Gone are the days of players spending their entire careers with the same team. As Chipper Jones retires after the 2012 season, only a few players have spent their long, successful careers with the same team, including Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter. Those players are just some of the exceptions to the rule of going where the money is.
As the Braves prepare to welcome the New York Yankees and Jeter to Turner Field for a three game series, what former Braves will be playing in their old city?
Mark Teixeira, 2007-2008 in Atlanta
Teixeira played in parts of two seasons with Atlanta after the Braves sent five players to the Texas Rangers for the star first baseman. He had a highly successful run with the team, but was unable to lead them to the World Series like the hopes were when they brought him in. He hit .295 during his time with the team, appearing in 157 games with 37 home runs and 134 RBIs. Those would have been solid numbers if it was just a single season and I know several fans who hoped there was a way to keep him in town.
Rafael Soriano, 2007-2009 in Atlanta
Soriano spent three seasons with the Braves and while he was a solid reliever/closer, he wasn't overly dominating despite his ability. He appeared in 162 games with the Braves and went 4-10 with 39 saves and a 2.95 ERA. He recorded 188 strikeouts in 161 2/3 innings with just 107 hits allowed and 51 walks.
Andruw Jones, 1996-2007 in Atlanta
Jones began his Atlanta career with a bang, hitting home runs in his first two at-bats of the 1996 World Series and his rise to the top of the sport was on. Coupled with Chipper Jones, the duo known as the Jones' boys, led the Braves to division titles in nearly every season they played together. As a Brave, he appeared in 1,761 games with a .263 average, 368 home runs and 1,117 RBIs. The team let him go after a sluggish 2007 season and he hasn't hit higher than .247 since.
Boone Logan, 2009 in Atlanta
Logan spent one season in the Atlanta bullpen and didn't have the best of performances. He was 1-1 with a 5.19 ERA, allowing 21 hits and nine walks in 17 1/3 innings. The Braves traded Logan to the Yankees with Javier Vazquez following the season and he has found his stride as a reliever in the Bronx for the past three seasons.
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Hobson Lopes has been a life-long Atlanta Braves fan, thanks to TBS, and can be followed on Twitter @HobsonLopes.
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