John Coppolella, the General Manager of the Atlanta Braves, had stated the Braves wanted to sign 3 starting pitchers this offseason. With the signing of Bartolo Colon the Braves have signed their 3rd starting pitcher so far in the off season. Braves fans should remember Colon since his previous team was the New York Mets.
Evidentially the Braves wanted to bring in pitchers who have a great track record despite their age. Colon is 43, but Colon was selected to the All-Star team in 2016. It will be interesting to see how Brian Snitcker, the manager of the Braves, will use the new starting pitchers in the Braves rotation. Normally baseball teams have 5 or possibly 6 starters. Just looking at the Braves rooster there are 8 starting pitchers.
Having great pitching has always been the Braves strong hold. Back in the 1990s when the Braves won their division titles, their 3 starters were Greg Maddux, John Smoltz, and Tom Glavine. All 3 of these pitchers are now in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The bullpen is solid as well. This is a repeated theme, but it is true you can never have enough pitching at your disposal. Colon also has a great personality. He is known throughout baseball as the big sexy. He was a fan favorite in New York, and the city of Atlanta will welcome him with open arms.
The Braves rooster for the 2017 keep adding more names that the Braves organization promised their fans. Atlanta is getting a new ballpark, pitchers, and adding another big bat to the offense still might happen. Coppolella is showing MLB that the Atlanta Braves will compete for the National League East title, and the playoffs are looking like a huge possibility in 2017. The Braves have the talent, managers, and the front office help that want to return the franchise to glory. The NL East will be one of the most exciting divisions with the Washington Nationals, New York Mets, Miami Marlins, Philadelphia Phillies, and the Atlanta Braves. On paper all 5 teams can win the NL East. We as fans need to be patient until April when the 2017 season kicks off. It will be a great time in Atlanta. The city has great professional sports teams with the Atlanta Falcons and the Atlanta Hawks. Both of this teams are very competitive and now the Braves will be as well. On April 3, 2017 when the Braves open their season, it will be time to party in Atlanta. GO BRAVES!!!!!