The Atlanta Braves have seen numerous hitting machines wear their jersey throughout the years. Reaching the 200 hit plateau in a single season is a lot easier said than done though. Last week we looked at the last five Braves’ to hit 40 homers in a season, today we are looking at the last four Braves’ to reach 200 hits in a single season.
If you weren’t aware, Ronald Acuña Jr. is in the midst of a magical season. He’s is the betting favorite to take home the NL MVP award, and is currently on pace for a 216 hit season. Who was the last Brave to reach 200 hits in a season? The answer might surprise you.
Ender Inciarte - 2017 (201 Hits)
The rebuilding years were tough for Atlanta. Despite the team being bad, center fielder Ender Inciarte had some of his best years while the team was among the worst in the league. In 2017 it was a career year for Ender, as he was penciled into the leadoff spot in the Braves lineup every single night.
Not many times does someone collect 200 hits in a season and still have an wRC+ under 100 (His was 97) but Ender did so in 2017. The root of that was the majority of Inciarte’s hits were singles. In fact, of his 201 hits, 158 of those were singles.
Still 2017 was a great year for Ender who took home his second of three straight gold gloves from 2016-2018, and he posted a 3.7 fWAR via Fangraphs. He also notched his lone All-Star nod as he was the Braves representative for the midsummer classic down in Miami.
Marquis Grissom - 1996 (217 Hits)
When you mention the name Marquis Grissom to a Braves fan, most of them remember him for being the guy to catch the final out of their 1995 World Series victory over Cleveland. But throughout his career, Grissom was a good ball player.
He had 2,251 hits in his major league career, and in 1996 he joined the 200 hit club for the only time in his career. Grissom’s ‘96 year was great, he had a .308/.349/.489 slash line and a career-high 117 wRC+ on the year. He also hit 23 homers and stole 28 bases that year, to go along with some very solid defenses in centerfield that allowed him to capture his last of four consecutive gold gloves.
As fun as it is to look back on his numbers though, it’s just as much fun to hear him talk about catching that final out in 1995.
Ralph Garr- 1974 (214 Hits), 1973 (200 Hits), 1971 (219 Hits)
Ralph Garr had some phenomenal seasons in his eight years spent with the Braves. His ‘71 season where he totaled 219 hits is the fourth most hits in a season in Braves history. Garr was such a good hitter that he broke the 200 hit mark three separate seasons with the Braves.
His latest in 1974 was one of the best seasons in his career. In 1974 Garr took home the NL batting title with a .353 batting average. His 17 triples also lead all of Major League Baseball. He also set a career high in wRC+ (140) and fWAR (4.9) that season.
Garr also owned one of the coolest nicknames in baseball history: The Road Runner.
Felipe Alou - 1966 (218 Hits), 1968 (210 Hits)
The final entrant on our list is none other than the father of former Expo, Moises Alou. Yes, the Dominican born Felipe Alou had a very respectable big league in which he collected over 2,100 hits and 200 home runs, and 100 stolen bases.
His 1966 season was something special. That year he drove in 122 runners, belted 31 home runs, and led all of baseball with 218 hits. Just a couple years later he led the league again with 210 hits.