Okay, let me make this clear...I am NOT giving-up on this season! I plan to see the Braves in the World Series this year. But - I also enjoy looking at the future of the Braves. I've been a fan for 40+ years, so watching the roster is a long-term thing for me. Please forgive me if I accidentally refer to Derrek Lee as Fred McGriff (although it will make perfect sense to my fellow old-timers.)
Anyway, I would be interested in reading what my fellow fans have to say about future "cornerstone" players for the Braves. I use that term to mean Braves whom I would expect to be line-up mainstays for the foreseeable future. The team will make it a priority to sign them, they will continue producing, and they just don't seem the type to jump-ship for bigger bucks (like Andruw or Furcal.) Chipper Jones is/was the consummate cornerstone.
There are many ex-Braves who were/are good players, but I just don't see them as cornerstones,
Here is my list of current Braves cornerstone players (in no particular order):
I am not including pitchers - that's a whole 'nother issue!
So, what's your opinion, fellow fans. Is my list complete? Overreaching? You tell me.,
By the way, I am encouraged by this list...four All-Stars, five of the eight position players. Not many other teams could boast those "cornerstones."