Klesko, McMichael, Nixon – the names are not exactly legendary in Atlanta Braves’ lore, but each of the three players left their mark at Fulton County Stadium.
Fans of the Mississippi Braves will have an opportunity Saturday, March 31, to meet Ryan Klesko, Greg McMichael and Otis Nixon during the M-Braves’ Inaugural Fan Fest at Trustmark Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. During the Fan Fest event, each former Atlanta Braves player will be available to sign autographs at approximately 3 p.m.
The free event includes free food, free drinks, and a Fun Zone of inflatables for children, which will also be free of charge.
Additionally, that day’s Atlanta Braves spring training game will be shown on the video board and live music from the Voltage Brothers Band and other various artists will be performed beginning at 2 p.m.
The Braves will have various games and contests for fans to enjoy as well as multiple prizes available to win. Guided tours of the ballpark will be offered, allowing fans to check out the home and visiting clubhouse, suites, dugout, and more. The Extra Innings Team Store will also be open for fans to grab their choice of new 2012 Braves merchandise.
The Mississippi Braves Ticket Office will be open and M-Braves sales staff will be on site during the event to help you pick your perfect seat location for season tickets, mini ticket plans, and your individual game tickets.
The Mississippi Braves open the 2012 season on Thursday, April 5h, at Trustmark Park against the Mobile BayBears. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Klesko, a power-hitting former first baseman and left fielder for the Atlanta Braves, was drafted by the Braves in the fifth round of the 1989 draft and spent six years in the minors before his first Major League appearance in 1992. He hit 17 home runs in 1991, 23 homers in 1995 and 34 in 1996. Klesko was part of a three man trade to the Padres in 1999.
Right handed relief pitcher McMichael’s best year with the Braves came in 1993, when he notched a 2.06 Earned Run Average over 91 innings pitched. He ended the next season with a 3.84 ERA before going 7-2 with an ERA of 2.79 in 1995. He finished the following year with a 3.22 ERA.
Nixon, a fleet-footed outfielder, hit .297 for the Braves in 1991, .294 in 1992 and .269 in 1993.
In 1994, the Braves traded Nixon to the Boston Red Sox. He went on to spend time with the Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Minnesota Twins.