Atlanta Braves News
The Atlanta Braves will face the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Division Series which will get underway on Thursday. The Cardinals clinched the NL Central division with a win over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday. The Milwaukee Brewers and Washington Nationals will face off in the National League Wild Card on Tuesday with the winner advancing to face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the other Division Series matchup.
Freddie Freeman reiterated that he is feeling well to reporters prior to Sunday’s season finale against the Mets. Freeman has been dealing with bone spurs in his right elbow and admitted that he wasn’t where he wanted to be but said that the injury wasn’t affecting his performance.
“I feel fine,” Freeman said prior to Sunday’s regular season finale. “Obviously it’s not what I want it to be, but it’s not affecting anything. I feel fine. I’m in there today. I have no reservations going forward. I told you guys if I felt good I’d play all three games and I feel good.”
It was expected for most of the season but the Chicago Cubs and manager Joe Maddon made it official on Sunday breaking the news that they will part ways. Maddon led Chicago to a World Series title in 2016 and made four consecutive postseason appearances. However, growing friction with the front office seemed to be at the root of his departure.
Former Cubs catcher David Ross said that he’d be interested if the Cubs call on Sunday’s episode of Baseball Tonight on ESPN. Ross has long been thought to be a leading candidate to replace Maddon.
Just a few days after a report that suggested he would return, the Pittsburgh Pirates fired manager Clint Hurdle. GM Neil Huntington will remain and broke the news to Hurdle about an hour before the final game of the season. Hurdle reportedly opted not to manage the final game.
In the wake of Hurdle’s departure from the dugout, Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage figures he will be next.
The San Francisco Giants honored manager Bruce Bochy in his final game before entering retirement. Bochy exits as one of 11 managers to have recorded 2,000 wins in his career and one of just nine to win three or more championships.
The Texas Rangers defeated the New York Yankees 6-1 on Sunday in the final game to be held at Globe Life Park. The Rangers will debut a retractable-roof stadium next season on March 31 against the Los Angeles Angels.