What a hoot.
Many, many thanks to Mac for my own little virtual soapbox. This is the most fun Iâ€™ve had writing in a long time. I hope that youâ€™ve enjoyed either remembering these guys with me or else learning a little about the Bravesâ€™ history and players.
For those of you disappointed in your favorites not making the Left Behinders, I apologize. I wouldnâ€™t take my rankings all that gospel. Gerald Perry isnâ€™t the second best Brave left off Macâ€™s list â€“ maybe the tenth. But with the exception of Gerald, I generally tried to put them on in order of strength and contribution. Tommy Aaron isnâ€™t the 18th best Brave Left Behind, either, but I want Hank to be happy, and since Macâ€™s list is taken from Hankâ€™s uniform number, I thought I would do mine from Tommyâ€™s No. 18.
The last two cuts for the Left Behinders were Rowland Office and Jeff Treadway. I actually wrote up Jeff Treadway, more than once, but the fact is he never played more than 2/3 of a season ever, and he only was here for 5-6 seasons total. Mac will have more to say about that and other omissions, I trust.
And I hope that maybe some of my stuff sunk into Macâ€™s thick skull. When he finishes his list, I will maybe have a last commentary comparing our squads, with Macâ€™s permission.
Thanks again, Mac.
You’re welcome, and thanks.
I’m still taking submissions from you guys to fill in the gaps. Rowland is probably the most prominent position player not listed, the guy with the longest career as a regular in Atlanta who didn’t make the list. The one player neither Bledsoe nor I have discussed who I think has the best case for Top 44 status is Carl Morton, who pitched three years and part of a fourth with the team in the mid-seventies; his career is shorter but probably a little better than the Reed/Jarvis group.
Other than Morton, the players who are “suggested” writeups are mostly position players. Here’s the list of available players I came up with:
I will add in two first basemen, Orlando Cepeda and Andres Galarraga, whose careers with the Braves are really too short for inclusion but who played very well when they did play.