The Atlanta Braves are a professional baseball team competing in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member of the National League (NL) East Division. The team was established in 1871 but have been based in Atlanta since 1966. The team has been at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium from 1966 to 1996, and Turner Field from 1997 to 2016 but since 2017, their home stadium has been SunTrust Park, a new stadium in downtown Atlanta. Also, the Atlanta Braves have been known to play their spring games in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
The team has interchanged hands a lot since its initiation but it is presently owned by Liberty Media while the manager is Brian Snitker, and the general manager is Alex Anthopoulos.
It is rather strange how many times this team has changed its name, from Boston Red Stockings when they first started to nine other names before finally settling to the Atlanta Braves in 1966. Thankfully, the name has not changed again, and we will take this opportunity to explain that “Brave” is a term meaning a Native American warrior and was first used for this team in 1912.
The Atlanta Braves were known as one of the most successful teams in baseball especially from 1991 to 2005 when they won division titles for 14 consecutive times. From 1991 to 1993 they won the West Division Title, and from 1995 to 2005 they won the East Division Title. Needless to say, a team with this strength has won NL Pennants 17 times the latest of which was in 1999. The Atlanta Braves have also won the World Series Championships three times in 1914, 1957, and 1995.
Historically speaking, they had two very important pitching players namely Spahn and Johnny Sain, these two players left such an important mark on the team, and on baseball in general, and even had a poem implemented to vouch for their prowess in the field. Some of the Atlanta Braves' players inducted into the Hall of Fame are Hank Aaron, Tom Glavine, Phil Niekro, John Smoltz, Chipper Jones, to mention just a fraction of the players registered in the Hall of fame.
Most sports teams have rivalries and the Atlanta Braves are no exception and the most prominent rivalry being with the New York Mets especially since they are both parts of National League East division. The rivalry began as far back as 1969, it did not get really heated except in 1994 when division alignment put both teams in the NL East Division. The rivalry between them holds a lot of history and hatred but it has cooled down a bit in the last decade to be replaced with a rivalry with the Philadelphia Phillies. This rivalry is much calmer but never the less, it is there.
Of course, the team has been in a state of rebuilding since 2015 as well as some front office changes in 2017. So, it seems they still have some tricks up their sleeves and we would love to see them.