It’s been quite some time since the Atlanta Braves have had something really good start to happen to their baseball team. Last year was the tearful goodbye to Bobby Cox. Cox was a mainstay with the Braves and skippered them for an incredible 25 years. The Braves owned the NL East in the mid-90’s but that’s been forgotten about now, and certainly with the advent of all the younger fans you now really go wild for the Phillies in their early 20’s, their memories of this only really exist when they read about the glory years of the Braves.
The Braves used to have a rotation similar to the one that the Phillies have now. They boasted six seasons that Cox managed the Braves that produced a season win total of over 100 games. The highest win total this powerhouse Braves era of the team produced was in 1998, when the Braves won an unbelievable 106 games. They didn’t get too far that year after winning that amount of games though. The Braves in 1998 ended up losing the NLCS to the Padres and that knocked them out of a chance to get to the World Series.
The Braves only won 1 World Series championship in the 25 years that Cox was their manager. The activity that the team had though was like a million bees surrounding a beehive though. The Braves made it to the World Series an incredible 5 times during the time that Cox managed the team. They ended up losing the WS the following years: 1991, 1992, 1996, and 1999. You can see the team was very successful nonetheless, and their streak of winning 11 NL East title in a row may never be broken. That streak would have been 15 in the Braves didn’t end up finishing second in the NL East in 1994.
The ‘new’ look Braves are a team that is young and anchored by the now ready to retire at the end of the season, Chipper Jones. Jones has had many injuries over the course of the past couple seasons. His hardnosed play and time has caught up with him. He was once that young phenom that the Braves seem to have a couple of now. Those young stars are Freddie Freeman and Jason Heyward.
The Braves open up a brand new season at home tonight in Atlanta. Cliff Lee hopes to spoil the fans excitement with this team that has a lot of people talking about it.