6 Most Hated Atlanta Braves Players (since 2003)

The Atlanta Braves have had a lot of likable players over the years. Unfortunately, they've had a few hated players that brought more sorrow than joy to fans.
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4. Robert Fick

There are likely a few of you who don't even recognize the name "Robert Fick". If you do, however, you probably hate him. Despite having a stacked lineup in 2003, with Chipper Jones, Gary Sheffield, Javy Lopez, Rafael Furcal, and Marcus Giles leading the pack, John Schuerholz and co. decided to fill 1B with mediocracy.

Fick had been the lone All-Star for the lowly Detroit Tigers in 2002, but he made it as an outfielder with a 105 wRC+. The 2002 Tigers didn't have a single batter with a 2.0 fWAR, as well.

Before coming to Atlanta, the first baseman already had a reputation in the league, as he was once at the forefront of a brawl that left Keith Foulke needing five stitches under his eye. Fick was suspended for five games.

Fick had been released by Detroit despite his All-Star nod, and the Braves signed him to a one-year deal to play 1B in 2003. During his lone season with the Braves, he slashed .269/.335/.418, good for a 94 wRC+. He only had a 0.9 fWAR, however, which was tied for ninth among hitters with Russ Ortiz, the pitcher.

This wasn't what earned the hate, however. In Game 4 of the NLDS, Robert Fick slapped Eric Karros' forearm as he tried to reach first on a bunt. Fick refused to apologize and was fined $25,000 by MLB and an undisclosed amount by the Braves.

Fick was released at the end of the season.

3. Garret Anderson

If you were on Talking Chop (now Battery Power) back in the day, you probably know what FUGA stands for. As a California/Anaheim/Los Angeles Angel, Garret Anderson was a solid player. He was a three-time All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger winner.

As a Brave, he was a liability.

Slashing 268/.303/.401 (83 wRC+) isn't optimal but if you can play solid defense ala Andrelton Simmons, no one will bat an eye. But if you're also a statue in LF while also slashing these numbers, you're going to draw the ire of fans.

He did manage to get his 2500 hit with the Braves, but even then there was no reaction by the fans. At least one Braves legend looked up to him.

2. B.J. Upton

One of the worst contracts in Braves history – although Bruce Sutter had a steal of a deal – B.J. (Melvin) Upton (Jr.) just didn't have it from the start.

After completing his third straight season with a 3.4 fWAR or higher, Upton signed a five-year, $75.25 million deal with the Braves before the 2013 season. He'd go on to total 2.1 fWAR in the next four seasons and was released by the Blue Jays before the final year of his deal expired.

Upton only spent two seasons with the Braves, but he was worth a cumulative -0.9 fWAR during his time with the Braves. He struck out frequently and was ejected several times for called third strikes that were probably strikes.

He was booed by Braves fans during and after his tenure, but at least he had a few cool moments with his brother, Justin.