1984 Atlanta Braves season

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1984 Atlanta Braves
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 80–82 (.494)
Divisional place 2nd
Other information
Owner(s) Ted Turner
General manager(s) John Mullen
Manager(s) Joe Torre
Local television WTBS
Superstation WTBS
Local radio WSB
(Ernie Johnson, Pete Van Wieren, Skip Caray, John Sterling)
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The 1984 season was the 114th season for the Atlanta Braves.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

The 1984 Braves third season with Joe Torre at the helm was a disappointing one. Despite a winning record throughout most of the season they finished the campaign with an 80-82 mark, tied for second with the LA Dodgers, 12 games behind the San Diego Padres.

Atlanta stumbled out of the gate with a 2-7 mark on April 13, and were six games out of first place. The Braves had a 6-11 record on April 25 but won three in a row and later won eight of nine to go above the .500 mark for the first time in 1984. They were 18-15 on May 13, tied for third and two games out of first.

On May 24 Atlanta lost a double-header to the Cubs 10-7, 7-5 to drop to the .500 mark at 21-21. Atlanta rebounded to win 13 of its next 15 games to surge into first place with a 34-23 mark on June 7. The Braves were 32-16 since April 14 and were in first place by 1 ½ games. The season was beginning to look good for Atlanta.

Unfortunately for the Braves this would prove to be the high water mark for the season. Atlanta lost five in a row from June 8 to 12 to fall into second place, 3 ½ games out of first. They were never to be in first place again in 1984.

June 16, 1984: The Braves were playing the Cincinnati Reds in Atlanta. Mario Soto threw several brushback pitches at Braves slugger Claudell Washington. Washington tossed his bat in the direction of Soto, appeared to go out to retrieve it, but instead walked toward the mound. Umpire Lanny Harris attempted to restrain Washington. Harris was thrown to the ground. Soto used the distraction to punch Washington. Several of Washington's teammates attempted to hold Washington to the ground. While they were doing that, Soto fired the baseball into the crowd of players, striking Braves coach Joe Pignatano. He was suspended three games for this incident; Washington received a five-game suspension for shoving (umpire) Lanny Harris. (Both Soto and Washington were ejected from the game.)

On June 20 the Braves were 39-29 and in second place, 1 ½ games out of first. By the end of June they were 43-35 and three games out of first. July would prove to be tougher for the Braves however. Atlanta went 5-12 to begin the month of July. On July 19 the Braves owned a 48-47 record and were seven games out of first and still in second place. It was growing more obvious that this wouldn't be the magical season fans had wished it would be. Atlanta was 8 ½ games out of first on the last day of July.

On August 3 the Braves were six games over the .500 mark with a 57-51 record following a 2-1 win over the Giants. The league leading San Diego Padres lost that day and the Braves closed within 7 ½ games of the lead. The Braves were still hopeful of a late season surge but it appeared that might not happen.

After August 3 things turned rotten on the Braves. From August 4 to September 9 the Braves posted a 12-23 record that reduced them to 69-74 with an eleven game deficit with 19 games to play. The Braves had also slipped to third place. The “pennant race” was over

Season standings[edit]

NL West W L GB Pct.
San Diego Padres 92 70 -- .568
Atlanta Braves 80 82 12.0 .494
Houston Astros 80 82 12.0 .494
Los Angeles Dodgers 79 83 13.0 .488
Cincinnati Reds 70 92 22.0 .432
San Francisco Giants 66 96 26.0 .407

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1984 Atlanta Braves
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
3B Johnson, RandyRandy Johnson 91 294 82 .279 5 30
RF Washington, ClaudellClaudell Washington 120 416 119 .286 17 61

Other batters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Oberkfell, KenKen Oberkfell 50 172 40 .233 1 10
Runge, PaulPaul Runge 28 90 24 .267 0 3
Jorgensen, MikeMike Jorgensen 31 26 7 .269 0 5

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Pérez, PascualPascual Pérez 30 211.2 14 8 3.74 145
Camp, RickRick Camp 31 148.2 8 6 3.27 89
Barker, LenLen Barker 21 126.1 7 8 3.85 95
Dayley, KenKen Dayley 4 18.2 0 3 5.30 10

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Brizzolara, TonyTony Brizzolara 10 29 1 2 5.28 17
Payne, MikeMike Payne 3 5.2 0 1 6.35 3

Relief pitchers[edit]

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Bedrosian, SteveSteve Bedrosian 40 9 6 11 2.37 81

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Richmond Braves International League Eddie Haas and Bobby Dews
AA Greenville Braves Southern League Bobby Dews and Leo Mazzone
A Durham Bulls Carolina League Brian Snitker
A Anderson Braves South Atlantic League Rick Albert
Rookie Pulaski Braves Appalachian League Buddy Bailey
Rookie GCL Braves Gulf Coast League Pedro González

See also[edit]

  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, N.C.: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3. 

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