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The 90s Atlanta Braves: Documentary Details Dominance

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This week I watched a little documentary story on the 90s Braves on MLB network.It still to this day amazes me that the Braves only 1 World Series in the 90s, with all the division titles and pennants they won. The Braves won 8 division titles and five pennants, just to come away with one World Series.

In 1991 the Braves took on the Twins in the World Series. Both teams were coming from worst too; first, It was a hard fault series going seven games. Jack Morris, the World Series MVP went 2-0 in 3 starts with a 1.17 ERA. Morris also pitched ten innings in that game 7 to get the win, one of the most iconic pitching performance ever. In 1992 the Braves made it back to the World Series again this time facing the Toronto Blue Jays. Blue jays won in 6 games. This Blue Jays team was loaded with talent Roberto Alomar, Dave Winfield, Joe Carter just to name a few. There should be no shame in losing to this Blue Jays team.

In 1993 the Braves made a big move in signing starting pitcher Greg Maddux to the team, looking to get over the hump. Maddux went  20-10 with 2.36 ERA. Many thought this move would put them over the hump giving them  3 number 1 like starters to close the deal. The move did not work out that way, and The Braves were upset by The Philadelphia Phillies in 6 games in the NLCS, this was a significant loss for the Braves.  In 1995 The Braves Finally broke through against the Cleveland Indians. This was the year Chipper Jones got called up to be the every day third baseman. Chipper Batted .265 with 23 homers to help lead the Braves to the World Series title. The Braves also had solid years from Fred Mcgriff and Ryan Klesko. Greg Maddux had a great going 19-2 with a 1.63 ERA. The Indians were a loaded team also with Albert Belle, Kenny Lofton, Manny Ramirez, and Eddie Murray. I did not think the Braves could beat the Indians with all that talent, but they were determined to win it all in 1995 finally.

The Braves made back to the World Series in 1996 facing the upstart New York Yankees. The Braves started out fast behind the young Andruw Jones who hit two home runs in game 1. The Braves cruised to wins in Game 1 and 2 in Yankee stadium. However the series turned in game 4 in Atlanta with the Braves up two games to 1, they had a six-run lead in game 4, then Jim Leyritz the Yankees back up catcher hit a game-tying three-run shot. After that, the Braves were pretty much done and lost the next two games.  To close on the decade the Braves made it back to the World Series in 1999, again to face the Yankees, but this time they were no match, they ran into a well-oiled machine in the Yankees and got swept 4-0.

The Braves faced some tough teams in the 90s, but they had some great players; also, they should have won more than 1 World Series with all that talent. They accomplished a lot in the 90s, but it was a lot left to be desired.

 

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Tigers Claim Dustin Peterson

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The Detroit Tigers have claimed outfielder Dustin Peterson off of waivers from the Atlanta Braves and optioned him.

In a corresponding move, the Tigers transferred John Hicks fro the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

Peterson, 23, has had ups and downs during this stint in the minors, and has yet to show off the power that many thought he possessed.

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Braves Acquire Rene Rivera

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The Atlanta Braves have acquired catcher Rene Rivera from the Los Angeles Angels via a waiver claim, according to MLB.com’s Jon Morosi.

With the move the Braves will take on the remaining $500k on Rivera’s contract. Rivera is scheduled to hit free agency after the season and currently carries a slash line of .244/.287/.439 to go along with four homeruns over 30 games this season.

Rivera has been limited this season due to injury.

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Braves Select Bryse Wilson, Designate Ryan Flaherty

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The Atlanta Braves have selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Bryse Wilson from Triple-A Gwinnett, who will start tonight’s game ahead of right-hander Kevin Gausman, who was pushed back a day in the rotation, according to The Athletic’s David O’Brien.

In corresponding moves, Atlanta has designated Ryan Flaherty for assignment and has announced that it has outrighted left-hander Chad Bell off of their 40-man roster.

Wilson, 20, opened the 2018 season at Class-A Advanced but has been so impressive he rose up the ranks, reaching the Triple-A level.

 

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