Frank Wren fired as Braves GM, John Hart to take over on an interim basis

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And there it is:

Hart, the former Indians and Rangers GM, was hired a year ago as a special advisor. He’s currently an analyst for MLB Network as well. He goes back a long way with Braves president John Schuerholz, so he has support in the organization, but it seems unlikely he’d keep the job for long.

A very likely candidate to take over full-time: assistant GM John Coppolella, who is well-regarded within the game and fits the Braves profile of promoting from within.

Wren was promoted to the GM chair in Atlanta following the 2007 season. He has been successful in maintaining a strong farm system and he has made multiple trades which have worked out OK for the Braves. But his judgment in giving out contract extensions and free agent deals to the likes of B.J. Upton, Dan Uggla and Derek Lowe has been poor, leaving a Braves team which is usually very budget conscious with limited payroll flexibility.

Ultimately, the Braves cratered this year and someone had to take the fall. That someone is Frank Wren.

Nationals virtually unveil 2019 World Series rings

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On Sunday evening, the defending World Series champion Washington Nationals unveiled their championship rings online. The Nats took down the Astros in seven hard-fought games last October to win their first Fall Classic in franchise history, with starter Stephen Strasburg winning MVP honors.

As the video highlights about the ring, the Nationals honored “Baby Shark,” a children’s song that became part of the team’s identity last year thanks to reserve outfielder Gerardo Parra. The ring also has all kinds of mementos referencing the Nationals’ triumphs throughout the years, including a reference to 2006, when the Lerner family bought the franchise.

It is a shame that, due to the global pandemic, the Nationals haven’t been able to properly get their rings like past championship winners. But they will, in due time. For now, the players can look forward to receiving their rings in the mail.