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The top 5 moments of 2010 for the Atlanta Braves
2010 was a big year for the Atlanta Braves as it saw the end of the Bobby Cox era and the beginning of Fredi Gonzalez's term as manager of the club. In between there was an unexpected but most appreciated trip to the postseason, and though Atlanta did not get past the eventual world champion Padres there are good omens for the future in the year's events.
Here are the top five moments of 2010 for the Atlanta Braves:
After the 2010 season ended it was clear that the Braves need a big middle of the order bat, and in this deal they ended up with the first second basemen in MLB history to have four straight 30 HR seasons. Although Uggla is not a stellar glove he gives sudden legitimacy to the heart of the Braves batting order and protection for the Braves biggest bat in catcher Brian McCann(notes). Plus he has worked well with new coach Fredi Gonzales in the past.
4. Brian McCann Wins the All-Star Game MVP
For his clutch two-out double which drove in three in the seventh the Braves poster boy, catcher Brian McCann, was named MVP of the All-Star game. McCann may very well be the best catcher in the major leagues and it was high time he got recognized in this manner. McCann was the first Brave to be an All-Star MVP since Fred McGriff in 1994.
3. Braves Take the Wild Card for the First Time
The 2010 Braves were not a great team but they were led by strong starting and relief pitching and a nasty habit of comeback wins when things looked darkest. Despite a general lack of team speed and power the Braves managed to scrap up enough wins to send Bobby Cox out with a playoff birth, earning the first ever Wild Card title for the team.
2. Braves Hire New Manager Fredi Gonzaleas
What a perfect fit for the franchise. The former third base coach and manger of the Marlins is a hometown favorite and the braves waited only two days after the Bobby Cox era ended to bring Fredi onboard with Bobby's full support. It was even more fitting because Florida had been the only MLB team not to honor Cox with a present in his final season after Bobby told him what the thought of Gonzales' firing. Turns out everyone won in the end….except the Marlins, of course.
1. The Bobby Cox Era Ends
Bobby Cox had his 25th and final season managing the Braves, and what a great run it was. The 14 straight Division titles and the 1995 World Championship were the highlights, as well as the much loved (by the players and fans) record that Cox achieved as being the MLB manager thrown out of the most games.
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