Guessing Obscure Braves Players from the Past: Chef's Special

Test your Braves knowledge by playing our new daily trivia game! Take five hints and see if you can guess that 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 who donned an Atlanta Braves jersey and see if you can guess from there! Have fun and no cheating! Trying to solve this one may have you wiggling. 

Hopefully, you've been enjoying these and they've led you down memory lane. Atlanta has featured so many great players in their history. Let's get into today's hints.

Who's that Brave?

Hint #1 (Career Teams): This former Braves player played 22 seasons in the MLB. He spent 6 seasons with the Marlins, 4 with the Los Angeles Dodgers, 4 with the Milwaukee Brewers, 3 with the New York Yankees, 2 with the Atlanta Braves, 2 with the San Diego Padres, 2 with the Detroit Tigers, and 1 with the New York Mets. 

Hint #2 (Awards and Accomplishments): This player was a 9X All-Star. He won a World Series with the Marlins in 1997. He accumulated 5 Silver Slugger Awards and finished in the top 10 of Most Valuable Player voting 6 times. 

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Hint #3 (Career Numbers): This former Brave is a career .292 hitter. He blasted a total of 509 career home runs while collecting 1,676 RBIs. Across his 22-season career, he played in a total of 2,576 games. In that span, he had 2,689 hits. 

Hint #4 (Positions and Numbers Worn): This player spent the majority of his career playing right field. However, he does have experience at third base and shortstop. In his time in the bigs, he wore the following jersey numbers: 1, 11, 10, 5, and 3. 

Hint #5 (Best Known For): This player was often referred to as “Sheff”. However, he is probably best known for the most unique batting stances in the history of the game. When he stood in the batter’s box, he would stand tall and wiggle his bat front to back at an excessive speed. 

Any ideas? Click next to find out the answer!

Answer: Gary Sheffield 

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Gary Sheffield was a 1st round draft pick by the Milwaukee Brewers in 1986. He was drafted out of high school and moved through the farm system quickly, making his MLB debut on September 3rd, 1988. He played his last game on September 30, 2009. 

Sheffield was only with the Atlanta Braves for two seasons but he made a big impact in a small amount of time. He was an All-Star in 2003. 

In those two seasons, he played a total of 290 games and posted these numbers: .319 batting average, 64 home runs, 216 RBIs, 30 stolen bases, 341 hits, 63 doubles, and 208 runs scored. 

You can stop mimicking Sheffield’s notorious batting stance now and get ready to try your luck again tomorrow!