The 1980s All-Uggla team

“In the 1980s, the home team could have imported Mike Schmidt and Terry Forster would’ve fallen on him and broken his leg.”

–CD, summing up a decade filled with woe for Braves fans. 

Composing a team of the worst players from that decade is no easy task, so we yield the floor. Here’s the rules:

  1. Your nominee must have been a regular at least one season. Platoon players are acceptable — let’s put the minimum at 60 games started.
  2. So as not to exclude Jim Morrison, we’ll include a bench player on the All-Uggla team.
  3. It’s okay if your nominee was only here one season. While Andres Thomas is generally considered the worst Braves shorstop of the decade, Luis Gomez might be held in even lesser regard had he stuck around as long as Andres did.
  4. One player per position, including one starting pitcher and one reliever. Good luck picking just one.
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6 Comments on The 1980s All-Uggla team

  1. Jose Alvarez, RP. He pitched over 8 seasons with Atlanta was good for one.

  2. NahaGomez // June 7, 2013 at 12:17 pm //

    2b Damasco Garcia. Although he did hit a key 3 run home run off Don Sutton to help end the Braves 0-10 start in 1988 and win their first game.

  3. Gotta correct you on Alvarez. He had a couple of cameos in the early 80s, appearing in 8 games, and he was solid during the 2 years he pitched for the Braves (’88 and ’89). His career ERA w/ the Braves was 2.99. He doesn’t even belong in the same conversation as the Dwayne Henrys and Rick Lueckens of the world.

  4. CF-Omar Moreno. Chuck Tanner’s great leadoff hitter. One problem. He couldn’t get on base (.276) OBP.
    Couldn’t steal either. 17 SB w/16 CS.

  5. Andrelton the Giant // June 7, 2013 at 10:08 pm //

    SP: Len Barker (Much of this is bias against him for being on the wrong end of Jacoby and Butler’s exit to Cleveland, though his 1985 was sure Uggly)
    RP: Kevin Coffman
    C: Jody Davis
    1B: Gerald Perry
    2B: Jerry Royster
    3B: Oberkfell
    SS: Andres Thomas
    LF: Brad Komminsk
    CF: Terry Blocker (Like the batting title rule when someone doesn’t have enough AB to qualify, even if he had one more start than his 59 in ’88 and went 4 for 4 with 4 HR, he’d still be on this list)
    RF: Omar Moreno
    Bench: I can’t disagree with your selection of Jim Morrison

  6. roadrunner48 // June 10, 2013 at 12:47 pm //

    I nominate Preston Hanna for the bullpen, although I hear he was a stand up guy if a teammate OD’d while partying in his hotel room.

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