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Braves News: Top 30 Prospects, Francisco Liriano Retires, Plus More

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Talking Chop’s Top 30 prospects countdown is underway.

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On Monday, veteran southpaw Francisco Liriano officially announced his retirement from baseball. Since making his debut in 2005 through throwing his last pitch in 2019, Liriano has certainly dazzled baseball fans on multiple occasions with his wipeout slider and at times dominant arsenal of pitches.

Liriano had one of the more memorable rookie seasons for a pitcher in 2006, as it seemed he would take the reigns from the incredible Johan Santana as the ace of the Twins. Unfortunately, Liriano would undergo Tommy John Surgery and miss the entirety of the 2007 season. From that point, Liriano’s career was up and down. He would finish in the Top 11 of the Cy Young voting two more times in his career, both times winning Comeback Player of the Year in the process. Between 2013-2015, Liriano played a significant role in the Pittsburgh Pirates best run of success as a franchise over the past quarter century.

While Liriano was not able to truly deliver on the outstanding promise he showed as a rookie, he certainly was an awesome source of highlights when he was at his best. Hats off to a good career for Liriano, who at times was one of the most must watch arms in the game for baseball fans everywhere.

Braves News

  • One of the best times of the year for Talking Chop has arrived: the unveiling of the Talking Chop Top 30 Braves prospects. Eric Cole and the outstanding group of minds that covers the minors for Talking Chop began the series with prospects 25-30 on Monday.
  • Ozzie Albies has had one heck of a start to his career, and capped it off with a career year in 2021. What could be in store for 2022? Battery Power, with Cory McCartney and Grant McAuley, explores the details!

MLB News

  • Bleacher Report dived into a prediction of each MLB team’s breakout star for the 2022 season, and Bryce Elder was the choice for the Braves.
  • Dayn Perry looks back at the 1972, and how even 50 years later, it remains one of the most important calendar years in MLB history.
  • Former MLB players Coco Crisp and Bill Mueller joined the Washington Nationals organization as coaches/instructors. Many baseball fans are familiar with both Crisp and Mueller from their times with the Red Sox, among other teams in baseball.