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No Shame In Braves Country

A young nucleus of talent once again has the future bright in Atlanta.

We knew the young Atlanta Braves were coming. The exciting young talent was on its way and had finally worked their way up to the big club. Now it was just time to wait for them to get some big league experience under their belts and then watch it all come together in 2019 or 2020.

Ronald Acuna Jr, Ozzie Albies, Sean Newcomb, Mike Foltynewicz, Dansby Swanson, Johan Camargo, Ender Inciarte had different intentions.

The young Braves teamed up with Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis and raced to the top of the National League East division.

In his second full season as skipper Brian Snitker guided the team to an 18-game improvement in the win column, turning 72-90 in 2017 into 90-72 in 2018. Prior to this season Atlanta hadn’t won 90 games, or even sniffed 80 for that matter, since 2013.

They were in first place for 105 days. Seven of their 90 wins were of the walk-off variety, 11 wins came courtesy of them shutting out their opponents. They never experienced a losing streak longer than four games. In short, they learned how to win.

They ran into a buzz saw in the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS, falling in four games to the defending National League champs. L.A. has won the N.L. West division six years in a row and lost the World Series last year in seven thrilling games. They were the better team and are obviously farther along in the winning process than the Braves are.

However, Atlanta aspires to be where the Dodgers are. They are ahead of schedule and fun to watch. Now it’s all about continued development and wise moves to make them better by the front office.

The nucleus is in place going forward. There will be more postseason wins on the way in the future.

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