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The mixed-use development at SunTrust Park will be referred to as The Battery from this point forward. Also, if you enjoy news about Nick Markakis and Cameron Maybin, then today is a good day for you.

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Braves name mixed-use development at SunTrust Park "The Battery"

The mixed-use development at SunTrust Park finally has a name, and it'll be called "The Battery" from this point forward. In addition, a number of high-profile restaurants signed on for the project. If it wasn't obvious before that the Braves are planning for their new home to be a premier spot for all 365 days of the year and not just baseball season, then it is now.

The Braves also revealed a name for the mixed-use development — The Battery Atlanta. It will have about 350,000 square feet of retail, including about 20 restaurants.

"The Battery refers collectively to the pitcher and catcher on a baseball team," said Derek Schiller, the Braves’ executive vice president of sales and marketing. It’s also a term first coined in the late 1800s when the Braves became a franchise, and the team feels it captures "the spirit, life and energy in this great development," he said.

Braves representatives have poor day at Arizona Fall League

The Braves had four prospects take the field for Arizona Fall League action yesterday, and according to Eric, none of them played particularly well. You know it was a poor day for our boys when Johan Camargo's 1-4 performance was considered the "best day" for all players involved. Oh well, there's always the next game, right?

Season in review: Center Field

For a while there, the Braves figured to have pulled off one of the biggest steals in baseball history with their pre-Opening Day trade with the Padres. What appeared to be a pure salary dump looked like a stroke of genius when Cameron Maybin came out of the gates firing. Unfortunately, he didn't keep up his performance for the entire season. Now, while Maybin is still a decent option for Center Field in 2016, the Braves are clearly focused on the future and are probably counting the days until Mallex Smith is ready to take over.

A deeper look at Nick Markakis

Earlier this week, we focused on Nick Markakis during our season review of right field. Yesterday, Ivan decided to take a deeper look at Markakis's first season as an Atlanta Brave. So, if you wanted deeper analysis of the man who will be manning right field for the foreseeable future for the Braves, then here you go. Also, the title of this article is amazing.


Blue Jays advance to ALCS after absurd seventh inning

If you missed the seventh inning of yesterday's decisive Game 5 between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Texas Rangers, then I truly feel bad for you. That inning was quite possibly the wildest inning of Postseason baseball that you will ever see. The top half was marred with controversy when the Rangers took advantage of one of the flukiest moments in baseball history to take a 3-2 lead. Just when everybody was lamenting the fact that the Blue Jays' first appearance in the Postseason would come to an end in heartbreaking fashion, the team itself decided that they weren't done. They mounted a furious comeback that finished with Jose Bautista hitting the biggest home run in Blue Jays history since Joe Carter's shot to win the '93 World Series. It was absolutely incredible, and a prime example of how much fun this sport can be.

Royals advance to second consecutive ALCS

After the wild scene in Toronto, what happened in Kansas City seemed to be a bit ho-hum. Thanks to a dominant performance from Johnny Cueto, the Royals made it to the ALCS for the second consecutive season by beating the Royals 7-2. For the Royals, they'll be preparing to defend their AL crown against a team that they really don't like too much, while the Astros will probably be cursing the Governor of Texas for jinxing them.