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Starting Nine: Rafael Furcal, a Very Good Brave

How old was he? That was part of the story during his run in Atlanta, but the switch-hitting shortstop brought hardware and impressive numbers as well

Starting Nine: Kevin Millwood, a Very Good Brave

The homegrown All-Star delivered one of the greatest pitching performances in Braves postseason history during his six years in Atlanta

Starting Nine: Javy Lopez, a Very Good Brave

Looking back on the career of the three-time All-Star catcher, as we dive into the resumes of Braves who have fallen off the Hall of Fame ballot

Join us for a rendition of The Twelve Days of Bravesmas 

The holiday classic, through the lens of Braves Country

Starting Nine: Can hurdles be cleared in these HOF bids?

The voting momentum (or lack thereof) and the trends/roadblocks former Braves players face in Hall of Fame candidacies

Starting Nine: When lockout ends, what’s left for Braves on free-agent market?

Splashes, gambles, and playing it safe as Atlanta looks to fill remaining roster holes

Starting Nine: Frustrations, realities and casualties amid MLB’s lockout

Varying degrees of winning and losing and the parties feeling the hurt in baseball’s first work stoppage since 1994-95

Starting Nine: Hunting bargains for Braves’ shopping needs

High-end free agents and trade targets will and should get all the buzz, but there are bargains that could be had as Atlanta mines the markets

Starting Nine: Why length of deal should/shouldn’t be hang-up in Freddie Freeman negotiations 

Easing and raising concerns on reported sticking point in Freddie Freeman contract talks. Plus, free-agent pitching thoughts, Alex Anthopoulos strikes again in November, and some love for Blooper

Starting Nine: Braves have defined needs, and here’s how they can fill them

The newly crowned champions have a clear offseason checklist — beginning with returning a foundational star at first base — and this is how they can meet those needs

Starting Nine: The unforgettable and defining moments of a champion

From Max Fried’s Game 6 gem to Freddie Freeman’s blast, walk-offs and more, snapshots from Atlanta’s title run

Starting Nine: Keys to Braves seizing control as World Series shifts to Atlanta

After getting out of Houston with a split, the Braves head to Truist Park, where they’re 5-0 this postseason

Starting Nine: Foundations of Braves’ run to NLCS, and what they mean regardless of opponent

Dominant starting pitching, a lock-down bullpen, pinch-hitting magic, and Freddie Freeman’s statement game set stage for LCS return as Braves await Dodgers or Giants

Starting Nine: Storylines, players and stats to define Braves, Brewers’ NLDS clash

Milwaukee’s starting pitching (and Josh Hader) figure to be a major test for Atlanta, which will look to its homer-bashing lineup to make a return to the NLCS.

Starting Nine: Jorge Soler reaching upper echelon of all-time Braves trade acquisitions

Plus, Ozzie Albies running down a Rogers Hornsby, defensive metrics that don’t translate for Dansby Swanson and Adam Duvall’s continued RISPy business

Starting Nine: Statistically speaking, Braves have been ridiculous

From Freddie Freeman’s base-running acumen to Adam Duvall’s clutch gene, the infield’s power and Luke Jackson stranding runners, Atlanta is delivering some eye-opening numbers

Starting Nine: Freeman or Riley? Who is Braves’ top MVP candidate?

The cases for and against the Braves’ candidates for NL MVP and sorting out the outfield and arms with an eye on the postseason

Starting Nine: What happens to Braves’ rotation when Ian Anderson returns?

Does Atlanta go to a six-man rotation? Add an arm to the bullpen? Sorting through the options and the tears Dansby Swanson and Tyler Matzek’s are on

Starting Nine: Braves infield running down franchise, MLB history with power surge

Ranking the many feats Freddie Freeman, Ozzie Albies, Austin Riley and Dansby Swanson are chasing based on the probability of each happening

Starting Nine: Braves have options at closer, and it’s time to use them

As Will Smith struggles, Atlanta can share the load in ninth; Jorge Soler’s surge, Travis d’Arnaud’s return and more

Starting Nine: The insanity of the insane NL East

Trying to make sense of the National League East, and all the oddities it has created, is enough to make your head hurt

Starting Nine: After busy deadline, do Braves have enough to win East?

With Adam Duvall, Eddie Rosario, Richard Rodriguez and Jorge Soler in the fold, Atlanta now puts its focus on making a return to postseason

Starting Nine: With focus on future, these should be Braves’ deadline targets

No rentals here, as Atlanta has plenty of options when it comes to controllable players it can acquire ahead of July 30

Starting Nine: Burning questions as Braves enter All-Star break

Will the NL East title streak come to an end? Does the offense or bullpen get an upgrade? Key questions facing Braves in second half

Starting Nine: Revel in a generational moment in Atlanta sports

Braves’ Ronald Acuña Jr. and Hawks’ Trae Young giving city embarrassment of riches with young superstars; Freddie Freeman takes place in franchise All-Star lore

Starting Nine: In defense of William Contreras 

Plus, the All-Star hopes of Luke Jackson and Austin Riley, Drew Smyly’s progress and fireworks ahead in Cincinnati 

Starting Nine: Careful criticizing Ronald Acuña’s aggressiveness in monster year that’s going to waste

Plus, the bullpen keeps finding ways to outdo itself, Ozzie Albies’ extra-base spree and the return of Freddie Freeman’s opposite-field power

Starting Nine: Searching for a real answer for Braves outfield, inside and outside the organization

Despite Ronald Acuña Jr.s’ monster year, Atlanta is sitting 13th in combined outfield fWAR and in need of another consistent threat at the plate

Starting Nine: In Riley, Braves finding success where they’ve rarely found it

First-round position players have often bit the franchise since striking gold with Chipper Jones, and Riley’s breakout providing hope for another hit

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