July 30, 2021

The Atlanta Braves Are the Team They Were Hoping For (FanGraphs)

Freddie Freeman has been a constant for a Braves team that is now fully rebuilt. (Photo: Thomson20192)

“Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result.” – Oscar Wilde

Sometimes, the path to success is circuitous. Success in baseball is a zero-sum game, and your fortune is inevitably linked to the demise of your competitors. Those competitors strive to not make it easy, at least in those seasons where they haven’t decided to suddenly get their team payroll under, I don’t know, let’s say $208 million. Trials and tribulations make stories more interesting; Frodo and Sam going on a casual, uneventful stroll to Mt. Doom would make for painfully dull books and film adaptations.

Atlanta’s success hasn’t yet earned them a World Series, but just as in the early years of the 1990s Braves dynasty — yes, it was a dynasty — this team has emerged with a strong core that ought to win at least 85 games with almost any supporting cast. Atlanta decided to rebuild, and now they’re built. Ronald Acuña Jr. and Ozzie Albies are both tied up by club options until up to 2028 and 2027, respectively, on very team-friendly contracts (the Albies…

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