Rod Gilbreath

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Rod Gilbreath
Second baseman/Third baseman
Born: (1952-09-24) September 24, 1952 (age 65)
Laurel, Mississippi
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 17, 1972, for the Atlanta Braves
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 1978, for the Atlanta Braves
MLB statistics
Batting average .248
Home runs 14
Runs batted in 125

Rodney Joe Gilbreath (born September 24, 1954 in Laurel, Mississippi) was a Major League Baseball second baseman from 1972 to 1978 for the Atlanta Braves.[1]

Early life[edit]

Rod Gilbreath attended Watkins High School in Laurel, Mississippi. After high school he enrolled in Jones County Junior College.

Professional career[edit]

Gilbreath was selected by Atlanta in the third round (69th overall) of the 1970 Major League Baseball Draft. He progressed through the Braves' farm system and entered the Majors, at age 19, after his promotion from the Double-A Savannah Braves during the midseason of 1972. He divided his next two seasons between Atlanta and the Triple-A Richmond Braves, then played the full seasons of 1975–1978 in Atlanta, exceeding the 100-games played mark during his last three seasons.

In 1976 he led the National League with 20 sacrifice hits.[2]

Gilbreath retired as an active player after the 1980 minor league baseball season. He then rejoined the Braves as a scout, minor league manager, and player development executive. In 2011, he was still a member of the Braves' organization, working as a member of its professional scouting staff.


  1. ^ "Rod Gilbreath Baseball Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Rod Gilbreath Statistics and History". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 

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