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The 1984 Atlanta Braves season was the 19th season in Atlanta along with the 114th overall.

1984 Atlanta Braves
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record80–82 (.494)
Divisional place2nd
Other information
Owner(s)Ted Turner
General manager(s)John Mullen
Manager(s)Joe Torre
Local televisionWTBS
Superstation WTBS
Local radioWSB
(Ernie Johnson, Pete Van Wieren, Skip Caray, John Sterling)
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Contents

OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

The 1984 Braves third season with Joe Torre at the helm was a disappointing one. Despite a winning record throughout most of the season they finished the campaign with an 80-82 mark, tied for second with the LA Dodgers, 12 games behind the San Diego Padres.

Atlanta stumbled out of the gate with a 2-7 mark on April 13, and were six games out of first place. The Braves had a 6-11 record on April 25 but won three in a row and later won eight of nine to go above the .500 mark for the first time in 1984. They were 18-15 on May 13, tied for third and two games out of first.

On May 24 Atlanta lost a double-header to the Cubs 10-7, 7-5 to drop to the .500 mark at 21-21. Atlanta rebounded to win 13 of its next 15 games to surge into first place with a 34-23 mark on June 7. The Braves were 32-16 since April 14 and were in first place by 1 ½ games. The season was beginning to look good for Atlanta.

Unfortunately for the Braves this would prove to be the high water mark for the season. Atlanta lost five in a row from June 8 to 12 to fall into second place, 3 ½ games out of first. They were never to be in first place again in 1984.

June 16, 1984: The Braves were playing the Cincinnati Reds in Atlanta. Mario Soto threw several brushback pitches at Braves slugger Claudell Washington. Washington tossed his bat in the direction of Soto, appeared to go out to retrieve it, but instead walked toward the mound. Umpire Lanny Harris attempted to restrain Washington. Harris was thrown to the ground. Soto used the distraction to punch Washington. Several of Washington's teammates attempted to hold Washington to the ground. While they were doing that, Soto fired the baseball into the crowd of players, striking Braves coach Joe Pignatano. He was suspended three games for this incident; Washington received a five-game suspension for shoving (umpire) Lanny Harris. (Both Soto and Washington were ejected from the game.)

On June 20 the Braves were 39-29 and in second place, 1 ½ games out of first. By the end of June they were 43-35 and three games out of first. July would prove to be tougher for the Braves however. Atlanta went 5-12 to begin the month of July. On July 19 the Braves owned a 48-47 record and were seven games out of first and still in second place. It was growing more obvious that this wouldn't be the magical season fans had wished it would be. Atlanta was 8 ½ games out of first on the last day of July.

On August 3 the Braves were six games over the .500 mark with a 57-51 record following a 2-1 win over the Giants. The league leading San Diego Padres lost that day and the Braves closed within 7 ½ games of the lead. The Braves were still hopeful of a late season surge but it appeared that might not happen.

After August 3 things turned rotten on the Braves. From August 4 to September 9 the Braves posted a 12-23 record that reduced them to 69-74 with an eleven-game deficit with 19 games to play. The Braves had also slipped to third place. The "pennant race" was over

Season standingsEdit

NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
San Diego Padres 92 70 0.568 48–33 44–37
Atlanta Braves 80 82 0.494 12 38–43 42–39
Houston Astros 80 82 0.494 12 43–38 37–44
Los Angeles Dodgers 79 83 0.488 13 40–41 39–42
Cincinnati Reds 70 92 0.432 22 39–42 31–50
San Francisco Giants 66 96 0.407 26 35–46 31–50

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1984 National League Records

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


Notable transactionsEdit

RosterEdit

1984 Atlanta Braves
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player statsEdit

BattingEdit

Starters by positionEdit

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
3B Randy Johnson 91 294 82 .279 5 30
RF Claudell Washington 120 416 119 .286 17 61

Other battersEdit

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
Ken Oberkfell 50 172 40 .233 1 10
Paul Runge 28 90 24 .267 0 3
Mike Jorgensen 31 26 7 .269 0 5

PitchingEdit

Starting pitchersEdit

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Pascual Pérez 30 211.2 14 8 3.74 145
Rick Camp 31 148.2 8 6 3.27 89
Len Barker 21 126.1 7 8 3.85 95
Ken Dayley 4 18.2 0 3 5.30 10

Other pitchersEdit

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Tony Brizzolara 10 29 1 2 5.28 17
Mike Payne 3 5.2 0 1 6.35 3

Relief pitchersEdit

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Steve Bedrosian 40 9 6 11 2.37 81

Farm systemEdit

See alsoEdit

  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Tommy Boggs at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Brett Butler at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Biff Pocoroba at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Tom Glavine at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Ken Dayley at Baseball Reference

External linksEdit