The Braves’ baseball franchise won its 10,000th game on July 15th. The Braves are only the third team in history to achieve that mark—with wins threaded through Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta. The Braves’ fan base is strong as a recent nationwide poll of team popularity showed—where the Atlanta Braves rank third. Writer Jack Wilkinson taps into the history and popularity of the team with a new book -- “100 Things Braves Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die”.
Harris Polling reports that for the third year in a row the Braves trailed only the Yankees and Red Sox in fan support. The Braves have been one of the most popular teams for over ten years, despite the fact that, according to Harris, baseball is less popular in the South. The survey also found the team as the fourth most popular choice to win this year’s World Series.
In a Class AAA championship series, Columbus and Spalding split a doubleheader with each team taking mercy-rule wins. The Jaguars won Game 1 18-1 in six innings, while Columbus avoided elimination by winning the second 12-2 in five innings.
Tuesday, across four sites in the state of Georgia, semifinal rubber games were played to determine participants in four of the five state championship series. Three teams that lost the first game of their respective series advanced by winning last two games of their three-game series.
Many of the favorites in girls soccer advanced into the semifinals Friday night with dominant performances. However, the game of the evening may have been Athens Academy's 1-0 win over Holy Innocents'.
The Atlanta Braves pitching staff is receiving some unwanted headlines. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports the team placed pitching coach Roger McDowell on administration leave Friday. The moves comes after a California man accused McDowell of making homophobic comments, threatening remarks, and lewd gestures, as he and his family watched batting practice before a recent game against the San Francisco Giants.
It's the start of a new baseball season for the Atlanta Braves. The team opens their schedule Thursday afternoon in Washington against the Nationals. This will a season unlike any other the team has had for two decades. Fredi Gonzalez takes-over as manager, following future Hall of Famer Bobby Cox, who retired last October.
The Atlanta Braves have made a trade to bolster its offense. The team has acquired power-hitting and All-Star second baseman Dan Uggla from the Florida Marlins. In return, the Braves give up All-Star utility player Omar Infante, and young pitcher Mike Dunn.