SportsNation Blog Archives Atlanta Braves
Braves get a steal on Freeman?
The Atlanta Braves this week signed Freddie Freeman to a contract extension worth $135 million over eight years. The 24-year-old first baseman made his first All-Star team last season and hit .443 with runners in scoring position (second best in the majors). However, as Keith Law notes, he hit only .219 in those situations the year before. Is this a great deal? Is Freeman elite? Vote below!
The Braves have had some success at Turner Field, but they're not looking to sign another 20-year lease on the place. The Braves plan to move to another stadium in nearby Cobb County in 2017, leaving Turner Field to an uncertain fate. It's a bit odd for a team to move from a stadium that's so young -- it opened in 1997 -- but the Braves may have big plans for their as-yet-unnamed (and unbuilt) new home.
Here's a sampling of what readers had to say in our Facebook conversation on the story:
What do you think? Leave your comments below.
Breaking new ground?
Moving to a new stadium can have serious effects on a team in both the long and short term.Stephen Dunn/Getty Images
Dodgers beat Braves in NLDS
Turns out that midseason hot streak wasn't the only magic the Los Angeles Dodgers would experience in 2013. Thanks to an eighth-inning, two-run homer by Juan Uribe, L.A. topped the Atlanta Braves 4-3 in Game 4, sending the Dodgers to the National League Championship Series instead of back to Atlanta for Game 5. Can SoCal's team keep scorching?