Over the course of the 90s and the mid 2000s, the Atlanta Braves won an unprecedented fourteen straight division titles. Even with this regular season dominance, the Braves only won one world series.
There were many reasons for this lack of success in the postseason. Sometimes the Braves simply lost to better teams, like the Yankees in the 90s. On other occasions, the Braves were unlucky and had to face the hottest team in baseball, such as the Diamondbacks in 2001.
The 2011 Braves seem to have a different vibe. They have new leadership with Manager Fredi Gonzalez, who replaced longtime Manager Bobby Cox and seems to have addressed many of the struggles that plagued last year's ball club.
General Manager Frank Wren has done an excellent job of putting together a balanced team with loads of depth. Look ahead to see why these Braves will have what it takes to bring a World Championship to Atlanta.