While others may gather around the hot stove to discuss the upcoming Atlanta Braves team, we take time to look back at some Braves that deserve recognition.
It’s that time of the year again. Where everyone thinks they know how and where its team should spend money on free agents, and which players to trade and trade for. But, we aren’t talking about that here. No, we are going to talk about what 5 players the Atlanta Braves could induct next into the team’s Hall of Fame since, after all, the new ballot for the Cooperstown Hall of Fame was just released. So with that said, let’s take a look at what I think are the 5 most logical options.
Bob Horner was taken with the first pick of the 1978 draft by the Atlanta Braves and made his debut just days later on June 16th, going deep in that game against the Pirates. Horner would then go on to win the 1978 NL Rookie of the Year award.
Horner spent 9 seasons in the Braves organization, splitting time between first base and third base. His defensive numbers were nothing to write home about, but Horner was a well-established hitter in his day.
Despite only being named an all-star is one season (1982) Horner put up quality numbers every year while he was a Brave except for 1984, a season where he was injured for the most part. Horners best statistical year was 1980. He hit 35 HR’s and drove in 89 in that season at the young age of 22. He also finished 9th in MVP voting that season.
All told, his Atlanta totals are as follows-
- 994 Hits
- 215 HR
- 685 RBI
- .277 AVG
- .839 OPS