The Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame announced the two newest members to be inducted next season, but did they miss an obvious choice?
While it’s exciting each year to find out the next members of the Atlanta Braves team Hall of Fame, for the last few years I’m certainly not alone in thinking someone is STILL missing.
However, before we get too nuts into that, we’ll look into the two guys who will be getting inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame on January 18th, 2019 as part of the Atlanta Braves Chop Fest event, Terry Pendleton and Hugh Duffy.
A long-time member of the organization, many may forget that Terry Pendleton had been an established top player in the league with the St. Louis Cardinals before signing as a free agent with the Atlanta Braves before the 1991 season.
He would go on to have a career year with the Braves in 1991, helping to key the team’s incredible turnaround to the World Series as he won the National League Batting title, leading the league in hits and total bases as well. After the season, he was selected as the National League MVP, one of just three Atlanta Braves to win the award since the team moved south from Milwaukee.
Pendleton would make the one All-Star team of his career in the following year as he set career highs in doubles, RBI, hits, runs, and again hit over .300. He actually finished second in the MVP voting in the 1992 season, winning a Gold Glove in the process as well, the third and final such award of his career.
After the 1994 strike, Pendleton would leave the Braves for the Florida Marlins, where he would play for one and a half seasons, returning to Atlanta in the second half of 1996. In all, he played 593 games for the Atlanta Braves, with 2,516 plate appearances. He hit .287/.327/.445 with 71 home runs in that time.
Pendleton returned to the Braves in November 2001 as the team’s hitting coach, a role he’d fill through 2010. He moved to first base coach when the team hired Fredi Gonzalez after the 2010 season, and then to the role of bench coach with Brian Snitker. The team let Pendleton go after the 2017 season.