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Freddie Freeman is Players' Man of the Year

Freddie Freeman is Players' Man of the Year

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ And Most Outstanding Player as well Freddie Freeman started the summer with a 104 fever and a lot of pain. At the end, he finished with a .341/.462/.640, a league-leading 3.4 WAR, 8 postseason wins and 2 winning series, and now, a very high honor from the players. Congratulations to @FreddieFreeman5 for being named @BaseballAmerica's Player of the Year!#MVFree pic.twitter.com/xbfYhnD8qR— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) October 22, 2020 Nelson Cruz won the Marvin Miller award and the Braves' Freeman took home the MLB Players Association Players Choice award for...
11 hours ago
Ronald Acuna Jr., Dansby Swanson, and Max Fried all named Gold Glove Finalists

Ronald Acuna Jr., Dansby Swanson, and Max Fried all named Gold Glove Finalists

Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports The Braves had three players named finalists for Gold Glove Awards. Lets go ahead and get this out of the way....Gold Glove Awards are a recognition award which is distinctly different from a performance-based award on a number of levels. Very often, a guy’s reputation or even offensive prowess dictates whether or not they get the votes over strictly performance in the field. It is the nature of the beast. One need to only look at when Andrelton Simmons, who was the best fielder on planet Earth period that season, lost the Gold Glove to Brandon Crawford...
16 hours ago
Starting Nine: Marcell Ozuna stays, extensions galore and more bold predictions for Braves’ offseason

Starting Nine: Marcell Ozuna stays, extensions galore and more bold predictions for Braves’ offseason

Marcell Ozuna, the NL’s leader in home runs and RBI, delivered six extra-base hits in the postseason, including two homers in Game 4 vs. the Dodgers.  | Photo by Tom Pennington/ Alex Anthopoulos will bring in another blast from the GM’s past, Atlanta finds a new home for Ender Inciarte and a changing of the guard at catcher and closer For all that went right as the Braves reached their first National League Championship Series since 2001 — young pitching finding its groove in a record-setting postseason, Freddie Freeman taking MVFree to the big stage — the one-year bet that...
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Braves Mailbag: Marcell Ozuna, Mike Foltynewicz’s future, Drew Waters and more

Braves Mailbag: Marcell Ozuna, Mike Foltynewicz’s future, Drew Waters and more

Photo by Cooper Neill/MLB Photos via Thank you to everyone who sent in questions for this week’s mailbag. We received so many responses that I am going to split this up into two or three articles. I still may not be able to get to all of them but this is something we are going to do a little more often this winter. On to the questions. I was surprised that neither Bryce Wilson nor Huascar Ynoa was not used in game 7 against the Dodgers. Wouldn’t one of them have been a more reasonable choice rather than allowing Minter and Martin to pitch beyond their limits? I don’t think so....
22 hours ago
The Daily Chop: Anthopoulos and Snitker, Ozuna, Rays, and more

The Daily Chop: Anthopoulos and Snitker, Ozuna, Rays, and more

Photo by Mary DeCicco/MLB Photos via Braves GM and manager discuss offseason topics. Meanwhile, the Rays have evened the World Series. The Braves have a challenging offseason ahead, with difficult decisions regarding Marcell Ozuna and other free agents along with the looming Freddie Freeman extension. The club should remain largely intact, though the bullpen could certainly look differently without Mark Melancon or Shane Greene should they sign elsewhere. Braves News Braves discuss Soroka, Ozuna, Freddie, more Alex Anthopoulos and Brian Snitker discuss subjects such as Mike Soroka,...
Oct 21, 2020
2020 World Series Game 2 open thread

2020 World Series Game 2 open thread

Photo by Kelly Gavin/MLB Photos via The Los Angeles Dodgers grabbed a 1-0 lead in the World Series Tuesday night with an 8-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. The series will continue Wednesday night with Game 2. Blake Snell will be on the mound for the Rays while the Dodgers will go with right-hander Tony Gonsolin. Game Info Game Date/Time: Wednesday, October 21, 8:08 p.m. ET Location: Globe Life Field, Arlington, Texas TV: FOX
Oct 21, 2020
Braves 2020 Season in Review: The Bullpen

Braves 2020 Season in Review: The Bullpen

Adam C. Hagy-USA TODAY Sports Through both expected and unexpected sources, the Braves bullpen emerged as an essential strength in 2020. At the 2019 trade deadline, the Atlanta Braves were clearly a playoff contender. However, that was mainly due to a consistent offense. As a whole, the pitching staff was a roller coaster for the first four months of 2019. With stretches of both dominance and despair, the consistency of both the starting rotation and the bullpen was hard to trust. As a result, general manager Alex Anthopoulos sought stability in multiple transactions. The end...
Oct 21, 2020
How do you solve a problem like Ozuna’s upcoming free agent contract?

How do you solve a problem like Ozuna’s upcoming free agent contract?

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ How do you secure his dingers and bring them to your town? The Braves’ 2020 season is kaput, and with it, their contractual hold on one of the most bizarre-but-exhilarating baseballing humans: Marcell Ozuna. In true Ozuna fashion, his pandemic-shortened season was straight nonsense, but the good kind. He set career highs in basically every rate-based offensive statistic except strikeouts (just a bit off) and put up 2.5 fWAR over 60 games and 267 PAs, matching his 2019 production over 130 games. Notably, that 2.5 fWAR came after incurring the wrath of the...
Oct 21, 2020
SB Nation Reacts: Braves Fans still confident, World Series picks

SB Nation Reacts: Braves Fans still confident, World Series picks

Photo by Adam Hagy/MLB Photos via Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged in Braves fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts. The Braves season did not end the way Atlanta fans wanted it to, but things are still trending in the right direction. In the latest SB Nation Reacts results, 83 percent of Braves fans have confidence in the team. The Tampa Bay Rays may not have the biggest national following normally, but right now they are the most popular team in baseball. According to...
Oct 21, 2020
The Daily Chop: Mike Soroka, Ronald Acuña Jr. injury updates, offseason outlook and more

The Daily Chop: Mike Soroka, Ronald Acuña Jr. injury updates, offseason outlook and more

Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via The Atlanta Braves officially closed the book on the 2020 season as GM Alex Anthopoulos and manager Brian Snitker addressed the media for the final time. Anthoupoulos provided a pair of injury updates and also touched on the upcoming offseason. On Ronald Acuña Jr., Anthopoulos acknowledged that Acuña was still dealing with wrist soreness but does not think it is something that will require surgery. The wrist hampered Acuña throughout the season and caused him to be placed on the injured list. He told reporters that the wrist was still...
Oct 20, 2020
2020 World Series Game 1 open thread

2020 World Series Game 1 open thread

Photo by Harry How/ The 2020 World Series will get underway tonight with Game 1 between the Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers. Tyler Glanow will be on the mound for the Rays while the Dodgers will counter with Clayton Kershaw. Game Info Game Date/Time: Tuesday, October 20, 8:11 p.m. ET Location: Globe Life Field, Arlington, Texas TV: FOX
Oct 20, 2020
Braves 2020 Season in Review: The Rotation

Braves 2020 Season in Review: The Rotation

John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports Whew boy, there is a lot to unpack with what happened to the Braves’ rotation this year. Make no mistake about it, the Braves rotation was a bit of an adventure in 2020 with a slew of injuries, opt-outs, and on-field struggles that made it, at times, the weakest link of the organization. However, there were some definite silver linings in this group and it seemed as though the starters rounded into form at the perfect time as they carried the team through the opening playoff round against the Reds, dominated the Marlins in the next round, and held...
Oct 20, 2020
Braves prospect retrospect: Marcus Giles

Braves prospect retrospect: Marcus Giles

Photo by Daniel Shirey/ Marcus Giles was once a shining star in the Atlanta Braves farm system. Let’s take a look back at how his career panned out. Marcus Giles erupted onto the baseball scene after sneaking to the end of the MLB Draft. A career full of injury left a lot of questions on what could have been for the former Atlanta Braves second baseman. Let’s take a look back at the career that was. Marcus Giles, former 53rd-rounder in the MLB draft Yup. You read that correctly. Marcus Giles was selected in the 53rd round of the 1996 MLB draft, the same year his older brother Brian...
Oct 20, 2020
Braves Season In Review: Atlanta’s offense was something to behold in 2020

Braves Season In Review: Atlanta’s offense was something to behold in 2020

Photo by Rob Carr/ The Braves’ lineup was as good as anyone’s, headlined by a three-headed monster at the top. The Braves’ lineup in 2020 was as good as it gets, ranking near the top of the league in just about every statistic imaginable. Let’s take a look back on the shortened season and the highs, lows and what we can expect in 2021. Ronald Acuña Jr. Stat line: .250/.406/.581, 159 wRC+, 14 HR, 29 RBI, 2.4 WAR What Went Right: When healthy, Acuña enjoyed another terrific season out of the leadoff spot, serving as a dynamic weapon atop the order. He continued to hit for power,...
Oct 20, 2020
The Daily Chop: Season Reviews, Looking Ahead, TC Podcast, and more

The Daily Chop: Season Reviews, Looking Ahead, TC Podcast, and more

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports Talking Chop will be rolling out material to close out the Braves 2020 season while also looking ahead to what comes next. Braves News The ending to 2020 stings, but the Braves will be back Demetrius is killing it with these perspective pieces, and this one should bring some joy to an otherwise saddened fanbase. The Braves have an incredibly talented roster, a perfect mixture of youth and experience, and now have a taste of postseason success. This club is dangerous, and that should help you get over the rough ending to the 2020 season. ‘Something...