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Homegrown phenom and former Atlanta Brave Jeff Francoeur starts his first season as the Braves’ lead analyst, offering commentary alongside veteran play-by-play announcer Chip Caray. A look into why he was more nervous for this job than being an MLB pro.
On May 10, 1977, Ted Turner—the budding media mogul and owner of the sad-sack Atlanta Braves—told manager Dave Bristol to take 10 days off after losing 16 games straight. Too bad Turner had no clue what he was doing.
Olson smashed 24 home runs in just 59 games this year and hit 15 of those home runs in a span of just 21 games, a feat never accomplished by an Oakland Athletics player before. He also went on a home run streak that lasted five games, an A’s rookie record. The outstanding performance put on by Olson down the stretch of this season has drawn national praise, with CBS Sports even referring to him as “Oakland’s first baseman of the future.”