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31. Javy Lopez

31. Javy Lopez
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: November 5, 1970 in Ponce, P.R.
  • Weight: 185 lbs.
  • Height: 6'3"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: September 18, 1992
  • Final Game: September 02, 2006
  • NLCS MVP - 1996
  • Silver Slugger - 2003
  • TSN All-Star - 2003
  • MVP - 1998
  • MVP - 2003
  • Rookie of the Year - 1994
 
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The starting Catcher for the Atlanta Braves for nine seasons, Javy Lopez was considered one of the better Catchers in the National League during most of that time.  Early in his career, Lopez would help Atlanta win the 1995 World Series and in the following season he was the NLCS MVP though the Braves would not win the Fall Classic that year.  The Puerto Rican would be a three-time All-Star and was a good-hitting Catcher who would have five 20 Home Run Season, the best of which is his last campaign in Atlanta (2003) where he blasted 43 Home Runs with a .328 Batting Average.  He would be a fifth place finisher in MVP voting that year.  Lopez would accumulate 1,148 Hits with 214 Home Runs and a .287 Batting Average as an Atlanta Brave.

The Braves chose Lopez for their Hall of Fame in 2014.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Catcher
  • Acquired: Signed as an Amateur Free Agent 11/6/87.
  • Departed: Signed as a Free Agent by the Baltimore Orioles 1/6/04.
  • Games Played: 1156
  • Notable Statistics: 508 Runs Scored
    1,148 Hits
    190 Doubles
    14 Triples
    214 Home Runs
    694 RBI
    8 Stolen Bases
    .287/.337/.502 Slash Line
    24.4 bWAR

    60 Playoff Games
    10 Runs Scored
    23 Hits
    5 Doubles
    0 Triples
    4 Home Runs
    10 RBI
    1 Stolen Base
    .299/.337/.519 Slash Line
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Champion (1995)
    All-Star (1997, 1998 & 2003)
    NLCS MVP (2006)
    Most Assists by a Catcher (1996)
    Highest Range Factor per Game by a Catcher (1994, 1996 & 1998)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Catcher (1998)

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