Rock bottom revisited

Seems like a good time to revisit our series on the ’88 Braves. Go here for the complete diary. When you finish 27 games behind the 5th place team in a 6-team division, you suck. Hard. And no Atlanta sports team — Falcons, Hawks, Flames, Thrashers, Dream, Chiefs, Knights, Crackers — sucked harder than the…

The nadir

No matter how depressing this offseason has been, it could be worse, as this walk down memory lane reminds us. The Braves. losers of three straight, were 38-74 entering play on Aug. 10, 1988. A crowd of 6,070 turned out on one crazy summer night to watch Rick Mahler battle Andy Hawkins. A three-run homer by…

The silver anniversary of rock bottom: Coda

The rebuilding project began in June, when the Braves drafted Steve Avery, Jimmy Kremers (traded in ’91 for Otis), Turk Wendell (sent to Chicago for Damon Berryhill and Mike Bielecki, who had a 3.09 ERA in 242 IP as a Brave), Mark Wohlers and Tony Tarasco (part of the package that brought Marquis Grissom to…

The silver anniversary of rock bottom: Streaking to the finish

You’d think a season that began with 10 consecutive losses wouldn’t get any worse, but the ’88 Braves showed fans no mercy. They entered Game 140 with a 49-90 record after fighting back from a 4-1 deficit the night before to defeat to the Friars. It was their third win in 4 games, which is…

The silver anniversary of rock bottom: Even the wins were ugly

Part of a recurring series “celebrating” the 25th anniversary of the worst season in Atlanta Braves history  Through 25 games the Braves were 16-9 with a comfortable 3.5 game lead in the NL East. Through 25 games in 1988 the 6-19 Braves were already 10 games out of first. Game 26 came at home vs….

The silver anniversary of rock bottom

When you finish 27 games behind the 5th place team in a 6-team division, you suck. Hard. And no Atlanta sports team — Falcons, Hawks, Flames, Thrashers, Dream, Chiefs, Knights, Crackers — sucked harder than the ’88 Braves. Despite a 92-loss season in ’87 the front office stood pat, trading for Terry Blocker (lifetime OPS:…