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1984 Atlanta Braves season

1984 Atlanta Braves
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Atlanta, Georgia (since 1966)
  • Results
    Record 80–82 (.494)
    Divisional place 2nd
    Other information
    Owner(s) Ted Turner
    General manager(s) John Mullen
    Manager(s) Joe Torre
    Local television WTBS
    Superstation WTBS
    Local radio WSB
    (Ernie Johnson, Pete Van Wieren, Skip Caray, John Sterling)
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    The 1984 season was the 114th season for the Atlanta Braves.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    The 1984 Braves third season with Joe Torre at the helm was a disappointing one. Despite a winning record throughout most of the season they finished the campaign with an 80-82 mark, tied for second with the LA Dodgers, 12 games behind the San Diego Padres.

    Atlanta stumbled out of the gate with a 2-7 mark on April 13, and were six games out of first place. The Braves had a 6-11 record on April 25 but won three in a row and later won eight of nine to go above the .500 mark for the first time in 1984. They were 18-15 on May 13, tied for third and two games out of first.

    On May 24 Atlanta lost a double-header to the Cubs 10-7, 7-5 to drop to the .500 mark at 21-21. Atlanta rebounded to win 13 of its next 15 games to surge into first place with a 34-23 mark on June 7. The Braves were 32-16 since April 14 and were in first place by 1 ½ games. The season was beginning to look good for Atlanta.

    Unfortunately for the Braves this would prove to be the high water mark for the season. Atlanta lost five in a row from June 8 to 12 to fall into second place, 3 ½ games out of first. They were never to be in first place again in 1984.

    June 16, 1984: The Braves were playing the Cincinnati Reds in Atlanta. Mario Soto threw several brushback pitches at Braves slugger Claudell Washington. Washington tossed his bat in the direction of Soto, appeared to go out to retrieve it, but instead walked toward the mound. Umpire Lanny Harris attempted to restrain Washington. Harris was thrown to the ground. Soto used the distraction to punch Washington. Several of Washington's teammates attempted to hold Washington to the ground. While they were doing that, Soto fired the baseball into the crowd of players, striking Braves coach Joe Pignatano. He was suspended three games for this incident; Washington received a five-game suspension for shoving (umpire) Lanny Harris. (Both Soto and Washington were ejected from the game.)

    On June 20 the Braves were 39-29 and in second place, 1 ½ games out of first. By the end of June they were 43-35 and three games out of first. July would prove to be tougher for the Braves however. Atlanta went 5-12 to begin the month of July. On July 19 the Braves owned a 48-47 record and were seven games out of first and still in second place. It was growing more obvious that this wouldn't be the magical season fans had wished it would be. Atlanta was 8 ½ games out of first on the last day of July.

    On August 3 the Braves were six games over the .500 mark with a 57-51 record following a 2-1 win over the Giants. The league leading San Diego Padres lost that day and the Braves closed within 7 ½ games of the lead. The Braves were still hopeful of a late season surge but it appeared that might not happen.

    After August 3 things turned rotten on the Braves. From August 4 to September 9 the Braves posted a 12-23 record that reduced them to 69-74 with an eleven game deficit with 19 games to play. The Braves had also slipped to third place. The “pennant race” was over

    Season standings

    NL West W L GB Pct.
    San Diego Padres 92 70 -- .568
    Atlanta Braves 80 82 12.0 .494
    Houston Astros 80 82 12.0 .494
    Los Angeles Dodgers 79 83 13.0 .488
    Cincinnati Reds 70 92 22.0 .432
    San Francisco Giants 66 96 26.0 .407

    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1984 Atlanta Braves
    Roster
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    Infielders

    Outfielders

    Other batters

    Manager

    Coaches

    Player stats

    Batting

    Starters by position

    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
    3B Johnson, RandyRandy Johnson 91 294 82 .279 5 30
    RF Washington, ClaudellClaudell Washington 120 416 119 .286 17 61

    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
    Oberkfell, KenKen Oberkfell 50 172 40 .233 1 10
    Runge, PaulPaul Runge 28 90 24 .267 0 3
    Jorgensen, MikeMike Jorgensen 31 26 7 .269 0 5

    Pitching

    Starting pitchers

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Pérez, PascualPascual Pérez 30 211.2 14 8 3.74 145
    Camp, RickRick Camp 31 148.2 8 6 3.27 89
    Barker, LenLen Barker 21 126.1 7 8 3.85 95
    Dayley, KenKen Dayley 4 18.2 0 3 5.30 10

    Other pitchers

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Brizzolara, TonyTony Brizzolara 10 29 1 2 5.28 17
    Payne, MikeMike Payne 3 5.2 0 1 6.35 3

    Relief pitchers

    Player G W L SV ERA SO
    Bedrosian, SteveSteve Bedrosian 40 9 6 11 2.37 81

    Farm system

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    See also

    • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, N.C.: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3. 

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