Atlanta Braves Tickets
Two years into a roster rebuild and things are looking up for the Atlanta Braves franchise. They are currently building a new stadium and are hoping to get back in the mix for the pennant race. Atlanta had a quite the active offseason stockpiling future assets, beginning with an enormous trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Braves dealt Shelby Miller west in exchange for outfielder Ender Incarte and top prospects Dansby Swanson and Aaron Blair which immediately boosts center field and adds to their already stout farm system. Other partings include Andrelton Simmons to the Angels for shortstop Erick Aybar and prospects Sean Newcomb and Chris Ellis, along with pitcher Mike Minor who inked a deal with the Royals.
Last season the Braves were dead last offensively and with a healthy Freddie Freeman at first base combined with the additions of Incarte and Aybar, Atlanta is hoping the top of the order will be elevated significantly. In right field, Nick Markakis is one year removed from neck surgery and has had time to rehab to full strength while at third base, Adonis Garcia surprised most at the plate last season and will be looking to continue to heighten his game this year.
The Braves starting rotation is possibly the largest question mark heading into the 2016 season. Julio Teheran was an ace during the second half of 2015 and Atlanta is hoping that he can keep that momentum going well into this season. Behind him, Bud Norris had a very forgettable outing last year and is looking for a bounce back year while Matt Wisler finished strong in 2015, however his lack of experience is a concern. In the bullpen, it appears Jason Grilli is all healed from a ruptured Achilles tendon to earn the nod as the team’s closer with Arodys Vizcaino, Jim Johnson, and Eric O’Flaherty all in the mix as well.
2016 will be the club’s final season at Turner Field before moving north to Cobb County and Sun Trust Park. Fans should be sure to purchase your Atlanta Braves tickets for games this summer as you don’t want to miss the team’s last hurrah at the Ted.
The Atlanta Braves are a hometown favorite and has one of the most enthusiastic fan bases of any MLB team. They are well known to fans and respected throughout major league baseball. Based out of Atlanta, Georgia and also playing in the Eastern Division of the National League. They have played their home games at Turner Field since 1997 and will soon move to their new stadium complex in the Cumberland high rise district of Cobb County in 2017. They are often called 'The Bravos' and are often referred to as 'America’s Team'. And no wonder look at their record:
· 1991-2005 One of the most successful franchises in baseball. They have won division titles 14 consecutive times during that time period.
· 1991-1993 Won NL West.
· 1995-2005 Won NL East.
· 1990’s advanced to World Series five times.
· 1995 Won World Series.
· Since their debut in the National League in 1876 they have won 16 divisional titles, 17 National League pennants and 3 World Series.
· Only team to have won World Series in three different home cities.
They are presently owned by Liberty Media and coached by Fredi Gonzales. Doug Dascenzo has been named as third base coach. General Manager Frank Wrenn will sign or trade for a left-handed hitter before opening day and Gerald Laird will replace Brian McCann as catcher. Evan Gattis is a strong hitter but may be a defensive liability but is looking forward to a chance to prove himself. Craig Kimbrel, Freddie Freeman and Jason Heyward are still in negotiations on their contracts. Time will tell what will happen there. Christian Bethancourt has long been known for his defensive work and is the top pick since McCann left. It is said he has one of the best arms behind the plate which makes him very eligible for a very strong and agile backstop.
Built for the 1996 Olympic Summer Games, Turner Field is the current home of the Atlanta Braves.
Their former ballpark, Atlanta Fulton County Stadium was aging and the Braves began to pursue a new venue as early as 1987. When it was announced that Atlanta received the bid for the games in 1990, the city of Atlanta and the Braves joined forces to plan for a new venue that could serve both the Olympic Games and the baseball franchise. They chose a site just south of Atlanta Fulton County Stadium on city owned land.
Construction began in July 1993 and Turner Field was built similar to other ballparks using a brick and limestone exterior. Temporary bleachers were placed beyond the outfield fence to allow for a larger capacity during the Olympics. After the games ended, the venue was retro-fitted to accommodate baseball only.
50,096 fans bought Braves tickets on April 4, 1997 to see them play the opening game in their new ballpark. It was named Turner Field after then Braves owner and mogul Ted Turner. The main entrance of the ballpark is through the Grand Entry Plaza which includes a ticketed entertainment/concessions area, Scouts Alley and the Taco Mac Family Zone which encourages families to come early to games. A 100-foot diameter photograph of Hank Aaron’s actual 715th home run dominates the plaza side scoreboard and provides a popular backdrop for photos on the plaza. Adjacent to the plaza on the north side sits the Braves Hall of Fame Museum and a non-ticketed free area called Monument Grove. The Braves Chop House is an 8,000 square foot restaurant located above the Braves bullpen allowing fans to enjoy quality fare while taking in the game.
Prior to the 2005 season, the Braves spent $15 million in improvements including a new HD video/scoreboard and ribbon boards in the upper deck. After the 2007 season, 158 seats were added directly behind home plate which is only 43 feet from the action and also includes access to a 5,000 lounge located adjacent to the Braves clubhouse.
In November 2013, the Atlanta Braves announced plans to build a new stadium to be ready for the 2017 baseball season. The teams’ 20-year lease will end after the 2016 season.
Atlanta Braves History
The Atlanta Braves have played baseball in Boston, Milwaukee, and Atlanta for almost 150 years and in that time the club has won 17 National League Pennants and three World Series. The team started playing as the Boston Red Stockings, where they were one of the dominant teams in the NL. That dominance came to an end after the turn of the 20th century.
It took a while, but the club became a consistent contender after moving to Milwaukee. Here Eddie Matthews and Hank Aaron starred as two revered sluggers and Warren Spahn, Lew Burdette, and Bob Buhl were fixtures in the rotation. This core played in the World Series in 1957 and 1958, defeating the Yankees in 1957 but losing to the Yankees in 1958 (both series went seven games).
The 1960s were a good but not a great time to be a Braves fan. The franchise consistently posted winning records, but did not win enough games to return to the World Series. The then-Atlanta Braves would not return until the 1990s. By then the fans had endured two terrible decades and the club’s glories, apart from the career of Aaron, had been forgotten.
However, the core of David Jsutice, Terry Pendleton, Ron Gant, and Fred McGriff made the Braves the most dangerous offense in the National League while the starting rotation of Greg Maddux, John Smoltz, and Tom Glavine made sure the Manager Bobby Cox always had a World Series-worthy starter on the mound in the postseason. The Braves went to five Fall Classics during the decade, but only won one. Still, the club managed to begin a postseason appearance streak that lasted until 2006.
The Braves of the 21st century dominated with Chipper Jones and Andrew Jones as the new faces of the offense. Maddux and Smoltz enjoyed continued success in this new century, but not at quite the level as the decade previous. Atlanta struggled a few seasons, but the club has been able to avoid having to scrap a few consecutive seasons and begin a clear rebuilding project.