Niekro was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997 and was a permanent fixture on the Braves roster from 1967 until 1983. He had 14 seasons with 10 or more wins and posted three 20+ wins with the Braves. During his 24 year career, Niekro made five All-Star appearances, was awarded five Gold Gloves, and won 318 games, placing him 14th all-time. He holds or shares 13 Atlanta career pitching records including most games, complete games, innings pitched, games won, most shutouts, and most hits. Niekro was inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame in 1999.
Both Craig Kimbrel and Mike Minor made their major league debuts in 2010 and made quite an impact. Kimbrel who pitched in Rome in 2008 / 2009, was 4-0 with a 0.44 ERA working in relief for Atlanta this past season. Minor was 3-2 mostly as a starter in Atlanta in 2010. He pitched for Rome during the 2009 season.
“We are excited to welcome such a diverse group of the Atlanta Braves family to Rome for the 9th Annual Hot Stove Gathering,” said Rome General Manager Michael Dunn. “This year’s lineup showcases not only the proud history of the Braves organization but the exciting future that lies ahead.”
Tickets are $30 per person or $15 for children 12 & under and tickets can be purchased online at www.romebraves.com, at the Forum box office, or at the Rome Braves ticket office.