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A look at the Braves' streak of 14 straight division titles

Associated Press

A year-by-year look at the Atlanta Braves' streak of 14 straight division titles:

Braves' streak ends
2005 Using 18 rookies, including 12 making their big-league debut, the Braves pull out their 14th straight division title by two games over Philadelphia. Andruw Jones finishes second in MVP balloting with 51 HRs and 128 RBI. John Smoltz returns to the starting rotation. Bobby Cox wins another manager of the year award. The Braves lose in the first round of the playoffs for the fourth straight year, falling to Houston in 18-inning final game, the longest in postseason history.
2004 The Braves win the NL East by eight games over Philadelphia despite losing Javy Lopez, Greg Maddux, Gary Sheffield and Vinny Castilla as free agents. Cox is named manager of the year for the second time. It's another quick exit in the playoffs as the Braves lose the division series to Houston.
2003 The Braves take the East by 10 games over Florida and set numerous offensive records in the process, scoring 907 runs and hitting 235 homers. Six players hit 20 homers, led by Lopez with 43. Sheffield, with 132, leads four players with 100 RBI. Five players score 100 runs, including Rafael Furcal with 130. Russ Ortiz wins 21 games and Maddux becomes the first pitcher with at least 15 wins in 16 consecutive seasons. For the second straight year, the Braves are knocked out in division series, this time by the Cubs.
2002 After two close calls, the Braves run away with the East by 19 games over Montreal. They clinch the title on Sept. 9, the third-earliest date since division play began in 1969. Smoltz converts 55 saves in his first full season as closer to set NL record. Sheffield sets a team record by reaching base in 52 straight games. The Braves are eliminated in division series by Barry Bonds and the Giants.
2001 Atlanta becomes the first team in professional sports history to win 10 straight division titles. Winning only 88 games, the Braves hold off Philadelphia by two games in the East, clinching on the final weekend. Maddux sets the NL record by not allowing a walk over 72 1/3 innings. Smoltz moves to bullpen late in the season after missing all of 2000 following elbow surgery. Atlanta loses to Arizona in the NLCS.
2000 Andres Galarraga returns after missing a year because of cancer and hits 28 HRs with 100 RBI. Furcal makes the jump from Class A to win rookie of the year. Tom Glavine leads the NL with 21 wins as the Braves win the NL East by one game over New York. But Atlanta is swept by St. Louis in the division series, and the wild-card Mets go on to play in the World Series.
1999 Chipper Jones captures the MVP as the Braves win the NL East by 6 games over New York, breaking up a close race by winning five of six against the Mets in late September. Jones hits .319 with 45 HRs, 100 RBI. After beating the wild-card Mets in a thrilling NLCS, the Braves are swept by the Yankees in the World Series.
1998 The Braves set a franchise record with 106 wins and win the NL East by 18 games over the Mets. Free-agent signee Galarraga leads the offense with 44 HRs, 121 RBI. Andruw Jones becomes youngest 20 homer-20 steal player in baseball history and wins his first of eight straight Gold Gloves. All five starting pitchers win at least 16 games. Glavine leads the league with 20 wins and wins his second Cy Young. The Braves lose to San Diego in the NLCS.
1997 Moving from Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium to Turner Field, the Braves win their sixth straight division title to break the major-league record. They finish nine games ahead of Florida. Denny Neagle wins 20 games, and the top four starters all finish among top 10 in NL ERA. After beating the Marlins easily during the regular season, Atlanta loses to the wild-card winner in the NLCS.
1996 The Braves become the first NL team to win five straight division titles, winning the NL East by eight games over Montreal. Smoltz goes 24-8 to give Atlanta its fourth straight Cy Young winner and fifth in six years. Mark Wohlers sets a team record with 39 saves. The Braves lose the World Series to New York after winning the first two games at Yankee Stadium.
1995 The Braves cruise to their first NL East title by 21 games over the Mets. Maddux claims his fourth straight Cy Young Award. The Braves defeat Cleveland in six games to win the first World Series title in Atlanta history. Glavine was named World Series MVP, combining with Wohlers on a one-hitter in the deciding Game 6.
1994 The Braves move to the NL East as part of baseball's realignment to three divisions. Six games behind Montreal when a strike wipes out the season Aug. 12. Kent Mercker pitches a no-hitter. Maddux wins his third straight Cy Young, second in Atlanta. Fred McGriff is the All-Star Game MVP.
1993 The Braves rally from 10 games down on July 22 to beat San Francisco. Atlanta goes 54-19 after the All-Star break, finishes with 104 wins and edges the Giants on the last day of the season by a single game. Maddux wins his second straight Cy Young in his first year with the Braves. The team draws a franchise record of nearly 3.9 million, but the season ends with an upset loss to Philadelphia in the NLCS.
1992 In last place on May 27, the Braves finish the season with a 78-37 run to beat Cincinnati by eight games for their second straight NL West title. The beat Pittsburgh in the NLCS on Francisco Cabrera's two-out, two-run single in the ninth inning of Game 7. They lose to Toronto in the World Series.
1991 The Braves win the NL West by one game over the Dodgers, becoming the first team in NL history to go from worst to first. Terry Pendleton is named MVP. Glavine wins the Cy Young Award. Cox is manager of the year. The Braves beat Pittsburgh in the NLCS and lose to Minnesota in World Series.