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Five of the had such a great year that he seven games were decided by a was named the 1991 NL MVP. single run. Three of the games, Tom Glavine led the pitching including the final two, went staff. He won 20 games and was into extra innings. voted the NL’s Cy Young Award The Twins won the cham- Leibrandt, pionship by scoring in the 10th John Smoltz, and Steve Avery inning of Game 7 for a 1–0 vic- backed up Glavine by winning tory. Despite their best effort, a combined 47 games. the Braves had to settle for winner.

Series. more year. It became a resur- such as pitchers Tim Hudson gent year in Atlanta. Young and Billy Wagner to reach the players such as rookie outfielder NLDS. However, the Braves Jason Heyward, catcher Brian could not get past the San Fran- McCann, and infielder Martin cisco Giants. The Giants won Prado combined with veterans the series three games to one. The Atlanta Braves celebrate after beating the Cleveland Indians 1–0 on October 28, 1995, to become World Series champions. YEARS OF DOMINANCE 39 TEAM LEADERS Three pitchers and two field players defined the Braves during the 1990s and early 2000s.

During those 10 team out of contention with seasons, they won 453 games and an 89–73 finish. The follow- combined for 15 All-Star appear- ing season the Braves’ record ances. Smoltz later went to the improved to 94–68. The team bullpen and added 65 saves. met the St. Louis Cardinals in Outfielder Andruw Jones and MLB's first wild card game. third baseman/outfielder Chipper Though the Braves played at Jones were teammates on the Braves from 1996 to 2007. Andruw Jones burst onto the scene during the 1996 World Series.

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