1996 Atlanta Braves season

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1996 Atlanta Braves
NL East Champions
NL Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record96–66 (.593)
Divisional place1st
Other information
Owner(s)Ted Turner
General manager(s)John Schuerholz
Manager(s)Bobby Cox
Local televisionWTBS
TBS Superstation
(Pete Van Wieren, Skip Caray, Don Sutton, Joe Simpson)
SportSouth
(Tim Brando, Ernie Johnson, Ernie Johnson, Jr.)
Local radioWSB (AM)
(Pete Van Wieren, Skip Caray, Don Sutton, Joe Simpson)
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The 1996 Atlanta Braves season was the 126th season in the history of the franchise and 31st season in the city of Atlanta. They secured a regular season record of 96-66 and reached the World Series, where it lost to the New York Yankees in six games, failing to defend its championship in 1995. Despite taking a 2-0 lead the Braves unexpectedly lost the next 4 games. This World Series appearance was their fourth appearance in the last 5 years as a franchise. Atlanta won its seventh division title (second in the National League East, the other five in the NL West) and its fifth in six years. In the previous round, Atlanta completed a miraculous comeback. After trailing in the NLCS to St. Louis three games to one, Atlanta outscored St. Louis 32-1 in games five through seven to complete the comeback. The collapse was remembered as one of the largest in North American sports history.

Offseason[edit]

  • January 3, 1996: Jerome Walton was signed as a Free Agent by the Braves.[1]
  • January 9, 1996: Mike Kelly was traded by the Braves to the Cincinnati Reds for a player to be named later and Chad Fox. The Reds sent Ray King (June 11, 1996) to the Braves to complete the trade.[2]
  • March 31, 1996: Mike Bielecki was signed as a Free Agent with the Braves.[3]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Atlanta Braves 96 66 0.593 56–25 40–41
Montreal Expos 88 74 0.543 8 50–31 38–43
Florida Marlins 80 82 0.494 16 52–29 28–53
New York Mets 71 91 0.438 25 42–39 29–52
Philadelphia Phillies 67 95 0.414 29 35–46 32–49

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1996 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team ATL CHC CIN COL FLA HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta 7–5 7–5 5–7 6–7 6–6 5–7 10–3 7–6 9–4 9–3 9–4 7–5 9–4
Chicago 5–7 5–8 5–7 6–6 5–8 8–5 6–6 7–5 7–6 4–9 6–6 7–5 5–8
Cincinnati 5–7 8–5 7–6 3–9 7–6 4–8 3–9 6–6 10–2 5–8 9–3 9–4 5–8
Colorado 7–5 7–5 6–7 5–8 8–5 6–7 3–9 7–5 6–6 7–5 8–5 5–8 8–4
Florida 7–6 6–6 9–3 8–5 7–5 6–7 5–8 7–6 6–7 5–7 3–9 5–7 6–6
Houston 6–6 8–5 6–7 5–8 5–7 6–6 4–9 8–4 10–2 8–5 6–6 8–4 2–11
Los Angeles 7–5 5–8 8–4 7–6 7–6 6–6 9–3 8–4 7–6 6–6 5–8 7–6 8–4
Montreal 3–10 6–6 9–3 9–3 8–5 9–4 3–9 7–6 6–7 7–5 4–8 9–4 8–4
New York 6–7 5–7 6–6 5–7 6–7 4–8 4–8 6–7 7–6 8–5 3–10 6–6 5–7
Philadelphia 4-9 6–7 2–10 6–6 7–6 2–10 6–7 7–6 6–7 7–5 4–8 6–6 4–8
Pittsburgh 3–9 9–4 8–5 5–7 7–5 5–8 6–6 5–7 5–8 5–7 4–9 8–4 3–10
San Diego 4–9 6–6 3–9 5–8 9–3 6–6 8–5 8–4 10–3 8–4 9–4 11–2 4–8
San Francisco 5–7 5–7 4–9 8–5 7–5 4–8 6–7 4–9 6–6 6–6 4–8 2–11 7–6
St. Louis 4–9 8–5 8–5 4–8 6–6 11-2 4–8 4–8 7–5 8–4 10–3 8–4 6–7


Game log[edit]

1996 Game Log: 96–66 (Home: 56–25; Away: 40–41)
Legend:           = Win           = Loss
Bold = Braves team member

Detailed records[edit]

Opening Day starters[edit]

  • Jeff Blauser
  • Marquis Grissom
  • David Justice
  • Ryan Klesko
  • Mark Lemke
  • Javy Lopez
  • Greg Maddux
  • Fred McGriff
  • Mike Mordecai[4]

Notable transactions[edit]

  • June 4, 1996: Marcus Giles was drafted by the Braves in the 53rd round of the 1996 amateur draft. Player signed May 26, 1997.[5]
  • June 24, 1996: Mark Whiten signed as a Free Agent with the Braves.[6]
  • August 13, 1996: Terry Pendleton was traded by the Florida Marlins to the Braves for Roosevelt Brown.[7]
  • August 14, 1996: Mark Whiten was traded by the Braves to the Seattle Mariners for Roger Blanco (minors).[6]
  • August 17, 1996: Luis Polonia was signed as a Free Agent with the Braves.[8]
  • August 30, 1996: Jason Schmidt was sent by the Braves to the Pittsburgh Pirates to complete an earlier deal made on August 28, 1996. The Braves sent a player to be named later, Ron Wright, and Corey Pointer (minors) to the Pirates for Denny Neagle. The Braves sent Jason Schmidt (August 30, 1996) to the Pirates to complete the trade.[9]

Roster[edit]

1996 Atlanta Braves
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders 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
C Javy López 138 489 138 .282 23 69
1B Fred McGriff 159 617 182 .295 28 107
2B Mark Lemke 135 498 127 .255 5 37
SS Jeff Blauser 83 265 65 .245 10 35
3B Chipper Jones 157 598 185 .309 30 110
LF Ryan Klesko 153 528 149 .282 34 93
CF Marquis Grissom 158 671 207 .308 23 74
RF Jermaine Dye 98 292 82 .281 12 37

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
Terry Pendleton 42 162 33 .204 4 17
Dwight Smith 101 153 31 .203 3 16
Eddie Pérez 68 156 40 .256 4 17
David Justice 40 140 45 .321 6 25
Rafael Belliard 86 142 24 .169 0 3
Mike Mordecai 66 108 26 .241 2 8
Andruw Jones 31 106 23 .217 5 13
Mark Whiten 36 90 23 .256 3 17
Ed Giovanola 43 82 19 .232 0 7
Jerome Walton 37 47 16 .340 1 4
Tony Graffanino 22 46 8 .174 0 2
Luis Polonia 22 31 13 .419 0 2
Tyler Houston 33 27 6 .222 1 8
Danny Bautista 17 20 3 .150 0 1
Joe Ayrault 7 5 1 .200 0 0
Pablo Martínez 4 2 1 .500 0 0

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
John Smoltz 35 253.2 24 8 2.94 276
Greg Maddux 35 245 15 11 2.72 172
Tom Glavine 36 235.1 15 10 2.98 181
Steve Avery 24 131 7 10 4.47 86
Jason Schmidt 13 58.2 3 4 6.75 48
Denny Neagle 6 38.2 2 3 5.59 18

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Terrell Wade 44 69.2 5 0 2.97 79
Mike Bielecki 40 75.1 4 3 2.63 71
Brad Woodall 8 19.2 2 2 7.32 20

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Mark Wohlers 77 2 4 39 3.03 100
Greg McMichael 73 5 3 2 3.22 78
Brad Clontz 81 6 3 1 5.69 49
Pedro Borbón, Jr. 43 3 0 1 2.75 31
Joe Borowski 22 2 4 0 4.85 15
Dean Hartgraves 20 1 0 0 4.34 14
Kevin Lomon 6 0 0 0 4.91 1
Tom Thobe 4 0 1 0 1.50 1
Carl Schutz 3 0 0 0 2.70 5

National League Divisional Playoffs[edit]

Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

Atlanta wins the series, 3-0

Game Home Score Visitor Score Date Series
1 Los Angeles 1 Atlanta 2 October 2 1-0 (ATL)
2 Los Angeles 2 Atlanta 3 October 3 2-0 (ATL)
3 Atlanta 5 Los Angeles 2 October 5 3-0 (ATL)

National League Championship Series[edit]

Game 1[edit]

October 9: Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 5 1
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 X 4 9 0
WP: John Smoltz (1-0)   LP: Mark Petkovsek (0-1) SV: Mark Wohlers (1)
Home runs:
STL: None
ATL: None

Game 2[edit]

October 10: Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 1 0 2 0 0 0 5 0 0 8 11 2
Atlanta 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 5 2
WP: Todd Stottlemyre (1-0)   LP: Greg Maddux (0-1)
Home runs:
STL: Gary Gaetti (1)
ATL: Marquis Grissom (1)

Game 3[edit]

October 12: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 8 1
St. Louis 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 X 3 7 0
WP: Donovan Osborne (1-0)   LP: Tom Glavine (0-1) SV: Dennis Eckersley (1)
Home runs:
ATL: None
STL: Ron Gant 2 (2)

Game 4[edit]

October 13: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 9 1
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 X 4 5 0
WP: Dennis Eckersley (1-0)   LP: Greg McMichael (0-1)
Home runs:
ATL: Mark Lemke (1), Ryan Klesko (1)
STL: Brian Jordan (1)

Game 5[edit]

October 14: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 5 2 0 3 1 0 0 1 2 14 22 0
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
WP: John Smoltz (2-0)   LP: Todd Stottlemyre (1-1)
Home runs:
ATL: Fred McGriff (1), Javy López (1)
STL: None

Game 6[edit]

October 16: Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 6 1
Atlanta 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 X 3 7 0
WP: Greg Maddux (1-1)   LP: Alan Benes (0-1) SV: Mark Wohlers (2)
Home runs:
STL: None
ATL: None

Game 7[edit]

October 17: Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2
Atlanta 6 0 0 4 0 3 2 0 X 15 17 0
WP: Tom Glavine (1-1)   LP: Donovan Osborne (1-1)
Home runs:
STL: None
ATL: Javy López (2), Andruw Jones (1), Fred McGriff (2)

World Series[edit]

Game 1[edit]

October 20, 1996, at Yankee Stadium in New York City

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 0 2 6 0 1 3 0 0 0 12 13 0
New York 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 1
WP: John Smoltz (1-0)   LP: Andy Pettitte (0-1)
Home runs:
ATL: Andruw Jones 2 (2), Fred McGriff (1)
NYY: None

Game 2[edit]

October 21, 1996, at Yankee Stadium in New York City

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 4 10 0
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
WP: Greg Maddux (1-0)   LP: Jimmy Key (0-1)

Game 3[edit]

October 22, 1996, at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 5 8 1
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 6 1
WP: David Cone (1-0)   LP: Tom Glavine (0-1)   Sv: John Wetteland (1)
Home runs:
NYY: Bernie Williams (1)
ATL: None

Game 4[edit]

October 23, 1996, at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 2 8 12 0
Atlanta 0 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 9 2
WP: Graeme Lloyd (1-0)   LP: Steve Avery (0-1)   Sv: John Wetteland (2)
Home runs:
NYY: Jim Leyritz (1)
ATL: Fred McGriff (2)

Game 5[edit]

October 24, 1996, at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 1
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
WP: Andy Pettitte (1-1)   LP: John Smoltz (1-1)   Sv: John Wetteland (3)

Game 6[edit]

October 26, 1996, at Yankee Stadium in New York City

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 8 0
New York 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 X 3 8 1
WP: Jimmy Key (1-1)   LP: Greg Maddux (1-1)   Sv: John Wetteland (4)

Award winners[edit]

1996 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Richmond Braves International League Bill Dancy
AA Greenville Braves Southern League Jeff Cox
A Durham Bulls Carolina League Randy Ingle
A Macon Braves South Atlantic League Paul Runge
A-Short Season Eugene Emeralds Northwest League Jim Saul
Rookie Danville Braves Appalachian League Brian Snitker
Rookie GCL Braves Gulf Coast League Robert Lucas and Chino Cadahia

[10]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Jerome Walton Stats - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.
  2. ^ "Mike Kelly Stats - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.
  3. ^ "Mike Bielecki Stats - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.
  4. ^ Inc., Baseball Almanac,. "1996 Atlanta Braves Roster by Baseball Almanac". www.baseball-almanac.com.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  5. ^ "Marcus Giles Stats - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.
  6. ^ a b Mark Whiten Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  7. ^ Terry Pendleton Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  8. ^ Luis Polonia Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  9. ^ Jason Schmidt Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  10. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997

References[edit]