The Atlanta Braves have a lot of reasons to be thankful this holiday season but having Ronald Acuña Jr. locked up through 2028 is reason enough to celebrate. Having lived through the 90s, I was fortunate enough to have watched Hall of Famers Chipper Jones, Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and John Smoltz perform on a daily basis. While those early 90s teams were magical, the shine began to dull as the decade wore on. As a result, I was guilty of not fully appreciating the greatness that was on hand in Atlanta each and every day of the season.
That is something that I have vowed to not let happen with Acuña who appears to be a generational talent. He plays the game with the flair of a superstar but with a youthful exuberance. That is something that needs to be celebrated and most importantly thankful for.
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The Braves have made some great free agent signings in the past but as this list shows, they have blew it more than once. Lets be sure and not add anyone else to this list this offseason.
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