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Gwinnett Braves

Gwinnett Braves
Founded in 1901
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Current Triple-A (2009–present)
Minor league affiliations
League International League
Division South Division
Major league affiliations
Current
Minor league titles
League titles (0) None
Division titles (0) None
Team data
Nickname Gwinnett Braves (2009–present)
Previous names
Colors Navy, Scarlet, Gray, White
                   
Ballpark Coolray Field (2009–present)
Previous parks
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Atlanta Braves (Liberty Media)
General Manager North Johnson

The Gwinnett Braves are a professional Lawrenceville) within the Atlanta metropolitan area. The team plays in the South Division of International League and they are the Triple-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves Major League Baseball club. They are based 37 minutes north of Atlanta, the second-shortest distance between a Triple-A team and its major-league parent (behind only the Pacific Coast League's Tacoma Rainiers, based 32 minutes south of Seattle).

The team was previously known as the Richmond Braves for 43 seasons (1966–2008). On January 14, 2008, it was announced that the Richmond Braves would move from Richmond, Virginia to suburban Atlanta in 2009. The announcement was made after the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners unanimous vote.[1]

The move to Gwinnett County marked a return home of sorts for the Braves, as the team began life as the Atlanta Crackers in 1901. They became the top affiliate of the then-Milwaukee Braves in 1965. When the Braves moved from Milwaukee to Atlanta in 1966, they moved the Crackers to Richmond, where the minor-league franchise took the name of the parent club. The current season, the 2015 season, is the 51st season of the affiliation between the Richmond/Gwinnett Braves and its major league parent, the longest-running affiliation in Triple-A.

Ballpark

The Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau hosted a groundbreaking ceremony commemorating the start of construction on the ballpark for the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves baseball team.

The ballpark, Coolray Field, is a state-of-the-art facility that reflects a historic look and feel. It provides an intimate setting with a total capacity of 10,000, and ultimately serves as the focal point of a mixed-use entertainment district.[2]

Logos and uniforms

The official colors of the Gwinnett Braves are navy blue and scarlet, the same as their Atlanta parent. The primary logo resembles the Atlanta Braves primary, but with silver outline and with the word "Gwinnett" centered above.

The home jersey has the classic Braves' wordmark centered on the front, with the "Gwinnett" underscore underlining it. However, unlike Atlanta's jersey with navy blue and scarlet piping, the Gwinnett team's jersey features scarlet sleeves with blue stripes. Other uniform apparel has yet to be revealed.[3]

International League Awards

Most Valuable Pitcher

Rookie of the Year

  • 2010 – Freddie Freeman (first baseman), tied for 6th in batting average (.319), and finished 3rd in RBI (87) and 8th in home runs (18)[4][6]
  • 2011 – Julio Teherán (pitcher)
  • 2012 – Ernesto Mejía (first baseman), finished 1st in hits (149), RBI (92) and total bases (254), while tying for 2nd in home runs (24)[7][8]

Roster

Notable alumni

Broadcasts & Media

The Braves will air all of their 144 games on nearby Gainesville. Tony Schiavone, former voice of the Braves, Charlotte Knights, World Championship Wrestling, and World Wrestling Entertainment, is the play-by-play announcer.[9] In 2008, the Gwinnett Braves announced the team's partnership with Adreka Advertising Agency for its inaugural season. As the Agency of Record for the team, Adreka Advertising will handle the production and media placements chores for the club.[10] WSB-TV will air a selection of Braves games on WSB-TV 2.2 (Me-TV) during the 2014 season beginning June 6, 2014.

References

  1. ^ "Atlanta Braves Moving Their AAA Team to Gwinnett County Georgia in 2009", MLB.com – Atlanta Braves. 15 Jan 2008
  2. ^ "Groundbreaking Commemorates Gwinnett's New Home of the Braves", gwinnettbraves.com. 3 Jun 2008
  3. ^ Hammock, Will. "Braves unveil 'neat look'", gwinnettbraves.com. 3 Jun 2008
  4. ^ a b
  5. ^ Baseball Reference – 2011 International League pitching leaders
  6. ^ Baseball Reference – 2010 International League batting leaders
  7. ^ Baseball Reference – 2012 International League batting leaders
  8. ^ OSC.com – Ernesto Mejia Named International League Rookie of the Year
  9. ^
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External links

  • Gwinnett Braves
  • Exurban Adventures: "Ground broken at Gwinnett Braves Stadium"
  • Tony Schiavone's blog
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