...before we inevitably get to more ARod bashing. Reader Chris sends this link to an article by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Terence Moore, about what a huge mistake it is to let Andruw Jones walk.
He is the hidden reason the Braves produced Cy Glavine, Cy Smoltz and Cy Maddux, along with all of those consecutive years of team ERAs that ranked first or second in baseball.
I don't think I can say this any better than Chris did, so I'll just turn it over to him:
Tom Glavine's Cy Youngs were in 1991 and 1998. In 1991 Andruw played 0 games for the Braves as he was 14 years old and on another continent. In 1998, he played in all of Glavine's starts and had what appears to be a really good year defensively.
John Smoltz won the Cy Young in 1996 when Andruw played a whopping 31 games with the Braves as a rookie by which point Smoltz was already 19-6 and deep in the Cy Young hunt.Edit: a few of you have pointed out that Aaron Gleeman had this story last Friday. Here's what he said:Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, and Greg Maddux combined to win six Cy Youngs with the Braves, but only one came with Jones in center field. In fact, when Glavine won the first of those six awards in 1991, Jones was 14 years old. Moore calls Jones "the hidden reason" behind the Cy Youngs, but he was at Single-A when Maddux won the award in 1993, 1994, and 1995. Also, Jones' MLB debut came 120 games into the 1996 season, yet the Braves led the NL in ERA in 1992, 1993, 1995, and 1996.
And, somehow, Greg Maddux managed to win his 4 Cy Young awards even though 1 was with a completely different team and the other 3 happened while Andruw was in the minor leagues.
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