Braves Notebook: Notes, Quotes

Braves postseason roster influences; Sid's slide still celebrated; Cubs latest postseason conqueror; John Schuerholz comments on the dominating 1-2 punch of Kerry Wood and Mark Prior.

-- No franchise is better represented on other clubs' rosters than the Braves, who have accumulated and released a host of players over the decade. But not this year. A peak at postseason rosters finds just two former Braves -- Florida's PHP Chad Fox and INF Mike Mordecai -- in the World Series.

But then again, ex-Brave RHP Tim Spooneybarger is on Florida's DL, and ex-Brave Chris Hammond was left off the Yankees' postseason roster. And also remember that Joe Torre managed the Braves into the 1982 playoffs, the club's only postseason representation over a 38-year period between 1969 and 1991.

-- It is significant of a team that has no trouble winning -- except in October -- that a fan group has begun assembling every Oct. 15 to celebrate one of the franchise's better moments: the night Sid Bream beat Barry Bonds' throw to the plate to win the 1992 NLCS. A couple dozen fans have begun assembling in the parking lot where Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium used to stand to tailgate and listen to the taped replay of Skip Caray's radio call of the play.

-- The Braves' list of conquerors grows. The Chicago Cubs became the 10th different team to eliminate the Braves from the postseason since Atlanta began its yearly string of division titles in 1991. The Cubs join the Yankees, Padres, Marlins, Twins Diamondbacks, Blue Jays, Phillies, Giants and Cardinals as teams that have beaten the Braves in the postseason.

-- With the Marlins reaching the World Series for the second time since 1997, Florida has doubled the Braves' World Series participation over the last seven years. The Marlins one championship matches Atlanta, dating to before the franchise was located in Milwaukee.

BY THE NUMBERS: .308 -- The Braves' postseason winning percentage over the last three years (4-9).

QUOTE TO NOTE: "There's a lot of ways to structure a team. We did it one way and got 101 wins, and the Cubs did it another way. ... Pitchers like [Cubs aces Kerry Wood and Mark Prior], who can shut down an offense, are at a premium." -- Braves GM John Schuerholz.

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