Even though the team has moved a few times, the Atlanta Braves are one of the oldest teams in baseball.
The Braves were originally known as the Boston Red Stockings when they were founded in 1871. During their time in Boston, they were known as the Red Stockings, Red Caps, “Bean eaters,” Doves, Rustlers, Braves, Bees, and then finally the Braves again in 1941.
They played in South End Grounds, Congress Street Grounds, Fenway Park, and Braves Field. In 1953 the Braves moved to Milwaukee Wisconsin, where they were known as the Milwaukee Braves from 1953-1965. They played in Milwaukee County Stadium during their time in Milwaukee, and won the 1957 World Series.
The 1957 Atlanta Braves roster had some of the greatest players in baseball history on it. Eddie Matthews, Hank Aaron, and Warren Spahn, who might be the greatest left-handed pitcher who ever lived were all on that team. In 1966 they moved to Atlanta where they played in Fulton County Stadium through the 1996 season before moving into Turner Field in 1997. The list of accomplishments for this franchise throughout their history could fill an entire book. Three World Series championships, 17 National League pennants, and 13 National League East Division championships.
The Braves went through a rebuilding stage during the late 2000’s but have come back with a vengeance. This comeback has been built on the strength of successful drafts which produced players such as Jason Heyward, Freddie Freeman, Evan Gattis, Andrelton Simmons, Julio Teheran, and Craig Kimbrel.
Since they have been so good for so long, and have dominated the National League East for the past two decades, there is not one rival who really stands out. There have been times where the Mets have given them issues though. The next time the Mets and Braves meet this season won’t be until Sunday, June 30th. As of this moment, the Braves biggest rival is the Washington Nationals. Many people believe that the Nationals have a better team than the Braves, but the Braves have better management and coaching. Overall, this Braves team is a good, exciting, up and coming team in which you will get your money’s worth.
2015 was year 140 for the Braves franchise. This would be a new season with a new general manager. John Hart signed to a three year deal.
The Braves shed 21 players that were on the roster last year, and added 29 players via trades and
free agent acquisitions. The Braves shed their hitting coach, third base coach, and their assistant hitting coach. The starting line up
on opening day was Eric Young Jr., Jace Peterson, Nick Markakis, Freddie Freeman, Christian Bethancourt, Kelly Johnson, Alberto Callaspo, Andrelton Simmons, Julio Teheran.
What was the outcome at the end of the 2015 season? Sadly, the Braves finished the season 23 games back from first place, with a record of 67-95. That's record is
actually twelve games worse than the 2014 season. The Braves have work to do if they want to contend in 2016
2015 went exactly as the Atlanta Braves expected. They finished the season 67-95, good for fourth place in the National League East, and the third worst record overall in the National League last season. The plan this offseason for the Braves was to continue to do what they have been doing and the offseason was a quiet one for the club. They made some low risk signings that most rebuilding teams make. Catchers Tyler Flowers and A.J. Pierzynski,starting pitcher Bud Norris, relief pitcher and former All-Star closer Jim Johnson, as well as infielders Kelly Johnson, Emilio Bonifacio, and Gordon Beckham. The biggest moves they made this offseason were trading shortstop Andrelton Simmons to the Angels, who according to advanced analytical numbers is the greatest defensive baseball player in history, and starting pitcher Shelby Miller to the Diamondbacks.
2016 has gone exactly as was expected for the Braves as well. They currently sit at 43-70, good for last place in the National League East, 23.5 games back of the first place Nationals, and the worst record overall in baseball. At the trade deadline, the Braves made a very head scratching move acquiring Matt Kemp and his bad contract from the San Diego Padres. Of course, they got rid of a player they didn't want any longer in Hector Olivera, but still, this was a bizarre move for a team in a rebuild. Of course though, this rebuild has been strange. Some people are wondering if John Hart is getting a little too cute with this.