Despite an early postseason exit, Atlanta's future is very bright. The Braves were picked to repeat as NL East champions and post 101 wins to capture their fifth consecutive division title. However, the reigning World Series champion lost in four games to the Philadelphia Phillies in the Division Series.
Right-hander Kyle Wright entered the season with just two wins in 21 starts but finished with a league-high 21 wins. Third baseman Austin Riley followed up his 33-homer season in 2021 with 38 long balls, which were the fifth-most this past season.
The Atlanta Braves are among the oldest and most successful professional baseball teams. They were founded in 1871 as the Boston Red Stockings, becoming the Boston Braves in 1912. In 1953, they moved to Milwaukee and became the Milwaukee Braves. Finally, in 1966, they moved to their permanent home of Atlanta, Georgia to become the Atlanta Braves.
Iconic moments in their history include four World Series championships (in 1914, 1957, 1995, and most recently 2021); Hank Aaron's record-breaking 715th home run in 1974; and Chipper Jones becoming the only switch hitter to hit 400 career home runs in 2006. They also have a total of eighteen National League Pennants and twenty-two Division titles (seventeen NL East Division titles and five NL West Division titles), including an unprecedented fourteen consecutive NL East Division titles between 1991-2005 during their “run the table” era.
The Atlanta Braves are a National League (NL) East division member and currently play their home games at Truist Park (formerly SunTrust Park) in Cobb County near downtown Atlanta. The atmosphere during games is electric due to the strong support for the team, with nearly 50,000 fans cheering on the Braves every night.
The biggest rivals of the Atlanta Braves are the New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, and Washington Nationals. The Braves have generally performed well in these rivalries, winning more games than each of these teams over the long term, with success going back and forth between them over the past few seasons.
Notable players in the history of the Braves include Hank Aaron (1995 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee), Chipper Jones (2018 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee), Greg Maddux (2014 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee), Tom Glavine (2014 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee), John Smoltz (2015 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee), and Dale Murphy (1999 National Baseball Hall Of Fame inductee) among others.