Found December 07, 2011 on
The Lady Sportswriter:
Written by: Adam Cubbage
When I was younger, growing up in Savannah, Georgia, I remember being glued to Atlanta Braves baseball from the age of six. That year was 1990, and as has been well documented the next year started an unprecedented run of division success in Atlanta that has made it the brand it is today—sprinkled in were the opportunities to watch legends at work.
I watched Steve Avery define what is now considered the blueprint for developmental pitching success. I witnessed Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz win six of the decades Cy Young awards (Maddux won one his last year with the Cubs) and all of this was further enhanced by the arrival of an Atlanta sports icon in Chipper Jones, five national league pennants, and the 1995 World Series Championship.
Quietly, though, from 1993 to 1997 the Braves ran out another Hall of Fame caliber player whom many seem to overlook, outside the city of Atlanta.
The “Crime Dog” Fred McGriff.
I’ll give you a minu...
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Buerhle has a fan in Washington.
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