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MLB second half predictions?
The MLB's second half is upon us, and only two teams have leads of more than 1.5 games in their respective divisions. In other words, this should get intense. Who will win all the divisions? The leagues? The World Series? Cast your votes below!
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Opening day sees first replays
Monday was a historic Major League Baseball opening day, and not because the defending champion Boston Red Sox lost. It featured the first uses of MLB's new extended replay system, in which a large number of calls can be challenged. The first attempt came in the Pittsburgh Pirates' 1-0 win over the Chicago Cubs; there, Chicago manager Rick Renteria disputed a double-play call, but it was upheld. The first successful challenge came from Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, who prompted a Ryan Braun infield single to be overturned in the Milwaukee Brewers' 2-0 victory. How do you feel about the new system?
Braves get a steal on Freeman?
The Atlanta Braves this week signed Freddie Freeman to a contract extension worth $135 million over eight years. The 24-year-old first baseman made his first All-Star team last season and hit .443 with runners in scoring position (second best in the majors). However, as Keith Law notes, he hit only .219 in those situations the year before. Is this a great deal? Is Freeman elite? Vote below!
The Braves have had some success at Turner Field, but they're not looking to sign another 20-year lease on the place. The Braves plan to move to another stadium in nearby Cobb County in 2017, leaving Turner Field to an uncertain fate. It's a bit odd for a team to move from a stadium that's so young -- it opened in 1997 -- but the Braves may have big plans for their as-yet-unnamed (and unbuilt) new home.
Here's a sampling of what readers had to say in our Facebook conversation on the story:
What do you think? Leave your comments below.
Breaking new ground?
Moving to a new stadium can have serious effects on a team in both the long and short term.