Guessing Obscure Atlanta Braves Players from the Past: Rustle Your Thoughts

Play our daily Atlanta Braves trivia! Use five hints to guess the former Braves player!

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The daily trivia game ‘Immaculate Grid’ has been a fun and exciting challenge for baseball fans. We wanted to create something similar related to the Atlanta Braves. Welcome to House That Hank Built’s new series: Guessing Obscure Braves Players From the Past!

We will give you five hints at a random player that donned an Atlanta Braves jersey and see if you can guess from there! Have fun and no cheating!. You may have to rustle your thoughts to get this one. 

Hint #1: This player had a 12 year career in the MLB. He spent a total of 6 seasons with the San Francisco Giants, 2 seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks, 2 seasons with the Atlanta Braves, 1 season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, 1 season with the Houston Astros and 1 season with the Baltimore Orioles. 

Hint #2: To make it 12 seasons in the big leagues, this player had to be doing something right. However there was only one season that really stands out looking at his career. That would be the 2003 for the Atlanta Braves when he was an all-star, led the league in wins, finished 4th in the Cy Young Award voting and 27th in MVP voting. 

Hint #3: For his career, this player posted a 113-89 record as a starting pitcher with a 4.51 ERA. He was not known for strikeouts as he only struck out 1,192 batters in 1,661.1 innings pitched. This pitcher only walked 860 batters in his career. 

Hint #4: This player sported four different jersey numbers across his 12 seasons in the big leagues. He wore numbers: 48 (which he was most known for), 30, 23, and 39.

Hint #5: We told you the teams that this player has played for but to give you a more specific hint, we will let you know the exact seasons he spent with his respective teams. He was with the San Francisco Giants from 1998-2002, the Atlanta Braves from 2003-2004, the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2005-2006, the Baltimore Orioles in 2006, the San Francisco Giants again in 2007, the Houston Astros in 2009 and the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2010. 

Answer: Russ Ortiz

Russ Ortiz was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 4th round of the MLB draft in 1995 out of the University of Oklahoma. He made his MLB debut on April 2nd, 1998 and played his last game on April 17th, 2010. 

During his time with the Braves, Russ Ortiz had two solid seasons. Overall, he was 36-16 with a 3.97 ERA and was selected to the 2003 All-Star Game. He also tossed three complete games over the course of those two seasons. 

Didn’t get today’s obscure Braves player from the past? Shake off the rust and try again tomorrow!