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Jurrjens, Hudson, Hansen: The Next Maddux, Smoltz, Glavine?

The Atlanta Braves currently have one of the most exciting and dynamic pitching rotations in all of baseball. Jair Jurrjens, Tim Hudson, and Tommy Hansen remind many people of the vaunted Braves pitching staff of the 1990s. That pitching staff featured Greg Maddux, John Smoltz, and Tom Glavine. These three fierce competitors brought the Atlanta Braves a World Series championship in 1995. The current trio is expected to eventually replicate that feat. I’m not quite sure that’s a realistic expectation no matter how talented these guys might turn out to be. Braves fans are justified in having hope, but they shouldn’t get too caught up in the hype.Confused? Here ‘s a little help .

Greg Maddux is one of the greatest pitchers baseball has ever seen. It’s highly unlikely that any of the current Braves pitchers will ever be as good as him. He didn’t have the most powerful fastball or the sharpest breaking ball, but he had pinpoint accuracy with the pitches he did throw. Glavine won more than 300 games in his career and will eventually join Maddux in the Hall of Fame. John Smoltz was a terrific pitcher in his own right as well. The current Braves are good, but they’ll probably never match what those guys did in the 1990s.

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