Atlanta Braves History: Greatest Players of the 1980s

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Atlanta Braves History: Greatest Players of the 1980s
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The Atlanta Braves came into the 1980s after five straight seasons of sub-standard play in which the team lost 92 or more games each year.

However, things seemed to look bright for the Braves as they entered the decade with Dale Murphy and Bob Horner in the heart of the order.

In the end, the Braves finished the decade with a record of 712 wins and 845 losses. Not great, but the Braves did make it to the National League Championship Series in 1982. However, they ended up losing to the St. Louis Cardinals.

The decade also ended with a little hope for the Braves, although one wouldn't have thought so with four more seasons of 92 or more losses to end the decade.

Players like John Smoltz, Tom Glavine, Ron Gant, Mark Lemke, David Justice and Jeff Blauser gained spots on the Atlanta roster, and they would stay there for many years through the 90s. So, while the '80s weren't the greatest for the Braves, it still set up for the success the team would have from 1991 on through the 2000s.

Before we get to that, here's my top 10 Braves of the 1980s.

Note: This is the third in a five-part series on the best Braves of each decade.

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