Atlanta Braves' Ultimate 40-Man Roster

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Atlanta Braves' Ultimate 40-Man Roster
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The Braves organization has called several places home since 1870 including Boston, Milwaukee, and Atlanta. They have had numerous nicknames such as the Red Stockings, the Red Caps, the Beaneaters, the Doves, the Rustlers, the Bees, and the Braves.

Along the way, they have had some of the greatest baseball players of all time play in their lineups.

I have gone through their storied history and compiled the ultimate 40-man roster from all eras. Doing this has really opened my eyes to just how great the players were in the early days.

I based my roster on players that have played at least 450 games in any of the Braves uniforms from 1870 until the present.

So here is the roster, I hope you agree that this is the Ultimate Braves team.

 

Catcher

1) Joe Torre—1960 to 1968: Torre was a five-time All-Star and won the 1965 Gold Glove behind the plate. His career stat line with the Braves is a .294 batting average with 142 home runs and 552 RBI.

2) Javy Lopez—1992 to 2003: Lopez was a two-time All-Star. He won the Silver Slugger Award while hitting the most home runs by a catcher in a single year with 41. Lopez was a member of two NL West Division Championship teams, nine NL East Division Championship teams, and the 1995 World Series Championship team.

His career stats with the Braves are .287 batting average with 214 home runs and 694 RBI.

3) Phil Masi—1939 to 1949: Masi was a four-time All-Star. His career line with the Braves is a .262 batting average with 34 home runs and 314 RBI.

 

First Base

1) Fred McGriff—1993 to 1997: McGriff was a three-time All-Star and won the 1993 Silver Slugger Award. McGriff was a member of three NL East Division Championship teams, two NL Pennant teams, and the 1995 World Series Championship team. His career line with the Braves is a .293 batting average with 130 home runs and 446 RBI.

2) Chris Chambliss—1980 to 1986: Chambliss' career line with the Braves is a .272 batting average with 80 home runs and 366 RBI.

3) Earl Torgeson—1947 to 1952: Torgeson was a member of the 1948 NL Pennant team. His career line with the Braves is a .265 batting average with 82 home runs and 377 RBI.

 

Second Base

1) Bobby Lowe—1890 to 1901: Lowe was a member of five NL Pennant teams and was also the first player to hit four home runs in a single game in 1894. His career line with the Braves is a .286 batting average with 70 home runs and 872 RBI.

2) Tony Cuccinello—1936 to 1940 and 1942 to 1943: Cuccinello was named to the 1938 All-Star team. His career line with the Braves is a .278 batting average with 30 home runs and 311 RBI.

3) Frank Bolling—1961 to 1966: Bolling was a two-time All-Star. His career line with the Braves is a .247 batting average with 42 home runs and 244 RBI.

Shortstop

1) Rabbit Maranville—1912 to 1920 and 1929 to 1935: Maranville was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1954. His career line with the Braves is a .252 batting average with 23 home runs and 558 RBI.

2) Rafael Furcal—2000 to 2005: Furcal was a member of six NL East Division Championship teams. His career line with the Braves is a .284 batting average with 57 home runs and 292 RBI.

3) Sam Wise—1882 to 1888: Wise's career line with the Braves is a .267 batting average with 33 home runs and 383 RBI.

 

Third Base

1) Eddie Mathews—1952 to 1966: Mathews was a nine-time All-Star. He was a member of two NL Pennant teams and the 1957 World Series Championship team. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1978 and his No. 41 is one of the Braves' retired numbers. His career line with the Braves is .273 batting average with 493 home runs and 1,388 RBI.

2) Chipper Jones—1995 to Present: Jones is a six-time All-Star, three-time Silver Slugger Award winner, and the reigning NL batting champion. He was named the NL MVP in 1999. Jones was a member of 11 NL East Division Championship teams, three NL Pennant teams, and the 1995 World Series Championship team.

His career line with the Braves is a .310 batting average with 409 home runs and 1,378 RBI.

3) Jimmy Collins—1895 to 1900: Collins was the 1888 home run champ and was a member of two NL Pennant teams. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1945. His career line with the Braves is .309 batting average with 34 home runs and 484 RBI.

 

Left Field

1) Hank Aaron—1954 to 1974: Aaron was a 24-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glove Award winner, 1957 NL MVP Award winner, and the 1970 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award winner. He was a member of two NL Pennant teams and a member of the 1957 World Series Championship team.

Aaron broke Babe Ruth's home run record and finished his career with 755 home runs. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982 and his No. 44 is one of the Braves' retired numbers. His career line with the Braves is a .310 batting average with 733 home runs and 2,202 RBI.

2) Billy Hamilton—1896 to 1901: Hamilton was a member of two NL Pennant teams and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1961. His career line with the Braves is a .339 batting average with 14 home runs and 284 RBI.

3) Felipe Alou—1964 to 1969: Alou was a two-time All-Star. His career line with the Braves is a .295 batting average with 95 home runs and 335 RBI.

Center Field

1) Dale Murphy—1976 to 1990: Murphy was a seven-time All-Star, five-time Gold Glove winner, four-time Silver Slugger Award winner, two-time NL MVP winner, 1986 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award winner, and the 1988 Roberto Clemente Award winner.

Murphy was a member of the 1982 West Division title team and his No. 3 is one of the Braves' retired numbers. His career line with the Braves is a .268 batting average with 371 home runs and 1,143 RBI.

2) Andruw Jones—1996 to 2007: Jones was a five-time All-Star, 10-time Gold Glove winner, and won the 2005 Silver Slugger Award. Jones was a member of 10 NL East Division Championship teams and two NL Pennant teams. His career line with the Braves is a .263 batting average with 368 home runs and 1,117 RBI.

3) Ron Gant—1987 to 1993: Gant, who was selected to the 1992 All-Star team, was a member of two NL West Division Championship teams and two NL Pennant teams. Gant also won the 1991 Silver Slugger Award. His career line with the Braves is a .262 batting average with 147 home runs and 480 RBI.

 

Right Field

1) Hugh Duffy—1892 to 1900: Duffy was the 1884 Triple Crown winner leading the NL in batting average, hits, doubles, home runs, and RBI. Duffy was a member of four NL Pennant teams and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1945. His career line with the Braves is a .332 batting average with 69 home runs and 927 RBI.

2) David Justice—1989 to 1996: Justice was a two-time All-Star, won the 1993 Silver Slugger Award, and was the 1990 NL Rookie of the Year. Justice was a member of three NL West Division Championship teams, two NL East Division Championship teams, four NL Pennant teams, and the 1995 World Series Championship team.

His career line with the Braves is a .275 batting average with 160 home runs and 522 RBI.

3) Ryan Klesko—1992 to 1999: Klesko was a member of two NL West Division Championship teams, five NL East Division Championship teams, four NL Pennant teams, and the 1995 World Series Championship team. His career line with the Braves is a .281 batting average with 139 home runs and 450 RBI.

Starting Pitchers

1) Warren Spahn—1942 to 1964: Spahn was a 14-time All-Star, 1957 Cy Young winner, four-time NL Pitcher of the Year, and the 1961 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award winner. Spahn was a member of three NL Pennant teams and the 1957 World Series Champions.

Spahn was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1973 and his No. 21 is one of the Braves' retired numbers. His career line with the Braves is 356 wins, 229 losses, 3.05 ERA, and 2,493 strikeouts with only 1,378 walks.

2) Kid Nichols—1890 to 1901: Nichols was a member of five NL Pennant teams and was the youngest pitcher to win 300 games at age 32. Nichols had 11 20-win seasons and seven 30-win seasons. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1949. His career line with the Braves is 329 wins, 183 losses, 3.00 ERA, and 1,672 strikeouts with only 1,159 walks.

3) Phil Niekro—1964 to 1983: Niekro was a four-time All-Star, five-time Gold Glove winner, 1979 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award winner, and the 1980 Roberto Clemente Award winner. Niekro was a member of two NL West Division champion teams and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997.

Niekro's No. 35 is one of the Braves' retired numbers. His career line with the Braves is 268 wins, 230 losses, 3.20 ERA, and 2,912 strikeouts with only 1,458 walks.

4) Tommy Bond—1877 to 1881: Bond had three 40-win seasons and was a member of two NL Pennant teams. Bonds' career line with the Braves is 149 wins, 87 losses, 2.21 ERA, and 627 strikeouts with only 140 walks.

5) Greg Maddox—1993 to 2003: Maddox was a six-time All-Star, 18-time Gold Glove winner, four-time Cy Young winner, and a four-time NL Pitcher of the Year.

Maddox was a member of the 1993 NL West Division Championship team, nine NL East Division Championship teams, three NL Pennant teams, and the 1995 World Series Championship team. His career line with the Braves is 194 wins, 88 losses, 2.63 ERA, and 1,828 strikeouts with only 383 walks.

 

Middle Relievers

6) Al Spalding—1871 to 1875: Spalding was a member of four National Association Pennants and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1939. His career line with the Braves is 204 wins, 53 losses, 2.10 ERA, 187 strikeouts, and only 130 walks.

7) Vic Willis—1898 to 1905: Willis was a member of the 1898 NL Pennant team and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1995. Willis had eight 20-win seasons. His career line with the Braves is 151 wins, 147 losses, 2.82 ERA, 1,161 strikeouts, and only 854 walks.

8) Dick Rudolph—1913 to 1927: Rudolph was a member of the 1914 NL Pennant team and the 1914 World Series Championship team. His career line with the Braves is 121 wins, 107 losses, 2.62 ERA, 777 strikeouts, and only 400 walks.

9) Tom Glavine—1987 to 2002 and 2008 to Present: Glavine was a eight-time All-Star, two-time Cy Young winner, and four-time Silver Slugger Award winner. Glavine was a member of three NL West Division Championship teams, eight NL East Division Championship teams, and the 1995 World Series Championship team.

His career line with the Braves is 244 wins, 147 losses, 3.41 ERA, 2,091 strikeouts, and only 1,177 walks.

10) John Clarkson—1888 to 1892: Clarkson was a member of two NL Pennant teams and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1963. His career line with the Braves is 149 wins, 82 losses, 2.82 ERA, 834 strikeouts, and only 676 walks.

 

Closers

1) John Smoltz—1988 to 2008: Smoltz was an eight-time All-Star, 1996 Cy Young winner, 1997 Silver Slugger Award winner, 2002 Relief Pitcher of the Year. Smoltz was a member of three NL West Division Championship teams, 11 NL East Division Championship teams, five NL Pennant teams, and the 1995 World Series Championship team.

Smoltz is the only pitcher in MLB history with over 200 wins and 150 saves. He holds the Braves record for saves in a season and in a career. His career line with the Braves is 210 wins, 147 losses, 154 saves, 3.26 ERA, and 3,011 strikeouts with only 992 walks.

2) Gene Garber—1979 to 1987: Garber was a member of the 1982 NL West Division Championship team. His career line with the Braves is 53 wins, 73 losses, 141 saves, 3.34 ERA, and 540 strikeouts with only 233 walks.

3) Mark Wohlers—1991 to 1999: Wohlers was a member of the 1996 All-Star team, three NL West Division Championship teams, five NL East Division Championship teams, five NL Pennant teams, and the 1995 World Series Championship team.

His career line with the Braves is 31 wins, 22 losses, 112 saves, 3.73 ERA, and 437 strikeouts and only 204 walks.

There is the roster, I hope you enjoyed this walk through Braves history. Feel free to comment as much as you like if you agreed with my team or even if you felt as though I missed somebody that should have been on the team. 

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