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The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time 

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List Rules Please only rank the players based on their time with the Braves

This is a list of the greatest Atlanta Braves ever, whether top Braves pitchers or top hitters. Since the early 90s, the Atlanta Braves have established themselves as one of the model franchises in Major League Baseball. Over that time, the Braves won an unprecedented 14 straight division titles from 1991-2005 (1994 is excluded due to the player's strike). Although the franchise won only one World Series title over that time, Atlanta established itself as one of baseball's premier teams and through shrewd trades, smart free agent acquisitions and a scouting department that is able to identify the best young talent through the draft, the Braves are on a short list of teams that are perennial contenders. Many of these moves brought the greatest Braves players to Atlanta where they eventually became some of the greatest baseball players of all time.

The best Atlanta Braves of all time span the team's long history, which began in Boston as the Beanstockings in 1871. In 1953, the Braves left Boston for Milwaukee, where the club stayed for 12 years before settling in Atlanta in 1966. The franchise's most iconic player is long time Home Run King Hank Aaron. Outside of winning World Series titles, the greatest Braves moment is when Aaron broke Babe Ruth's home run record in 1974 at Atlanta's Fulton County Stadium.

Some of the greatest Atlanta Braves players were with the team throughout it's recent stretch of excellence. Chipper Jones, Andruw Jones, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz and Greg Maddux were all integral parts of the Braves teams that won 14 division titles. 

This list of the greatest Atlanta Braves of all time includes all players who were associated with the franchise in one incarnation of another. That is why Warren Spahn and Eddie Matthews are on this list. Players on this list are considered some of the greatest baseball players in history. Feel free to vote for your favorite Atlanta Braves players and add any players who you believe should be on this list and are not included.

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Hank Aaron is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder

Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States of America

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#1,046 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #10 of 707 The Best Hitters in Baseball Historylisted on Longest Hitting Streaks in Baseball

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Chipper Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
Outfielder, Left fielder, Third baseman

Birthplace: DeLand, Florida, United States of America

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#42 of 707 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #53 of 597 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Timelisted on Longest Hitting Streaks in Baseball

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Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
Pitcher

Birthplace: San Angelo, Texas, United States of America

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#39 of 597 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #61 of 281 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Timelisted on Longest Pitching Streaks in Baseball

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John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

Birthplace: Warren, Michigan, United States of America

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#84 of 365 The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time #97 of 597 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #166 of 281 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

Birthplace: Concord, Massachusetts, United States of America

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#1,680 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #101 of 597 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Timelisted on Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

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Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States of America

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#19 of 597 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #7 of 281 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time #10 of 200 The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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Dale Murphy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

Birthplace: Portland, Oregon

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#4 of 523 The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame #124 of 707 The Best Hitters in Baseball Historylisted on Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

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Eddie Mathews is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
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Freddie Freeman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
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Andruw Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

Birthplace: Willemstad, Netherlands

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#59 of 523 The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame #292 of 707 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #378 of 597 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time

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Phil Niekro is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

Birthplace: Blaine, Ohio, United States of America

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#155 of 597 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #22 of 281 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time #41 of 200 The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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Bobby Cox is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
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Fred McGriff is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
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David Justice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder

Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

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#175 of 523 The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame #295 of 707 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #116 of 157 The Greatest New York Yankees Of All Time

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Brian McCann is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
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Javy López is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
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Terry Pendleton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
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Craig Kimbrel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
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Ron Gant is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
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Tim Hudson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
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Bob Horner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
First baseman, Third baseman

Birthplace: Junction City, Kansas

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#501 of 707 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #44 of 120 The Greatest Third Basemen of All Time

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Joe Torre is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
Manager, Catcher, First baseman

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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#205 of 707 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #22 of 157 The Greatest New York Yankees Of All Timelisted on Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

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Steve Avery is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
ByronWarfield added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

Birthplace: Trenton, Michigan

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Rafael Furcal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
Second baseman, Shortstop

Birthplace: Loma de Cabrera, Dominican Republic

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#373 of 523 The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame #424 of 707 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #90 of 150 The Greatest Hispanic MLB Players Ever

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Otis Nixon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time
colanders-d added Outfielder, Center fielder

Birthplace: Evergreen, North Carolina