Stark: Re-evaluating the 1990s Braves through the prism of Cooperstown

From SABR member Jayson Stark at The Athletic on July 29, 2018:

If it’s July in Cooperstown, you​ know​ what that means:​ It must​ be time for​ another​ Braves​​ luminary from the ’90s to start delivering his Hall of Fame speech.

Sunday, it will be Chipper Jones’ turn. A year after it was John Schuerholz’s turn. Who was preceded, in rapid order, by John Smoltz, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and the manager who weaved it all together, Bobby Cox.

If you don’t have your calculator handy, that comes to six Braves icons admiring their plaques just since 2014. So whaddya know — apparently, those teams must have been pretty good.

“It’s funny, I saw Wade Boggs last year at the (Otesaga) hotel,” said Schuerholz, the one-time GM and architect of that juggernaut. “And he said, ‘Hey, Schuerholz. We’re going to have to build a special wing of this place just to house all you Braves who get in every year.’

“I said, ‘That would be OK with me,’” Schuerholz recalled with a laugh.

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