When thinking about how to say good bye to the team I never lost hope for or gave up on in 2016, a simple thank you seems fitting. There are only 19 regular season games left in the 2016 season. The Atlanta Braves are 20 games out of the wildcard race. Just like there’s no crying in baseball, there are no bonus games to be made up once your team has played 162 games.
There were a lot of good memories to take away from the 2016 Braves. Freddie Freeman was very hot with his bat since the end of July. He hit with power and was reliable. Matt Kemp is going to be a fantastic cleanup batter. Each time he steps into the batter’s box he might hit the ball 450 feet. The top of the line up Ender Inciatre and Adonis Garcia have the hitting ability and speed to run the bases well. Nick Markakis as the 5th hitter can bat clean up for most MLB teams. The catchers position is set for awhile with power bats from Tyler Flowers and John Wrecker. Dansby Swanson, the new Short Stop for the Braves has shown time and time again why he was the first pick in the 2015 draft. Jace Peterson can play almost every single position of the field and he will be valuable regardless of where he plays. Brian Snitcker as manager of the Braves has proved why he is a player’s coach. I hope the Braves keep him on as the Manager, but that’s not my call.
Then we have to pitching staff and bullpen. Amazing, simply wonderful. The starters from Julio Teheran to Mike Foltynewicz to Matt Weber and beyond are going to be hard to hit against. The coaching staff and front office, y’all can make the hard decisions that will affect the team. That’s the job you wanted just like it is my job to comment on those decisions. Mostly good, but whatever happens in 2017, the Atlanta Braves will be a very good baseball team. We will see all the Braves fans in Cobb County in March and keep chopping!