Atlanta Braves Rotation: Extended Time Off
Will the Atlanta Braves Rotation benefit from this extended delay?
The Atlanta Braves added left handed pitcher, Cole Hamels, to their rotation this offseason. Undoubtedly, this move was in an attempt to fortify a youthful pitching staff. However, in mid-February, it was announced Hamels sustained a shoulder injury working out with a medicine ball. Initial reports indicated that Hamels would not be able to make his season debut until mid-May. Although disparaging, the news could have been significantly worse.
Turns out, with today’s atmosphere, Hamels’ season debut is just a minor detail. Especially, in regards to the overall suspension of baseball and the world’s COVID- 19 situation. The pandemic extends well beyond baseball, which has become a much harsher reality with each passing day.
However, when baseball does return, Cole Hamels is more likely to be a part of the Atlanta Braves starting rotation. With out a doubt, this extended absence is a help to Hamels’ recovery. Hamels’ doesn’t feel pressured to rush back to justify the $18 million commitment the Atlanta Braves made to the 36-year-old pitcher.
There was little doubt about the health of the front end of the rotation. Mike Soroka, Max Fried, and Mike Foltynewicz look to be studs. However, the fourth and fifth spot uncertain with Hamels expected to miss extended time. Now, the most uncertain thing is when will baseball return. With no real end to the pandemic, foreseeable, in the immediate future, Hamels’ can continue to recover and heal in a less rushed time-frame. We all want a return to normal, but not before we can be sure of each and everyone’s well being.
The extended delay of the everything in the World is not as important as each person’s individual life. We all must do what we can to help flatten the curve and preserve everyone’s well being. After all, baseball is just a game, but it’s a game that pays for a multitude of peoples livelihoods. Not just the players but the people behind the scenes, the ticket takers, the snack sellers, the camera operator, the grounds crew, the backbone of the stadium that goes unnoticed and under appreciated.
Shoutout to everyone that is still making the engine run in this crazy time. The season will eventual start. Hamels and the Braves will be a stronger rotation because of the delay (silver linings in dark times). Things will resume and games will play. The Braves have title asperations and there are many things to be grateful for! Chop on… but at a distance.
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