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Braves’ ballpark likely to get new name soon

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News broke this morning that BB&T bank will buy SunTrust Bank creating the sixth largest bank in the country. That’s probably interesting to their customers, their likely worried employees and to bank regulators. It’s at least somewhat interesting for baseball too, in that the Braves play in SunTrust Park and after this merger there likely is not going to be a SunTrust Bank, at least in name, any longer.

I presume that the new entity will keep the naming rights deal post-merger, but there is no word what the new bank’s name is going to be yet. Part of me wants it to just be National Bank™ or Metropolitan Bank™ with bank executives insisting on the Braves playing in a park that sounds like the name of one of their division rivals, but we’re probably not going to be that lucky. Maybe it’ll be some made-up word like “Altria” or “EasBanCo” or something dumb. Can’t wait for Chip Caray to lean into that name during the pregame intro.

All I’ll say is that if the Braves had eschewed the few million they’re getting in naming rights, did the right thing and named the place Henry Aaron Field (“The Hank”), they wouldn’t have to go changing signs next winter. No one asks me these things, though.

Zack Wheeler hits first career homer

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Mets starter Zack Wheeler wasn’t content with just dominating the Phillies on the mound Tuesday night in Queens. The 28-year-old decided to have himself a three-RBI night at the plate, too, including his first career home run.

With the Mets already leading 3-0 with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, Wheeler lifted a first-pitch Zach Eflin fastball out to left-center field, landing well beyond the 370-foot sign on the wall. Wheeler had previously helped his own cause, lacing a two-run double down the right field line off of Eflin in the second inning.

Wheeler entered the night with 22 hits in 194 career trips to the plate. Of his 22 hits, five went for extra bases (all doubles). On the mound, through six innings, Wheeler has held the Phillies scoreless on five hits with no walks and 11 strikeouts.

Todd Frazier broke the game open in the fifth inning, hitting a grand slam off of Drew Anderson to push the Mets’ lead to 8-0. If the Phillies lose tonight, they will have lost five of their last six games.