In 2010, the Altanta Braves went from the leaders in the NL East for most of the season, to barely making the playoffs after a rough September. They then lost in four games to the eventual World Series winning San Francisco Giants.
This was a team that looked like the best in the National League at the All Star break, but then struggled after that, due in large part to injuries to Chipper Jones and Martin Prado.
Over the offseason the Braves let go of players such as Derek Lee, Troy Glaus, Melky Cabrera and fan favorite Matt Diaz. The biggest player loss was Billy Wagner, who decided to retire after what may have been the best season of his career.
Those losses pale in comparison to the retirement of long time manager Bobby Cox. Cox was there throughout the 1990's and early 2000's during one of the greatest runs in baseball history.
All is not lost though. In fact, most fans should be extremely excited by what the 2011 season could bring.
The Braves host a great group of young players who have already made their names known in the big leagues and many more on the way. They also boast some of the best veterans from the last generation of players in Chipper Jones, Tim Hudson and Derek Lowe. They also added the best pure power-hitting second baseman in baseball with the acquisition of Dan Uggla.
There are many things to talk about for the 2011 season, so let's go ahead and get it started with the projections and predictions for what should be one of the most exciting teams in baseball.