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The Daily Chop: Braves Extend Qualifying to Freddie Freeman, Gold Glove Winners announced

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After winning the ultimate team award last week, Sunday could be the beginning of several Braves winning individual awards.

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I would venture to guess that if you ask any of the players that played for the 2021 Atlanta Braves, they would be just fine if the only title you called any of them was World Series Champion.

However, while the Braves roster and coaching staff achieved the ultimate team and individual goal in baseball last week, Sunday began a stretch of time in which several Braves could earn individual achievements for their 2021 performances.

The 2021 Gold Glove winners were announced, and Freddie Freeman, Ozzie Albies, Adam Duvall, and Max Fried were among the finalists are their respective positions. While the night belonged to the St. Louis Cardinals, who became the first team to have five different players in a single season win a Gold Glove, Duvall and Fried were named winners.

As David O’Brien points out, Fried has now won two in a row while Duvall finally earns his first of his career. While Freeman and Albies did not win on their end, all four of these players, plus Austin Riley, will have another chance at further accolades when the Silver Slugger award winners are announced on November 11th.

Braves News

  • The other significant news of the the day for the Braves was Atlanta officially offering Freddie Freeman a qualifying offer. This move was simply procedural, as it was expected all along the Braves would tie the ability to earn a compensation pick back in return if Freeman signed elsewhere. Of course, the goal, and most likely outcome, remains to have Freeman back with the Braves long-term.
  • Both Brian Snitker and Alex Anthopoulos had their end of the season press conferences on Sunday. The main points of emphasis from Anthopoulos were that Atlanta’s payroll would increase in 2022, and that the top priority is bringing back Freddie Freeman on a long-term deal.