The Atlanta Braves have had a storied history. Players have come and gone, but some still remain fixtures of the franchise. With so many standing out, we pose this question: Who makes up you All-Time Braves roster? We begin answering that question by asking you to vote on players — position by position.
And with that we begin with the pitchers. Many talented hurlers have graced the mound in an Atlanta Braves uniform, but only six — starters and relievers — will get the call.
Phil Niekro (1966-1983, 1987) Atlanta’s all-time leader in wins (266) had 13-straight seasons of 10 or more wins. Niekro also holds the team record for most complete games (226) and innings pitched (4,553).
Gene Garber (1978-1987) The Atlanta Braves’ leader in game finished (388), ranks second on the team’s all-time saves list behind John Smoltz with 141 saves. In 10 seasons with Atlanta, the sidearm reliever had a .421 winning percentage.
Which of these make your list of the Braves' all-time pitchers? (Pick up to 6)
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Zane Smith (1984-1989) In 1998, Smith ended Atlanta’s 10-year losing streak in the opening game, season-opening. The lefthander led the team in games started (36) in 1987, when he led the team with 15 wins.
Tom Glavine (1987-2002, 2008) A two-time Cy Young Award winner, Glavine has had 244 wins while with Atlanta — second only to Niekro. Glavine had five 20-win seasons, helping Atlanta to 11 division titles, five pennants, and their first World Series title. The lefthander clinched the 1995 World Series for the Braves, allowing just one hit in eight innings in Game 6.
John Smoltz (1988-2008) Smoltz is the only pitcher in baseball to with 200 wins and 150 saves. Smoltz is the Braves’ all-time leader in games pitched (708) and strikeouts (3,011).
Mike Stanton (1989-1995) Stanton pitched in two World Series appearances with the Braves. The left-handed reliever had 4.01 ERA in 304 games in Atlanta.
Steve Avery (1990-1996) Avery had three straight seasons of 10 or more wins. His performace in the 1991 NLCS (2-0, 17 strikeouts, 0.00 ERA) earned him MVP honors in the series.
Mark Wohlers (1991-1999) After three years in the setup role, Wohlers won the closer job 1995 and went on to claim 97 saves over the next three seasons, including the preserving the 1-0 victory in Game 6 of the 1995 World Series. The righthander, whose fastball topped at 103 mph, had 112 saves, including nine in the post-season, in nine years with Atlanta.
Greg Maddux (1993-2003) Maddux won 194 games with the Braves, but holds the best winning percentage (.688) in the franchise’s history. He won the Cy Young Award three straight seasons – from 1993-1995 — in Atlanta.
John Rocker (1998-2001) In four years with the Braves, New York’s public enemy No. 1 saved 83 games compiling a 2.63 ERA over 195-1/3 innings pitched.