Atlanta Braves' Top 10 Players of All Time
The Atlanta Braves' organization is one of the model franchises in Major League Baseball history.
The organization has been blessed with incredible talent, but, more recently in the era from 1991-2005, the Braves accumulated 14 straight division titles. It was the most consecutive division titles in any sport.
The most recognized of all Atlanta Braves athletes is obviously Hank Aaron, but there are many players besides Aaron that made this organization the storied franchise that it is today.
Here is a list of the top 10 Atlanta Braves of all time....
10. Andruw Jones
Andruw Jones is one of the greatest center fielders in Major League history.
He hit 368 home runs in an Atlanta Braves' uniform. Jones had an incredible run of 10 consecutive Gold Glove Awards during his stay in Atlanta.
His speed and agility to track down balls in center field is like nothing I ever seen.
He also became the youngest player to hit a home run in the World Series when he connected for two home runs in Game One of the 1996 World Series as the Braves beat the Yankees 12-1.
9. Dale Murphy
Dale Murphy was an outfielder and first baseman in his Major League Baseball career, and his No. 3 is retired by the Atlanta Braves organization.
Murphy has 398 career home runs. He won consecutive Most Valuable Player Awards (1982-83), the National League's Silver Slugger Award four straight years (1982-85), and the National League's Gold Glove Award five straight years from (1982-86)
He is a lifetime .265 hitter and has played in more than 2100 games as well as scoring just under 2,000 runs.
8. John Smoltz
John Smoltz is arguably the most popular Atlanta Braves' pitchers. He is known for his role as both a closer and starting pitcher.
He accumulated 210 wins as a starter as well as 154 saves as a closer. His 3,011 strikeouts rank him first on the Braves' all-time list.
He also has a Cy Young Award and is also an eight-time All-Star selection.
7. Tom Glavine
Tom Glavine did not always have the strongest stuff as a starting pitcher, but he had pin point accuracy. The way he could paint the outside half of the plate was incredible.
Glavine ranks fourth on the Braves list in innings pitched with 3,408 and in wins 244.
He has 56 complete games and 25 strikeouts.
His number 47 was just retired by the Atlanta Braves during the 2010 season.
6. Chipper Jones
Chipper Jones or, what most New York Mets fans call him "Larry," is the most recognized Braves players during manager Bobby Cox's era.
Chipper has played his entire Major League Baseball career in a Braves' uniform. He is one of the greatest switch hitters in the history of the game.
Jones has a career .310 batting average. He was the top overall pick by the Braves in the 1990 draft. He is third in Braves' history in home runs, second in hits, and third in RBI. He won the 1999 NL MVP award and is also a six-time All-Star
5. Greg Maddux
Greg Maddux is the greatest defensive pitcher in MLB history, his 18 Gold Glove Awards undoubtedly prove that.
Maddux has won 194 of his 355 career wins with the Atlanta Braves. He has 1,828 strikeouts rank him fifth in Braves' history and his 2.63 era is also good for fifth.
Maddux is known as the top pitcher on the incredible Braves' rotation of the 1990s that featured Glavine and Smoltz.
4. Phil Niekro
Phil Niekro is one of the greatest pitchers in not only the Atlanta Braves' history, but the entire MLB history.
Niekro's No. 35 was retired after a tremendous career. He is third all time in Braves' history in wins with 268.
He also has 2,912 strikeouts and 44 shutouts, which both rank him second in Braves' history.
3. Eddie Matthews
Matthews is one of the greatest third baseman in Major League history. He is the only player to play for the Braves' organization while they were in Boston, Milwaukee, and Atlanta.
He is second in Braves' history with 493 home runs and is second in RBI with 1,388.
Matthews is a nine-time All Star and hit 30 or more home runs 10 times in a season.
2. Warren Sphan
Warren Sphan is the greatest pitcher in the history of the Atlanta Braves' organization.
He ranks first in a number of categories, which include: innings pitched with 5,046, wins with 356, shutouts with 63, and games started with 635.
1. Hank Aaron
Hank Aaron is, without a doubt, the greatest Brave of all time and some say he is the greatest player to put on a baseball uniform.
He is No. 1 on the Braves all-time list in home runs with 755, RBI with 2,202, at-bats with 11,628, games with 3,076, and total bases with 6,591.
He was the National League MVP in 1957 and was an incredible 24-time All Star. Aaron was a pioneer for the game of baseball.