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    The Atlanta Braves could be without two long-time Braves, Julio Teheran and Brian McCann, next season. The Braves have had either McCann or Teheran on their roster every season, since McCann’s debut in 2005.  The Braves are faced with a tough decision to make this offseason with Teheran, deciding whether or not they pick up the $12 million team option for 2020 or let him test out the free agent market. Meanwhile, after the Braves heart-breaking loss in Game 5 of the NLDS, McCann announced to the media that he was retiring, putting an end  to his historic career. Brian McCann’s MLB career McCann played in 1,755 regular season games and 39 playoff games, throughout his career. He spent 10 seasons with the Braves, three with the New York Yankees and two with the Houston Astros. McCann was drafted by the Braves in the second round of the 2002 MLB Draft, out of Duluth High School. Three years later, he would make his MLB debut with the Braves at the age of 21. 15 seasons later, McCann has established himself as one of the best catchers in MLB history. Awards and Accolades 2017 World Series 7x All-Star 6x Sliver Slugger All-Star Game MVP McCann’s six Sliver Slugger awards are tied with Lance Parrish for the third-most in MLB history, for a catcher, only trailing Iván Rodríguez (7) and Mike Piazza (10). Career Stats (all-time MLB rank for catchers) 31.8 bWAR (12th) .262 AVG .337 OPS .452 SLG .789 OPS 110 OPS+ 742 Runs (10th) 1,590 Hits (13th) 294 Doubles (14th) 5 Triples (t-219th) 282 Home Runs (3rd) 1,018 RBI (4th) 25 Stolen Bases (t-63rd) 640 BB (8th) 2,740 Total Bases (8th) Julio Teheran’s career with the Braves On July 2, 2007, the Braves took a chance on this 16-year-old kid from Colombia named, Teheran, and signed him as an amateur free agent. Four years later, at the tender age of 20, Teheran made his MLB debut with the Braves. Awards and Accolades 2x All-Star Teheran is the only pitcher in Braves franchise history to strikeout at least 150 batters in seven-straight seasons. His seven total seasons of at least 150 strikeouts are the fourth-most, in Braves franchise history. The only pitchers with more seasons of at least 150 strikeouts are three Hall of Famers, Greg Maddux (8), Phil Niekro (10) and John Smoltz (12). He is one of just nine pitchers in Braves franchise history to ever strikeout over 1,000 batters in a Braves uniform. That list includes Jim Whitney, Kid Nichols, Vic Willis, Warren Spahn, Niekro, Tom Glavine, Smoltz and Maddux. Career Stats (all-time Braves franchise rank): 19.5 bWAR for Pitchers (18th) 77 Wins (27th) 3.67 ERA (28th) *min. 1,000 ip* 1.211 WHIP (9th) *min. 1,000 ip* 109 ERA+ (16th) *min. 1,000 ip* 4.23 FIP (40th) *min. 1,000 ip* 1,184 K (7th)
  • Ronald Acuña Jr. became the second player, in Braves postseason history, to record a “series” cycle after his leadoff triple in the top of the seventh. He joins Hank Gowdy, who achieved this feat in the 1914 World Series. Acuña is bating .500 with three singles, three doubles, one triple and one home run in the NLDS. In Game 4 of the NLDS, Acuña became the first player, since George Burns in Game 3 of the 1921 World Series, to have two singles, one double and a triple, in a playoff game.
  • Mike Soroka became the second-youngest player in MLB history to go seven+ innings, while allowing two or fewer hits, in a postseason game. He joins Waite Hoyt, who pitched nine shutout innings for the New York Yankees in Game 2 of the 1921 World Series. Soroka went seven innings for the Braves, tying Kirk McCaskill, for the longest postseason start in MLB history for a Canadian. Throughout this seven innings, Soroka struck out seven batters, which is just one fewer than the MLB record, for most strikeouts ever thrown by a Canadian pitcher, in postseason history.
  • Dansby Swanson became the third shortstop in MLB history to tie or give their team a lead in postseason history, when down to their team’s final out. Swanson joins Dave Concepcion in Game 2 of the 1975 World Series and Jimmy Rollins in Game 4 of the 2009 NLCS, as the only three shortstops in MLB history to ever achieve this feat. With two outs and a runner on first and third, in the top of the ninth, Swanson drove an 88-mph slider off the left field wall, scoring in Billy Hamilton, tying the game up at one. Moments later, Adam Duvall came up in the clutch, once again for the Braves, driving in Rafael Ortega and Swanson with a single to center field, extending the Braves lead to 3-1 in the top of the ninth.
  • Mike Foltynewicz went a playoff-high seven innings for the Atlanta Braves, in Game 2 of the NLDS, leading the Braves to a crucial win. In those seven innings, Foltynewicz dominated with a playoff-high seven strikeouts. All seven of Foltynewicz’s strikeouts came as a result of his slider, which ties his career-high of strikeouts with the slider. Foltynewicz became the third Braves pitcher, since 1958, to go seven or more innings, while allowing zero walks and zero runs, in a postseason game. He joins Greg Maddux (1996 - World Series, Game 2) and Tom Glavine (1996 - NLCS, Game 7).
  • The 2019 Atlanta Braves are the first team in Braves franchise history to commit fewer than 80 errors (78), in a single season. In 2018, the Braves set the franchise record with 80 total errors on the season. This is the first time the Braves have ever had back-to-back seasons with fewer than 85 errors. Prior to Washington joining the Braves coaching staff before the 2017 season, the record for the fewest errors in Braves franchise history was 81, set in 1994. Since Washington joined the Braves staff, the Braves have never committed 100 or more errors in a season. In the 141 seasons in Braves franchise history, prior to Washington joining the staff, the Braves only reached this mark 10 times. Seasonal error totals, since Washington joined the Braves staff 2017 - 97 2018 - 80 2019 - 78 Seasons in which the Braves finished with fewer than 100 errors 1994 - 81 1998 - 91 2005 - 86 2006 - 99 2009- 96 2011 - 83 2012 - 86 2013 - 85 2014 - 85 2015 - 90 2017 - 97 2018 - 80 2019 - 78
  • Mike Soroka started the 2019 season in AAA and was considered, by many, to be the third-best rookie pitcher on the Atlanta Braves, behind Kyle Wright and Touki Toussaint. However, Soroka’s time in AAA did not last long and he quickly reminded everybody of how special he looked in 2018, before his shoulder injury. Soroka put together one of the best seasons in the National League, finishing with the fifth-best bWAR for Pitchers (5.7). Soroka finished the season with the third-best ERA (2.68) in the NL, while striking out 142 batters through 174.2 innings pitched. Soroka became the third rookie in Braves franchise history to have 140+ strikeouts and a sub-2.70 ERA, with at least 150 innings pitched. Soroka joins Jim Whitney (1881) and Kid Nichols (1890) as the only three rookie pitchers in franchise history to accomplish this feat. Soroka’s 2019 stats, according to Baseball Reference: 5.7 bWAR for Pitchers 174.2 IP 13-4 W-L 2.68 ERA 1.111 WHIP 169 ERA+ 3.45 FIP 41 BB 142 K Soroka is just the seventh qualified rookie pitcher in MLB history to have at least a 160 ERA+, under the age of 23. He joins: 1889 Jack Stivetts 186 1890 Billy Rhines 186 1890 Kid Nichols 170 1905 Ed Reulbach 209 1909 Harry Krause 174 2013 Jose Fernandez 176 2019 Mike Soroka 169 Soroka was the best pitcher in the MLB this season, in away starts. He finished the season with the lowest away ERA (1.55), for pitchers with at least 10 away starts. Soroka, Jacob deGrom (2.34 era) and Gerrit Cole (2.36 era) were the only pitchers, with at least 15 away starts, to have an away ERA of 2.50 or below this season. Soroka is the third pitcher, with at least 15 away starts, to have an away ERA of 1.55 or below, since 1969. He joins Greg Maddux, who posted a 1.12 away ERA in 1995, and Roger Clemens, who posted a 1.32 away ERA in 2005. How Soroka’s away totals compare to Maddux’s and Clemens’ Soroka (2019)Maddux (1995)Clemens (2005)98.2 IP112.2 IP95.2 IP7-1 W-L13-0 W-L6-4 W-L1.55 ERA1.12 ERA1.32 ERA0.963 WHIP0.719 WHIP1.014 WHIP23 BB11 BB32 BB78 K97 K86 K.205 Opp. AVG.178 Opp. AVG.191 Opp. AVG.533 Opp. OPS.436 Opp. OPS.550 Opp. OPS
  • Ozzie Albies has been one of the cornerstone pieces to the Atlanta Braves rebuild and back-to-back National League East titles. Albies has put up historic numbers, across all statistical platforms, for a second baseman and has already established himself as one of the most elite second basemen in the MLB, at the age of 22. Throughout his first few seasons, Albies has accumulated a 10.3 bWAR, which is the second-most in MLB history for a second baseman, prior to turning 23, only trailing Hall of Famer, Roberto Alomar. Albies is tied for the most hits (187) in the National League this season, which is the fourth-most hits by second baseman in Braves franchise history and the most since Rogers Hornsby had 188 hits for the Boston Braves in 1928. He also leads the NL in doubles (43), which is the third-most doubles for a second baseman in Braves franchise history. Albies is the second second baseman in MLB history to have multiple seasons with at least 100 runs, 40 doubles, 20 home runs and five triples. No other second baseman has ever reached those totals before turning 25... at the age of 22, Albies has now reached those totals twice. Rogers Hornsby is the only other second baseman to ever record multiple seasons with those totals. Career rankings on stats through seasons, younger than 23, while playing at least 75% of games at second base (according to Baseball Reference): 10.3 bWAR (2nd) .281 AVG (14th) *min. 500 at-bats* .334 OBP (16th) *min. 500 at-bats* .476 SLG (1st) *min. 500 at-bats* .810 OPS (1st) *min. 500 at-bats* 241 runs (4th) 416 hits (4th) 92 doubles (2nd) 18 triples (10th) 54 home runs (2nd) 186 runs batted in (5th) 111 bases on balls (8th) 37 stolen bases (15th)
  • The Atlanta Braves No. 2 prospect, Drew Waters has been named the Southern League MVP after a remarkable 108 games with the Mississippi Braves in Double-A before getting called up to the Gwinnett Stripers. Waters’ MVP stats in AA .319/.366/.481 63 runs 35 doubles 9 triples 5 home runs 41 rbi 13 stolen bases
  • Ronald Acuña Jr. recently joined Mike Trout and Andruw Jones as the only three players in Major League Baseball (MLB) history to record a 30/25 (30 home runs/25 stolen bases) season prior to their 22nd birthday. He is four stolen bases away from joining Trout as the only two players in MLB history to record a 30/30 season prior to their 22nd birthday. Acuña’s two home runs last night lifted him past Mickey Mantle with the 7th-most home runs by a player prior to his 22nd birthday. Players with the most home runs before turning 22 Mel Ott - 86 Tony Conigliaro - 84 Eddie Mathews - 72 Ken Griffey Jr. - 60 Frank Robinson - 60 Al Kaline - 59 Ronald Acuña Jr. - 58 Mickey Mantle - 57 Acuña is quickly turning into one of the best five-tool players in the MLB.