Who is the Braves’ Best First Baseman Ever? Let’s Vote

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Who is the Greatest First Baseman in Atlanta Braves History? (WAR in parentheses)

Need some inspiration? Let’s make the case for some of the obvious ones.

Freddie Freeman – The Modern-Day Icon (4.9 WAR)

I know how it ended, but so far Braves fans remember the good times. Freddie Freeman’s reign as the Braves’ first baseman was nothing short of legendary. With his consistent performance, both at the plate and in the field, Freeman became the face of the franchise filling the void left by Hall of Famer Chipper Jones. His impressive combination of power-hitting, high batting average, and Gold Glove-caliber defense has earned him numerous accolades, including multiple All-Star selections, a Gold Glove Award, and the prestigious 2020 National League MVP.

I mean just look at these numbers.

SEASON TEAM GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HBP SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS WAR
2010 ATL 20 24 3 4 1 0 1 1 0 0 8 0 0 .167 .167 .333 .500 -0.2
2011 ATL 157 571 67 161 32 0 21 76 53 6 142 4 4 .282 .346 .448 .795 1.4
2012 ATL 147 540 91 140 33 2 23 94 64 7 129 2 0 .259 .340 .456 .796 2.1
2013 ATL 147 551 89 176 27 1 23 109 66 7 121 1 3 .319 .396 .501 .897 5.1
2014 ATL 162 607 93 175 43 4 18 78 90 8 145 3 4 .288 .386 .461 .847 3.1
2015 ATL 118 416 62 115 27 0 18 66 56 7 98 3 1 .276 .370 .471 .841 3.4
2016 ATL 158 589 102 178 43 6 34 91 89 10 171 6 1 .302 .400 .569 .968 6.5
2017 ATL 117 440 84 144 35 2 28 71 65 7 95 8 2 .307 .403 .586 .989 4.5
2018 ATL 162 618 94 191 44 0 23 98 76 7 132 10 3 .309 .388 .505 .892 6.1
2019 ATL 158 597 113 176 34 1 38 121 87 6 127 6 7 .295 .389 .549 .938 4.4
2020 ATL 60 214 51 73 23 3 13 53 45 6 37 2 0 .341 .462 .640 1.102 2.9
2021 ATL 159 600 120 180 25 3 31 83 85 8 107 8 3 .300 .393 .503 .896 4.7

Fred McGriff – The Crime Dog’s Clutch Power (0.2 WAR)

Fred McGriff, affectionately known as “The Crime Dog,” arrived in Atlanta during the team’s dynasty years in the 1990s. His powerful bat and timely hitting played a pivotal role in the Braves’ success, including multiple playoff runs and a World Series championship in 1995. A lefty with a classic power swing, McGriff’s ability to deliver in clutch situations and his steady presence at first base solidified his place as a fan favorite and a key contributor to the team’s legacy.

Andrés Galarraga – The Big Cat’s Unbreakable Spirit (1.2 WAR)

Andrés Galarraga, nicknamed “The Big Cat,” brought a unique blend of power and passion to the Braves. Despite facing a battle with cancer, Galarraga’s impact on the field was undeniable. His impressive home run totals and infectious enthusiasm made him a beloved figure in Atlanta. Galarraga’s resilience and determination in the face of adversity serve as an inspiration to both his teammates and fans alike.

Sid Bream – The Slide

OK. We’re going to need more than numbers to argue this point.

Enough said? Clearly, Sid Bream’s impact on the Atlanta Braves extends far beyond his impressive statistics; his defining moment in the 1992 NLCS cemented his legacy as arguably the best first baseman in team history. Known for his defensive prowess and clutch hitting, Bream’s career with the Braves is highlighted by his iconic slide into home plate that sent Atlanta to the World Series, a moment that remains etched in the memories of Braves fans. While his overall numbers might not eclipse those of other Braves first basemen, Bream’s leadership, consistency, and unforgettable postseason heroics provide a compelling argument for his place at the top. His role in transforming the Braves into perennial contenders in the early ’90s cannot be overstated, making Sid Bream not just a great first baseman, but a legendary figure in the annals of Braves history.

Other Notable Braves First Basemen

  • Ryan Klesko: We have to mention beloved first baseman Ryan Klesko. The powerful left-handed bat with the versatility to play both first base and outfield, Klesko’s contributions to the Braves’ championship run in the 1990s solidified his importance to the team.
  • Casey Kotchman: Don’t you dare vote for him.

Did we miss anyone? Let us know.

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