Yesterday the Braves organization gave their manager Brian Snitker a new two year contract with a option for a third year. This contract is very well deserved and once Major League Baseball starts to hand out its Awards after the World Series, the Atlanta Braves should get at least two of the National Awards. One for National League Rookie of the Year and National League Manager of the Year. Ronald Acuña Jr. is a stand out and exciting player for the Braves. Although there are other well deserved candidates, Acuña set himself apart. Brian Snitker took a Braves team to another level and very few sportswriters picked the Braves to finish first in the National League East.
The Atlanta Braves exceeded expectations and a lot of attention were on other baseball teams in the National League East. The Washington Nationals were supposed to be the run away winner in the division but reality played another role. Bryce Harper had the stage set for him with the All Star Game in Washington and the excitement of the crowd to cheer him on. Harper did win the Home Run Derby in exciting fashion, but the American League won the All Stat Game. The fact the the Washington Nationals had a new coach leading the way was lost in the shuffle.
I am not hear to put down the Washington Nationals or any other team in the National League East. The Philadelphia Phillies, Mew York Mets, and the Florida Marlins all have very good teams and will make some moves in the offseason to make their teams even better. Let’s not lose focus on the great job the Braves did in 2018 and the excitement they brought to the city of Atlanta. Easily one of my favorite moments of mine was when Ronald Acuña Jr. hit his grand slam against the Los Angeles Dodgers. I hold on go that memory as a lot of doubters try and ridicule me about losing to the Dodgers in the first round of the playoffs.
The off season in baseball is one of the most exciting times for me. Braves General Manager Alex Anthopolis and Brian Snitker will work together to help bring in the right players for the Braves. The other coaches like Terry Pendleton, Walt Weiss, and Ron Washington will give their input also. The Braves payroll has money to spend and will do their best with the available free agents in baseball. I won’t name names but I’d love to see the Braves make. Hive splash in free agency. Will Nick Markakis retire? Will the Braves move Ronald Acuña Jr. to center field? Will Dansby Swanson health play a roll at shortstop? Will Freddie Freeman have a new power batter hitting behind him? Will the Braves pitching staff welcome more quality pitching to their bullpen? All these questions might be answered the offseason. Training camp will start in March and we might see some welcomed additions to the Braves lineup. It’s going to be fun! GO BRAVES!!!