MLB Network revealed on Wednesday the All-MLB teams, which are chosen by a combination of fan vote and an expert panel. The Braves led baseball in first-team selections with three: Freddie Freeman, Marcell Ozuna, and Max Fried. In addition, Ronald Acuña was chosen for the All-MLB second-team.
Atlanta made the most of their collection of standouts, pushing the world champion Dodgers to the brink in a thrilling Championship Series. Freeman and Ozuna were the primary sources of offense while Fried battled his way through a tough series against a deep Los Angeles lineup. Acuña was less productive during the NLCS, but was rewarded nonetheless for his performance during the regular season.
The revelation of Freeman being selected is especially satisfying after his MVP season given that his American League counterpart, Jose Abreu, is also a first baseman. The vote went to Freeman and fans can no longer call the Atlanta first baseman ‘underrated’ given his accolades this offseason.
The choices for the All-MLB team only serve to substantiate what all Braves fans already knew: that despite their flaws, Atlanta was incredibly talented and had multiple players who stood out among their peers this season, which led to their most successful playoff run in nearly 20 years.
The Braves announced which minor league affiliates would be invited to represent their four teams. The names look familiar, except for one, with the Augusta GreenJackets joining the Atlanta system.
We mentioned the Braves selections above, but see the rest of the All-MLB team here.
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