3 Greatest Outfielders in Braves History

3 Greatest Outfielders in Braves History


Between Boston, Milwaukee, and Atlanta, the Braves organization has spent 145 years in the major leagues. You're bound to have some great players over that time, and the Braves certainly have their fair share.

Here are the greatest outfielders in the storied history of the Braves franchise.

3. Dale Murphy

Although Murphy started out as a catcher and first baseman, his career took off when he moved to center field in 1980. Murphy collected NL MVP Awards in 1982 and 1983. His peak from 1982 to 1987 saw him collect five Gold Glove Awards and make six All-Star teams, all with an OPS+ of 145. However, after 1987, his career steeply declined, and he never had the lengthy career numbers to earn a Hall of Fame bid.

2. Andruw Jones

Andruw Jones' 12 years in Atlanta followed a similar pattern to Murphy. Regarded as one of the best defensive center fielders ever, Jones was a force to be reckoned with in the late 1990s and early 2000s. His best season came in 2005, when he hit 51 homers and finished runner-up in MVP voting. However, Jones' offensive production fell off a cliff in 2007 and he was no better than a fourth outfielder for the rest of his career.

1. Hank Aaron

There's no contest here. Hank Aaron is one of the ten greatest baseball players that have ever lived, and he spent 21 years of his career with the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves. In addition to surpassing Babe Ruth's record of 715 homers, he also is the all-time MLB leader in RBI and total bases. Aaron ended his career with 755 homers, a .305 batting average, and an OPS+ of 155. Ridiculous. A list of his accomplishments could go on for ages, so I'll just note that the recently instituted award for the best hitter in each league was named the Hank Aaron Award. That should say all you need to hear.

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