Atlanta Braves News
The 2018 season has been a special one for the Atlanta Braves and they added another award to the trophy case on Tuesday when Brian Snitker was named National League Manager of the Year. Snitker received 17 of 30 first place votes by the writers. Milwaukee’s Craig Counsell finished second in the voting.
Ronald Acuña Jr was named Rookie of the Year on Monday and spoke with the media from Japan where he is taking part in the Japan All-Star series.
“I’m just flattered, I’m so honored,” Acuna said through an interpreter from Hiroshima. “My career is just starting. There are so many things I need to do to be a better player. I’ll take advice from anyone who will help me improve.”
Braves’ pitching prospect Touki Toussaint is among a group of rookies who are the early frontrunners to capture the 2019 Rookie of the Year Award. MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo and The Athletic’s Cliff Corcoran both included Toussaint in their list of potential breakout rookies for next season. While the Braves could have a number of pitchers that could figure into next year’s award race, Mayo gave Toussaint the edge due to the impression he left during his major league stint in 2018.
There are a number of young Braves pitchers who could figure into ROY talk in 2019. Toussaint gets the nod because of his pure swing-and-miss stuff, the impression he made during his big league callup and the fact the Braves trusted him enough to put him on the postseason roster.
ESPN.com’s Buster Olney writes that now is the time for the San Francisco Giants to figure out what to do with pitcher Madison Bumgarner.
The Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh makes the Hall of Fame case for the recently retired Joe Mauer.
The Chicago White Sox are reportedly shopping outfielder Avisail Garcia and may simply non-tender him if they can’t find a taker. Garcia is projected to make $8 million next season in his final year in arbitration.