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2013 Division Predictions

NL East

The Nationals are the clear favorite to repeat as the division winners, as their tremendous rotation and deep lineup have 95-100 wins written all over it. The Braves have a deep lineup of their own, but a shallow, middling rotation keeps them in the low 90′s again this year. The Mets have a few good arms for their rotation, while their lineup should be solid in the middle, surprising teams with 80-82 wins. The Phillies have not reloaded at all, so another 80-82 win season is all I can see out of them. The Marlins have one star, a couple decent role players, and about 55-60 wins over the summer.

NL Central

The Cardinals have all the bats and big young arms to win 90-92 games, as their farm system keeps replenishing the big league club with top prospects. The Reds are bound to see some regression from the rotation, and the offense had a few over-achievers last year, ending right around 90 wins. Milwaukee might have the best position player core in…

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Promotional events in 2011 for the Atlanta Braves: A fan’s report

The Atlanta Braves have been known over the years to hold several promotional events throughout the season to help boost ticket sales. Earlier this season, rapper/actor Ludacris performed an after-game concert for fans. There are countless events left during the 2011 season that should help bring people to Turner Field.

Every Tuesday and Wednesday are 2 for $30 days presented by Coca-Cola and Toyota.

Each Friday night will be Friday Night Fireworks presented by Publix.

Most Monday’s throughout the season will be Buck Belue 5 Buck Night, where Terrace Reserved seats, normally pieced at $24, will be available for just $5.

On Saturday, June 18; Sunday, July 3; Sunday, Aug. 14; Sunday, Aug. 21; Sunday, Sept. 18; kids 14 and under will be allowed to run the bases following the game.

Wednesday, June 15 will be Jason Heyward Bobblehead Day. The first 20,000 fans in attendance will receive a Heyward bobblehead doll on behalf of Delta Air Lines. Hopefully, Heyward will be healthy and in the lineup that day.

On Father’s Day, which is Sunday, June 19, it is Prostate Cancer Awareness Day at the ballpark. Former Braves playeys Johnny Estrada and Sid Bream will be on hand to sign autographs for fans prior to the game, and Montgomery Gentry will also be performing following the game to finish off the Father’s Day events.

On Saturday, July 16, The B-52′s will be the music act playing following the Braves’ game with the Nationals.

Thursday, July 28, the first 20,000 fans will receive Chipper Jones bobbleheads, sponsored by Delta Air Lines. Since nobody knows how much longer Jones will play, this may be the final Jones-themed event at Turner Field for a long time.

Saturday, Aug. 13 is an important day for reflecting on the Braves history. It will be the celebration of the 20th year of the “Worst to First” team. The Braves will also hold their very own Old Timer’s Day game prior to the action with the Chicago Cubs.

Dan Uggla Bobblehead Day will be held on Thursday, Aug. 18. Delta Air Lines will again supply 20,000 bobbleheads to the first fans that come through the gates.

Brian McCann(notes) Replica Jersey Night will be held on Sunday, Aug. 21. The first 10,000 kids in attendance will receive the jersey.

Whether you’re a collector of memorabilia, or a fan of music, the Braves have made it easier for fans to get the best of both worlds at Turner Field this season.

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Atlanta Braves

The Atlanta Braves are a professional baseball club based in Atlanta, Georgia. The Braves are a member of the Eastern Division of Major League Baseball’s National League. From 1997 to the present, the Braves have played in Turner Field. The “Braves” name, which was first used in 1912, originates from a term for a Native American warrior. They are nicknamed “the Bravos”, and often self-styled as “America’s Team” in reference to the team’s games being broadcast on the nationally available TBS until the 2008 season, gaining a wide fan-base.

From 1991–2005 the Braves were one of the most successful franchises in baseball, winning division titles an unprecedented 14 consecutive times in that period (omitting the strike-shortened 1994 season in which there were no official division champions). The Braves won the NL West 1991–93 and the NL East 1995–2005, and returned to the playoffs as the National League Wild Card in 2010. The Braves advanced to the World Series five times in the 1990s, winning the title in 1995. Since their debut in the National League in 1876, the franchise has won 16 divisional titles, 9 National League pennants, as well as three World Series championships—in 1914 as the Boston Braves, in 1957 as the Milwaukee Braves, and in 1995 in Atlanta. The Braves are the only MLB franchise to have won the World Series in three different home cities. The National Football League’s St. Louis Rams are the only other major sports franchise to do this.

The club is one of the National League’s two remaining charter franchises (the other being the Chicago Cubs) and was founded in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1871 as the Boston Red Stockings (not to be confused with the American League’s Boston Red Sox). After various name changes (such as the Boston Beaneaters), the team operated as the Boston Braves for most of the first half of the 20th century. In 1953, the team moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin and became the Milwaukee Braves, followed by the move to Atlanta in 1966. The team’s tenure in Atlanta is famous for Hank Aaron breaking Babe Ruth’s career home run record in 1974, though the majority of Aaron’s home runs were hit while the team was in Milwaukee. His record stood until 2007, when San Francisco left fielder Barry Bonds broke the record.