1995 Atlanta Braves season

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1995 Atlanta Braves
1995 NL East Champions
1995 NL Champions
1995 World Series Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 90–54 (.625)
Divisional place 1st
Other information
Owner(s) Ted Turner
General manager(s) John Schuerholz
Manager(s) Bobby Cox
Local television WTBS
TBS Superstation
(Pete Van Wieren, Skip Caray, Don Sutton, Joe Simpson)
SportSouth
(Tim Brando, Ernie Johnson, Ernie Johnson, Jr.)
Local radio WSB (AM)
(Pete Van Wieren, Skip Caray, Don Sutton, Joe Simpson)
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The 1995 Atlanta Braves season was the 125th season in the history of the franchise and 30th season in the city of Atlanta. The team finished the strike-shortened season with a record of 90–54, the best in the National League, en route to winning the World Series. For the sixth straight season, the team was managed by Bobby Cox.[1]

The Braves started the season in mediocre fashion, posting a 20–17 record up to June 4, putting them in third place behind the Philadelphia Phillies and the Montreal Expos. The team went on to win twenty of the last twenty-five games before the All-Star Break to put themselves in first place by four and a half games. In the second half of the season, the Braves pulled away from the rest of the division by going 11–7 over the rest of July and 19–10 in August. The team went on to win the division by twenty-one games. The Braves' 90–54 record was second only to the American League's Cleveland Indians, who went 100–44 on the season. The National League East title was the first of 11 consecutive NL East titles and the fourth of 14 consecutive division titles for the Braves (The Braves won the NL West from 1991–93).[1]

In the postseason, the Braves beat the Colorado Rockies in the NL Division Series three games to one, then swept the Cincinnati Reds four games to zero to win the NL Championship Series. In the World Series, the Braves beat the Cleveland Indians four games to two, bringing the first (and currently only) World Championship to the city of Atlanta.[1]

Opening Day starter Greg Maddux led the National League in wins (19) and earned run average (1.63) to secure his fourth consecutive Cy Young Award.[2][3] Marquis Grissom won a Gold Glove for center field,[4] and Greg Maddux won his sixth (of thirteen) consecutive Gold Gloves.[5]

Offseason[edit]

The Braves 1995 season began without some of the regular contributors of 1994. The team lost Terry Pendleton, Dave Gallagher, and Bill Pecota to free agency. Roberto Kelly and Tony Tarasco were also traded with Esteban Yan to the Montreal Expos for Marquis Grissom. They signed free agents Mike Sharperson, Dwight Smith, and Mike Stanton. The Braves five starting pitchers remained the same from 1994.[6]

The Braves would also be playing in the brand–new National League East in 1995. The division was formed through realignment prior to the 1994 Major League Baseball season, but division championships were not awarded in 1994 due to the 1994 strike. The division includes the Philadelphia Phillies, the Montreal Expos, the Florida Marlins, and the New York Mets.[7]

Regular season[edit]

Opening Day starters[edit]

Season standings[edit]

NL East W L Pct. GB
Atlanta Braves 90 54 .625 --
New York Mets 69 75 .479 21
Philadelphia Phillies 69 75 .479 21
Florida Marlins 67 76 .469 22½
Montreal Expos 66 78 .458 24

Game log[edit]

Legend
Braves Win Braves Loss Game Postponed
1995 Regular Season Game Log

Notable transactions[edit]

Postseason[edit]

Legend
Braves Win Braves Loss Game Postponed
1995 Postseason Game Log

National League Divisional Playoffs[edit]

Game Score Date Location Time Attendance
1 Atlanta - 5, Colorado - 4 October 3 Coors Field 3:19 50,040
2 Atlanta - 7, Colorado - 4 October 4 Coors Field 3:08 50,063
3 Colorado - 7, Atlanta - 5 October 6 Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium 3:16 51,300
4 Colorado - 4, Atlanta - 10 October 7 Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium 2:38 50,027

Atlanta wins series, 3-1

National League Championship Series[edit]

Game Score Date Location Time Attendance
1 Atlanta - 2, Cincinnati - 1 October 10 Riverfront Stadium 3:18 40,382
2 Atlanta - 6, Cincinnati - 2 October 11 Riverfront Stadium 3:26 44,624
3 Cincinnati - 2, Atlanta - 5 October 13 Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium 2:42 51,424
4 Cincinnati - 0, Atlanta - 6 October 14 Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium 2:54 52,067

Atlanta wins series, 4-0

World Series[edit]

Main article: 1995 World Series

Game 1[edit]

October 21, 1995 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 0
Atlanta 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 X 3 3 2
WP: Greg Maddux (1-0)   LP: Orel Hershiser (0-1)
Home runs:
CLE: None
ATL: Fred McGriff (1)

Game 2[edit]

October 22, 1995 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 6 2
Atlanta 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 X 4 8 2
WP: Tom Glavine (1-0)   LP: Dennis Martínez (0-1)   Sv: Mark Wohlers (1)
Home runs:
CLE: Eddie Murray (1)
ATL: Javy López (1)

Game 3[edit]

October 24, 1995 at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Atlanta 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 6 12 1
Cleveland 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 7 12 2
WP: José Mesa (1-0)   LP: Alejandro Peña (0-1)
Home runs:
ATL: Fred McGriff (2), Ryan Klesko (1)
CLE: None

Game 4[edit]

October 25, 1995 at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 1 5 11 1
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 6 0
WP: Steve Avery (1-0)   LP: Ken Hill (0-1)   Sv: Pedro Borbón, Jr. (1)
Home runs:
ATL: Ryan Klesko (2)
CLE: Albert Belle (1), Manny Ramírez (1)

Game 5[edit]

October 26, 1995 at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 4 7 0
Cleveland 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 X 5 8 1
WP: Orel Hershiser (1-1)   LP: Greg Maddux (1-1)   Sv: José Mesa (1)
Home runs:
ATL: Luis Polonia (1), Ryan Klesko (3)
CLE: Albert Belle (2), Jim Thome (1)

Game 6[edit]

October 28, 1995 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 X 1 6 0
WP: Tom Glavine (2-0)   LP: Jim Poole (0-1)   Sv: Mark Wohlers (2)
Home runs:
CLE: None
ATL: David Justice (1)

Roster[edit]

1995 Atlanta Braves
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting [11][edit]

Regular starters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In; BB = Base on Balls; SO = Strikeouts; Avg. = Batting average; OBP = On Base Percentage; SLG = Slugging Percentage

POS Player G AB R H 2B HR RBI BB SO Avg. OBP SLG
SS Jeff Blauser 115 431 60 91 16 12 31 57 107 .211 .319 .341
CF Marquis Grissom 139 551 80 142 23 12 42 47 61 .258 .317 .376
3B Chipper Jones 140 524 87 139 22 23 86 73 72 .265 .353 .450
RF David Justice 120 411 73 104 17 24 78 73 68 .253 .365 .479
LF Ryan Klesko 107 329 48 102 25 23 70 47 72 .310 .396 .608
2B Mark Lemke 116 399 42 101 16 5 38 44 40 .253 .325 .356
C Javy López 100 333 37 105 11 14 51 14 57 .315 .344 .498
1B Fred McGriff 144 528 85 148 27 27 93 65 99 .280 .361 .489

Other batters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In; BB = Base on Balls; SO = Strikeouts; Avg. = Batting average; OBP = On Base Percentage; SLG = Slugging Percentage

POS Player G AB R H 2B HR RBI BB SO Avg. OBP SLG
C Charlie O'Brien 67 198 18 45 7 9 23 29 40 .227 .343 .399
INF Rafael Belliard 75 180 12 40 2 0 7 6 28 .222 .255 .244
LF Mike Kelly 97 137 26 26 6 3 17 11 49 .190 .258 .314
OF Dwight Smith 103 131 16 33 8 3 21 13 35 .252 .327 .412
3B Jose Oliva 48 109 7 17 4 5 12 7 22 .156 .207 .330
UT Mike Mordecai 69 75 10 21 6 3 11 9 16 .280 .353 .480
OF Mike Devereaux 29 55 7 14 3 1 8 2 11 .255 .281 .364
OF Luis Polonia 28 53 6 14 7 0 2 3 9 .264 .304 .396
OF Brian Kowitz 10 24 3 4 1 0 3 2 5 .167 .259 .208
IF Ed Giovanola 13 14 2 1 0 0 0 3 5 .071 .235 .071
UT Eddie Perez 7 13 1 4 1 1 4 0 2 .308 .308 .615
3B Mike Sharperson 7 7 1 1 1 0 2 0 2 .143 .143 .286

Pitching [11][edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned Run Average; G = Games; GS = Games Started; SV = Saves; CG = Complete Games; SHO = Shutouts; IP = Innings Pitched; BB = Base on Balls; SO = Strikeouts

Player W L ERA G GS SV CG SHO IP BB SO
Greg Maddux 19 2 1.63 28 28 0 10 3 209.2 23 181
Tom Glavine 16 7 3.08 29 29 0 3 1 198.2 66 127
John Smoltz 12 7 3.18 29 29 0 2 1 192.2 72 193
Steve Avery 7 13 4.67 29 29 0 3 1 173.1 52 141
Kent Mercker 7 8 4.15 29 26 0 0 0 143 61 102

Relief Pitchers[edit]

Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned Run Average; G = Games; GS = Games Started; SV = Saves; CG = Complete Games; SHO = Shutouts; IP = Innings Pitched; BB = Base on Balls; SO = Strikeouts

Player W L ERA G GS SV CG SHO IP BB SO
Mark Wohlers 7 3 2.09 65 0 25 0 0 64.2 24 90
Greg McMichael 7 2 2.79 67 0 2 0 0 80.2 32 74
Brad Clontz 8 1 3.65 59 0 4 0 0 69 22 55
Pedro Borbón 2 2 3.09 41 0 2 0 0 32 17 33
Steve Bedrosian 1 2 6.11 29 0 0 0 0 28 12 22
Jason Schmidt 2 2 5.76 9 2 0 0 0 25 18 19
Mike Stanton 1 1 5.59 26 0 1 0 0 19.1 6 13
Alejandro Peña 0 0 4.15 14 0 0 0 0 13 4 18
Matt Murray 0 2 6.75 4 1 0 0 0 10.2 5 3
Brad Woodall 1 1 6.10 9 0 0 0 0 10.1 8 5
Rod Nichols 0 0 5.40 5 0 0 0 0 6.2 5 3
Terrell Wade 0 1 4.50 3 0 0 0 0 4 4 3
Darrell May 0 0 11.25 2 0 0 0 0 4 0 1
Terry Clark 0 0 4.91 3 0 0 0 0 3.2 5 2
Tom Thobe 0 0 10.80 3 0 0 0 0 3.1 0 2

Award winners[edit]

1995 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Richmond Braves International League Grady Little
AA Greenville Braves Southern League Bruce Benedict
A Durham Bulls Carolina League Matt West
A Macon Braves South Atlantic League Nelson Norman
Short-Season A Eugene Emeralds Northwest League Paul Runge
Rookie Danville Braves Appalachian League Max Venable
Rookie GCL Braves Gulf Coast League Jim Saul

[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "1995 Atlanta Braves Batting, Pitching, and Fielding Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  2. ^ "1995 Major League Baseball Pitching Leaders". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Cy Young Award on Baseball Almanac". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Gold Glove Award for National League Outfielders on Baseball Almanac". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Gold Glove Award for Pitchers on Baseball Almanac". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  6. ^ "1995 Atlanta Braves Trades and Transactions". Baseball-Reference.com. 
  7. ^ "National League East". Wikipedia. 
  8. ^ a b Mike Stanton Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  9. ^ Luis Polonia Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  10. ^ Mike Devereaux Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  11. ^ a b "1995 Atlanta Braves Batting, Pitching, & Fielding Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 22, 2011. 
  12. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997
Preceded by
Montreal Expos
1994
NL East Championship Season
1995
Succeeded by
Atlanta Braves
1996
Preceded by
Philadelphia Phillies
1993
National League Championship Season
1995
Succeeded by
Atlanta Braves
1996