The Atlanta Braves are heading into this offseason with the realization that things are going to look different next season.
After falling to the St. Louis Cardinals in the one-game tiebreaker for the Wild Card spot, the Braves will be looking to retool and fill the empty spots on their team in order to make another run at postseason baseball.
One of those empty roster spots belongs to Chipper Jones. The longtime Braves third baseman officially retired after the team's last game.
Jones, after 19 seasons with the Atlanta organization, leaves behind a tremendous legacy and will, undoubtedly, go down as one of the greatest players in team history.
Everyone is sad to see a class act like Chipper Jones depart the game, but, to me, it couldn't come at a better time for the Braves.
Obviously, Jones retiring is a big loss, but it's time now for a new identity to be formed for the Braves. When Bobby Cox retired, it was the beginning of the end for the Braves identity everyone knew. Likewise, Chipper Jones' retirement has sealed the end of this era.
The identity change won't be happening overnight, though. The Braves will be using every avenue to get the guys, some of whom they already have, they want to forge this new identity.
These are my bold predictions, though, that the Braves could be considering to establish this new era.