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The Daily Chop: Happy New Year!

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Here is to hoping 2021 is a good one.

League Championship - Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game One Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

2020 is now in the rearview mirror and here is hoping that 2021 is much better to all of us. The MLB offseason is set to resume hopefully soon and the Atlanta Braves and Major League Baseball will be returning at some point in the near future. We have plenty of good things planned for the months ahead and we thank everyone for coming along on the ride with us.

Braves News

The great Sarah Langs put together one incredible stat for each team from 2020 over at MLB.com. For the Atlanta Braves that stat came on September 9 when they scored 29 runs against the Marlins coming just one run short of tying the Modern Era record. However, the franchise had two games before 1900 in which they scored 29 and 30 runs back in 1883 when they were known as the Boston Beaneaters.

Also at MLB.com, Mark Bowman discusses five big questions the Braves will be facing in 2021.

FanGraphs’ Jay Jaffe took a great look back at the life and career of the late Phil Niekro.

Our own Cory McCartney took a look at the 2020 Braves and the many ups and downs of a strange season.

Part of our end of year wrap up, we listed our 10 most read stories from 2020 and put together a list of our best FanPosts.

Braves Podcasts

Grant McAuley is joined by Braves legend Dale Murphy to pay tribute to Hall of Fame pitcher Phil Niekro who passed away earlier this month.

MLB News

ESPN’s Jeff Passan with a great column on why the Yu Darvish trade should be concerning for all of Major League Baseball.

MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports that free agent outfielder George Springer has offers in excess of $100 million but the bids are “well shy” of his asking price.

Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer called the report of Chicago extensively shopping catcher Willson Contreras as “fictional.”

Free agent starter Masahiro Tanaka is reportedly considering a return to Japan if he does not re-sign with the Yankees. Tanaka has no interest in signing with a non-contender.

The San Diego Padres have been busy over the last week and are reportedly still interested and discussing potential reunions with reliever Kirby Yates and utility man Jurickson Profar.

The Mets have signed former Braves outfielder Tony Tarasco to serve as the team’s first-base coach. Tarasco replaces Tony DeFrancesco who was reassigned to another position within the organization.