Longtime Braves fans recall the ’82 team fondly, but do you remember Bob Porter, a utility OF who, in 41 games over two seasons, hit a punchless .171? How ’bout Tom Hausman, the journeyman right-hander acquired from the Mets to add depth to the bullpen? He was released the following January.
So that got me thinking about some of the home team’s more nameless charges over the years. I went back to 1977, when I first started following the Braves, to compile this list.
Pitchers: Duane Theiss, Steve Hargan, Don Collins, Bob Johnson, Mike Davey, Steve Kline, Mike Beard, Pablo Torrealba
Position players: Atlanta native Hank Small, Jerry Maddox, Chico Ruiz (not the Chico Ruiz who starred for the Reds in the 1960s), Mike Macha, Jim Wessinger
Pitchers: Mike Payne, Dave Schuler, Hausman, Joe Johnson, Steve Ziem, Kevin Blankenship, Rusty Richards, Gary Eave, Jay Aldrich, Sergio Valdez
Position players: Gary Cooper, Porter, Trench Davis, Terry Bell, Ken Smith, John Rabb, Ed Whited, Jeff Wetherby, John Russell, Mike Jorgensen, Mike Fischlin, John Mizerock, Ed Romero
Position players: Alexis Infante, Kelly Mann, Brian Kowitz, Ramon Caraballo, Jarvis Brown
Pitchers: Sam McConnell, Dave Stevens, Ismael Villegas, Gabe Molina, Chris Seelbach, Trey Moore, Joe Nelson, Scott Sobkowiak, Andy Pratt, John Ennis, Jorge Vasquez, Seth Greisinger, Frank Brooks, Matt Childers, Travis Smith, Kevin Barry, Jason Shiell, Steve Colyer, James Parr, Jeff Ridgway, Matt DeSalvo
Position players: Tim Unroe, Pedro Swann, Mike Hubbard, Steve Torrealba, Jason Perry, Reid Gorecki, Barbaro Canizares, Brian Barton