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This Day in Braves History: February 22

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Braves Franchise History

1919 - The Boston Braves acquire first baseman Walter Holke from the New York Giants in exchange for Jimmy Smith. Holke will hit .283/.313/.349 in 536 games with Boston over the next four seasons.

2011 - Freddie Freeman and Jason Heyward land on the front cover of Sports Illustrated’s MLB Preview.

2015 - B.J. Upton announces that he will go by Melvin Upton Jr. during the upcoming season.

MLB History

1945 - Major League owners cancel the 1945 All-Star Game.

1957 - Walter O’Malley says that the Dodgers may play 10 exhibition games in California in 1958.

1993 - The Kansas City Royals trade infielder Gregg Jeffries and Ed Gerald to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for outfielder Felix Jose and infielder Craig Wilson.

2006 - The Los Angeles Dodgers announce that the team has extended the contract of announcer Vin Scully through 2008.

2014 - The Baltimore Orioles sign Nelson Cruz to a one-year, $8 million deal. Cruz will lead the league with 40 home runs while hitting .271/.333/.525 in 159 games.

2017 - Major League Baseball adopts a rule change in an effort to speed up the game. A pitcher no longer will need to throw four pitches in order to issue an intentional walk. Now a manager will simply need to signal to the home plate umpire.

2018 - The Rays trade outfielder Corey Dickerson to the Pirates in exchange for pitcher Daniel Hudson and minor league infielder Tristan Gray.

Information for this article was found via Baseball Reference, and Today in Baseball History.

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