Ex-Braves O'Plenty in 2003 Postseason

Do the names Mike Remlinger, Marquis Grisson, Chad Fox, Andres Galarraga sound familiar? Dan Pace takes a look at these and other ex-Braves in the 2003 postseason and how their careers have panned out since leaving Atlanta.

When you look at the rosters of the other seven teams in the 2003 post season you see many former Braves. The only team without a former Brave is the Twins. In fact 3 of the managers in the 2003 post season have played for the Braves and 2 have managed for the Braves or in the Braves minor league system. Lets take a quick look at those players and managers careers with the Braves.

Cubs
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Manger Dusty Baker played outfield for the Braves from 1968 to 1975 but only appeared in a total of 51 games from 1968 to 1971. In 1976 he was traded to the Dodgers along with Ed Goodson in return for Jim Wynn, Lee Lacy, Jerry Royster and Braves Fox sports south announcer Tom Pacioreck. In his career with the Braves Dusty had 616 hits, 311 runs, 77 home runs, 111 doubles, 324 rbi's, 58 steals and a .278 batting average.

Reliever Mike Remlinger was traded from the Reds to the Braves along with Bret Boone in exchange for Denny Neagle, Rob Bell and Michael Tucker on November 10 1998. Mike had been a starter for the Reds but was moved to the bullpen by the Braves and found great success. After the 2002 season Mike signed as a free agent with the Cubs. In his four seasons with the Braves Mike had 25 wins, 10 losses, 14 saves, 299 1/3 innings, 315 strikeouts and posted a 2.65 era.

Outfielder Kenny Lofton was traded from the Indians to the Braves along with Alan Embree in exchange for David Justice and Marquis Grissom on March 25 1997. In his one season with the Braves Lofton had 90 runs, 164 hits, 20 doubles 6 triples 5 home runs, 48 rbi's, stole 27 bases and had a .333 batting average. Lofton returned to the Indians for the 1998 season and has since played for the White Sox, Giants, Pirates and now the Cubs.

Reliver Joe Borowski came to the Braves from the Orioles in a trade on December 17th 1995 along with Rachaad Stewart in exchange for Kent Mercker. In 1996 Borowski pitched 22 games for the Braves and 20 in 1997 before moving on to the Yankees and now the Cubs. With the Braves Joe had 4 wins, 6 losses, 50 innings, 21 strikeouts and a 4.32 era.

Catcher Paul Bako was aquired by the Braves from the Marlins when back up catcher Eddie Perez was injured during the 2000 season. He quickly became the personal catcher of Greg Maddux. Paul stayed with the Braves throughout the 2001 season before being traded to the Brewers. In his two seasons with the Braves Paul had 40 hits, 27 runs, 14 doubles, 1 triple, 4 hr, 21 rbi's 1 sb and had a .205 batting average.

First Baseman Randall Simon was a product of the Braves farm system and began his career in 1997. He would stay with the Braves through the 1999 season. He has since played for Tigers, Cubs and Pirates. He is best known for his small feud with Braves reliever John Rocker and "the sausage incident" in Milwaukee where he hit a girl dressed like a sausage with a bat causing her to fall while he was with the Pirates. With the Braves Simon had 78 hits, 30 runs, 16 doubles, 5 home runs, 30 rbis, 2 steals and a .315 average.

Marlins
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Reliver Chad Fox was traded to the Braves in exchange for Mike Kelly on January 9th 1996. And as a rookie had a pretty good season with the Braves. Fox had 28 strikeouts and 3.29 era in 27 and 1/3 innings for the Braves. On December 11th 1997 Chad was traded to the Brewers for his current teammate with the Marlins Gerald Williams.

Infielder Mike Mordecai came up through the Braves system and began his big league career in 1994 with Atlanta. He stayed with the Braves througout the 1997 season before moving on to the Expos and now Marlins. With the Braves Mike had 62 hits 31 runs, 13 doubles, 1 triple, 6 home runs, 25 rbi's, 1 steal and a .231 batting average.

Outfielder Gerald Williams came to the Braves from the Brewers on December 11th 1997 in exchange for Chad Fox. He has since played with the Yankees, Devil Rays and Marlins. He scored the winning run in the 1999 NLCS against the Mets for the Braves. In his two seasons with Atlanta Gerald had 197 hits, 122 runs, 43 doubles, 3 triples, 27 home runs, 112 rbis, 30 stolen bases and a .286 average.

Giants
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Manager Felipe Alou joined the Milwaukee Braves outfield on December 3rd 1963 when he was traded from the Giants along with Ed Bailey and Billy Hoeft in exchange for Del Crandall, Bob Shaw and Bob Hendley. He moved with the Braves to Atlanta in 1966 and was a member of the 1969 NL West Champ Braves. Alou stayed with the Braves until 1970 before moving on to the A's, Yankees, Expos and Brewers. With the Braves Alou led the NL in hits in 1966 (218) and 1968 (210) and runs in 1966 with 122. He represented the Braves in the 1966 and 1968 all star games. In his six seasons with the Braves Alou had 989 hits, 464 runs, 163 doubles, 30 triples, 94 home runs 335 rbis, 40 steals and a .368 average.

Starting pitcher Jason Schmidt was a top pitching prospect for the Braves. In his rookie season of 1995 he pitched in 9 games starting 2. In 1996 he pitched in 13 starting 11. The Braves needed to aquire a vetran starter in time for the post season and traded Jason to the Pirates along with Ron Wright and Corey Pointer in exchange for Denny Neagle. In his two seasons with the Braves Schmidt had 5 wins, 67 strikeouts and a 6.49 era. He went on to pitch for the Pirates and is now the ace of the Giants staff.

First Baseman Andres Galarraga signed with the Braves as a free agent on November 20th 1997. Andres proved in 1998 that he could hit outside of Coors field in Denver by hitting 44 home runs and driving in 122 rbi's while hitting .305. Andres missed the 1999 season when diagnosed with non cancerous lymphoma. Gallarraga returned to the Braves for the 2000 season before moving on to the Rangers, Giants, Expos and now back with the Giants again. With the Braves Andres had 318 hits, 170 runs 52 doubles, 2 triples, 72 home runs, 221 rbis, 10 steals and a .303 average.

Outfielder Marquis Grissom was traded to the Braves from the Expos on April 6th 1995 in exchange for Roberto Kelly and Tony Tarasco. The Expos general manager at the time predicted the addition of Grissom would give the Braves the 1995 world chamionship and he was right. Grissom stayed with the Braves for the entire 1995 and 1996 seasons before being traded to the Indians on March 25th 1997. With the Braves Grissom had 349 hits, 180 runs, 59 doubles, 13 triples, 35 home runs, 116 rbis 57 steals and a .286 average.

Yankees
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Manager Joe Torre came up as a catcher in the Braves farm system. He joined the Milwaukee Braves in 1960 at the age of 19. Joe moved with Braves in 1966 to Atlanta and was a member of the 1969 NL west champ team. With the Braves Torre was a NL all star in 1963 through 1967. In 1969 he was traded to the Cardinals for Orlando Cepada. Torre finished his career with the Mets in 1977. Torre returned to the Braves as manager from 1982 to 1984 leading the team to the 1982 NL west championship. He went on to manage the Cardinals and now the Yankees since leaving the Braves. With the Braves hit had 1,086 hits, 470 runs 154 doubles, 21 triples, 142 home runs, 552 rbis, 10 steals and a .294 average.

Reliever Chris Hammond was out of the major leagues for three seasons before joinng the Braves in 2002. He shocked the league by going 7 and 2 with 0.95 era and striking out 63 in 76 innings of work. Hammond signed with the Yankees in the offseason.

Athletics
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Reliever Micah Bowie was another young pitching prospect for the Braves in the 90's. But he only appeared in 3 games for the Braves having o wins, 1 loss, 2 strikeouts, 4 walks and a 13.50 era in 4 innings of work. He was traded to the Cubs in a deal for infielder Jose Hernandez midway through 1999. He joined the A's in 2002.

Outfielder Jermaine Dye had a great rookie season for the Braves in 1996 filling in for the inured Dave Justice. Dye had 82 hits 32 runs, 16 doubles, 12 home runs, 37 rbis, 1 steal and a .281 average. It was a real suprise when the Braves traded Dye to the Royals prior to the 1997 season for Michael Tucker. Braves GM John Schuerholtz said something along the lines of "we needed a left handed right fielder to replace Dave Justice this year. And we feel Tucker is a left handed version of Dye". Dye joined the A's midway through the 2001 season.

Red Sox
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Manager Grady Little was a minor league manager for the Braves from 1986 until 1995. He was awarded with manager of the year honors 3 times and led his teams to the post season 4 times. Many of the current Braves had Grady as thier manager in the minors. He was hired by the Red Sox on March 11th 2002 as manager.

Starting pitcher John Burkett joined the Braves in 2000 after some sub par seasons with Texas. In two seasons with the Braves John had 22 wins, 297 strikeouts and a 3.74 era. He joined Boston in 2002.

Reliver Alan Embree was traded by the Indians to the Braves along with Kenny Lofton in exchange for Dave Justice and Marquis Grissom on March 25th 1997. In two seasons with the Braves Alan had 4 wins, 64 strikeouts and a 3.07 era. He has since pitched with Arizona, the Giants, White Sox, Padres and now the Red Sox.

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