Dale Murphy may have been denied entry into Cooperstown for the 14th time, but several other former Atlanta Braves fared much worse in their first and final year on the ballot.
Former fan favorites Javy Lopez and Brian Jordan, along with Terry Mulholland, made their first and last appearances on the Hall of Fame ballot in 2012. Only Lopez garnered a single vote, which is not enough to keep them on the ballot in the future.
Lopez played catcher for the Braves from 1992-2003. In his 12 seasons with the Braves, he hit .287 with 214 homers. After his career year in 2003 – in which he set career highs with a .328 average, 43 homers and 109 RBIs – he signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Orioles. After Lopez saw his production sink in 2005, he was traded to the Boston Red Sox mid-2006, where he finished his career.
Jordan's initial stint in Atlanta professional sports was as a strong safety with the Atlanta Falcons from 1989-1991. After breaking through with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1992 and spending the next six seasons there, he played right field for the Braves from 1999-2001 and again in a part time role in 2005 and 2006. He set a career high for RBIs (115) in 1999 and home runs (25) in 2001. His lifetime average is .282. Jordan still works with Fox Sports as a pre and post-game analyst for the Braves.
Mulholland defined the journeyman ballplayer by playing for 11 teams in 20 Major League seasons. While his 124-142 record and 4.41 ERA are far from earth shattering, his 13-11 with the Braves from 1999-2000 is the best winning percentage with a team in his career. On top of 20 starts in 2000, he also made 34 relief appearances en route to a 9-9 record that season.
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