20 worst A-Braves

The 20 worst A-Braves players: #1 Andres Thomas

December 29, 2012 // 1 Comment

It was difficult omitting Corky Miller, who had 5 hits as B-Mac’s back-up in 2008 and batted .138 in 87 AB’s as a Brave. But how do you exclude Andres Thomas, the 7th SS to make our register? (Go here for the complete list.) Stat awareness works for and against Andres, a Brave from [...]

The 20 worst A-Braves players: #2 Deron Johnson

December 24, 2012 // 2 Comments

Three years before coming to Atlanta, Deron Johnson slugged 32 homers and drove in 130 for the Reds. Three years after leaving the ATL, Johnson, then with the Phils, clubbed 34 HR. Johnson hit a punchless .208 in 1968, his only season as a Brave. He supplied none of the power expected from a 1B, [...]

The 20 worst A-Braves players: #3 Luis Gomez

December 18, 2012 // 3 Comments

Luis Gomez was a poor man’s Rafael Belliard, at least at the plate. Like Raffy, Gomez was smooth, if unspectacular, defensively. But Belliard was a regular Barry Larkin on offense compared to Gomez, the only player on our list who was traded for another of the 20 worst Braves, Pat Rockett [...]

The 20 worst A-Braves players: #4 Melky Cabrera

December 13, 2012 // 5 Comments

I’m not going to try and convince you that Melky Cabrera was worse than, say, Sugar Bear Blanks. But there were few Braves as lazy and ineffectual as Wide Leche. When the Braves acquired Cabrera I was under the delusion that he was one of those players you appreciate the more you saw play, a [...]

The 20 worst A-Braves players: #5 Rob Belloir

December 13, 2012 // 3 Comments

Rob Belloir was acquired from Cleveland in 1975, a bad sign, as the Indians were the AL version of the Braves. He was the PTBNL in a deal that brought Blue Moon Odom to Atlanta — a trade Eddie Robinson would’ve been better off not making. Blue Moon was 1-7 with a 7.07 ERA in his one [...]

The 20 worst A-Braves players: #6 Jim Morrison

December 11, 2012 // 0 Comments

If I was a blowhard hack like Chris Berman I’d write something like, “Braves fans didn’t love Jim Morrison one time, let alone two.” I’ll spare us all. Morrison, a veteran of the worst Braves team ever, was something of a two-way player, appearing in three games as a [...]

The 20 worst A-Braves players: #7 Jordan Schafer

December 9, 2012 // 3 Comments

Homering in your first MLB AB has guaranteed one thing: You won’t make the Hall of Fame (hopefully Jay Hey changes that). Jermaine Dye and Will Clark are probably the best players to accomplish the feat. They are the exceptions among a fraternity that includes Esteban Yan, Johnnie LeMaster, [...]

The 20 worst A-Braves players: #8 Craig Robinson

December 8, 2012 // 3 Comments

The Braves of the 1970s had a peculiar habit of trading for players they once discarded. Pitcher Adrian Devine, for example, was traded to Texas in 1976 then reacquired the following winter. Two years later, he was traded back to Texas. Coming to Atlanta in that last deal were Doyle Alexander and [...]

The 20 worst A-Braves players: #9 Rick Cerone

December 6, 2012 // 2 Comments

“Fuck you, George!” Rick Cerone earned considerable respect from the baseball community when he cursed out George Steinbrenner during the 1980 playoffs, capping a career year that saw him finish 7th in the AL MVP race. Five years later, he became a Brave. Back then you welcomed any [...]

The 20 worst A-Braves players: #10 Jimmy Kremers

December 3, 2012 // 3 Comments

Jimmy Kremers, the Braves 2nd round pick in the ’88 amateur draft, made his MLB debut two years later. It would be his only season in the majors, and with good reason. Kremers had 3 hits in his first 25 AB and none in his last 25. He had five hits in between, finishing with a .110 BA and .369 [...]

The 20 worst A-Braves players: #11 Terry Blocker

December 2, 2012 // 0 Comments

Terry Blocker is a helluva guy. When pitcher Dave Shotkoski was gunned down in West Palm Beach in 1994, Blocker, trying to make a comeback as a replacement player, took to the streets to help find the culprit. Without ever meeting the man, Blocker was able to come up with a street nickname. He went [...]

The 20 worst A-Braves players: #12 Zolio Versalles

November 28, 2012 // 2 Comments

Before German Jimenez and Julio Franco, there was Zolio Versalles. Like the others, he was signed out of the Mexican League. Unlike Franco, he had nothing left. Which is surprising, since he was only 31 when the Braves acquired him early in the 1971 season. His resume included an MVP and 2 Gold [...]

The 20 worst A-Braves players: #13 Jesse Garcia

November 25, 2012 // 0 Comments

Hard to imagine why the Braves and Orioles felt the need to swap Steve Sisco and Jesse Garcia, two players destined to be minor league journeymen. You may have forgotten about Garcia, who played parts of four seasons with the Braves. He surpassed 100 AB’s just once, in 2004, Jesse’s [...]

The 20 worst A-Braves players: #14 Ernie Whitt

November 24, 2012 // 0 Comments

Guarantees always backfired when made by a member of the pre-’91 Braves. Chuck Tanner once promised a parade down Peachtree. When he was fired, maybe. After he was acquired from the Blue Jays for assorted flotsam, Ernie Whitt told the local organ that Toronto GM Pat Gillick would regret the [...]

The 20 worst A-Braves players: #15 Pat Rockett

November 24, 2012 // 6 Comments

Pat Rockett, a San Antonio high school sports legend and standout wide receiver, was heavily recruited by the Texas Longhorns. Unfortunately, he decided to pursue baseball instead. Bummer. Had he chosen football the Braves might have used the 10th overall pick in the 1973 amateur draft on Eddie [...]

The 20 worst A-Braves players: #16 Omar Moreno

November 21, 2012 // 5 Comments

When your game is built on speed and you manage but one SB in 58 games, it’s time to look for another line of work. Fortunately for Omar Moreno, the ’86 Braves were desperate and their manager thought it was still 1979. Chuck  Tanner begged GM Bobby Cox to sign Moreno to a minor league [...]

The 20 worst A-Braves players: #18 Bob Uecker

November 18, 2012 // 3 Comments

There’s a reason Bob Uecker is self-deprecating. He really, really sucked — especially as an Atlanta Brave. Uecker played his first and last major league games with the franchise, debuting as a Milwaukee Brave in 1962. He was re-acquired in June 1967 from the Phillies to be Joe [...]

The 20 worst A-Braves players: #19 Damaso Garcia

November 17, 2012 // 0 Comments

What is it about shitty ex-Braves and uniform burning? Frank LaCorte, one of the worst hurlers in Braves history, torched his Astros uni. Talk about your fashion statements, heeeeey! When Damaso Garcia burned his Blue Jays togs in the summer of ’86 the Braves pounced, acquiring the two-time [...]

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