The MLB offseason will begin in just a few days for many teams around baseball, including everybody besides the New York Mets in the NL East. The Atlanta Braves, for one, will begin theirs with a new general manager.
John Coppollela, 37, was promoted from assistant general manager to general manager on Thursday. John Hart, who split assistant GM duties during the 2015 season with Coppollela, will still oversee baseball operations.
The Braves are in the middle of a rebuilding process with a new stadium set to open for the 2017 season. They have one of the worst records in baseball at 64-94.
Atlanta has been in a freefall since sitting at 42-42 on July 7. They are just 22-52 in the 74 games since then and have clinched the franchise's worst season in 25 years.
Coppollela is the Braves' first primary general manager since Frank Wren was fired on Sept. 21, 2014. Prior to serving as their assistant GM, Coppollela was the Braves' director of professional scouting in 2011 and their director of baseball operations from 2006 to 2010.
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Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.
Dancing is not.
On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor.
With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch."
Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.
While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."
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It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.
While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle.
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It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.
It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.
They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training.
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Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.
Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.
Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.
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