Pick the Braves’ all-time pitchers

Statue of Braves' winningest pitcher Phil Niekro welcomes fans to Turner Field. (AJC file)   

Statue of Braves' winningest pitcher Phil Niekro welcomes fans to Turner Field. (AJC file)


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)

  • Steve Avery (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Mike Stanton (0%, 0 Votes)
  • John Smoltz (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Zane Smith (0%, 0 Votes)
  • John Rocker (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Phil Niekro (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Greg Maddux (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Tom Glavine (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Gene Garber (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Steve Bedrosian (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Mark Wohlers (0%, 0 Votes)

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Steve Bedrosian (1981-1985, 1993-1995) In eight seasons with Atlanta, Bedrosian compiled 41 saves with a 3.26 ERA. In his only season as a starter, he went 7-15 and set a record for most starts (36) without a complete game. 

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 saved Game 6 in the 1995 World Series. (AJC file)

Mark Wohlers saved Game 6 in the 1995 World Series. (AJC file)

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.

24 comments Add your comment

Michael Harvey

July 15th, 2009
4:35 am

My picks are Phil Niekro, Rick Mahler, Gene Garber, John Smoltz, Greg Maddux, and Tom Glavine

Richard Hall

July 15th, 2009
8:36 am

I think there is a tech-problem with your AJC voting site. I could NOT vote!

Bank Walker, Texas Ranger

July 15th, 2009
2:08 pm

You left off Buzz Capra,

1. Maddox 2. Glavine 3. Smoltz, 4. Niekro, 5. Avery, 6. Buzz Capra or Bedrosian

Kenny Powers

July 15th, 2009
2:16 pm

Hopefully Hanson one day
Rocker (just kidding)


July 16th, 2009
10:44 am

Neikro, Smoltz, Maddux, Glavine, Avery and Bruce Sutter (sp?)


July 16th, 2009
11:17 pm

Why are you only including Atlanta Braves? Most Braves consider the whole franchise, not just Atlanta and hell let’s be honest most Braves fans don’t even live in Atlanta.

Spahn should be on the list but since it’s just Atlanta

1. Maddux
2. Glavine
3. Smoltz
4. Niekro
5. Hudson

That would be my rotation


July 17th, 2009
8:32 am

It’s a Toss up between Maddux and Phil because if Phil had played on the Braves team that maddog had he would have won a lot more games and wouldn t have lost 300 games but he was also before my time as well. Mad Dog is my boy he proved that u can win in the Mlb without a domating fastball witch I think makes him the smartest pitcher in the history of this game. He knew the hitter he was facing and the way he could control his pitches were amazing. Also factor in the fact that he won 4 consective cy young in a row and had an era under 2 in more than one season and he gets my vote


July 17th, 2009
8:36 am

My Rotation goes like this tho Mad Dog Phil, Smoltz, Glavine and Avery with Wohlers being my closer

the real Old Gold

July 17th, 2009
8:46 am

Phil Niekro, Greg Maddux, John Smoltz, and Tom Glavine in that order.

Since Capt.Mathews

July 17th, 2009
10:58 am

ur writing Braves, but u must mean “Atlanta Braves” otherwise Warren Spahn would be at the top of ur list.

Braves' fan since 1948

July 17th, 2009
11:00 am

Since the headline says ‘Braves All-Time Pitchers’, my vote would have to be for Warren Spahn (363-245). Maddux would be second and Neikro third. The others could be jumbled in any order. Lastly, I believe that if Smoltz had been satisfied staying the closer, he would still be a Brave and would not have had all the arm problems of the past five years.


July 17th, 2009
11:30 am

1. Maddux
2a. Smoltz
2b. Glavine
4. Neikro. I love Neikro but if Maddux, Smoltz and Glavine had been allowed to stay around here and pitch until their mid 40’s, their numbers would have been even more impressive.

Many others on the list were very good pitchers but they don’t belong in the conversation with those 4.


July 17th, 2009
12:37 pm

spahn and glavine and pray for a famine


July 17th, 2009
1:06 pm

Your greatest pitcher ever, Maddux, is also the pitcher you had for the shortest amount of time. It’s no wonder the Braves are full of suck and fail.

Jack in GA

July 17th, 2009
4:03 pm

Greg Maddux and then the rest


July 17th, 2009
4:04 pm

Half these guys can’t hold Greg Maddux’s jock strap! Not only is he the greatest Braves pitcher ever, he is the greatest pitcher ever.

Cy Young

July 17th, 2009
4:05 pm

Maddux was part surgeon/part chess champion/ part picasso
(YES even better than me)


July 17th, 2009
6:02 pm

Maddux 5 times and then

61 year Braves Fan

August 6th, 2009
6:45 pm

If we included all Braves teams, I would have Spahn, Sain, & Lew Burdette on the list. Since it is
only Atlanta Braves, I would go in this order: Maddux, Smoltz, Niekro, Glavine, & Buzz Capra

Sam of Homer

August 10th, 2009
9:20 pm

Greg Maddux,Tom Glavine,GeneGarber,Phil NieKro, Mark Wohlers,Mike Stanton.

Angry Black Man

August 26th, 2009
12:05 am

Starters: Niekro, Glavine, & Maddox

Relief: Smoltz, Wohlers, & Garber

why no mention of Pascual Perez? Once he found his way to the stadium, he held his own.

Angry Black Man

August 26th, 2009
12:08 am

or Donnie Moore?


September 6th, 2009
8:27 am

From an oldtimer “all-time greats” are:
1. Maddux 2. Spahn 3. Niekro 4. Glavin 5. Burdette 6. Sain
with the likes of Avery, Garber, Wohlers, just outside the top 6.
I too like Hudson, Hanson and some others who just didn’t have
the length of time to be in the top six! Go Braves!


September 6th, 2009
8:29 am

Opps…. yes, Smoltz would be number 7.