1988 Atlanta Braves season

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1988 Atlanta Braves
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record54–106 (.338)
Divisional place6th
Other information
Owner(s)Ted Turner
General manager(s)Bobby Cox
Manager(s)Chuck Tanner, Russ Nixon
Local televisionWTBS
Superstation WTBS
Local radioWSB
(Ernie Johnson, Pete Van Wieren, Skip Caray, Billy Sample)
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The 1988 Atlanta Braves season was the 118th in franchise history and their 23rd in Atlanta.

Offseason[edit]

  • November 13, 1987: Ken Griffey, Sr. was signed as a free agent by the Braves.[1]
  • December 6, 1987: Graig Nettles was signed as a free agent by the Braves.[2]
  • December 8, 1987: Ed Whited was traded by the Houston Astros with Mike Stoker (minors) to the Atlanta Braves for Rafael Ramirez and cash. [3]
  • March 24, 1988: Graig Nettles was purchased from the Braves by the Montreal Expos.[2]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Los Angeles Dodgers 94 67 0.584 45–36 49–31
Cincinnati Reds 87 74 0.540 7 45–35 42–39
San Diego Padres 83 78 0.516 11 47–34 36–44
San Francisco Giants 83 79 0.512 11½ 45–36 38–43
Houston Astros 82 80 0.506 12½ 44–37 38–43
Atlanta Braves 54 106 0.338 39½ 28–51 26–55

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1988 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta 5–7 5–13 5–13 4–14 4–8 4–8 6–6 5–5 8–10 5–13 3–9
Chicago 7–5 6–6 7–5 4–8–1 9–9 9–9 8–10 7–11 8–4 5–7 7–11
Cincinnati 13–5 6–6 9–9 7–11 5–7 4–7 9–3 7–5 10–8 11–7 6–6
Houston 13–5 5–7 9–9 9–9 6–6 5–7 8–4 8–4 6–12 7–11 6–6
Los Angeles 14–4 8–4–1 11–7 9–9 8–4 1–10 11–1 6–6 7–11 12–6 7–5
Montreal 8–4 9–9 7–5 6–6 4–8 6–12 9–9–1 8–10 4–8 7–5 13–5
New York 8–4 9–9 7–4 7–5 10–1 12–6 10–8 12–6 7–5 4–8 14–4
Philadelphia 6-6 10–8 3–9 4–8 1–11 9–9–1 8–10 7–11 4–7 7–5 6–12
Pittsburgh 5–5 11–7 5–7 4–8 6–6 10–8 6–12 11–7 8–4 8–4 11–7
San Diego 10–8 4–8 8–10 12–6 11–7 8–4 5–7 7–4 4–8 8–10 6–6
San Francisco 13–5 7–5 7–11 11–7 6–12 5–7 8–4 5–7 4–8 10–8 7–5
St. Louis 9–3 11–7 6–6 6–6 5–7 5–13 4–14 12–6 7–11 6–6 5–7


Notable transactions[edit]

  • May 17, 1988: Jerry Royster was signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.[4]
  • May 20, 1988: Melvin Nieves was signed by the Braves as an amateur free agent.[5]
  • June 1, 1988: 1988 Major League Baseball draft
    • Steve Avery was drafted by the Braves in the 1st round (3rd pick). Player signed June 30, 1988.[6]
    • Turk Wendell was drafted by the Braves in the 5th round. Player signed June 4, 1988.[7]
  • July 28, 1988: Ken Griffey, Sr. was released by the Braves.[1]

Roster[edit]

1988 Atlanta Braves
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Ozzie Virgil, Jr. 107 320 82 .256 9 31
1B Gerald Perry 141 547 164 .300 8 74
2B Ron Gant 146 563 146 .259 19 60
3B Ken Oberkfell 120 422 117 .277 3 40
SS Andrés Thomas 153 606 153 .252 13 68
LF Dion James 132 386 99 .256 3 60
CF Terry Blocker 66 198 42 .212 2 10
RF Dale Murphy 156 592 134 .226 24 77

Other batters[edit]

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
Ken Griffey 69 193 48 .249 2 19
Paul Runge 52 76 16 .211 0 7
Jody Davis 2 8 2 .250 1 3

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Pete Smith 32 195.1 7 15 3.69 124

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers[edit]

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Juan Eichelberger 20 2 0 0 3.86 13

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Richmond Braves International League Jim Beauchamp
AA Greenville Braves Southern League Russ Nixon and Buddy Bailey
A Durham Bulls Carolina League Buddy Bailey and Grady Little
A Burlington Braves Midwest League Grady Little and Rick Albert
A Sumter Braves South Atlantic League Ned Yost
Rookie Pulaski Braves Appalachian League Cloyd Boyer
Rookie GCL Braves Gulf Coast League Pedro González
Rookie Idaho Falls Braves Pioneer League Jim Procopio

[8]

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ken Griffey at Baseball-Reference
  2. ^ a b Graig Nettles at Baseball-Reference
  3. ^ "Ed Whited: Career Statistics". Baseball Reference. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  4. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/r/roystje01.shtml
  5. ^ Melvin Nieves at Baseball-Reference
  6. ^ Steve Avery at Baseball-Reference
  7. ^ Turk Wendell at Baseball-Reference
  8. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997