Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Braves Dynasty Dullest in History of Baseball

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Braves Dynasty Dullest in History of Baseball

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For the Atlanta Braves, an aberration of baseball's free-agent

era, it is no longer just about winning a World Series. It's

about securing a place in history, leaving a legacy that

surpasses all the achievements of as many dynasties before or

after them.

Nobody will ever catch the phenomenal run of the 1949-58 New

York Yankees, who captured nine pennants and seven World Series

crowns in maybe the greatest decade by any sports franchise.

But take heart, Atlanta. Your Team of the '90s has it all over

any previous major league powerhouse in at least one respect --

this is the dullest dynasty in baseball history.

The Braves, looking to take a commanding 3-1 World Series lead

last night against the Yankees, have all the elements to sustain

greatness. A superb starting rotation. A dependable closer. A

power-laden lineup. A solid defense.

What they don't have much of is personality. There's no

swagger, and very little aura about the Braves. Yes, Atlanta has

one of the best pitching staffs to ever grace a diamond, but

none of their past, present and future Cy Young Award

recipients evoke any real emotion.

If Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz didn't throw a

baseball with such precision, you could picture them as

accountants or lab technicians who perform their jobs without

ever becoming irritable or excited.

Unlike the Oakland Athletics and New York Yankees dynasties of

the 1970s, this ballclub has not one lightning rod of

controversy. Its image is as milk-and-cookies as Ozzie and

Harriett.

Hardly a day went by for those A's or Yankees without clubhouse

turmoil making news. Players and managers fought as hard with

each other as they did between the lines. Winning a World Series

did nothing for job security. Charlie Finley and George

Steinbrenner changed managers as quickly as Billy Martin threw

punches.

You never see headlines proclaiming them as the "Bickering

Braves. …

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