Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Best Ever: Braves

OK, so this one's an easy one. I'm going to continue my series by choosing the best players (batter, pitcher) for the Braves. Just as I did with the Athletics, I'm going to break up the Braves into two approximately equal groups: Boston and Milwaukee/Atlanta. First up, the easy ones: Milwaukee/Atlanta.


Contenders: Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews, Chipper Jones.

The winner: Aaron, of course. They're all in or headed for the Hall of Fame, but there's simply no question that Hank Aaron is the greatest player in Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves history.


Contenders: Warren Spahn, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine.

The winner: OK, I'm going to cheat a little bit here and move Spahn to the Boston Braves group, which clears the path for Maddux to be identified as the greatest Atlanta Braves pitcher of all time.

Maddux over Glavine? It's actually closer than it seems, but Maddux wins. Glavine won two Cy Young Awards as a Brave and finished in the top 5 four other times. Maddux won 3 Cy Youngs as a Brave and finished in the top 5 four other times (not to mention the two other top-5 finishes as a Cub).

Glavine was great. Maddux was greater.

I'll tackle the Boston Braves tomorrow.

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