Atlanta Braves center-fielder Ender Inciarte is having another great season, but has it been one that we will always remember?
The Atlanta Braves are heading into the final stretch of the 2017 season, knowing that they have a ton of room to improve moving forward. While no one believed this current roster would be postseason-bound, we did have some lofty expectations for their Gold-Glove winning center-fielder, Ender Inciarte.
Needless to say, I don’t think any of us would have predicted he would accomplish something a Braves’ player hasn’t done since 1996 – have 200 hits in one season. While he hasn’t quite hit that mark just yet, he is just three shy of that mark as I write this article.
Needless to say, it’s a pretty safe bet he will achieve that feat before the regular season is finally over.
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Heck, if that amazing accomplishment wasn’t enough to label this season as “one to remember”, did you realize that Inciarte made it onto his first All-Star team this year? Take a look at this blurb from Jaylon Thompson’s article below:
"Inciarte’s season was highlighted by his first All-Star Game selection. The 2016 Gold Glove Award winner has also become a respected presence in the clubhouse in just his second season in Atlanta. “What he does in center field explains it,” Markakis said. “I am glad to have him over here and he is a big part of this team.”"
Not only is Inciarte one of the best center-fielders in the game, but as Nick Markakis mentioned above, he is an extremely important piece to this up-and-coming Atlanta baseball team.
That being said, does having a 200-hit season and making your first All-Star game mean that this is truly a “season to remember”? I would say absolutely.
The fact that Atlanta was able to get Inciarte, along with Dansby Swanson is one of the most head-scratching trades I have ever seen.
I’m not sure what the Arizona Diamondbacks thought they were giving up when trading the budding-superstar, but I’m sure they wish he was still on their roster helping them win the World Series in 2017.