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2001 Atlanta Braves season

 

2001 Atlanta Braves season


The 2001 Atlanta Braves season saw the team finish first in the NL East Division with an 88-74 record - the worst among playoff teams in 2001, and also the worst for the Braves since 1990 (not counting the strike-shortened 1994 season), when they had the worst record in baseball.

The Braves swept the favored Houston Astros in the NLDS before losing to eventual world champions Arizona in the NLCS.

Offseason

  • October 31, 2000: Bobby Bonilla was Released by the Atlanta Braves.[1]
  • December 13, 2000: Rico Brogna was signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[2]
  • January 26, 2001: Steve Avery was signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[3]
  • March 30, 2001: Steve Avery was released by the Atlanta Braves.[3]

Regular season

The Braves played the Mets in the first game in New York after the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11.[4] The game was played on September 21 and it was a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves.[4]

Opening Day starters

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB
Atlanta Braves 88 74 .543 --
Philadelphia Phillies 86 76 .531 2
New York Mets 82 80 .506 6
Florida Marlins 76 86 .469 12
Montreal Expos 68 94 .420 20

Notable transactions

  • May 10, 2001: Aaron Small was signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[6]
  • June 22, 2001: John Rocker was traded by the Atlanta Braves with Troy Cameron (minors) to the Cleveland Indians for Steve Karsay and Steve Reed.[7]
  • July 5, 2001: Ken Caminiti was signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[8]
  • August 31, 2001: Julio Franco was purchased by the Atlanta Braves from the Mexico City Tigers (Mexican).[9]

Roster

2001 Atlanta Braves
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

= Indicates team leader
Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Javy López 128 438 117 .267 17 66
1B Rico Brogna 72 206 51 .248 3 21
2B Quilvio Veras 71 258 65 .252 3 25
3B Chipper Jones 159 572 189 .330 38 102
SS Rafael Furcal 79 324 89 .275 4 30
LF B. J. Surhoff 141 484 131 .271 10 58
CF Andruw Jones 161 625 157 .251 34 104
RF Brian Jordan 148 560 165 .295 25 97

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Julio Franco 25 90 27 .300 3 11
Mark DeRosa 66 164 47 .287 3 20
Marcus Giles 68 244 64 .262 9 31
Rey Sánchez 49 154 35 .227 0 9
Dave Martinez 120 237 68 .287 2 20
Ken Caminiti 64 171 38 .222 6 16
Bernard Gilkey 69 106 29 .274 2 14
Wes Helms 100 216 48 .222 10 36
Keith Lockhart 104 178 39 .219 3 12

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Greg Maddux 34 233.0 17 11 3.05 173
John Burkett 34 219.1 12 12 3.04 187
Tom Glavine 35 219.1 16 7 3.57 116
Kevin Millwood 21 121.0 7 7 4.31 84

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Jason Marquis 38 129.1 5 6 3.48 98
Odalis Pérez 24 95.1 7 8 4.91 71

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
John Rocker 30 2 2 19 3.09 36
John Smoltz 36 3 3 10 3.36 57
Mike Remlinger 74 3 3 1 2.76 93
Kerry Ligtenberg 53 3 3 1 3.02 56
Jose Cabrera 55 7 4 2 2.88 43
Steve Karsay 43 3 4 7 3.43 39
Steve Reed 39 2 2 1 3.48 25
Rudy Seánez 38 0 2 1 2.75 41

Postseason

National League Division Series

Atlanta wins the series, 3-0, over the Houston Astros.

Game Home Score Visitor Score Date Series
1 Houston 4 Atlanta 7 October 9 1-0 (ATL)
2 Houston 0 Atlanta 1 October 10 2-0 (ATL)
3 Atlanta 6 Houston 2 October 12 3-0 (ATL)

National League Championship Series

Game 1

October 16: Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix, Arizona

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
Arizona 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 X 2 8 0
WP: Randy Johnson (1-0)   LP: Greg Maddux (0-1)

Game 2

October 17: Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix, Arizona

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 0 8 8 0
Arizona 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 1
WP: Tom Glavine (1-0)   LP: Miguel Batista (0-1)
Home runs:
Atl: Marcus Giles (1), B.J. Surhoff (1), Javy López (1)
Ari: None

Game 3

October 19: Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Arizona 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 5 9 1
Atlanta 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 1
WP: Curt Schilling (1-0)   LP: John Burkett (0-1)

Game 4

October 20: Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Arizona 0 0 4 2 0 0 0 1 4 11 12 0
Atlanta 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 4 13 4
WP: Brian Anderson (1-0)   LP: Greg Maddux (0-2)
Home runs:
Ari: Luis Gonzalez (1)
Atl: Andruw Jones (1)

Game 5

October 21: Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Arizona 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 3 6 1
Atlanta 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 7 1
WP: Randy Johnson (2-0)   LP: Tom Glavine (1-1)   Sv: Byung-Hyun Kim (1)
Home runs:
Ari: Erubiel Durazo (1)
Atl: Julio Franco (1)

Award winners

2001 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Richmond Braves International League Carlos Tosca
AA Greenville Braves Southern League Paul Runge
A Myrtle Beach Pelicans Carolina League Brian Snitker
A Macon Braves South Atlantic League Randy Ingle
Short-Season A Jamestown Jammers New York-Penn League Jim Saul
Rookie Danville Braves Appalachian League Ralph Henriquez
Rookie GCL Braves Gulf Coast League Rick Albert
[10][11]

References

  • 2001 Atlanta Braves team page at Baseball Reference
Preceded by
Atlanta Braves
2000
NL East Championship Season
2001
Succeeded by
Atlanta Braves
2002
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