2002 Atlanta Braves season

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2002 Atlanta Braves
2002 NL East Champions
Major League affiliations
Record 101–59 (.631)
Divisional place 1st
Other information
Owner(s) AOL Time Warner
General manager(s) John Schuerholz
Manager(s) Bobby Cox
Local television TBS Superstation
Turner South
(Pete Van Wieren, Skip Caray, Don Sutton, Joe Simpson)
Fox Sports South
(Tom Paciorek, Bob Rathbun)
Local radio WSB (AM)
(Pete Van Wieren, Skip Caray, Don Sutton, Joe Simpson)
(Marcelo Godoy, Jose Manuel Flores)
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The 2002 Atlanta Braves season marked the franchise's 37th season in Atlanta. The Braves won their 11th consecutive division title, finishing 19 games ahead of the second-place Montreal Expos. The Braves lost the 2002 Divisional Series to the San Francisco Giants, 3 games to 2.

2002 marked the final year that pitchers Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and John Smoltz played on the same team. Smoltz set the Braves’ single season record for saves (55). Chipper Jones moved to the outfield to allow for Vinny Castilla to be signed and added to the lineup. Julio Franco became a regular player in the second stint of his Major League career and Gary Sheffield was new to the Braves in 2002.


  • October 26, 2001: Aaron Small was signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[1]
  • December 4, 2001: John Smoltz was signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[2]
  • December 11, 2001: Vinny Castilla signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[3]
  • December 17, 2001: Julio Franco was signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[4]
  • January 15, 2002: Gary Sheffield was traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Atlanta Braves for Andrew Brown, Brian Jordan and Odalis Perez.[5]
  • January 16, 2002: Doug Linton was signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[6]
  • March 20, 2002: Henry Blanco was traded by the Milwaukee Brewers to the Atlanta Braves for Paul Bako and Jose Cabrera.[7]

Regular season[edit]

Opening Day starters[edit]

  • Vinny Castilla
  • Rafael Furcal
  • Marcus Giles
  • Tom Glavine
  • Andruw Jones
  • Chipper Jones
  • Javy Lopez
  • Gary Sheffield
  • B.J. Surhoff[8]

Season standings[edit]

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Atlanta Braves 101 59 0.631 52–28 49–31
Montreal Expos 83 79 0.512 19 49–32 34–47
Philadelphia Phillies 80 81 0.497 21½ 40–40 40–41
Florida Marlins 79 83 0.488 23 46–35 33–48
New York Mets 75 86 0.466 26½ 38–43 37–43


  • June 4, 2002: Jeff Francoeur was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 1st round (23rd pick) of the 2002 amateur draft. Player signed July 8, 2002.[9]
  • September 30, 2002: Aaron Small was released by the Atlanta Braves.[1]


2002 Atlanta Braves
Pitchers Catchers





Player stats[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

Other batters[edit]

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA
Relief pitchers[edit]
Player G W L SV ERA SO

2002 National League Division Series[edit]

San Francisco Giants vs. Atlanta Braves[edit]

San Francisco wins the series, 3-2

Game Home Score Visitor Score Date Stadium Series
1 Atlanta 5 San Francisco 8 October 2 Turner Field 1-0 (SFO)
2 Atlanta 7 San Francisco 3 October 3 Turner Field 1-1
3 San Francisco 2 Atlanta 10 October 5 Pacific Bell Park 2-1 (ATL)
4 San Francisco 8 Atlanta 3 October 6 Pacific Bell Park 2-2
5 Atlanta 1 San Francisco 3 October 7 Turner Field 3-2 (SFO)

Award winners[edit]

2002 Major League Baseball season Braves' team pitching led the league with a 3.13 ERA. John Smoltz was National League Relief Man of the Year, as he led the league with 55 saves, which was a National League record at the time (since broken by Eric Gagne in 2003). Greg Maddux and Andruw Jones were chosen for Gold Glove awards.

2002 Major League Baseball All-Star Game Representing the Braves on the 2002 National League All-Star team were pitchers Tom Glavine, Mike Remlinger and John Smoltz. Andruw Jones was elected to receive the final roster spot on the 2002 National League All-Star team.

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Richmond Braves International League Fredi González
AA Greenville Braves Southern League Brian Snitker
A Myrtle Beach Pelicans Carolina League Randy Ingle
A Macon Braves South Atlantic League Lynn Jones
Rookie Danville Braves Appalachian League Ralph Henriquez
Rookie GCL Braves Gulf Coast League Jim Saul