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2002 Atlanta Braves season

The 2002 Atlanta Braves season marked the franchise's 37th season in Atlanta and 132nd overall. The Braves won their 8th consecutive division title, finishing 19 games ahead of the second-place Montreal Expos. The Braves lost the 2002 Divisional Series to the eventual NL Champion San Francisco Giants, 3 games to 2.

2002 Atlanta Braves
National league East Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record101–59 (.631)
Divisional place1st
Other information
Owner(s)AOL Time Warner
General manager(s)John Schuerholz
Manager(s)Bobby Cox
Local televisionTBS Superstation
Turner South
(Pete Van Wieren, Skip Caray, Don Sutton, Joe Simpson)
Fox Sports South
(Tom Paciorek, Bob Rathbun)
Local radioWSB (AM)
(Pete Van Wieren, Skip Caray, Don Sutton, Joe Simpson)
WWWE
(Marcelo Godoy, Jose Manuel Flores)
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2002 marked the final year that pitchers Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and John Smoltz played on the same team ending the reign of what has been considered by many the greatest pitching trio of all-time. All three would be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame a decade later. Smoltz set the Braves' single season record for saves (55). Chipper Jones moved to the outfield in left field to allow for Vinny Castilla to be signed and added to the lineup at third base. Julio Franco became a regular player in the second stint of his Major League career and Gary Sheffield was acquired to the Braves in 2002, playing at right field.

OffseasonEdit

  • October 26, 2001: Aaron Small was signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[1]
  • December 4, 2001: John Smoltz was re-signed from Free Agency back to the Atlanta Braves.[2]
  • December 11, 2001: Vinny Castilla signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[3]
  • December 17, 2001: Julio Franco was re-signed from Free Agency back to the Atlanta Braves.[4]
  • January 15, 2002: Gary Sheffield was traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Atlanta Braves for Andrew Brown, Brian Jordan and Odalis Pérez.[5]
  • January 16, 2002: Doug Linton was signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[6]
  • March 20, 2002: Henry Blanco was traded by the Milwaukee Brewers to the Atlanta Braves for Paul Bako and Jose Cabrera.[7]

Regular seasonEdit

Opening Day startersEdit

  • Vinny Castilla
  • Rafael Furcal
  • Marcus Giles
  • Tom Glavine
  • Andruw Jones
  • Chipper Jones
  • Javy Lopez
  • Gary Sheffield
  • B. J. Surhoff[8]

Season standingsEdit

National League EastEdit

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Atlanta Braves 101 59 0.631 52–28 49–31
Montreal Expos 83 79 0.512 19 49–32 34–47
Philadelphia Phillies 80 81 0.497 21½ 40–40 40–41
Florida Marlins 79 83 0.488 23 46–35 33–48
New York Mets 75 86 0.466 26½ 38–43 37–43


Record vs. opponentsEdit

2002 National League Records

Source: [1]
Team ARI ATL CHC CIN COL FLA HOU LAD MIL MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL AL
Arizona 3–3 4–2 6–0 14–5 5–1 3–3 9–10 4–2 4–2 5–2 4–3 4–2 12–7 8–11 2–4 11–7
Atlanta 3–3 4–2 4–2 4–3 11–8 3–3 2–4 5–1 13–6 12–7 11–7 3–3 3–3 3–3 5–1 15–3
Chicago 2–4 2–4 5–12 4–2 4–2 8–11 2–4 7–10 3–3 1–5 2–4 10–9 2–4 3–3 6–12 6–6
Cincinnati 0–6 2–4 12–5 3–3 5–1 6–11 4–2 13–6 1–5 2–4 2–4 11–7 5–1 2–4 8–11 2–10
Colorado 5–14 3–4 2–4 3–3 5–2 3–3 7–12 3–3 4–2 3–3 3–3 4–2 11–8 8–12 2–4 7–11
Florida 1–5 8–11 2–4 1–5 2–5 3–3 3–3 4–2 10–9 8–11 10–9 4–2 5–1 4–3 4–2 10–8
Houston 3–3 3–3 11–8 11–6 3–3 3–3 3–3 10–8 3–3 4–2 3–3 11–6 4–2 1–5 6–13 5–7
Los Angeles 10–9 4–2 4–2 2–4 12–7 3–3 3–3 5–1 5–2 4–2 4–3 4–2 10–9 8–11 2–4 12–6
Milwaukee 2–4 1–5 10–7 6–13 3–3 2–4 8–10 1–5 2–4 1–5 1–5 4–15 5–1 1–5 7–10 2–10
Montreal 2–4 6–13 3–3 5–1 2–4 9–10 3–3 2–5 4–2 11–8 11–8 3–3 3–4 4–2 3–3 12–6
New York 2–5 7–12 5–1 4–2 3–3 11–8 2–4 2–4 5–1 8–11 9–10 1–4 3–4 0–6 3–3 10–8
Philadelphia 3–4 7–11 4–2 4–2 3–3 9–10 3–3 3–4 5–1 8–11 10–9 2–4 2–4 3–3 4–2 10–8
Pittsburgh 2–4 3–3 9–10 7–11 2–4 2–4 6–11 2–4 15–4 3–3 4–1 4–2 2–4 2–4 6–11 3–9
San Diego 7–12 3–3 4–2 1–5 8–11 1–5 2–4 9–10 1–5 4–3 4–3 4–2 4–2 5–14 1–5 8–10
San Francisco 11–8 3–3 3–3 4–2 11–8 3–4 5–1 11–8 5–1 2–4 6–0 3–3 4–2 14–5 2–4 8–10
St. Louis 4–2 1–5 12–6 11–8 4–2 2–4 13–6 4–2 10–7 3–3 3–3 2–4 11–6 5–1 4–2 8–4


TransactionsEdit

  • June 4, 2002: Jeff Francoeur was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 1st round (23rd pick) of the 2002 amateur draft. Player signed July 8, 2002.[9]
  • September 30, 2002: Aaron Small was released by the Atlanta Braves.[1]

RosterEdit

2002 Atlanta Braves
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches

Player statsEdit

BattingEdit

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 109 347 81 .233 11 52
1B Julio Franco 125 338 96 .284 6 30
2B Keith Lockhart 128 296 64 .216 5 32
SS Rafael Furcal 154 636 175 .275 8 47
3B Vinny Castilla 143 543 126 .232 12 61
LF Chipper Jones 158 548 179 .327 26 100
CF Andruw Jones 154 560 148 .264 35 94
RF Gary Sheffield 135 492 151 .307 25 84

Other battersEdit

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Henry Blanco 81 221 45 .204 6 22
Marcus Giles 68 213 49 .230 8 23
Darren Bragg 109 212 57 .269 3 15
Matt Franco 81 205 65 .317 6 30
Mark DeRosa 72 212 63 .297 5 23
Wes Helms 85 210 51 .243 6 22
B.J. Surhoff 25 75 22 .293 0 9
Jesse Garcia 39 61 12 .197 0 5
Steve Torrealba 13 17 1 .059 0 1
Ryan Langerhans 1 1 0 .000 0 0

Starting pitchersEdit

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Tom Glavine 36 224.2 18 11 2.96 127
Kevin Millwood 35 217 18 8 3.24 178
Greg Maddux 34 199.1 16 6 2.62 118
Damian Moss 33 179 12 6 3.42 111
Jason Marquis 22 114.1 8 9 5.04 84
Jung Bong 1 6 0 1 7.50 4
John Ennis 1 4 0 0 4.50 1

Other pitchersEdit

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Albie Lopez 30 55.2 1 4 4.37 39
Relief pitchersEdit
Player G W L SV ERA SO
John Smoltz 75 3 2 55 3.25 85
Mike Remlinger 73 7 3 0 1.99 69
Chris Hammond 63 7 2 0 0.95 63
Kevin Gryboski 57 2 1 0 3.48 33
Darren Holmes 55 2 2 1 1.81 47
Kerry Ligtenberg 52 3 4 0 2.97 51
Tim Spooneybarger 51 1 0 1 2.63 33
John Foster 5 1 0 0 10.80 6
Trey Hodges 4 2 0 0 5.40 6
Andy Pratt 1 0 0 0 6.75 1
Joey Dawley 1 0 0 0 0.00 1
Aaron Small 1 0 0 0 27.00 1

2002 National League Division SeriesEdit

San Francisco Giants vs. Atlanta BravesEdit

San Francisco (eventual NL Champion) wins the series, 3-2

Game Home Score Visitor Score Date Stadium Series
1 Atlanta 5 San Francisco 8 October 2 Turner Field 1-0 (SFO)
2 Atlanta 7 San Francisco 3 October 3 Turner Field 1-1
3 San Francisco 2 Atlanta 10 October 5 Pacific Bell Park 2-1 (ATL)
4 San Francisco 8 Atlanta 3 October 6 Pacific Bell Park 2-2
5 Atlanta 1 San Francisco 3 October 7 Turner Field 3-2 (SFO)

Award winnersEdit

2002 Major League Baseball season Braves' team pitching led the league with a 3.13 ERA. John Smoltz was National League Relief Man of the Year, as he led the league with 55 saves, which was a National League record at the time (since broken by Éric Gagné in 2003). Greg Maddux and Andruw Jones were chosen for Gold Glove awards.

2002 Major League Baseball All-Star Game Representing the Braves on the 2002 National League All-Star team were pitchers Tom Glavine, Mike Remlinger and John Smoltz. Andruw Jones was elected to receive the final roster spot on the 2002 National League All-Star team.

Farm systemEdit

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