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1993 Atlanta Braves season

The 1993 Atlanta Braves season was the Braves' 123rd in existence and their 28th since moving to Atlanta. The Braves were looking to improve on their 98-64 record from 1992 and win the National League pennant for a third consecutive year.

1993 Atlanta Braves
NL West Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record104–58 (.642)
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
(Ernie Johnson, Ernie Johnson, Jr.)
Local radioWGST
(Pete Van Wieren, Skip Caray, Don Sutton, Joe Simpson)
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The Braves finished the season with a 104-58 record to win the National League West for the third consecutive year after trailing the San Francisco Giants, who finished in second place by one game, for most of the season in what is generally regarded as the last real pennant race before playoff expansion.[1] 1993 was also the last year that the team competed in the National League West, as they would shift to the National League East for 1994.

Despite their excellent regular season, the Braves' streak of National League pennants ended at two as they fell to the underdog Philadelphia Phillies in six games in the National League Championship Series. By a twist of fate, the Braves beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Phillies in-state rivals, in back-to-back NLCS series in 1991 and 1992, but in 1993, lost to the Pirates in-state rivals.

OffseasonEdit

  • December 7, 1992: Billy Taylor was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays from the Atlanta Braves in the 1992 rule 5 draft.[2]
  • December 9, 1992: Greg Maddux was signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[3]
  • December 21, 1992: Randy St. Claire was signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[4]
  • December 21, 1992: Jerry Willard was signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[5]

Regular seasonEdit

  • At the end of August, the Atlanta Braves tried to acquire Dennis Martínez from the Montreal Expos. The Expos placed Martinez's name on the waiver wire and the Braves claimed him. The Expos were not about to let Martinez go to Atlanta for the waiver fee of $20,000. After claiming Martinez, the Expos contacted the Braves to see if they were interested in talking about a trade. Martinez had the final word on any movement because his seniority gives him veto rights over a trade.[6]
  • On September 11, 1993, Chipper Jones made his major league baseball debut.[7] It was in a game against the San Diego Padres. Jones did not have any at-bats in the game.[8]

TransactionsEdit

  • April 3, 1993: Billy Taylor was returned (earlier draft pick) by the Toronto Blue Jays to the Atlanta Braves.[2]
  • April 13, 1993: Mark Davis was traded by the Atlanta Braves to the Philadelphia Phillies for Brad Hassinger (minors).[9]
  • May 3, 1993: Randy St. Claire was released by the Atlanta Braves.[4]
  • June 3, 1993: John Rocker was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 18th round of the 1993 amateur draft. Player signed August 23, 1993.[10]
  • July 18, 1993: Fred McGriff was traded by the San Diego Padres to the Atlanta Braves for Melvin Nieves, Donnie Elliott, and Vince Moore (minors).

Opening Day startersEdit

  • Jeff Blauser
  • Sid Bream
  • Ron Gant
  • Tom Glavine
  • David Justice
  • Mark Lemke
  • Greg Olson
  • Terry Pendleton
  • Deion Sanders[11]

Season standingsEdit

NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Atlanta Braves 104 58 0.642 51–30 53–28
San Francisco Giants 103 59 0.636 1 50–31 53–28
Houston Astros 85 77 0.525 19 44–37 41–40
Los Angeles Dodgers 81 81 0.500 23 41–40 40–41
Cincinnati Reds 73 89 0.451 31 41–40 32–49
Colorado Rockies 67 95 0.414 37 39–42 28–53
San Diego Padres 61 101 0.377 43 34–47 27–54


Record vs. opponentsEdit

1993 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 10–3 13–0 7–5 8–5 8–5 7–5 9–3 6–6 7–5 9–4 7–6 6–6
Chicago 5–7 7–5 8–4 6–7 4–8 7–5 5–8–1 8–5 7–6 5–8 8–4 6–6 8–5
Cincinnati 3–10 5–7 9–4 7–5 6–7 5–8 4–8 6–6 4–8 8–4 9–4 2–11 5–7
Colorado 0–13 4–8 4–9 7–5 11–2 7–6 3–9 6–6 3–9 8–4 6–7 3–10 5–7
Florida 5–7 7–6 5–7 5–7 3–9 5–7 5–8 4–9 4–9 6–7 7–5 4–8 4–9
Houston 5–8 8–4 7–6 2–11 9–3 9–4 5–7 11–1 5–7 7–5 8–5 3–10 6–6
Los Angeles 5–8 5–7 8–5 6–7 7–5 4–9 6–6 8–4 2–10 8–4 9–4 7–6 6–6
Montreal 5–7 8–5–1 8–4 9–3 8–5 7–5 6–6 9–4 6–7 8–5 10–2 3–9 7–6
New York 3–9 5–8 6–6 6–6 9–4 1–11 4–8 4–9 3–10 4–9 5–7 4–8 5–8
Philadelphia 6-6 6–7 8–4 9–3 9–4 7–5 10–2 7–6 10–3 7–6 6–6 4–8 8–5
Pittsburgh 5–7 8–5 4–8 4–8 7–6 5–7 4–8 5–8 9–4 6–7 9–3 5–7 4–9
San Diego 4–9 4–8 4–9 7–6 5–7 5–8 4–9 2–10 7–5 6–6 3–9 3–10 7–5
San Francisco 6–7 6–6 11–2 10–3 8–4 10–3 6–7 9–3 8–4 8–4 7–5 10–3 4–8
St. Louis 6–6 5–8 7–5 7–5 9–4 6–6 6–6 6–7 8–5 5–8 9–4 5–7 8–4


RosterEdit

1993 Atlanta Braves
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches

Notable eventsEdit

July 20, 1993: At Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium, a fire broke out in the skybox/press box area, delaying the start of the scheduled game between the Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals. Incidentally, the Braves' trade for Fred McGriff was completed a few days earlier and McGriff arrived at the stadium that night. With the delayed start, McGriff was able to suit up and start the game at first base. McGriff helped the Braves erase a 5-0 deficit by hitting a two-run homer in the sixth inning. The Braves went on to win the game 8-5.

Player statsEdit

BattingEdit

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Yellow background = Indicates team leader
Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Damon Berryhill 115 335 82 .245 8 43
Sid Bream 117 277 72 .260 9 35
Mark Lemke 151 493 124 .252 7 49
Jeff Blauser 161 597 182 .305 15 73
Terry Pendleton 161 633 172 .272 17 84
Ron Gant 157 606 166 .274 36 117
Otis Nixon 134 461 124 .269 1 24
David Justice 157 585 158 .270 40 120

Other battersEdit

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Greg Olson 83 262 59 .225 4 24
Deion Sanders 95 272 75 .276 6 28
Fred McGriff 68 255 79 .310 19 55
Francisco Cabrera 70 83 20 .241 4 11
Rafael Belliard 91 79 18 .228 0 6
Brian Hunter 37 80 11 .138 0 8
Bill Pecota 72 62 20 .323 0 5
Tony Tarasco 24 35 8 .229 0 2
Ryan Klesko 22 17 6 .353 2 5
Javy López 8 16 6 .375 1 2
Chipper Jones 8 3 2 .667 0 0
Ramon Caraballo 6 0 0 --- 0 0

Starting pitchersEdit

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Greg Maddux 36 267 20 10 2.36 197
John Smoltz 35 243.2 15 11 3.62 208
Tom Glavine 36 239.1 22 6 3.20 120
Steve Avery 35 223.1 18 6 2.94 125
Pete Smith 20 90.2 4 8 4.37 53

Other pitchersEdit

Player G IP W L ERA
Kent Mercker 43 66 3 1 2.86
Relief pitchersEdit
Player G W L SV ERA SO
Mike Stanton 63 4 6 27 4.67 43
Greg McMichael 74 2 3 19 2.06 89
Jay Howell 54 3 3 0 2.31 37
Steve Bedrosian 49 5 2 0 1.63 33
Mark Wohlers 46 6 2 0 4.50 45
Marvin Freeman 21 2 0 0 6.08 25
Pedro Borbón Jr. 3 0 0 0 21.60 2

National League Championship SeriesEdit

Game 1Edit

October 6: Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Atlanta 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 9 0
Philadelphia 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 9 1
W: Mitch Williams (1-0)   L: Greg McMichael (0-1)   S: None
HR: ATL – None  PHIPete Incaviglia
Pitchers: ATL – Avery (6), Mercker (2), McMichael (1​13)  PHI – Schilling (8), Williams (2)
Attendance: 62,012  Time: 3:33

Game 2Edit

October 7: Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 2 0 6 0 1 0 0 4 1 14 16 0
Philadelphia 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 7 2
W: Greg Maddux (1-0)   L: Tommy Greene (0-1)   S: None
HR: ATLFred McGriff, Jeff Blauser, Damon Berryhill, Terry Pendleton  PHIDave Hollins, Lenny Dykstra
Pitchers: ATL – Maddux (7), Stanton (1), Wohlers (1)  PHI – Greene (2​13), Thigpen (2/3), Rivera (2), Mason (2), West (1), Andersen (1)
Attendance: 62,346  Time: 3:14

Game 3Edit

October 9: Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 4 10 1
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 5 4 0 X 9 12 0
W: Tom Glavine (1-0)  L: Terry Mulholland (0-1)   S: None
HR: PHIJohn Kruk  ATL – None
Pitchers: PHI – Mulholland (5), Mason (1), Andersen (1/3), West (2/3), Thigpen (1)  ATL – Glavine (7), Mercker (1), McMichael (1)
Attendance: 52,032  Time: 2:44

Game 4Edit

October 10: Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 1
Atlanta 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 10 1
W: Danny Jackson (1-0)  L: John Smoltz (0-1)   S: Mitch Williams (1)
HR: PHI – None  ATL – None
Pitchers: PHI – Jackson (7​23)), Williams (1​13)  ATL – Smoltz (6​13), Mercker (2/3), Wohlers (2)
Attendance: 52,032  Time: 3:33

Game 5Edit

October 11: Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Philadelphia 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 6 1
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 7 1
W: Mitch Williams (2-0)   L: Mark Wohlers (0-1)   S: Larry Andersen (1)
HR: PHIDarren Daulton, Lenny Dykstra  ATL – None
Pitchers: PHI – Schilling (8), Williams (1), Andersen (1)  ATL – Avery (7), Mercker (1), McMichael (1), Wohlers (1)
Attendance: 52,032  Time: 3:21

Game 6Edit

October 13: Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 3 5 3
Philadelphia 0 0 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 6 7 1
W: Tommy Greene (1-1)   L: Greg Maddux (1-1)

  S: Mitch Williams (2)

HR: ATLJeff Blauser  PHIDave Hollins
Pitchers: ATL – Maddux (5​23), Mercker (1/3), McMichael (2/3), Wohlers (1​13)  PHI – Greene (7), West (1), Williams (1)
Attendance: 62,502  Time: 3:04

Award winnersEdit

Farm systemEdit

ReferencesEdit

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