Bobby doesn’t get enough credit for assembling the team of the 90s, even though he drafted Glavine, Avery and Justice and traded for Smoltz. In Dec. 1989, Bobby made another trade integral to the ’91 run, acquiring veteran southpaw Charlie Leibrandt from the Royals for Gerald Perry, a first baseman with a .675 OPS the previous season. Leibrandt wasn’t much better, winning just five games with a 1.553 WHIP.
But he turned it around in Atlanta, emerging as the perfect compliment to the Braves’ young guns — providing remarkable consistency, winning 15 games in ’91 and ’92. Leibrandt was 39-31 in three seasons, with a 3.35 ERA and 1.197 WHIP. Yes, he gave up the series-turning HR to Kirby Puckett, but without him the Braves aren’t playing in October.