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1996 Atlanta Braves season

 

1996 Atlanta Braves season

The 1996 Atlanta Braves baseball team secured a regular season record of 96-66 and reached the World Series, where it lost to the New York Yankees in six games, failing to defend its championship in 1995. The Braves' World Series appearance was their fourth appearance in 31 years as a franchise. Atlanta won its seventh division title (second in the National League East, the other five in the NL West) and its fifth in six years.

Offseason

  • January 3, 1996: Jerome Walton was signed as a Free Agent by the Braves.[1]
  • January 9, 1996: Mike Kelly was traded by the Braves to the Cincinnati Reds for a player to be named later and Chad Fox. The Reds sent Ray King (June 11, 1996) to the Braves to complete the trade.[2]
  • March 31, 1996: Mike Bielecki was signed as a Free Agent with the Braves.[3]

Regular season

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB
Atlanta Braves 96 66 .593 --
Montreal Expos 88 73 .543 8
Florida Marlins 80 82 .494 16
New York Mets 71 91 .438 25
Philadelphia Phillies 67 95 .414 29

Opening Day starters

  • Jeff Blauser
  • Marquis Grissom
  • David Justice
  • Ryan Klesko
  • Mark Lemke
  • Javy Lopez
  • Greg Maddux
  • Fred McGriff
  • Mike Mordecai[4]

Notable transactions

  • June 4, 1996: Marcus Giles was drafted by the Braves in the 53rd round of the 1996 amateur draft. Player signed May 26, 1997.[5]
  • June 24, 1996: Mark Whiten signed as a Free Agent with the Braves.[6]
  • August 13, 1996: Terry Pendleton was traded by the Florida Marlins to the Braves for Roosevelt Brown.[7]
  • August 14, 1996: Mark Whiten was traded by the Braves to the Seattle Mariners for Roger Blanco (minors).[6]
  • August 17, 1996: Luis Polonia was signed as a Free Agent with the Braves.[8]
  • August 30, 1996: Jason Schmidt was sent by the Braves to the Pittsburgh Pirates to complete an earlier deal made on August 28, 1996. The Braves sent a player to be named later, Ron Wright, and Corey Pointer (minors) to the Pirates for Denny Neagle. The Braves sent Jason Schmidt (August 30, 1996) to the Pirates to complete the trade.[9]

Roster

1996 Atlanta Braves
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

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

Other batters

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
Ayrault, JoeJoe Ayrault 7 5 1 .200 0 0
Martínez, PabloPablo Martínez 4 2 1 .500 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO

National League Divisional Playoffs

Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Atlanta wins the series, 3-0

Game Home Score Visitor Score Date Series
1 Los Angeles 1 Atlanta 2 October 2 1-0 (ATL)
2 Los Angeles 2 Atlanta 3 October 3 2-0 (ATL)
3 Atlanta 5 Los Angeles 2 October 5 3-0 (ATL)

National League Championship Series

Game 1

October 9: Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 5 1
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 X 4 9 0
WP: John Smoltz (1-0)   LP: Mark Petkovsek (0-1) SV: Mark Wohlers (1)
Home runs:
STL: None
ATL: None

Game 2

October 10: Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 1 0 2 0 0 0 5 0 0 8 11 2
Atlanta 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 5 2
WP: Todd Stottlemyre (1-0)   LP: Greg Maddux (0-1)
Home runs:
STL: Gary Gaetti (1)
ATL: Marquis Grissom (1)

Game 3

October 12: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 8 1
St. Louis 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 X 3 7 0
WP: Donovan Osborne (1-0)   LP: Tom Glavine (0-1) SV: Dennis Eckersley (1)
Home runs:
ATL: None
STL: Ron Gant 2 (2)

Game 4

October 13: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 9 1
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 X 4 5 0
WP: Dennis Eckersley (1-0)   LP: Greg McMichael (0-1)
Home runs:
ATL: Mark Lemke (1), Ryan Klesko (1)
STL: Brian Jordan (1)

Game 5

October 14: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 5 2 0 3 1 0 0 1 2 14 22 0
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
WP: John Smoltz (2-0)   LP: Todd Stottlemyre (1-1)
Home runs:
ATL: Fred McGriff (1), Javy López (1)
STL: None

Game 6

October 16: Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 6 1
Atlanta 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 X 3 7 0
WP: Greg Maddux (1-1)   LP: Alan Benes (0-1) SV: Mark Wohlers (2)
Home runs:
STL: None
ATL: None

Game 7

October 17: Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2
Atlanta 6 0 0 4 0 3 2 0 X 15 17 0
WP: Tom Glavine (1-1)   LP: Donovan Osborne (1-1)
Home runs:
STL: None
ATL: Javy López (2), Andruw Jones (1), Fred McGriff (2)

World Series

Main article: 1996 World Series

Game 1

October 20, 1996 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 0 2 6 0 1 3 0 0 0 12 13 0
New York 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 1
WP: John Smoltz (1-0)   LP: Andy Pettitte (0-1)
Home runs:
ATL: Andruw Jones 2 (2), Fred McGriff (1)
NYY: None

Game 2

October 21, 1996 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 4 10 0
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
WP: Greg Maddux (1-0)   LP: Jimmy Key (0-1)

Game 3

October 22, 1996 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 5 8 1
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 6 1
WP: David Cone (1-0)   LP: Tom Glavine (0-1)   Sv: John Wetteland (1)
Home runs:
NYY: Bernie Williams (1)
ATL: None

Game 4

October 23, 1996 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 2 8 12 0
Atlanta 0 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 9 2
WP: Graeme Lloyd (1-0)   LP: Steve Avery (0-1)   Sv: John Wetteland (2)
Home runs:
NYY: Jim Leyritz (1)
ATL: Fred McGriff (2)

Game 5

October 24, 1996 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 1
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
WP: Andy Pettitte (1-1)   LP: John Smoltz (1-1)   Sv: John Wetteland (3)

Game 6

October 26, 1996 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 8 0
New York 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 X 3 8 1
WP: Jimmy Key (1-1)   LP: Greg Maddux (1-1)   Sv: John Wetteland (4)

Award winners

1996 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Richmond Braves International League Bill Dancy
AA Greenville Braves Southern League Jeff Cox
A Durham Bulls Carolina League Randy Ingle
A Macon Braves South Atlantic League Paul Runge
Short-Season A Eugene Emeralds Northwest League Jim Saul
Rookie Danville Braves Appalachian League Brian Snitker
Rookie GCL Braves Gulf Coast League Robert Lucas and Chino Cadahia
[10]

Notes

References

  • 1996 Atlanta Braves team page at Baseball Reference
Preceded by
Atlanta Braves
1995
NL East Championship Season
1996
Succeeded by
Atlanta Braves
1997
Preceded by
Atlanta Braves
1995
National League Championship Season
1996
Succeeded by
Florida Marlins
1997
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