Javy Lopez leads 3 into Braves Hall of Fame

ATLANTA -- Longtime Braves catcher Javy Lopez was one of three inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame Friday.

Boston Braves shortstop Rabbit Maranville and head trainer Dave Pursley were also inducted during the luncheon at Turner Field's 755 Club.

"It's a dream that came true and more," Lopez said. "I mean, my dream as a kid was to play professional baseball in the future, and my dream came true. And being inducted into the Hall of Fame for the Atlanta Braves, that's completely unexpected, and for me, that's a great honor and definitely a bonus. I thought my goal was completed, and having this is even better."

Javy Lopez, the catcher women loved and pitchers hated, hit 41 homers in 2003.


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