The 6 best Atlanta Braves who were never recognized as All-Stars

These Braves had a lot of success with the team. Sadly, they were never rewarded with an All-Star appearance.

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3. Jeff Francoeur

Jeff Francoeur
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For about 60 days in 2005, Braves fans truly believed Jeff Francoeur was the second coming of Babe Ruth. In the first month of his career, Frenchy slashed .403/.410/.810, good for a 222 wRC+. The RF hit eight homers, scored 20 runs, and knocked in 21.

Unfortunately, pitchers quickly learned that Francoeur had no plate discipline and they could throw the ball wherever they wanted and Frenchy would swing. In 2005, The Natural, as Sports Illustrated called him, had eight non-intentional walks.

He was never able to replicate his rookie-year success, but he was an RBI merchant. He had more than 100 RBIs in both 2006 and 2007, despite being below league average in 2006, and just slightly above league average in 2007.

Frenchy's best shot at an All-Star appearance came in 2007. While his advanced stats look less than impressive now, fans and players weren't looking up wRC+ in 2007. In 2007, fans would've seen a player who was hitting .289 with 58 RBIs and good defense (at least what fans considered at the time).

Instead, Barry Bonds, Carlos Beltrán, Ken Griffey Jr., Matt Holliday, Carlos Lee, Alfonso Soriano, and Aaron Rowand got the OF selections.

While Frenchy's playing career didn't turn out the way fans hoped, he's turned into an All-Star-level broadcaster.

4. Tommy Hanson

Tommy Hanson
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In another world, Tommy Hanson is entering his 14th season in the majors, having had a decade of excellence from the month.

For the first three seasons, Hanson looked destined for stardom. In his first three seasons, he collected a cumulative 7.3 fWAR in 460.1 innings. He had a 3.28 ERA and won 32 games.

After a subpar 2012, however, the Braves traded him to the Angels for Jordon Walden, and after a poor 2013, Hanson threw his last pitch in the majors at just 27 years old. He tragically passed away in 2015.

Despite having solid overall seasons, his success never aligned with the Midsummer classic. He came up too late in the 2009 season to get All-Star Recognition, and his 2010 was fueled by a second half where he had a 2.51 ERA, despite the Braves only giving him a win in two of those games.