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10/16/2001 04:42 AM ET
Braves' long playoff run includes many highlights
By Mark Bowman
MLB.com
Tom Glavine and John Smoltz remember when it wasn't like this. They were part of the infamous Braves teams of the late 1980s that didn't even sniff the playoffs.

Then in 1991, the two pitchers were part of the team that went from worst to first. At that time, the accomplishment seemed special, but nobody could've predicted what was in store for the former doormats.

In that memorable season the Braves began a historical ride that carried them to a professional sports record 10 straight division titles. While cruising into the record books, the Braves have won one World Championship and made five trips to the World Series.

The World Series title came in 1995 and was highlighted when Glavine one-hit the Indians over eight innings in the clinching sixth game. A seventh-inning Dave Justice solo homer into the right field seats at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium provided the Braves their only run in that 1-0 win.

While that game will forever be remembered by Braves fans, so too, will Kirby Puckett's 11th-inning solo shot off Charlie Leibrandt in Game Six of the 1991 Fall Classic. The homer propelled the Twins into Game 7 where Jack Morris' 10-inning effort led the Twins to the title.

A year later, the Braves again found themselves in the World Series facing Morris, this time as a member of the Blue Jays. The Braves beat Morris twice but Toronto took the Series in six games.

On their way to the '92 Fall Classic, the Braves beat the Pirates in the NLCS for the second straight season. Francisco Cabrera's game-winning single in Game 7 scored Sid Bream just ahead of Barry Bonds' throw from left field. The slide by Bream, hobbled by bad knees, is forever etched in Braves lore.

Bream and the Braves ran out of miracles in 1993 when the Phillies ended their two-year run of World Series appearances. Despite Fred McGriff's .435 NLCS batting average, it took the Phils six games to dispose of the Braves.

After winning the '95 Series, the Braves returned to the Series in 1996, but their entry wasn't easy. Javy Lopez's .542 NLCS batting average helped the Braves overcome a three-games-to-one deficit against the Cardinals. In the final three games, the Braves outscored the Cards 32-1.

In the '96 Fall Classic, rookie Andruw Jones blasted two solo homers in his first two Series at-bats to help the Braves take a two-game lead over the Yankees as the teams headed to Atlanta. But the Yanks took the next four games -- highlighted by a Jim Leyritz home run off Mark Wohlers in Game 4 -- to claim the title.

After falling to the Marlins and Padres in the NLCS the next two seasons, the Braves again met the Yankees in the 1999 World Series. This time, it took the Yanks just four games to end the Braves hopes of winning the World Series.

On their way to that Series, the Braves played in two of the most exciting playoff series ever played. In the '99 Division Series, the Braves dropped the opening game to the Astros and then ran off three straight wins to advance to the NLCS.

Walt Weiss's glove proved the difference in the bottom of the 11th inning in the third game of the Astros series. He snared a base-loaded, nobody-out, screamer off of Tony Eusebio's bat to prevent the Astros from taking a two games to one lead. His heroics allowed Brian Jordan to connect on a two-RBI double in the 12th that gave the Braves a 5-3 win and Jordan his fifth RBI of the day.

The 1999 NLCS against the Mets was one of the greatest ever played. At one point the Braves were within four outs of a sweep and then later, the Mets were within three outs of forcing a seventh game. A series that included two, two-run victories and four one-run verdicts ended in the 11th inning of Game 6 when Andruw Jones drew a bases-loaded walk.

But that was the last victory the Braves have had in postseason play. In the '99 World Series the Yankees swept the Braves and then the Cardinals did the same in the 2000 Division Series.

With their unprecedented playoff run, most of this year's team has playoff experience. Dave Martinez, who will have played in 1,918 games without making it to the postseason, is the only veteran performer lacking playoff experience. In contrast, Glavine and Smoltz have been with the Braves every step of the way.

Mark Bowman is the site reporter for AtlantaBraves.com, Kirk Dominic, site manager, contributed to this report.

ATLANTA BRAVES POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE


C Javy Lopez
Year Stats Series Played
1992 Only one AB NLCS
1995 .300, 12 H, 4 R, 2 HR, 9 RBI DS, NLCS, WS
1996 .365, 19 H, 13 R, 3 HR, 8 RBI DS, NLCS, WS
1997 .125, 3 H, 3 R, 0 HR, 4 RBI DS, NLCS
1998 .296, 8 H, 3 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI DS, NLCS
2000 .091, 1 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 0 RBI DS

C Eddie Perez
Year Stats Series Played
1996 .200, 1 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 0 RBI DS, NLCS, WS
1997 .000, 6 AB DS, NLCS
1998 .444, 4 H, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI DS, NLCS
1999 .388, 14 H, 3 R, 2 HR, 8 RBI DS, NLCS


C Paul Bako
Year Stats Series Played
2000 .000, 1 AB DS


1B Julio Franco
Year Stats Series Played
1996 .133 AVG, 15 AB, 1 R, 2 H, 0 HR, 1 RBI DS (AL)


1B Dave Martinez
Year Stats Series Played
No postseason experience


2B Marcus Giles
Year Stats Series Played
No postseason experience


2B Keith Lockhart
Year Stats Series Played
1997 .363, 8 H, 4 R, 0 HR, 3 RBI DS, NLCS
1998 .276, 8 H, 4 R, 0 HR, 0 RBI DS, NLCS
1999 .308, 4 H, 1 R, 0 HR, 1 RBI DS, NLCS, WS
2000 .125, 1 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 0 RBI DS


SS Mark DeRosa
Year Stats Series Played
No postseason experience


SS Jesse Garcia
Year Stats Series Played
No postseason experience


SS Rey Sanchez
Year Stats Series Played
1997 .200 AVG, 3 H, 1 R, 1 RBI DS (NYY - AL)


3B Chipper Jones
Year Stats Series Played
1995 .364, 20 H, 10 R, 3 HR, 8 RBI DS, NLCS, WS
1996 .345, 19 H, 11 R, 1 HR, 9 RBI DS, NLCS, WS
1997 .344, 11 H, 8 R, 3 HR, 6 RBI DS, NLCS
1998 .206, 7 H, 4 R, 0 HR, 2 RBI DS, NLCS
1999 .244, 11 H, 7 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI DS, NLCS, WS
2000 .333, 4 H, 2 R, 0 HR, 1 RBI DS

3B Ken Caminiti
Year Stats Series Played
1996 .300, 3 H, 3 R, 3 HR, 3 RBI DS (SD)
1998 .200, 10 H, 6 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI DS, NLCS, WS (SD)
1999 .471, 8 H, 3 R, 3 HR, 8 RBI DS (HOU)

LF B. J. Surhoff
Year Stats Series Played
1996 .321, 9 H, 3 R, 3 HR, 7 RBI DS, ALCS (BAL)
1997 .222, 8 H, 1 R, 0 HR, 3 RBI DS, ALCS (BAL)
2000 .500, 1 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 2 AB DS


CF Andruw Jones
Year Stats Series Played
1996 .344, 10 H, 7 R, 3 HR, 9 RBI DS, NLCS, WS
1997 .286, 4 H, 1 R, 0 HR, 2 RBI DS, NLCS
1998 .193, 6 H, 5 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI DS, NLCS
1999 .259, 14 H, 7 R, 0 HR, 3 RBI DS, NLCS, WS
2000 .111, 1 H, 3 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI DS

RF Brian Jordan
Year Stats Series Played
1996 .270, 10 H, 7 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI DS, NLCS
1999 .254, 14 H, 6 R, 3 HR, 13 RBI DS, NLCS, WS
2000 .364, 4 H, 1 R, 0 HR, 4 RBI DS

RHP John Burkett
Year Stats Series Played
1996 1-0, 2.00 ERA, 9 IP, 7 K, 1 BB DS
1998 Did not pitch DS
1999 Did not pitch DS
2000 0-0, 6.75 ERA, 1.1 IP, 0 K, 0 BB DS

LHP Tom Glavine
Year Stats Series Played
1991 1-3, 2.99 ERA, 27.1 IP, 19 K, 13 BB NLCS, WS
1992 1-3, 4.85 ERA, 24.1 IP, 10 K, 7 BB NLCS, WS
1993 1-0, 2.57 ERA, 7.0 IP, 5 K, 0 BB NLCS
1995 2-0, 1.61 ERA, 28 IP, 19 K, 9 BB DS, NLCS, WS
1996 2-2, 1.72 ERA, 26.2 IP, 24 K, 6 BB DS, NLCS, WS
1997 2-1, 5.18 ERA, 19.1 IP, 13 K, 16 BB DS, NLCS
1998 0-2, 1.98 ERA, 18.2 IP, 16 K, 10 BB DS, NLCS
1999 1-0, 2.70 ERA, 20 IP, 9 K, 4 BB DS, NLCS, WS
2000 0-1, 27.00 ERA, 2.1 IP, 2 K, 1 BB DS

RHP Greg Maddux
Year Stats Series Played
1989 0-1, 13.50 ERA, 7.1 IP, 5 K, 4 BB NLCS (Cubs)
1993 1-1, 4.97 ERA, 12.2 IP, 11 K, 7 BB NLCS
1995 3-1, 2.84 ERA, 38 IP, 19 K, 7 BB DS, NLCS, WS
1996 2-2, 1.72 ERA, 26.2 IP, 24 K, 6 BB DS, NLCS, WS
1997 1-2, 1.22 ERA, 22 IP, 22 K, 5 BB DS, NLCS
1998 1-1, 2.77 ERA, 13 IP, 8 K, 3 BB DS, NLCS
1999 1-2, 2.25 ERA, 28 IP, 17 K, 9 BB DS, NLCS, WS
2000 0-1, 11.25 ERA, 4 IP, 5 K, 5 BB DS

RHP Kevin Millwood
Year Stats Series Played
1999 2-1, 4.05 ERA, 22.2 IP, 20 K, 3 BB DS, NLCS, WS
2000 0-1, 7.71 ERA, 4.2 IP, 3 K, 3 BB DS

RHP Jason Marquis
Year Stats Series Played
No postseason experience

RHP Steve Karsay
Year Stats Series Played
1999 9.00 ERA, 3 IP, 3 K, 1 BB DS (AL - Cle)

RHP Steve Reed
Year Stats Series Played
1995 0.00 ERA, 2.7 IP, 3 K, 1 BB DS (Col - NL)
1999 11.25 ERA, 2.4 IP, 1 K, 2 BB DS (AL - Cle), ALCS
1999 30.86 ERA, 2.3 IP, 8 ER, 1 K, 1 BB DS (AL - Cle)

LHP Mike Remlinger
Year Stats Series Played
1999 0-2, 6.70 ERA, 9.4 IP, 8 K, 7 BB DS, NLCS, WS
2000 0-0, 2.70 ERA, 3.1 IP, 3 K, 0 BB DS

RHP Rudy Seanez
Year Stats Series Played
1998 0-0, 4.50 ERA, 4 IP, 4 K, 1 BB DS, NLCS

LHP Odalis Perez
Year Stats Series Played
1998 1-0, 18.00 ERA, 1 IP, 1 K, 2 BB DS, NLCS

RHP Kerry Ligtenberg
Year Stats Series Played
1997 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 IP, 4 K, 0 BB DS, NLCS
1998 0-1, 4.28 ERA, 6.3 IP, 8 K, 6 BB DS, NLCS
2000 0-0, 5.40 ERA, 1.2 IP, 3 K, 1 BB DS

RHP John Smoltz
Year Stats Series Played
1991 2-0, 1.54 ERA, 29.2 IP, 26 K, 4 BB NLCS, WS
1992 3-0, 2.71 ERA, 33.2 IP, 31 K, 17 BB NLCS, WS
1993 0-1, 0.00 ERA, 6.1 IP, 10 K , 5 BB NLCS
1995 0-0, 6.92 ERA, 14.3 IP, 12 K, 5 BB DS, NLCS, WS
1996 4-1, 0.95 ERA, 38 IP, 33 K, 13 BB DS, NLCS, WS
1997 1-1, 3.60 ERA, 15 IP, 20 K, 6 BB DS, NLCS
1998 1-0, 3.09 ERA, 20.4 IP, 19 K, 6 BB DS, NLCS
1999 1-1, 5.27 ERA, 22.2 IP, 22 K, 6 BB DS, NLCS, WS

DS - Division Series
NLCS - National League Championship Series
ALCS - American League Championship Series
WS - World Series