1996 Atlanta Braves season

The 1996 Atlanta Braves season was the 126th season in the history of the franchise and 31st season in the city of Atlanta. They 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. Despite taking a 2-0 lead the Braves unexpectedly lost the next 4 games. This World Series appearance was their fourth appearance in the last 5 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. In the previous round, Atlanta completed a miraculous comeback. After trailing in the NLCS to St. Louis three games to one, Atlanta outscored St. Louis 32-1 in games five through seven to complete the comeback. The collapse was remembered as one of the largest in North American sports history.

1996 Atlanta Braves
NL East Champions
NL Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record96–66 (.593)
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
(Tim Brando, Ernie Johnson, Ernie Johnson, Jr.)
Local radioWSB (AM)
(Pete Van Wieren, Skip Caray, Don Sutton, Joe Simpson)
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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 Home Road
Atlanta Braves 96 66 0.593 56–25 40–41
Montreal Expos 88 74 0.543 8 50–31 38–43
Florida Marlins 80 82 0.494 16 52–29 28–53
New York Mets 71 91 0.438 25 42–39 29–52
Philadelphia Phillies 67 95 0.414 29 35–46 32–49

Record vs. opponents

1996 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 7–5 5–7 6–7 6–6 5–7 10–3 7–6 9–4 9–3 9–4 7–5 9–4
Chicago 5–7 5–8 5–7 6–6 5–8 8–5 6–6 7–5 7–6 4–9 6–6 7–5 5–8
Cincinnati 5–7 8–5 7–6 3–9 7–6 4–8 3–9 6–6 10–2 5–8 9–3 9–4 5–8
Colorado 7–5 7–5 6–7 5–8 8–5 6–7 3–9 7–5 6–6 7–5 8–5 5–8 8–4
Florida 7–6 6–6 9–3 8–5 7–5 6–7 5–8 7–6 6–7 5–7 3–9 5–7 6–6
Houston 6–6 8–5 6–7 5–8 5–7 6–6 4–9 8–4 10–2 8–5 6–6 8–4 2–11
Los Angeles 7–5 5–8 8–4 7–6 7–6 6–6 9–3 8–4 7–6 6–6 5–8 7–6 8–4
Montreal 3–10 6–6 9–3 9–3 8–5 9–4 3–9 7–6 6–7 7–5 4–8 9–4 8–4
New York 6–7 5–7 6–6 5–7 6–7 4–8 4–8 6–7 7–6 8–5 3–10 6–6 5–7
Philadelphia 4-9 6–7 2–10 6–6 7–6 2–10 6–7 7–6 6–7 7–5 4–8 6–6 4–8
Pittsburgh 3–9 9–4 8–5 5–7 7–5 5–8 6–6 5–7 5–8 5–7 4–9 8–4 3–10
San Diego 4–9 6–6 3–9 5–8 9–3 6–6 8–5 8–4 10–3 8–4 9–4 11–2 4–8
San Francisco 5–7 5–7 4–9 8–5 7–5 4–8 6–7 4–9 6–6 6–6 4–8 2–11 7–6
St. Louis 4–9 8–5 8–5 4–8 6–6 11-2 4–8 4–8 7–5 8–4 10–3 8–4 6–7

Game log

1996 Game Log: 96–66 (Home: 56–25; Away: 40–41)
Legend:           = Win           = Loss
Bold = Braves team member

Detailed records

National League
Opponent W L WP RS RA
NL East
Atlanta Braves
Florida Marlins 6 7 0.462 54 64
Montreal Expos 10 3 0.769 52 38
New York Mets 7 6 0.538 61 66
Philadelphia Phillies 9 4 0.692 83 46
Total 32 20 0.615 250 214
NL Central
Chicago Cubs 7 5 0.583 61 43
Cincinnati Reds 7 5 0.583 59 45
Houston Astros 6 6 0.500 47 44
Pittsburgh Pirates 9 3 0.750 59 35
St. Louis Cardinals 9 4 0.692 67 47
Total 38 23 0.623 293 214
NL West
Colorado Rockies 5 7 0.417 79 89
Los Angeles Dodgers 5 7 0.417 33 40
San Diego Padres 9 4 0.692 56 34
San Francisco Giants 7 5 0.583 62 57
Total 26 23 0.531 230 220
Season Total 96 66 0.593 773 648
Month Games Won Lost Win % RS RA
April 27 16 11 0.593 126 91
May 25 19 6 0.760 154 76
June 28 15 13 0.536 132 140
July 26 15 11 0.577 116 103
August 29 19 10 0.655 131 99
September 27 12 15 0.444 114 139
Total 162 96 66 0.593 773 648
Games Won Lost Win % RS RA
Home 81 56 25 0.691 434 300
Away 81 40 41 0.494 339 348
Total 162 96 66 0.593 773 648

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
C Javy López 138 489 138 .282 23 69
1B Fred McGriff 159 617 182 .295 28 107
2B Mark Lemke 135 498 127 .255 5 37
SS Jeff Blauser 83 265 65 .245 10 35
3B Chipper Jones 157 598 185 .309 30 110
LF Ryan Klesko 153 528 149 .282 34 93
CF Marquis Grissom 158 671 207 .308 23 74
RF Jermaine Dye 98 292 82 .281 12 37

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
Terry Pendleton 42 162 33 .204 4 17
Dwight Smith 101 153 31 .203 3 16
Eddie Pérez 68 156 40 .256 4 17
David Justice 40 140 45 .321 6 25
Rafael Belliard 86 142 24 .169 0 3
Mike Mordecai 66 108 26 .241 2 8
Andruw Jones 31 106 23 .217 5 13
Mark Whiten 36 90 23 .256 3 17
Ed Giovanola 43 82 19 .232 0 7
Jerome Walton 37 47 16 .340 1 4
Tony Graffanino 22 46 8 .174 0 2
Luis Polonia 22 31 13 .419 0 2
Tyler Houston 33 27 6 .222 1 8
Danny Bautista 17 20 3 .150 0 1
Joe Ayrault 7 5 1 .200 0 0
Pablo 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
John Smoltz 35 253.2 24 8 2.94 276
Greg Maddux 35 245 15 11 2.72 172
Tom Glavine 36 235.1 15 10 2.98 181
Steve Avery 24 131 7 10 4.47 86
Jason Schmidt 13 58.2 3 4 6.75 48
Denny Neagle 6 38.2 2 3 5.59 18

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
Terrell Wade 44 69.2 5 0 2.97 79
Mike Bielecki 40 75.1 4 3 2.63 71
Brad Woodall 8 19.2 2 2 7.32 20

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
Mark Wohlers 77 2 4 39 3.03 100
Greg McMichael 73 5 3 2 3.22 78
Brad Clontz 81 6 3 1 5.69 49
Pedro Borbón, Jr. 43 3 0 1 2.75 31
Joe Borowski 22 2 4 0 4.85 15
Dean Hartgraves 20 1 0 0 4.34 14
Kevin Lomon 6 0 0 0 4.91 1
Tom Thobe 4 0 1 0 1.50 1
Carl Schutz 3 0 0 0 2.70 5

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

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

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

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

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

Game 1

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

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 City

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

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

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

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 City

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
A-Short Season 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

  1. ^ "Jerome Walton Stats - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.
  2. ^ "Mike Kelly Stats - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.
  3. ^ "Mike Bielecki Stats - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.
  4. ^ Inc., Baseball Almanac,. "1996 Atlanta Braves Roster by Baseball Almanac". www.baseball-almanac.com.
  5. ^ "Marcus Giles Stats - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.
  6. ^ a b Mark Whiten Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  7. ^ Terry Pendleton Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  8. ^ Luis Polonia Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  9. ^ Jason Schmidt Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  10. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997

References

Venues of the 1996 Summer Olympics

For the 1996 Summer Olympics, a total of twenty-nine sports venues were used.

Several sports venues for the 1996 Olympics were built before the 1960s as college venues. The first professional teams in Atlanta came in 1966, when Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves moved from Milwaukee and the NFL added the Atlanta Falcons as an expansion team. In 1968, the NBA came to the city when the Atlanta Hawks arrived from St. Louis, and the NHL arrived four years later with the expansion Atlanta Flames.

The Braves and Falcons shared Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium from 1966 through 1991, after which the Falcons moved into the Georgia Dome, playing at that stadium from 1992 through 2016. The Braves would remain at the former stadium through the 1996 season. The Hawks initially played at Alexander Memorial Coliseum, now McCamish Pavilion, on the campus of Georgia Institute of Technology before the Omni Coliseum was completed in 1972 for both the Hawks and Flames. After the 1979–80 season, the Flames left for their current home of Calgary.

Bidding for the 1996 Games was held in 1990. Seventy-five percent of the venues used for the 1996 Games were owned by the state of Georgia. One of the new venues, the Georgia International Horse Park, had organization problems for the modern pentathlon event that included the competitors being forced to sit under an oak tree during the riding part of the event. The Georgia World Congress Center hosted the dramatic weightlifting 64 kg event that involved national tensions between Greece and Turkey.

After the Olympics, the Olympic Stadium, as intended from its construction, was converted into a baseball park known as Turner Field, which opened in 1997. That same year, both Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium and the Omni Coliseum were imploded within one week of one another. Philips Arena (since renamed State Farm Arena) was built upon the former Omni's footprint and opened in 1999, while the area where Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium stood is now a parking lot near Turner Field. The Braves vacated Turner Field after their 2016 season to move to a new ballpark, SunTrust Park, in Cobb County; Georgia State University acquired Turner Field and its surrounding parking lots in January 2017 and converted the former Olympic Stadium a second time into Georgia State Stadium to host their college football program.

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