In my opinion, Tom Glavine is one of the best pitchers ever. Born on March 25, 1966, in Concord, MA, he graduated from Billerica (Mass) Memorial High Schiool, where he played both hockey and baseball. In 1984, he was drafted by two professional sports teams (Hockey- Los Angelos Kings in the 4th round // Baseball- Atlanta Braves in the 2nd round of the free agent draft) Was called up on August 14, 1987, to the majors from AAA Richmond, and made his major league debut in Houston on August 17. He posted his first major league win against Pittsburg on August 22. In 1991, he won his first NL Cy Young Award. In 1995, with 91 victories,Glavine became the winningest pitcher in the majors over the past five seasons. In 1998, Tom won his second NL Cy Young award. Days before he won the award in 1998, he married for the second time.
Greg Maddux was born on April 14, 1966, in San Angelo, Texas. He set several records in 1995, when he became the first pitcher to win four straight Cy Young Awards and the first pitcher to pitch back to back seasons with an ERA under 1.80. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family (wife, Kathy, and daughter, Amanda) and playing golf and video games. Maddux is also ver active in his community and different organizations
John Smoltz has had a long journey from being a 22nd round draft pick for the Detroit Tigers in the 1985 draft to becoming a top pitcher for the Braves. The Braves aquired him in 1987 and he made his major league debut on July 23, 1988. Like Tom and Greg, he won the NL CY Young Award in 1996. On June 7, 1999, he became the 53rd pitcher in the Major League history to record 2000 strikeouts. He is involved in the commmunity also that includes hosting an annual golf event (John Smoltz Celebrity Pro-AM) to benefit Atlanta's Scottish Rite Children's Medical Center. He is happily married to Dyan and has three children (John Jr, Rachel, and Carly)
Kevin Millwood was aquired by the Braves in the 11th round of the 1993 June free agent draft. Millwood has since became the fifth starter in 1997 when Danny Neagle left for the Cincinatti Reds. He has became a massive asset to the starting rotation with speeds of 90 in his pitching and even being a candidate for the CY Young award in 1999. A graduate of Bessener City (NC) High School, he played baseball, football, and basketball while graduating with honors. Hobbies of his includes fishing and horseback riding.
Albie played baseball for Westwood High
School in Mesa, Arizona, twice earning team MVP
honors. He graduated Westwood in 1989. Albie was
drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 46th
round of the 1989 June draft but did not sign with them. Instead,
he opted to enroll in Mesa Junior College in 1990. While in Mesa
Junior College he continued to turn heads on the mound, earning
2nd-team All-America honors and a spot on the Junior Olympic team,
while majoring in Education. During his sophmore year of college,
Albie was also drafted by the Seattle mariners in the 19th round
of the 1990 June draft, but decided the time wasn't right.
Instead, Albie decided to play pro ball in the Appalachian League.
In 1991 Lopez was drafted by the Cleveland Indians and spent five seasons with the Indians organization, where he was used as both a starter and a reliever. He also spent playing time with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Lopez was signed by the Atlanta Braves on December 20, 2001, for a $4 million, one-year contract.
Kerry Ligtenberg signed to the Braves as a free agent on January 27, 1996. Kerry Ligtenberg was recommended by former Braves catcher Greg Olson as a candidate for the team. The scouts were impressed and signed Ligtenberg to a Minor League contract.
Braves' relief pitcher Michael John Remlinger was born on March 23, 1966, in Middletown, New York. Starting with T-ball at age six, he played baseball throughout his youth, and was almost always a pitcher. After his graduation from Carver High School (Plymouth, Massachusetts) in 1984, he continued to pitch while attending Dartmouth College. In his sophomore season, he led the nation with an outstanding 1.59 ERA, and during his junior year, he was a second-team All-American, leading the NCAA with 14 strikeouts per 9 innings. His professional baseball career began when he was drafted in 1987 by the San Francisco Giants, in the first round, sixteenth pick overall. During his major league career, Remlinger has played for the San Francisco Giants, the New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, and the Atlanta Braves. He became a member of the Braves through a trade which took place on November 10, 1998, along with former Brave Bret Boone, in exchange for Rob Bell, Denny Neagle and Michael Tucker.