Ligtenberg was drafted into service as the Braves’ closer following Mark Wohlers’ unexpected meltdown in 1998. The rookie right-hander made the most of the opportunity, relying on his low-90s fastball, split-finger and slider to save 30 games in 34 chances. In line to hold down the job again in 1999, Ligtenberg tore a ligament in his right elbow during spring training and missed the entire season following “Tommy John” surgery. His absence opened the door for notorious loudmouth lefty John Rocker to win the closer’s job. Upon his return in 2000, Ligtenberg split his time between closing and setup duties, winning two games and saving 12 others in 59 outings. Used more as a situational or spot reliever in 2001, he picked up three wins and one save while notching a 3.02 ERA in 53 appearances.