ATLANTA -- Terry Pendleton will forever be remembered as the most valuable addition to the memorable worst-to-first 1991 team that captured the first of the Braves' 14 consecutive division titles. The coaching contributions he has made throughout much of this century have enhanced his status as one of the most
ATLANTA -- Terry Pendleton will forever be remembered as the most valuable addition to the memorable worst-to-first 1991 team that captured the first of the Braves' 14 consecutive division titles. The coaching contributions he has made throughout much of this century have enhanced his status as one of the most influential figures in franchise history.
Pendleton's contributions will be recognized when he and Hugh Duffy are inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame during the Chop Fest Gala, which be held at the Coca-Cola Roxy on Jan. 18. Many of the current Braves players and coaches will attend this event, which will celebrate this year's accomplishments and include discussions about the 2019 season.
Upon joining the organization after the 1990 season, Braves Hall of Fame executive John Schuerholz committed himself to improving the defense that would surround a young pitching staff, which included the still-unproven talents of John Smoltz and Tom Glavine. His search led him to Pendleton, a third baseman who bottomed out with 1990 Cardinals and then won the 1991 National League MVP Award with Atlanta.
Pendleton hit .293 with 67 homers and a .786 OPS, while serving as a regular in the Braves' lineup from 1991-94. He finished second in balloting for the 1992 NL MVP Award while helping Atlanta reach the World Series for a second straight season. His superb on-field production was matched by the clubhouse value he provided while serving as the team's leader and the mentor for his successor, Chipper Jones.
After enjoying a few years of retirement, Pendleton rejoined the Braves as their hitting coach in 2003. He also served as first-base coach and bench coach during his 16-season stint on the club's coaching staff. The suburban Atlanta native spent this past season serving as a special assistant.
Duffy was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1945. The outfielder batted .332 and produced a 121 OPS+ (league and park-adjusted OPS) over nine seasons within the Braves' organization. He constructed one of the most impressive seasons of the dead-ball era in 1894, when he won the NL Triple Crown with a .440 batting average, 18 homers and 145 RBIs.
Along with honoring Pendleton and Duffy, the Braves will recognize this year's major award winners -- NL Manager of the Year Award winner Brian Snitker and NL Rookie of the Year Award winner Ronald Acuna Jr.
The Braves will also recognize the Hitting Performance of the Year, the Pitching Performance of the Year, the Clutch Moment of the Year and Fan of the Year. Fans looking to purchase tickets for the event or vote on these awards can visit www.braves.com/gala.
Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.