The Atlanta Braves have shocked the baseball world this season by taking control of the NL East. As it turns out, the secret to the Braves’ success may lie in the clubhouse.
It seems that every year a team shocks the baseball world by squeaking into the playoffs. It appears that this season, the Atlanta Braves are that surprise team. Much has been said about the reasons for the Braves’ success thus far.
However, there is one factor that has yet to be heavily touched on; team chemistry.
Chemistry in the clubhouse matters. There have been talented teams that have fallen apart at the hands of poor team chemistry. Conversely, there have been surprising teams fueled by their clubhouse bond. And the Braves are no exception.
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They keep the older guys young, and they make each other better. In fact, since the start of June, Albies has hit .153 without the presence of Acuna due to his injury.
While some of Albies’ June struggles are certainly due to poor luck (.158 BABIP), there is no denying the impact that Acuna’s absence has had on Ozzie.
The Atlanta Braves certainly have the talent to continue to remain atop the National League. However, their connection in the clubhouse enables them to unlock their full potential. As long as the Braves can continue to maintain their impressive clubhouse environment, the wins will come.
The success will come. And with that competitive fire burning among them, a World Series trophy may be in their future.