Statistics show Turner Field might be cursed

In November, the Braves took the entire city by storm when they announced they'd be moving out of the city and into Cobb County, a northern suburb of Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)


AP Photo/David Goldman
AP Photo/David Goldman

It’s no secret that the Atlanta Braves have experienced very little postseason success at Turner Field, or anywhere during the Turner Field era.

Since the stadium opened for baseball in 1997, you have won as many World Series games as the Braves. Sixteen seasons without a single victory in a World Series game isn’t unprecedented, but when you consider the Braves appeared in the Fall Classic four of the final six seasons at Fulton County Stadium prior to the move into Turner Field, it’s a little strange.

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It’s not just the World Series success, of lack thereof. Excluding the strike year of 1994, the Braves averaged seven postseason victories per year from 1991 to 1996, better known as the Bobby Cox era at Fulton County Stadium. In those years, it took seven wins to get to the World Series, so the Braves were averaging a World Series berth every time they went to the postseason.

Since they moved to Turner Field, the Braves have made 12 postseason appearances in 16 seasons. In those 12 appearances, the Braves have averaged 2.5 wins per postseason. Not per series, 2.5 wins per trip to the postseason.

On average, that’s not even enough to get out of the first round.

Outside the postseason, the Braves have enjoyed plenty of success at Turner Field, sure. They’ve run out of places to hang banners, and no National League team has won more games over the last four seasons than our hometown squad.

But when you consider all the playoff struggles, maybe it’s not such a bad thing that the Braves are reportedly very close to finding a new place to play, in Cobb County, in 2017.

Of course, knowing how we do things in Atlanta, the Braves are guaranteed to win the World Series in 2016, bulldoze the stadium where they did it, and embark on a long period of futility after that.

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