball writers who vote on the Hall of Fame: it is ridiculous that Phil Niekro had to wait five years … Continue reading “#3: Phil Niekro”

#4: Chipper Jones

See the 44 Greatest Atlanta Braves here. Switch Hitting, Righthanded Throwing Third Baseman/Left Fielder Seasons With Braves: 1993; 1995-2006 Stats With Braves: .304/.402/.542 , 357 HR, 1197 RBI, 1188 RS Chipper Jones has 1944 hits, 357 homers, and an MVP award, and has made $92,885,467 in his career. In a related note, I think Todd … Continue reading “#4: Chipper Jones”

#5: Tom Glavine

See the 44 Greatest Atlanta Braves here. Lefthanded Pitcher Seasons With Braves: 1987-2002 Stats With Braves: 242-143, 3.37 ERA Tom was the second of the heroes of 1991 to join the major league team, following Blauser by about a month. While Blauser bounced up and down and in and out of the lineup, Glavine was … Continue reading “#5: Tom Glavine”

LEFT BEHIND 18 WRAPUP

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”

#7: Dale Murphy

See the 44 Greatest Atlanta Braves here. Righthanded Hitting, Righthanded Throwing Outfielder Seasons With Braves: 1976-1990 Stats With Braves: .268/.351/.478, 371 HR, 1143 RBI, 1103 RS I’ve written extensively of Murph in the past, of course. But now, the biography: Dale Murphy was the fifth overall pick in the 1974 draft, a high school catcher … Continue reading “#7: Dale Murphy”

#8 Andruw Jones

See the 44 Greatest Atlanta Braves here. Righthanded Hitting, Righthanded Throwing Centerfielder Seasons With Braves: 1996-2006 Stats With Braves: .267/.345/.505, 342 HR, 1023 RBI, 962 RS Andruw was the second-easiest player to rate. I never seriously considered ranking him ahead of anyone in front of him, and I never seriously considered ranking him behind anyone … Continue reading “#8 Andruw Jones”

#10: Javy Lopez

See the 44 Greatest Atlanta Braves here. Righthanded Hitting, Righthanded Throwing Catcher Seasons With Braves: 1992-2003 Stats With Braves: .287/.337/.502, 214 HR, 694 RBI, 508 RS Another one of my favorite players. It’s been questioned why Javy ranks ahead of Joe Torre, and Torre’s statistics are in fact better than Javy’s overall while his number … Continue reading “#10: Javy Lopez”