The Atlanta Braves boasted one of the best offenses during the 2020 MLB season featuring a record-tying four Silver Slugger Award winners not to mention an MVP win for Freddie Freeman. Hitting coach Kevin Seitzer and assistant Jose Castro deserve a lot of credit for their work with Atlanta’s hitters and how they helped them manage an unusual 2020 season. Seitzer recently took part in a great interview with The Athletic’s David O’Brien. Seitzer and O’Brien discuss a number of players so I recommend you checking it out in full.
One area that jumped out at me was when the conversation turned to Ronald Acuña Jr., whom Seitzer says “was never fully healthy all year.” He goes on to explain that the team had to monitor his swings before game due to his hand and wrist and described it as a “constant grind.” Considering that Acuña put up a great season despite the injuries just reinforces his immense talent. Be sure to check out the remainder of the article for Seitzer’s though on Marcell Ozuna, Ozzie Albies, Cristian Pache and more.
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Also from The Athletic, O’Brien discusses a number of topics in this week’s mailbag including the status of Atlanta’s bullpen with Mark Melancon, Shane Greene and Darren O’Day now free agents.
The Philadelphia Phillies let go 80 employees Wednesday reducing their workforce by 20 percent with workers reportedly notified via email. The AP reports that the Phillies lost $145 million during the shortened 2020 season.
Former Braves minor leaguer Mel Rojas Jr. put together an MVP-caliber season for the KT Wiz of the KBO hitting .349 with 47 home runs and 135 RBI. That performance reportedly has Rojas drawing interest from at least three MLB teams in addition to three Japanese league teams.
Former Pirates right-hander Trevor Williams rejected an assignment to Triple-A and is now a free agent. Williams was designated for assignment last week and went unclaimed via waivers.
The Toronto Blue Jays have reportedly scrapped plans to renovate The Rogers Centre and are now focused on building a new ballpark.