Atlanta Won it All

  The 2021 MLB season has sadly come to an end this year with the Atlanta Braves winning the commissioner’s trophy (world series championship trophy). This past season has been very up and down for the Atlanta Braves. From being high contenders earlier this season to being last in their division at one point, to losing their star player to a season-ending injury, to beating not one 90 plus win team but three in this year’s playoffs, this season has been a rollercoaster. 

The Atlanta Braves came into this season with very high expectations for the 2021 season. They are just coming off of a year where they won the NL East, won their NL wild-card matchup, and their NL Divisional matchup, and were so close last year with winning the National League Championship Series and making it to the World Series. They also have the reigning MVP on their team, first baseman Freddie Freeman. The Braves went into this past offseason looking to improve their team in hopes of winning another NL East division and hopefully a World Series Championship. 

On January 22, 2021, the legend and all-around one of the greatest to ever play baseball Hank Arron sadly passed away. The Braves would later announce after his death that they would be honoring him for the entire season. Hank Arron played for the Braves for 23 years. 

The Braves started the season very rough with having a losing record by the end of March and April and questions were starting to rise of the team. The pitching wasn’t producing at the level that the team and people had wanted and the worst was yet to come. Their hitters weren’t producing at a high level and everything started to look pretty bad for the Braves. Things only got worse when their best player Ronald Aquan went down with a season-ending injury in him tearing his ACL. 

Later in that same month their best pitcher Mike Soroka re-tore his Achilles when pitching in a game for the Braves which would end his season. All looked very bad for the Braves until the Trade deadline approached. The Braves ended up becoming buyers at the trade deadline when most believed that they would start to sell off some of their key players seeing how bad their season was going. But they ended up bringing in 4 new outfielders in Jorge Soler, Joc Pederson, Eddie Rosario, and Adam Duvall. Since these additions to the Braves, the Braves would have a 42-22 from the end of the trade deadline (July 30th) to the end of the regular season (October 30th). 

This would be the third-best record in all of Major League baseball and would help them to win their 3rd straight NL East Division. 

In the postseason the Braves would beat the heavily favored Milwaukee Brewers in a 3-1 series win. Players like Jorge Soler and Eddie Rosario have an amazing divisional series as well as the pitching. In the NLCS the Braves took on the Los Angeles Dodgers and to everyone’s surprise, the Braves overcame the Dodgers by winning the series in only 6 games (won 4-2). The Braves pitching helped their team behind really outstanding performances from AJ Minter, Charlie Morton, Ian Anderson, and Max Fried. They also had a lot of help from their hitters especially Eddie Rosario who would end up winning postseason MVP by smashing 3 home runs and having 11 RBI’s during this year’s postseason. After winning the National League Championship series the Braves moved on to the World Series where they would be trying to win their first commissioner’s trophy in 22 years. But it wouldn’t be easy because they would have to face the Houston Astros who were looking very good with hitters like Yordon Alverez, Carlos Correa, and Jose Altuve pushing them through the postseason. The Braves pitching staff would quiet all of these hitters and would end up winning the World Series in 6 games (4-2) and would finally become World Champions! Outfielder Jorge Soler would also win the World Series MVP. This year’s Major League baseball came with a lot of questions but was still one of the most historic and crazy seasons to ever happen in Major League Baseball history.

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