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BRAVES TIMELINE
1876-1952 | 1953-1965 | 1966-1986 | 1987-Present
Timeline 1987-Present

   
October 28, 1995 -- A day Braves fans will always remember. Tom Glavine's one-hit pitching and David Justice's sixth-inning home run gave the city of Atlanta its first World Series championship.
1990  - The Braves created shock waves August 4 when they traded Dale Murphy, one of the most respected athletes in Atlanta history, to the Philadelphia Phillies for Jeff Parrett, Jim Vatcher and Victor Rosario.
1991  - The Braves made history by becoming the first team ever to reach the World Series just one season after having baseball's worst record. Although the team stumbled into the All-Star break 9.5 games behind the first-place Dodgers, they were able to slice seven games off the lead in the first 12 days after the break. What followed was a thrilling stretch drive during which the Braves and Dodgers were never separated by more than 2.5 games after August 10. Among many clutch performances were the N.L.'s first-ever combined no-hitter by Kent Mercker, Mark Wohlers and Alejandro Pena on September 11 vs. San Diego and David Justice's game-winning, two-run homer off Rob Dibble on October 1, capping a comeback from a 6-0, first-inning deficit.. The Braves finally clinched the division title on October 5, after an eight-game winning streak, the first six coming on the road, to set Atlanta records of 94 wins (including a 55-28 mark in the second half) and 2,140,217 in attendance. Steve Avery was the MVP of the NLCS after tossing a record 16.1 consecutive scoreless innings to lead the Braves to a seven-game triumph. Mark Lemke then turned the World Series into a personal showcase by hitting .417 and helping push the Twins all the way to Game 7, a heartbreaking, 1-0 loss in 10 innings. Tom Glavine won the Cy Young Award; Terry Pendleton won the batting title and was named N.L. MVP; Bobby Cox became the BBWAA and AP N.L. Manager-of-the-Year; Schuerholz earned UPI N.L. Executive-of-the-Year honors; and Baseball America honored Atlanta by naming it the Organization-of-the-Year.
1992  - Francisco Cabrera's 9th-inning, two-out, two-run, pinch-hit single and Sid Bream's photo finish slide at home plate gave Atlanta a stunning 3-2 triumph over the Pirates and sent the Braves to their second consecutive World Series. The Braves became the first NL team to win back-to-back pennants since the 1977-78 Dodgers, while setting a new franchise record with a major league-leading 98 victories. On May 27, the Braves resided in last place with a 20-27 mark, 7.0 games behind front-running San Francisco. The team then proceeded to rip off 21 wins in 24 games en route to finishing the season with an amazing 78-37 (.678) run over the duration of the campaign. Included in this blitz was a 13-game winning streak from July 8-25, which tied the franchise record set in 1982. The Braves finally moved into first place July 22, then were tied for the top spot on two occasions before gaining the lead for good on August 2. The Braves led the league in ERA (3.14) for the first time since 1958. For the second straight year, Tom Glavine won 20 games, including a 13-game winning streak, which established a modern day Braves' record. John Smoltz won a career-high 15 games, and became the first Braves' hurler to lead the NL in strikeouts (215) since Phil Niekro in 1977. Pendleton produced another outstanding season, collecting a career-high 105 RBI while hitting .311. His 39 doubles set an Atlanta record and his 199 hits were tied for first in the loop. Atlanta then met Toronto in the first International World Series, with the Blue Jays prevailing in six games. Deion Sanders starred for the Braves in defeat, hitting .533 with five stolen bases. Nonetheless, the Braves repeated as league champions for the first time since 1957-58.
1993  - After one of the most pulsating stretch runs in baseball history, the Braves became the first team to win the N.L. West for three consecutive years when they captured the division over the Giants on the season's final day. The Braves set a franchise record with 104 victories, leading the majors in wins for the second straight season. Atlanta played 54-19 ball (.740) after the All-Star break, the third-best second half in major league history and overcame a 10-game deficit as of July 22. The surge coincided with the July acquisition of Fred McGriff from San Diego, with the Braves going 51-17 (.750) after McGriff joined the lineup. McGriff's first game as a Brave on July 20 will always be remembered in Atlanta as the night of the pre-game press box fire at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium; McGriff's homer in the contest ignited the Braves from a 5-0 deficit to an 8-5 win over the Cardinals. McGriff (37, 101) joined David Justice (40, 120) and Ron Gant (36, 117) to give the Braves the first trio of 100+ RBI men in the N.L. since the Braves' 1970 lineup of Aaron, Cepeda and Carty. The Braves led the league in homers (168) and ERA (3.14) for the second straight season, the first team to do so in consecutive years since the 1977-78 Dodgers. Atlanta's "Fab Four" starting rotation lived up to expectations, with Greg Maddux winning his second consecutive Cy Young Award after posting a 20-10 mark with a 2.36 ERA. Tom Glavine (22-6, 3.20 ERA) became the first N.L. pitcher to win 20+ games for three straight years since Ferguson Jenkins hurled six consecutive 20+ win seasons from 1967-72. Steve Avery (18-6, 2.94 ERA) matched his career-high in victories, and John Smoltz (15-11, 3.62 ERA) gave the Braves four 15-game winners for the first time this century. Jeff Blauser (.305) became the first Brave shortstop to hit over .300 since Alvin Dark in 1948 and set a franchise mark for runs scored (110) by a shortstop. Terry Pendleton recovered from a slow start to knock in 84 runs, while Mike Stanton (27 saves), Rookie-of-the-Year runner-up Greg McMichael (2-3, 2.06 ERA, 19 saves) and Steve Bedrosian (1.63 ERA) led the relief corps. Despite the loss to the Phillies in the NLCS, the Braves could point to their 104 wins, third consecutive division title, their top-ranked minor league system and franchise record attendance of 3,884,720 as evidence of their standing as one of the model organizations in the majors.
1994  - The Braves opened the campaign in the newly aligned National League attempting to capture their fourth straight division crown in their new home, the N.L. East. The Braves began the season in record fashion, winning their first seven games,all on the road. It was the second best start in Atlanta history and a modern N.L. record for consecutive wins on a season-opening road trip. Kent Mercker no hit the Dodgers, 5-0, April 8 in Los Angeles, registering Atlanta's third overall no-hitter, and second by an individual. The Braves equalled their Atlanta-best 13-1 start, which included tying a team record 10 straight road wins. The Braves set an Atlanta record for runs scored in their 19-5 victory at Chicago April 15. In that game Atlanta hit back- to-back-to-back homers and duplicated the accomplishment three days later to become the first team in major league history to achieve the feat twice within that short a time frame. Bobby Cox became the 41st manager in major league history to win at least 1,000 games with a 6-5 victory June 17 vs. Cincinnati. Their torrid start helped the Braves remain in first place until just before the All-Star break; the Expos didn¹t take over 1st for good until July 22. Fred McGriff, David Justice and Greg Maddux represented Atlanta in the All-Star game in Pittsburgh. Maddux started for the National League, and McGriff captured the MVP award after he hit a three- run homer in the ninth inning to tie the game at 7-7. (The NL won in 10 innings, 8-7.) McGriff hit his 30th homer August 5 at Cincinnati to become the ninth player in major league history to hit at least 30 home runs in seven or more straight seasons. He led the team in homers (34), batting average (.318), RBI (94), runs scored (81) and 2B (25). Maddux also reached the record books by becoming the first player in major league history to win three straight Cy Young Awards. Maddux finished 16-6, tied for the lead league in wins, and led the league in ERA (1.56), complete games (10), innings pitched (202.0) and opponents batting average against (.207). For the third consecutive season, the Braves led the N.L. in homers with 137. They also finished second in the league with a 3.57 ERA. Hopes of another division crown and a third trip in four years to the World Series were dashed when the players went on strike after the games of August 11. The strike eventually forced the cancellation of the playoffs and World Series for the first time since 1904. The Braves finished second in the National League East, 6.0 games behind Montreal.
1995  - The Braves validated their label as the "Team of the 90's" by winning their first World Series in 38 years. The world championship was the first for the city of Atlanta in a major professional sport, while the Braves also entered the record books as the first franchise to win the World Series in three different cities. Atlanta overcame a 23-20 start (3rd place, 5.0 GB) to post a 67-34 (.663) mark from June 14 through the remainder of the regular season, running away with the N.L. East title by 21.0 games. By winning the division, the Braves became the first N.L. team to finish first in four consecutive completed seasons since the 1921-24 New York Giants. Atlanta's pitching lived up to expectations, leading the majors with a 3.44 ERA; the Brave's staff became the first to lead the majors in ERA for three straight completed seasons since the Baltimore Orioles topped the majors from 1969 through 1972. Greg Maddux claimed his unprecedented fourth straight Cy Young Award, going 19-2 with a 1.63 ERA, becoming the first starting pitcher since Walter Johnson in 1918-19 to record an ERA of less than 1.70 in two consecutive seasons. He ended the season with a major league record 18-game winning streak on the road (including an 0.99 ERA) dating back to July, '94. Mark Wohlers emerged as the dominant closer the Braves had sought throughout the 90's, saving 25 games, including 21 straight chances between May 15 and September 3. Fred McGriff (27), David Justice (24), Ryan Klesko (24) and Rookie of the Year Chipper Jones (23) became the first Braves foursome to hit over 20 homers in a season since 1973, and Javy Lopez matched Joe Torre's 1966 record for the best average by an Atlanta catcher with a .315 mark. Last at-bat wins were the trademark of the '95 Braves, with Atlanta winning an N.L.-best 25 games in this fashion, including 18 after July 3. The Braves led the majors with 31 one-run victories, and went on to notch another seven victories in the post-season by one run and/or in their last at bat. Atlanta beat the Rockies three games to one in the Division Series, and routed the Reds in the first-ever four-game sweep of an NLCS, before winning the world title with a six-game triumph over the Indians, climaxed by Series MVP Tom Glavine's one-hitter over eight innings and David Justice's decisive sixth-inning homer in the 1-0 finale.
1996  - The Braves made their fourth trip to the World Series out of the last five played, but were unable to defend their world title as the Yankees took the championship in six games. In their final season at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, the Braves took over first place for good on May 19, en route to winning the N.L. East by 8.0 games. The division crown was Atlanta's fifth straight, marking the first time a National League team has registered five straight first-place finishes. The Braves bowed out of Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium by setting a franchise mark with 56 home wins, topping the old record of 51, set three times previously. Atlanta's .270 team BA was its best since hitting .272 in 1983, while the club's 197 homers were third-most in Atlanta history, trailing only the teams of 1966 (207) and 1973 (206). The pitching staff set a major league record by fanning 1,245 batters, breaking the Astro's major league mark of 1,221 set in 1969; the staff also allowed the fewest walks in the majors, issuing only 451 free passes. By going 12-15 in September, the team ended a stretch of playing .500+ ball for 21 straight months since April, 1993. John Smoltz continued the Brave's Cy Young reign, as the right-hander fashioned a breakthrough season, going 24-8 with a 2.94 ERA. He set modern day franchise records with his 276 strikeouts and a 14-game winning streak, and established an Atlanta mark with his 24 victories. Smoltz lost his opening start, then went 14-0 with a 1.83 ERA over his next 15 outings. Greg Maddux didn't win a fifth straight Cy Young Award, but went 15-11 with a 2.72 ERA, while Tom Glavine went 15-10 with a 2.98 ERA and won his 3rd Silver Slugger Award. Mark Wohlers shattered Gene Garber's 1982 franchise record of 30 saves by notching 39 of his own in 44 opportunities, and also recorded 100 strikeouts in 77.1 IP. Stellar years at the plate were enjoyed by Chipper Jones (30-110-.309), Fred McGriff (28-107-.295), Ryan Klesko (34-93-.282) and Marquis Grissom (23-74-.308). Grissom won his 4th consecutive Gold Glove Award and collected a career high 207 hits, becoming the first Brave to reach the 200 mark since Ralph Garr had 214 in 1974. Grissom set a franchise record with 671 AB, and compiled a 28-game hitting streak (49 x 127, .386) July 25-Aug. 24; it was the longest streak by a Brave since Rowland Office hit in 29 straight in 1976, and the third-longest in Atlanta history. On June 2 at Cincinnati he also became the first Brave to complete a straight steal of home since Ed Miller performed the feat in 1979. Other offensive highlights included Jeff Blauser's 7-RBI game at Philadelphia May 11, the first by a Brave since Orlando Cepeda in 1970, Jermaine Dye's homer in his first major league AB May 17 vs. the Reds (the first debut HR by a Brave since Chuck Tanner in 1955), and a 18-1 rout of the Cubs May 20, providing the Brave's largest margin of victory in a contest since Boston beat St. Louis, 20-3, August 25, 1936. The 1996 season also saw the debut of 19-year-old phenom Andruw Jones on Aug. 15, who made the jump from A-ball to the majors in under two months. AT 19 years, 3 months and 23 days, he became the fourth-youngest player in Atlanta history, and in his second game, the next day, he socked his first M.L. homer, becoming the youngest National Leaguer to go deep since Houston's Larry Dierker in 1965. The Braves swept the Dodgers in three games in the Division Series then became the first team in history to rebound from a three-games-to-one deficit in the NLCS, overcoming the ST. Louis Cardinals. Atlanta took the final three contests by scores of 14-0, 3-1, and 15-0. By winning the first two World Series games in Yankee Stadium, the Braves appeared on their way to repeating as world champions, but saw New York capture the final four games and the title. The Braves organization was recognized by Baseball America as the Organization of the Year for 1996, the second time since 1991.
1997  - The Braves won a major league high 101 games and an unprecedented sixth straight division title, but failed to reach the World Series for the first time since 1993 when the Marlins won the NLCS, four games to two. The six consecutive first-place finishes eclipsed the old mark of five straight set by the New Ycrk Yankees (1949-53) and the Oakland A's (1971-75). In their inaugural season at Turner Field, the Braves won 12 of their first 13 home games, and retained sole possession of first place from April 14 through the remainder of the season. The Braves set a major league record tor April with 19 victories, breaking the old mark of 18, set six times previously. The team clinched the N.L. East on September 22, finishing with a 9.0 game margin over Florida. Atlanta's pitching once again proved dominant, leading the majors with a 3.18 ERA and 17 shutouts. Fourth starter Denny Neagle turned in the National League's only 20-victory campaign, going 20-5 with a 2.97 ERA, while Greg Maddux (19-4, 2.20) narrowly missed fhe 20-win circle. John Smoltz (15-12, 3.02) led the National League with 255.0 innings pitched, and became the first pitcher in franchise history to notch at least 200 strikeouts in four seasons. Tom Glavine (14-7, 2.96 ERA) was one ot four Braves starters to rank in the top lO in the N.L. in ERA. Glavine was named the National League's Pitcher of the Month for April after going 4-0 with a 1.64 ERA, while becoming the first pitcher to record two career shutouts at Colorado's Coors Field. Mark Wohiers became the first Braves pitcher to notch consecutive 30-save seasons, while fanning 92 in 69.1 innings pitched. On offense, the Braves reached the .270 mark for the second straight year, a feat they hadn't accomplished since 1947-48. Most noteworthy were the 12 grand slams hit by the squad, setting a major league record, featuring 3 by Chipper Jones in a span of l3 contests, setting the NL record for 3 slams in fhe fewest team games. C. Jones posted another solid season (21-111 -.295), with 20 stolen bases, and became the first Braves third baseman to drive in 100+ runs in consecutive seasons since Eddie Mathews in 1959-60. Ryan Klesko led the squad with 24 homers, followed by Javy Lopez (23), Fred McGriff (22), and C. Jones (21). Jeff Blauser added 17 homers, while batting .308. The offense exploded for 9 run-innings twice in 12 games (June 22 and July 5), after not having performed the feat since 1989. Grand slams by Ryan Klesko and Tim Spehr on July 14 vs. the Phillies marked only the fifth occasion in franchise history that the Braves hit 2 slams in a contest. Quartet of Maddux-Neagle-Glavine-Smoltz excelled in August, not allowing more than 3 ER in any of their final 19 starts of the month. Neagle joined the 20-game winners circle for the first time in his career with a 4-0 combined shutout at San Diego September 7. Maddux ended the season with a sensational ratio of 19 wins to 20 walks, with 6 of those being intentional. Rafael Belliard made headlines when he belted his first homerin more than 10 years, a 2-run blast Sept. 26 at New York. In the post-season, Atlanta swept 3 games from Houston in the Division Series, giving the Braves a 9-1 mark in Division Series competition. Competing in a record 6th straight National League Championship Series, the Braves lost to the Marlins in 6 games losing the final 2 contests, marking the first time a team other than Atlanta represented the National League in the World Series since 1993.
1998  - Another amazing season for the Braves. The team wins 106 games and its seventh straight division title. The Braves met the Chicago Cubs in the Divisional Playoffs and won in three straight games. The San Diego Padres were the opponents in the NLCS. After losing the first three games, the Braves won two dramatic contests in San Diego, before falling in six games. There were a number of notable individual perfromances. Tom Glavine won the NL Cy Young Award, his second, with a 20-6 record and 2.47 ERA. Newcomer Kevin Millwood has an outstanding season, as do John Smoltz and Greg Maddux. The offense was no less impressive. In his first season with the Braves, Andres Galarragga hits .305. Andruw Jones continued his rapid development with outstanding defensive play in centerfield. Chipper Jones had another fine year, hitting .313. Despite the team's premature exit from the postseason, 1998 left fans looking forward to another great year in 1999.
1999  - The Braves overcame the loss of several key players and captured their fifth National League pennant of the 1990's, before falling to the Yankees in the World Series. At the outset of spring training, the Braves were stunned to hear that Andres Galarraga would be lost for the season because of non-Hodgkins lymphoma in a bone in his lower back, and also saw closer Kerry Ligtenberg go down with a season-ending medial collateral ligament tear in his right elbow. Despite these losses and season-ending injuries to Javy Lopez, Odalis Perez and Rudy Seanez during the summer, Braves managed to win 103 games and claim their unprecedented eighth straight division title. The team blew open a tight race with the Mets by taking 5 of 6 games from the New Yorkers in late September, highlighted by Chipper Jones' 4-HR barrage in a 3-game sweep in Atlanta, which served as his springboard to the MVP Award. Atlanta's Cy Young trio of Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz were amazingly surpassed in perfomance by fourth starter Kevin Millwood, who went 18-7 with a second-ranked 2.68 ERA, leading the majors with a .202 opponents BA, and placing third in the National League's Cy Young balloting in only his second full season. John Rocker stepped up as the third Braves' closer in as many seasons and recorded 38 saves in 45 opportunities, 4th-best in the NL, and only one behind Mark Wohlers' franchise mark of 39 in 1996. In the post-season, Braves disposed of Astros in 4 games, then appeared in their record 8th straight LCS, outlasting the Mets in a pulsating 6-game series after being up 3 games to none. Braves made their 5th World Series appearance of the 1990's, and held two 8th-inning leads (in Games One and Three), but failed to preserve them and were swept in 4 straight by the Yankees.
2000  - The Braves claimed their unprecedented ninth straight division title, but saw their streak of eight consecutive appearances in the N.L.C.S. come to an end when they were swept in the Division Series by the Cardinals. Despite losing John Smoltz for the season in spring training with a torn right medial collateral ligament, and Quilvio Veras for the second half of the campaign with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, the Braves still posted 95 wins, becoming only the third team in major league history to record 90+ wins in nine consecutive completed seasons, joining the Yankees (12 straight years, 1947-58) and Cubs (nine straight years, 1904-12). The season was highlighted by a Braves' mnodern franchise record 15-game winning streak April 16-May 2, the longest streak in the N.L. since the New York Giants won 16 straight games in 1951. The Braves entered the first of two series with the Mets September 18 leading New York by 3.0 games and won the first two contests to assume a commanding 5.0 game lead with 11 to play; Braves reeled a 10-3 stretch from September 13 through their division clincher September 26 at New York. Chipper Jones followed his '99 MVP campaign with another outstanding season, hitting .311 with 36 homers and 111 RBI. His RBI total, besides matching his career high, also enabled him to become only the second third baseman in major league history to notch five straight 100+ RBI seasons, joining the Pirates' Pie Traynor 1927-31. Nineteen-year-old infielder Rafael Furcal made the jump from A ball to the majors in spectacular fashion as he was named the BBWAA's National League Rookie of the Year after batting .294 in 131 games, withan Atlanta rookie record 40 stolen bases. Andres Galarraga made a strong comeback from his bout with cancer that led him to miss all of the 1999 season, hitting 28 homers, collecting 100 RBI while batting .302. Veras was in the midst of an excellent campaign (.309, 25 steals) when he was lost for the season three games into the second half. Andruw Jones made the All-Star team for the first time, won his 3rd straight Gold Glove and turned in a breakthrough year at the plate with career highs in homers (36), RBI (104) and BA (.303), mostly from the second spot in the batting order. He became the 5th- youngest player in history to reach the century mark in career homers, trailing only Mel Ott, Tony Conigliaro, Eddie Mathews and Alex Rodriguez. The Braves ERA of 4.06 was its highest since the 1990 season, but still led the majors for the fourth straight year and for the seventh time in the last nine years. Tom Glavine placed second in N.L. Cy Young balloting after finishing 21-9 with a 3.40 ERA, joining Roger Clemens as the only active pitchers with five 20+ win seasons. Glavine, whose 21 wins led the majors and 241.0 1P set a career high, went 10-2 with a 3.01 ERA after Braves' losses, and became the 96th pitcher in history to reach the 200-win mark, ending the year with 208 victories. Greg Maddux won 19 games for the 4th time in 6 seasons (19-0, 3.00), while reeling off 39.1 consecutive scorelsss innings September 2-28, the longest scoreless string in the N.L. since Orel Hershiser's record run of 59.0 consecutive shutout innings in 1988. Maddux, by winning at least 15 games for the 13th straight year, became only the third pitcher in M.L. history to accomplish that feat, joining Cy Young (15 straight years) and Gaylord Perry (13 straight years). John Rocker recorded 24 saves in 27 opportunities, while fanning 77 in 53.0 IP. Braves entered the post-season with a 15-2 record in Division Series contests, but subpar outings by Maddux (4.0 IP, 5 ER), Glavine (2.1 IP, 7 ER) and Kevin Millwood (4.2 IP, 4 ER) led to a three-game exit against the Cardinals.
2001  - The Braves advanced to the NLCS where they lost in five games to the eventual World Champion Arizona Diamondbacks. A season-ending injury to Rafael Furcal in July and year-long offensive struggles plagued the Braves run to their record 10th straight division title. After holding off the Phillies and Mets for the NL East title in the final week of the season, the Braves swept the Astros in the Division Series. Chipper Jones led the offense with a .330 batting average and 38 homers. As a team, the Braves ranked ninth in the NL with a .260 BA and 13th in runs scored (729). John Burkett's 3.04 ERA ranked third in the NL, and Greg Maddux's 3.05 ranked fourth. Maddux led the team in wins with 17, despite not winning after Aug. 22. Despite going 2-4 in May and June, Tom Glavine finished with a 16-7 record. John Smoltz, who missed the 2000 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, battled arm problems the first half of the season. After two lengthy stints on the disabled list, he returned in late July and was used primarily as a reliever. On August 17, he recorded his first save and went on to save 10 games in 11 opportunities. Maddux and Andruw Jones both claimed Gold Gloves. For Maddux, it was his 12th straight Award.
2002  - For just the second time since 1991, the Braves didn't advance to the National League Championship Series. Tom Glavine suffered two losses in the team's five-game Division Series loss to Barry Bonds and the Giants. Gary Sheffield, who was acquired in a January trade with the Dodgers, solidified the middle of the lineup that also included Chipper Jones and Andruw Jones. Chipper led the team in batting average (.327), on-base-percentage (.435) and slugging percentage (.536). As for Andruw, he hit a team-leading 36 homers to give him his fourth consecutive 30-plus homer season. Disappointing offensive seasons from free-agent acquisition Vinny Castilla and Javy Lopez denied the Braves the chance of having one of the most potent lineups in team history.

The emergence of rookie southpaw Damian Moss and the reemergence of a dominant Kevin Millwood allowed the pitching staff to post the NL's best ERA (3.13) for the ninth time in the past 12 years. Greg Maddux, who won 16 games to join Cy Young as the only pitchers to ever win at least 15 games for 15 straight seasons, led the team with a 2.56 ERA. Tom Glavine stumbled toward the end of the season, but still matched Millwood for the team lead in wins (18). John Smoltz, who set a National League single-season saves record with 55, anchored the game's best bullpen. Veteran relievers Darren Holmes and Chris Hammond, who posted a 0.95 ERA in 75 innings, both made miraculous returns to the Majors. Holmes had missed the previous season after having back surgery and Hammond had retired in 1998, only to return to play in the minors in 2001.

The team's 101 wins allowed manager Bobby Cox to become the first National League manager to record at least 100 or more wins five different times. Cox, who also posted his 1800th career win during the season, guided his team to its 11th consecutive division title. A stretch beginning on May 15, which saw the team win 60 of 80 games, allowed them to claim the division by 19 games and clinch earlier (Sept. 9) than they ever had.

2004  -

Proving many critics wrong, the Braves overcame many early-season injuries and offseason losses to win their 13th consecutive division title. 

Bolstered by a rotation that was led by Jaret Wright and Russ Ortiz, the Braves posted the Major Leagues' best staff ERA for the 10th time in 13 seasons. 

Johnny Estrada proved to be an All-Star while filling Javy Lopez's shoes and youngsters like Charles Thomas and Nick Green provided a much-needed midseason spark that enabled the Braves to escape their early-season struggles. 

Bobby Cox became the ninth manager to reach 2,000 career wins and John Smoltz set the franchise's all-time saves record.

2005  -

Utilizing 18 different rookies, the Braves still managed to persevere through numerous injuries and capture their 14th consecutive division title. Andruw Jones, who led the Majors with a franchise-record 51 homers, provided and MVP-caliber season and youngsters like Jeff Francoeur and Brian McCann proved to be key midseason additions. John Smoltz's splendid work during the season's middle months showed he was quite capable of making the transition from closer back to the starting rotation.

2006  -

Although their unprecedented streak of 14 consecutive division titles was snapped, there were some positives that developed for a relatively young Braves squad. Elder statesman John Smoltz anchored the starting rotation and tied for the National League lead with 16 wins. With Chipper Jones making three trips to the disabled list, Brian McCann, who earned his first Silver Slugger Award, and Jeff Francoeur, who joined Hank Aaron and Eddie Mathews as the only players in franchise history to enjoy a 100-RBI season before their 23rd birthday, picked up most of the slack. The bullpen woes that put the team in an early hole weren’t at least somewhat alleviated until closer Bob Wickman was acquired from the Indians after the All-Star break.

2007  -

With a season-opening, three-game series sweep of the eventual division champion Phillies, the Braves began the 2007 season much differently than they ended it. Injuries certainly played a role as Mike Gonzalez was lost to Tommy John elbow surgery in May and Edgar Renteria missed most of August with a sprained right ankle. Renteria's injury came just two games after the Braves had acquired Mark Teixeira to bolster their lineup. Although he produced some impressive statistics, Teixeira was unable to prevent the Braves from missing the postseason for a second straight year.

On Aug. 15, manager Bobby Cox set a new Major League record by earning his 132nd career ejection. It came while arguing a called third strike against Chipper Jones, who lost his bid for his first career batting title on the season's final day.

2008  -

With a rotation that included four former 20-game winners -- Tim Hudson, Mike Hampton, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz -- , the Braves seemed armed to make a return to postseason. But each of these veteran hurlers spent at least three months on the disabled list and three of them -- Hudson, Smoltz and Glavine -- underwent season-ending surgeries. For Glavine, who had spent the previous five seasons with the Mets, this was a season that proved to be a bittersweet homecoming.

Burdened also by injuries suffered by relievers, Peter Moylan and Rafael Soriano, the Braves never could take full advantage of a lineup that included Mark Teixeira and Chipper Jones, who hit .364 on the way to his first career batting title. When it became apparent that they couldn't overcome their multitude of injuries, the Braves sent Teixeira to the Angels, almost exactly one year after they'd acquired him in a trade deadline deal with the Rangers.

While Jeff Francoeur endured the worst season of his early career, Brian McCann continued to produce, earning his third All-Star selection and second Silver Slugger Award. While leading the team with 13 wins, rookie Jair Jurrjens provided great hope for the future.

2011  -

Fredi Gonzalez's first season as Atlanta's manager seemed to be heading in the right direction until the Braves blew the 8 ½-game Wild Card lead they possessed entering September. The club lost each of its final five games and was eliminated from the playoff contention with an extra-inning loss to the Phillies on the regular season's final day. Injuries played a part as Jair Jurrjens and Tommy Hanson proved ineffective after proving to be two of the National League's top two pitchers before the All-Star break.

While Jason Heyward struggled through his second season, Freddie Freeman produced an impressive rookie season. But his performance did not trump the one produced by Craig Kimbrel, who set a Major League rookie record with 46 saves and was named National League Rookie of the Year. Unfortunately for Kimbrel, he blew a save opportunity in the must-win season finale. The Braves bullpen also received stellar performances from Jonny Venters and Eric O'Flaherty, who became the first pitcher in Major League history to post a sub-1.00 ERA with at least 70 appearances.

Dan Uggla's struggled during the early portion of his first season with the Braves. But with his batting average below .200 in early July, he began what became an Atlanta-record 33-game hitting streak. This marked the first time since 1990 that the Braves began a season without Bobby Cox as the manager.

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