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Braves News: Ronald Acuña Jr. crowned NL MVP, 2025 All-Star Game, and more

Atlanta Braves news and notes from Thursday

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Thursday marked a busy day for the Atlanta Braves on the news front. Most notably, star outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. was named National League MVP after his incredible 2023 season. The MVP honor was the first of his career and was a clean sweep, as he received all 30 first place votes. Shohei Ohtani earned the award for the American League and also won unanimously.

25 year-old Acuña had a monstrous 2023. He slashed .337/.416/.596 and made history with his 41 home run, 73 stolen base season. He became the fifth player in big league history to join the 40/40 club, and furthered that to create the 40/70 club.

Acuña joins Freddie Freeman, Chipper Jones, Terry Pendleton, Dale Murphy, Hank Aaron, Robert Elliott, and John Evers as an MVP winner in the Braves franchise.

Matt Olson, Austin Riley, Ozzie Albies, and Marcell Ozuna also received votes.

More Braves News:

The Braves are set to host the 2025 All-Star Game at Truist Park. The Braves have not hosted since 2000.

The Rome Braves, a minor league affiliate, have officially changed their name to the Rome Emperors.

Our 2023 season in review series continues with Kirby Yates and Brad Hand.

Episode 63 of the Podcast to be Named Later discusses the MVP Award winners, free agent rumors, the non-tender deadline, and more.

MLB News:

The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to a one-year, $900K deal with right-hander Ricky Vanasco. He was previously outrighted and opted for minor league free agency.

The Wisconsin legislature has passed a bill of approval of stadium renovations at the Milwaukee Brewers’ American Family Field.

MLB owners have approved the Athletics’ move from Oakland to Las Vegas. The vote was passed unanimously.

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