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Dansby Swanson Has Atlanta Braves Surging in NL East

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Against the Dodgers over the weekend, the Braves honored Freeman, who signed a six-year, $162 million cope with Los Angeles within the off-season after 12 years in Atlanta, and presented him together with his World Series ring. He cried throughout a news conference before Friday’s game, through the ring ceremony and through a standing ovation before his first at-bat.

Freeman, who’s from Southern California, had desired to remain in Atlanta but he took the Dodgers’ barely larger offer when the club that drafted him selected to not match it. Will Swanson, who was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2015 but traded to his hometown team the identical yr, be the star who stays?

“I mean, who does know, right?” he said, adding that he and his fiancée, the professional soccer player Mallory Pugh, have prayed about his future. Swanson, who has a profession .742 O.P.S., added later, “It’s been an enormous blessing to be here. I even have 4 nephews they usually’re all here, and to see them grow up, and to be with my family and with my friends, the people I grew up with, my community of individuals, is an incredible blessing and definitely something that I don’t take without any consideration.”

D’Arnaud said he hoped Swanson would remain with Atlanta for the remainder of his profession. The 2 have already helped the team win a championship but are aiming for one of the crucial difficult achievements in baseball: back-to-back titles. The last team to repeat as champion was the Yankees, who won three straight from 1998 to 2000. That’s 21 consecutive seasons without one other repeat winner, the longest such streak in league history.

“For us to do it again, we all know that the percentages are against us,” d’Arnaud said. He added later, “You’ll be able to’t control injuries, you’ll be able to’t control how people play, you’ll be able to’t control how teams pitch against you. The one thing you’ll be able to really control is your attitude.”

Having this season’s turnaround start two weeks sooner than last yr’s should help as well.

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