10 Former Players You Forgot Played For The Atlanta Braves

Players You Don't Remember Played For The Braves

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Every Major League team employs veterans and aging stars whose best days came in other cities. The Atlanta Braves are no exception. Some of these players made several All-Star appearances before coming to Atlanta, yet even the most loyal of Braves fans may not remember their time with the organization.

Here's a list of 10 players you forgot played for the Atlanta Braves.

10. Casey Kotchman

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10. Casey Kotchman

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With the Braves fading out of contention midway through the 2008 season, the team dealt free-agent-to-be Mark Teixeira to the Angels for Kotchman. After hitting .296 with the Angels the year before, the Braves hoped Kotchman could be their first baseman of the future. Even though he hit .282 for Atlanta in 2009, he was dealt for Adam LaRoche almost a year to the day after coming to the Braves.

9. Garret Anderson

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9. Garret Anderson

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Another former Angel, Anderson came to the Braves as a free agent before the 2009 season. With the Angels he was a three-time All-Star, hit over .300 six times and finished fourth in the 2002 AL MVP voting. The left fielder was definitely near the end of his career when he came to Atlanta, but he still hit a respectable .268 in his only season with the Braves.

8. J.D. Drew

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8. J.D. Drew

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A Georgia native, Drew came to Atlanta in 2004 after six seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals. His one year with the Braves was statistically the best of his career. He hit a career-high 31 home runs and posted a .305/.436/.569 slash line on his way to finishing sixth in the NL MVP voting. Even though his short stint with the Braves was a good one, Atlanta had to trade then-prospect Adam Wainwright to get him.

7. Robert Fick

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7. Robert Fick

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After being named an All-Star in 2002, the Braves signed Fick to be their everyday first baseman. Fick hit .269 in his one season with the Braves, actually just one point above his career batting average before coming to Atlanta. That .269 average and his 11 home runs were lows among the team regulars that year, and Fick was jettisoned after the season.

6. Todd Pratt

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6. Todd Pratt

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A career backup, Pratt's claim to fame was hitting the game-winning home run that sent the New York Mets to the NLCS in 1999. He signed with the Braves before the 2006 season to back up Brian McCann, and Pratt hit .207 for the Braves in his final big league season.

5. Todd Hollandsworth

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5. Todd Hollandsworth

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Hollandsworth is best known for having one of the longest last names in MLB history and for winning the 1996 NL Rookie of the Year. He played for the Dodgers, Rockies, Rangers, Marlins and Cubs before coming to the Braves late in the 2005 season. The outfielder had only 35 at bats with the Braves before leaving for free agency and played only one more year before retiring.

4. Bernard Gilkey

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4. Bernard Gilkey

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Gilkey hit .317 with 30 home runs and 117 RBIs for the Mets in 1996, a breakout performance that got him a brief cameo in the movie Men In Black. After 10 years with the Cardinals, Mets, Diamondbacks and Red Sox, Gilkey finished his career in Atlanta in 2001, hitting .274 in 106 at bats for the Braves.

3. Bobby Bonilla

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3. Bobby Bonilla

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"Bobby Bo" was selected to six All-Star games, finished in the top-three in the MVP voting twice and hit 277 home runs -- all before coming to Atlanta in 2000. Bonilla was 37 when he joined the Braves and well past his prime. He hit .255 in a part-time role in Atlanta and left to finish his career with the Cardinals the following year.

2. Ken Caminiti

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2. Ken Caminiti

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The Braves already had a pretty good switch-hitting third baseman in Chipper Jones, but they signed Ken Caminiti halfway through the 2001 season anyway. In the mid-1990s, Caminiti won three Gold Gloves, was selected to three All-Star teams and won the 1996 NL MVP. He was 38 when the Braves signed him primarily to pinch-hit, and he retired after hitting .222 in his brief stint in Atlanta.

1. Raul Mondesi

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1. Raul Mondesi

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Like Hollandsworth, Mondesi also won the NL Rookie of the Year while playing for the Dodgers. He won two Gold Gloves, made the All-Star team in 1995 and hit 30 homers with 30 stolen bases in a season twice while playing in L.A. He bounced around the league from 2000-2004 before signing with the Braves before the '05 season. Besides hitting a walk-off home run against the Cardinals, he struggled mightily and was out of baseball by June that year.

Walter Bergeson is an Atlanta Braves writer for Rantsports.com.  Follow him on twitter @WalterBSports or add him to your network on Google

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