Atlanta Braves (1993-2002)
In 1993 the Atlanta Braves brought Cy Young winner Greg Maddux to join a rotation that already included Tom Glavine, John Smoltz and Steve Avery and had just led the Braves to back-to-back World Series appearances. Maddux became the ace of the staff, winning the Cy Young in his first year with the Braves (his second of four straight), but Glavine and Smoltz weren’t far behind. What made the rotation even better was the different styles. Maddux was the master of control, the hard-throwing Smoltz a strikeout machine, and the ever-durable Glavine the artful lefty.
In 1995 the incredible starting rotation finally delivered the Braves a World Series title, led by another Maddux Cy Young season. In 1996 Smoltz won his first Cy Young as all three pitchers posted ERAs under 3.00. Glavine won his second Cy Young in 1998 (he won his first in ‘91) as all three had ERAs under 3.00 yet again (in 1997 Smoltz had an ERA of 3.02). Although the Braves would not win another World Series behind the incredible arms, they are still considered one of, if not the best, starting rotation in baseball history.
The three pitchers combined for 26 All-Star selections and seven Cy Young awards (though not all with Atlanta). It remains to be seen if all three will reach the Hall of Fame, but each stands at least a solid chance.