2001 Atlanta Braves season

2001 Atlanta Braves
NL East Champions
Major League affiliations
Record 88–74 (.543)
Divisional place 1st
Other information
Owner(s) AOL Time Warner
General manager(s) John Schuerholz
Manager(s) Bobby Cox
Local television TBS Superstation
Turner South
(Pete Van Wieren, Skip Caray, Don Sutton, Joe Simpson)
Fox Sports South
(Tom Paciorek, Bob Rathbun)
Local radio WSB (AM)
(Pete Van Wieren, Skip Caray, Don Sutton, Joe Simpson)
(Marcelo Godoy, Jose Manuel Flores)
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The 2001 Atlanta Braves season marked the franchise's 36th season in Atlanta and 131st overall. The Braves won their tenth consecutive division title. The 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 record for the Braves since 1990 (meaning the worst record through their run of 14 consecutive division titles starting in 1991. Not counting the strike-shortened 1994 season). Atlanta finished the season with just an unusual 2 game division lead over the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Braves swept the favored Houston Astros in the NLDS before losing to the eventual World Series champion Arizona Diamondbacks in the NLCS 4-1, in which Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling notably dominated Atlanta's offense.


  • 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 Home Road
Atlanta Braves 8874 0.543 40–41 48–33
Philadelphia Phillies 8676 0.531 2 47–34 39–42
New York Mets 8280 0.506 6 44–37 38–43
Florida Marlins 7686 0.469 12 46–34 30–52
Montreal Expos 6894 0.420 20 34–47 34–47

Record vs. opponents

2001 National League Records

Arizona 5–26–35–113–64–22–410–93–33–33–33–44–212–710–92–47–8
Atlanta 2–54–24–24–29–103–32–53–313–610–910–95–13–34–23–39–9
Chicago 3–62–413–43–33–38–94–28–93–34–24–210–62–43–39–89–6
Cincinnati 1–52–44–133–64–26–114–26–104–24–22–49–82–44–27–104–11
Colorado 6–132–43–36–34–22–48–115–13–44–32–42–49–109–106–32–10
Florida 2–410–93–32–42–43–32–54–212–77–125–144–23–42–43–312–6
Houston 4–23–39–811–64–23–32–412–56–03–33–39–83–63–39–79–6
Los Angeles 9–105–22–42–411–85–24–25–12–42–43–37–29–1011–83–36–9
Milwaukee 3–33–39–810–61–52–45–121–54–23–33–36–111–55–47–105–10
Montreal 3–36–133–32–44–37–120–64–22–48–119–105–13–32–52–48–10
New York 3–39–102–42–43–412–73–34–23–311–811–84–21–53–41–510–8
Philadelphia 4–39–102–44–24–214–53–33–33–310–98–115–15–23–32–47–11
Pittsburgh 2–41–56–108–94–22–48–92–711–61–52–41–52–41–53–148–7
San Diego 7–123–34–24–210–94–36–310–95–13–35–12–54–25–141–56–9
San Francisco 9–102–43–32–410–94–23–38–114–55–24–33–35–114–54–210–5
St. Louis 4–23–38–910–73–63–37–93–310–74–25–14–214–35–12–48–7

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]
  • July 31, 2001: Rey Sánchez was traded by the Kansas City Royals to the Atlanta Braves for Brad Voyles (minors) and Alejandro Machado (minors).[9]
  • August 7, 2001: Quilvio Veras was released by the Atlanta Braves.[10]
  • August 31, 2001: Julio Franco was purchased by the Atlanta Braves from the Mexico City Tigers (Mexican).[11]


2001 Atlanta Braves
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Player stats


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
CJavy López128438117.2671766
1BRico Brogna7220651.248321
2BQuilvio Veras7125865.252325
3BChipper Jones159572189.33038102
SSRafael Furcal7932489.275430
LFB. J. Surhoff141484131.2711058
CFAndruw Jones161625157.25134104
RFBrian Jordan148560165.2952597

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 Franco259027.300311
Mark DeRosa6616447.287320
Marcus Giles6824464.262931
Rey Sánchez4915435.22709
Dave Martinez12023768.287220
Ken Caminiti6417138.222616
Bernard Gilkey6910629.274214
Wes Helms10021648.2221036
Keith Lockhart10417839.219312


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 Maddux34233.017113.05173
John Burkett34219.112123.04187
Tom Glavine35219.11673.57116
Kevin Millwood21121.0774.3184

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 Marquis38129.1563.4898
Odalis Pérez2495.1784.9171

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 Rocker3022193.0936
John Smoltz3633103.3657
Mike Remlinger743312.7693
Kerry Ligtenberg533313.0256
Jose Cabrera557422.8843
Steve Karsay433473.4339
Steve Reed392213.4825
Rudy Seánez380212.7541


National League Division Series

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

Game Home Score Visitor Score Date Series
1Houston4Atlanta7October 91-0 (ATL)
2Houston0Atlanta1October 102-0 (ATL)
3Atlanta6Houston2October 123-0 (ATL)

National League Championship Series

Game 1

October 16: Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix, Arizona

WP: Randy Johnson (1-0)   LP: Greg Maddux (0-1)

Game 2

October 17: Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix, Arizona

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

WP: Curt Schilling (1-0)   LP: John Burkett (0-1)

Game 4

October 20: Turner Field in Atlanta

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

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
A-Short Season Jamestown Jammers New York–Penn League Jim Saul
Rookie Danville Braves Appalachian League Ralph Henriquez
Rookie GCL Braves Gulf Coast League Rick Albert



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