The Braves could be in for a long journey after the dismissal of GM John Coppolella , who has now hired a labor attorney with intentions to file a lawsuit against Atlanta for wrongful termination. Gordon Blakeley has reportedly done the same, and the two may have eyes on proving that president of baseball operations John Hart was aware of the transgressions that took place. Either way, none of this bodes well for the Braves, as a lengthy legal battle with an ex-GM coupled with the possibility of Hart’s involvement means a lot of turmoil will likely circle the organization for some time, assuming Hart retains his role going forward.
WORLD SERIES NEWS
The Houston Astros are the 2017 World Series champs. They capped off one of the greatest World Series’ of all-time on Wednesday with a Game 7 victory to give the city its first championship since the Rockets won the NBA Finals in 1995. In the aftermath of a tumultuous time for Houston and its residents, the Astros delivered some semblance of reprieve on the backs of standout performers like George Springer, Justin Verlander, and Jose Altuve. Congratulations to the Houston Astros!
After going 11-for-29 with three doubles, five homers, and seven RBI, Astros center fielder George Springer took home World Series MVP honors following the Houston victory on Wednesday. Springer’s five homers tied him for first all-time in a single World Series, matching the feat previously accomplished by Reggie Jackson and Chase Utley.
As many national writers noted during the playing of the World Series, Sports Illustrated accurately predicted the curve upon which Houston would re-emerge with all its young talent and win a championship. That prophecy was made in 2014, and was proven truthful with the Astros’ 5-1 win in Game 7. The accrual of talent over a lengthy rebuilding process helped prepare Houston for this type of run, which gives hope to other teams now attempting to follow the same path toward success. The Braves, for instance, have made significant strides toward building what they hope will result in a World Series title in the near future.