Atlanta Braves: 10 Reasons To Believe They Can Rebound in 2012

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Atlanta Braves: 10 Reasons To Believe They Can Rebound in 2012
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As the Atlanta Braves closed out the 2011 season with one of the worst collapses in baseball history, fans could only pause in utter disbelief. Yet again, the Braves had found a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. That didn't just happen...Did it?

Unfortunately, it did. There was no more tomorrow and no more next game, only next year.

The Braves and their fans have had the luxury of being one of the most consistent postseason contenders in all sports from 1991-2005. Now six seasons removed from the "glory" days of the Braves' NL dominance, they have been able to muster only one postseason appearance. 

With the Philadelphia Phillies the clear NL favorites, Atlanta had all but guaranteed themselves as the second-best team in the NL coming out of the All-Star break.

How could a team that was all but guaranteed to be the Wild Card representative implode so badly?

I will leave that question to be answered by the throng of pundits who will pour the salt into the fresh wounds of disappointment.

I will tell you how the Braves are better poised now, more than ever, to make a run at league dominance again, and it all starts in 2012.

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