So far, 2016 has not been kind to the Atlanta Braves. Having amassed a 3-9 record with a -25 run differential, they are widely expected to finish at the bottom of the NL East. And to make matters worse, the franchise suffered yet another loss on Monday without even playing a game.
Per the New York Post, the Braves (who are owned by the John Malone-controlled Liberty Media Corporation) entered the market as the first MLB team to be publicly traded. But any excitement about that novelty was quickly extinguished as Atlanta's stock was pummeled upon its opening.
Investors weren't high on either of the two shares Atlanta was trading, as the values of both plummeted as the day went on. The Series A shares dropped from $36 a pop down to $19.95, while Series C fell to $19.14 per. In all, the Braves' stock fell a staggering 44.6 percent in one business day.
Perhaps things will stabilize for the Malone and company as they did for the Green Bay Packers, the NFL's lone publicly traded franchise. Over the years, the Pack have been able to leverage their shareholders' contributions — prices were listed at $250 a share in 2011 — to help with such projects as the recent additions to Lambeau Field. And while some financial experts question whether or not investing in a sports team is good business, Green Bay has seemingly fared well.
Nevertheless, if Monday was any indication, the Braves might wind up taking as many L's on Wall Street as they are on the field this season.
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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We are fortunate enough to live in a world where we can watch a former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback (attempt to) hit against a three-time Cy Young pitcher in a Major League Baseball preseason game.
Max Scherzer took less than a minute to strike out Tim Tebow, who was batting cleanup for the Mets in a spring training game Friday. You can watch the whole at-bat here:
It looks like Tebow and Scherzer are starting to develop a pattern - last year’s matchup between the two went down the exact same way.
Tebow was able to redeem himself later in the game with his first hit of the year against Nats prospect Erick Fedde. He will likely begin the season with the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies, but Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he believes Tebow will eventually see some at-bats in the Majors.