Moneyball

Any Atlanta resident or Atlanta sports fan is well aware of the hometown team: the Braves. The Braves are one of the most beloved sport teams in the southeast and take great pride in their loyal fan base. It is no secret that the Atlanta Braves have not had the most successful season thus far, which has left majority of their fans a little distraught. The Braves’ 2015 baseball season may not have been the best, but it is the team’s future that sheds a light to the end of the tunnel.

The Braves’ strategy to climb to the top is commonly known as moneyball. Similar to the popular book and movie, moneyball focuses on the capitalization of the baseball market. After the team’s 2014 season, the Braves decided to clean house and start creating a new team from the ground up. The Braves traded some of their best players, such as Dan Uggla, Jason Heyward, Evan Gattis, BJ Upton and Justin Upton. These players were on the top of the Braves’ payroll, so it was quite a shock when these players were traded.

After the destructive 2014 season, the Braves knew they had to start winning games – and fast. The Braves decided in order to regain their strength and become the baseball powerhouse they once were, a new team would need to be established. General Manager, Fredi Gonzalez, quickly gained key players, such as right handed pitcher Mike Foltynewicz, outfielder Nick Markakis, and closer Jason Grilli. The Braves kept Freddie Freeman and Andrelton Simmons, who have led the Braves to most of their wins this season.

The Braves have let go some of their main players and brought up countless men from the Minor Leagues with the idea in mind that moneyball, may indeed, be the way to go. While many Braves fans have been skeptic about this plan, I believe moneyball does work if done correctly. Like I have previously stated, the Braves were spending millions of dollars on players that weren’t playing up to their full potential. Instead of keeping big name players and paying them the big bucks, the Braves decided to bring up players from the Minors that have the capability of being incredible athletes in the Major Leagues.

It is safe to say the Braves’ 2015 season could have definitely gone a little better, but I believe in a few years the Braves will be competing with some of the best teams in the league. It may take a little bit to get the Braves up to par and get their team fully functioning, but practice makes perfect. I think the players in Gwinnett and other Minor League teams do have great potential to be successful athletes. Sometimes all a team needs is a little re-evaluating of money and players. If the Braves continue to weave through the players that aren’t correct for their team’s makeup, I truly think they could have a winning team in the future. Great things don’t happen over night, and the Braves are living proof of that moto.

 

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