6. The agonizing struggles of Dan Uggla, who the Braves were paying $62 million over five seasons. The veteran second baseman hit 36 homers for the Braves in his first season (2011), but his average plummeted to .179 in 2013 and .162 in 2014.
5. More unbearable struggles from another expensive veteran. This time it was center fielder Melvin Upton Jr., who the Braves signed to a five-year, $75.25 million contract. Upton hit .184 and .208 before the Braves had to include Kimbrel in a trade to make another team take Upton and his contract.
4. The stunning 2015 trade of Kimbrel, recognized as the best closer in baseball at the time. The Braves dealt him to the Padres just before the season started.
3. Seeing more of his best players traded away. Besides Kimbrel, the Braves also gave up Gold Glove right fielder Jason Heyward, Gold Glove shortstop Andrelton Simmons and slugging catcher Evan Gattis.
2. September swoons under Gonzalez: The Braves were 9-18 in September 2011 and wasted an 8 1/2-game lead in the wild-card standings. The Braves were 4-16 in September 2014.
1. A regime change at GM that also brought great philosophical changes to the organization. Frank Wren filled the roster with veteran players on long-term contracts but when he was fired and replaced by John Hart after the 2014 season, the priority changed to youth and inexpensive veterans. And the losses piled up.