Well, it's the moment we've all been waiting for. The future home of your Atlanta Braves got it's name, SunTrust Park, the team announced Tuesday. The stadium isn't set for opening until 2017, and then the Braves can finally starting losing the division to the Nationals in a brand-new home (sorry, too soon?).
The Braves have officially lost any chance they previously had to win the National League East, as they let the Nationals take that title after a 3-0 loss on Tuesday night. Aaron Harang pitched a solid game for the most part, going seven innings and just giving up two runs, but the Braves offense failed to get out of bed, as Tanner Roark and the Nats pitching staff kept donuts in the Braves scoreboard all game long.
The Roberto Clemente Award is handed out each season to the MLB player who exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team. All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel is the Braves representative for the award, based on his work with the community and charities:
"At this point, I'm still figuring out what I can do and who to help," Kimbrel said. "It's been fun figuring that out over the past few years. I've come to learn that you can do a lot more than you think you can if you just try."
This article, via Grantland, was already posted on the front page of TC, but it's a really good piece, so if you missed it the first time around, here's your second chance. Basically, Jason is a defensive wizard, solid on the basepaths, and a pretty decent hitter. Not bad for someone so young, but, can we still be a little disappointed in J-Hey?
While the Nationals took hold of the NL East on Tuesday, the other Eastern Division was claimed by none other than a pack of birds. Well, a team of birds really, as the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 8-2. Fireworks went off in Camden Yards, Adam Jones high-fived the fans, and the Baltimore Orioles clinched an AL East title for the first time since 1997. While it pains me to say this as a Red Sox fan, the Orioles, and their fans, deserved this, Live it up Baltimore, and good luck in October.
After a single to center-field in the seventh inning, five-foot-six-inch second -baseman Jose Altuve passed Astro's great Craig Biggio for the single-season hit record in team history, with 211 hits. The All-Star, who leads the league in hits and average, had this to say after his impressive feat:
"I have to go out there and play and finish the season strong," Altuve said. "We need to win a couple of more games to put ourselves in a good position, so it was good to get the 211th so people can stop talking about that and let's go out there and play."