Maybe it was because he played in the late 70s, when the Braves were relentlessly uninspiring. He also had a reputation for being surly, if memory serves.
Whatever the reason, few Braves fans seem to remember Jeff Burroughs — acquired from the Rangers for Adrian Devine, Ken Henderson, Dave May, Roger Moret, Carl Morton and $250,000 — fondly. But, for two years in particular, he was a legitimate force in the middle of the order, posting a .849 OPS in four seasons in Atlanta.
In 1977, his first as a Brave, Burroughs clubbed 41 homers, second in the NL. The following season he was second to Dave Parker in NL Offensive WAR. hitting .301. His OBP was an eye-popping .432 that year, but, unfortunately for Burroughs, getting on base wasn’t valued as much then as now.
He was awful in ’79, batting just .224 in ’79 with a .348 slugging percentage. It wasn’t the first time Burroughs followed a terrific season with a crappy one. After winning the AL MVP the previous season as a 23-year-old, Burroughs hit just .226 with a .724 OPS in ’75.
Burroughs rebounded somewhat in 1980, though injuries limited him to 99 games. He was 29 then but would never again be an everyday player. The Braves sold low, trading him to Seattle for Carlos Diaz prior to the ’81 season.