The Braves have had a quiet offseason and usually that is a good sign if a team is coming off a successful year—but that is not really the case. Sure, some teams would have traded places with the 2011 Atlanta squad, who came up just shy of the playoffs, but this is the Braves, not the Astros. For Atlanta Braves fans, winning just isn't enough. After 14 consecutive division titles, "Braves Country" wants more than a winning team, but a team that contends for a world championship yearly.
The 2011 Braves, under new head man Fredi Gonzales, dominated the first half of the season, then collapsed in world class fashion when it counted most. The Bravos literally needed one win to be in or go home—and home they went, with their tail between their legs. So how do we avoid another disastrous season? Let's take a look at a few ways.