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Atlanta Braves

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Last time we checked, the ATLANTA BRAVES had won 14 straight division titles. But last time we checked this year, they were more than 15 games out of first place and struggling even to reach a .500 record. In truth, this has been coming for a long time. The Braves haven’t been competitive in the post-season since Ted Turner gave up control of the team. When the team allowed pitching coach Leo Mazzone to bolt to the Baltimore Orioles in the off-season, it was the final straw. John Smoltz aside, this year’s pitching has been atrocious. The streak is over. With a sale of the team to Liberty Media pending, the future indeed looks bleak. Where have you gone, Turner? Ted Turner, a city turns its lonely eyes to you.

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