Ranking the Top 5 Braves Pitchers of All Time

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Ranking the Top 5 Braves Pitchers of All Time
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Throughout the 1990s, the Atlanta Braves were the envy of the league for their fantastic pitching staff, with a rotation led by a trio of soon-to-be Hall of Famers in Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz.

Before that, they had two of the best pitchers of their eras in Phil Niekro during the 1970s and Warren Spahn during the 1950s dating back to their days as the Milwaukee Braves.

All told there are 16 players in the Hall of Fame who pitched at least one game for the Braves, including eight who appeared in over 100 games for the franchise.

Even today, while there may not be a future Hall of Famer on their staff, they currently rank second in baseball to the Pirates with a 3.22 ERA as a whole.

With such a rich tradition of elite pitching, spanning all the way back to their days in Boston, there have been a ton of great hurlers to don a Braves uniform. Here is a look at the five greatest of all time.


*Only performance while playing with the Braves was considered, and all statistics are representative only of the players' time with the Braves organization.

**It should also be noted, the organization became the Braves in 1941, so only players pitching for the team after that time were considered for inclusion. That excluded Hall of Famers Kid Nichols, John Clarkson and Vic Willis, who pitched for the team back when they were the Boston Beaneaters.

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