By: Eric Cain / @_Cainer
Chip Caray, Voice of the Atlanta Braves on Fox Sports South, joined The First Quarter Wednesday morning to discuss the first-place team in the National League East, as well as the status of a plethora of Braves in the midst all-star voting leader boards.
During the interview, Heather Harrington asked Caray what it was like for Braves fans in Atlanta right now.
“We knew when the Braves embarked on this rebuild and the quality of Major League players they traded away, it was going to be an uphill battle for awhile. The metaphor I’ve used for quite sometime now…we talk about light at the end of the tunnel…well, for the first time in a couple of years, Braves fans feel that light isn’t a train coming into run them over with a 95-loss season. There is a glimmer of hope that we are through the worst part of the rebuild and that the losing has bottomed out…It’s a happy place right now and an exciting time.”
The third-generation broadcaster (grandfather- Harry Caray, father- Skip Caray) also gave his thoughts on the current Braves who are leading the way in all-star voting. Freddie Freeman, who leads all NL players at current standing, is ahead few the pack at first base, while Ozzie Albies and Nick Markakis are current projected starters at second base and the outfield.
As of June 12, catcher Kurt Suzuki is third while short stop Dansby Swanson is second in voting. Third baseman Johan Camargo is third while rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ender Inciarte are listed as fifth and sixth, respectively, in terms of outfielders.
Freeman, Markakis and Albies should be virtual locks, regardless if they are voted in as starters. Freeman is on pace for an MVP-caliber season, Markakis is having a career year and Albies has surprisingly been atop the NL power leader boards throughout the season.
The Braves also have a chance to squeeze in a few pitchers as starters Mike Foltynewicz (5-4, 2.16 ERA) and Sean Newcomb (7-2, 2.92 ERA) are certainly deserving while reliever Dan Winkler (2-0, 1.03 ERA, 0.76 WHIP) has been one of the game’s most efficient bullpen arms this season.
See the complete NL All-Star vote standings HERE.
The most intriguing battle of the entire all-star race may come down to the starter at second base. Though Albies is currently leading and deserving of the honor, the Cubs’ Javier Baez and Reds’ Scooter Gennett have worthy cases as well. In the first releasing of all-star vote standings, Albies led Baez by only 38,509 votes while Gennett sat in third with a total of 309,512 tallies.
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Listen to the full interview of Chip Caray’s appearance on Wednesday’s First Quarter below.
The tenured broadcaster also joined Eric Cain and Mick Gillispie on Baseball This Week in April.
Listen to Eric Cain talk Braves on Producing The Facts Podcast below.
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