Predicting wins and losses for your favorite team in April is a little premature…but who cares. The draft is coming up in a little more than a week. Offseason workouts started just a few days ago and the first OTAs start in May. The 2016 NFL season is upon us!
On the morning of November 11, 2013, the baseball world found out that the Atlanta Braves had purchased a plot of land in Cobb County and intended to build a new stadium for the 2017 season. It was a surprise to everyone. There wasn’t a soul — outside of a tight circle of Atlanta Braves executives and a few Cobb County government leaders — that knew anything about it.
It was the talk of the Atlanta sports world and I remember thinking to myself that Turner Field was barely 16-years old. I also remember wondering why they decided to move the team out of downtown.
The year is 1996. It’s Game 1 of the World Series. A 19-year-old outfielder steps up to the plate in his first at bat and hits a 2-run home run. A little later, he stands back in the batters box and delivers another homer, this time of the 3-run variety. Atlanta Braves fans and the rest of the baseball world would be introduced to Andruw Jones.
Now, after 19 baseball seasons, Andruw has decided to hang it up, call it a career and move on with his life. An interesting question was posed and it was going to require some thought. Does Andruw Jones deserve to have his number retired with the Atlanta Braves?