Braves' New World

The Atlanta Braves who are coming to town to take on the Arizona Diamondbacks are not your daddy’s Tomahawk-Choppers. For one thing, there are very few remnants of the great Braves dynasty that set a Major League Baseball record with 14 consecutive division titles from 1991 to 2005. Head coach Bobby Cox is still waddling around, and Chipper Jones remains hard-wired to the No. 3 slot in the lineup, but Javy Lopez, Fred McGriff, David Justice, Ryan Klesko, Andruw Jones, Greg Maddux, and John Smoltz are – if you’ll forgive the regional allusion – gone with the wind.

The other thing about these next-gen Braves is that they kinda bite. That’s potential good news for this year’s D-Backs, who simply bite.

Thu., May 28, 6:40 p.m.; Fri., May 29, 6:40 p.m.; Sat., May 30, 5:10 p.m.; Sun., May 31, 1:10 p.m., 2009
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Clay McNear
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