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Braves Briefing: Ronald Acuña Jr continues this season’s dominance in Venezuela.

Acuña: "Today we are all Venezuela" - Últimas Noticias

Ronald Acuña Jr is in Venezuela’s Winter League, doing Ronald Acuña Jr things.

Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr dominated MLB this season, winning the NL Most Valuable Player award on the heels of the first 40/70 season in baseball history.

He wasn’t done.

Playing in Venezuela’s Winter League, only the 2nd league MVP to play in Latin America the season he won the award (Vlad Guerrero Sr, 2004), Acuña’s slashline sits at .443/.564/.918 after 15 games, with seven homers, twenty-six runs scored, and four stolen bases.

Oh, and the arm traveled, too.

Ronald, in typical Ronald Acuña Jr fashion, gunned a runner down at the plate last night in the team’s eventual 10-2 victory.

Manager Brian Snitker, when asked about if he was okay with Acuña’s desire to play winter ball, remarked that this is what he wanted to do and they trust him to do the right thing. “He’s a baseball player, you know? He likes to play baseball.”

How long until pitchers and catchers report?

63 days. Atlanta’s expected to ask pitchers and catchers to report on Monday, February 12th, in advance of their first spring training game on February 24th against the Tampa Bay Rays. An official announcement of the reporting date will come in January.

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