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Top Five First Basemen in Atlanta Braves History

Qualifier: players will be classified under one position even if they played at more than one.

Fred McGriff:

Five-time All-Star first baseman Fred McGriff was an outstanding midseason acquisition by the Atlanta Braves in 1993. McGriff batted over .300 with a 1.000-plus OPS over his first two years with the Braves. Then in 1995, he homered twice in the World Series to help bring Atlanta it's latest championship. McGriff racked up 2,490 hits, 493 home runs and 4,458 total bases with a .377 on-base percentage in his 19-year career. He has been on the Hall of Fame ballot in each of the last two years, receiving about 20 percent of the vote each time.

Joe Adcock:

Former All-Star Joe Adcock joined the Braves in Milwaukee in 1953 and spent the next ten years with the team. Adcock was consistently one of the best power hitters in the National League, slugging .511 over 1,207 games as a Brave. He ranks sixth in franchise history with 239 home runs including a career-high 38 in 1956 and a four-homer game in 1954. Adcock won a World Series with the Braves in 1957 and was a big part of their 1958 pennant team. He maintained a 130 OPS+ (league average is 100) and was worth 26.6 wins above replacement (WAR) for the Braves.

Fred Tenney:

Fred Tenney spent a franchise record 1,556 games at first base when the team played in Boston. Tenney was a great player on both sides of the game and an on-and-off player/manager. From 1894 to 1911, he maintained a .300 batting average with a .376 OBP and 111 OPS+. He racked up 2,231 hits, 1,278 runs and 42.8 WAR in 17 Major League seasons and his 260 stolen bases in Boston remain one of the top five totals in Braves history.

Andres Galarraga:

Five-time All-Star Andres Galarraga was Atlanta's power-hitting first baseman from 1998 to 2000. After an outstanding 1998 season in which he batted .305, belted 44 home runs and drove in 121 RBI, Galarraga faced the ultimate adversity as he battled lymphoma. His return to the field in 2000 yielded another 100 RBI season, his final All-Star appearance and the NL Comeback Player of the Year award. Galarraga retired from baseball in 2004 with career totals of 2,333 hits and 399 home runs.

Earl Torgeson:

Earl Torgeson was a great lefty first baseman and a complete player who was one of the best at getting on base in an era before the value of OBP was truly recognized. Spending his first six Major League seasons with the Boston Braves, Torgeson batted .265 with 478 walks against 294 strikeouts in 720 games. He ranked in the top ten in walks six times and stolen bases seven times. As a Brave, he posted a .385 OBP and 122 OPS+.

Honorable mentions: Orlando Cepeda, John Morrill, Chris Chambliss and Tommy Tucker.

Sources:

Atlanta Braves Team History & Encyclopedia, Baseball-Reference.com

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