Braves celebrate 10,000 wins – but ball from final out almost got away

One historical artifact almost got away. Almost.

The Braves franchise won its 10,000 game Friday night, becoming just the third Major League franchise to reach the milestone. The Braves painted the number in green – stretching across much of the outfield – for Saturday’s game against the Nationals. Behind second base, in white, was painted ‘10,000 wins.’ A flag commemorating the accomplishment was raised at Turner Field. Following the win, manager Fredi Gonzalez’s lineup card was collected, authenticated and was to be put in the team’s museum.

What about the ball?

Relief pitcher George Sherrill fielded a comebacker and tossed it to first baseman Freddie Freeman for the final out in the milestone win.

According to Gonzalez, Freeman tossed the ball back to Sherrill who threw it into the dugout to no one in particular.

“There was a mad scramble for the ball,” Gonzalez said. “I think we found it.”

Good thing he didn’t toss it into the crowd.

The Braves joined the Giants and Cubs in the 10,000-win club. The Giants accomplished the feat in 2005 and the Cubs did it in 2008. Baseball Reference also lists the Dodgers (10,176) and the Cardinals (10,154) with more than 10,000 wins, but some of those came in other leagues, such as the Federal League. MLB does not recognize those wins, and neither do the clubs themselves, when citing their overall franchise major-league records.

The Braves won 5,118 games in Boston, 1,146 games in Milwaukee and 3,736 games in Atlanta.

“We are real proud of it,” Braves president John Schuerholz said Saturday. “It’s a great accomplishment. Just like those pennants hanging up there for the 14 consecutive division championships. That’s a remarkable accomplishment but for a historical franchise like this to do something only two others have done, we are real proud of that.”

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aaron

July 16th, 2011
7:07 pm

now the bad news..

July 16th, 2011
7:17 pm

Now the bad news… We’re 8 losses from 10K as well. Maybe we won’t make it this year!

YellowJacket

July 16th, 2011
8:03 pm

Tip of the hat to the Braves. Well done.

Matt

July 16th, 2011
8:07 pm

Bad news… That was funny stuff.

Go Braves!!! I’m naming my next son Prado.

Deedle Nick

July 16th, 2011
8:21 pm

“I think we found it.”

Think or did?

[...] Atlanta Braves [...]

fred

July 16th, 2011
8:52 pm

Braves only have 2 hits..JS blooper and Gozo homer…..

South Georgia Boy

July 16th, 2011
9:46 pm

there are alot of good things about this team and this season, but right now, all around offensivly and defensively, our weakess player is Heyward.

Joseph

July 16th, 2011
9:55 pm

@SGB Heyward is having a bad year no doubt.

gcs

July 16th, 2011
10:15 pm

Is this supposed to be Heyward at 100%???

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Joseph

July 16th, 2011
10:16 pm

Tommy didn’t have his A game tonight. Someone tell him that the pitchers can hit too maybe? But seriously, Lannan is a good pitcher. Schafer messed up the 3rd after getting a lead-off double. Would rather have runner @ 2nd with 1 out instead of 1 out and runner @1st with McCann and Freeman coming up. Would have been nice to gain a game on Philly tonight after watching the Mets beat up on Hamel again. Can we call them and find out what they are doing to him? He cannot pitch in NY or against the Mets for some reason.

the truth...

July 16th, 2011
10:34 pm

Trade Heyward for Pence….straight up…throw in McLouth and Proctor

Joseph

July 16th, 2011
10:36 pm

Pence is UFA after this year. Pence is a great player. Solid all the way around, but he about to get paid after this season.

the truth...

July 16th, 2011
10:57 pm

■Hunter Pence: $6.9 mil in 2011. Arb-3 in 2012. Arb-4 in 2013. FA in 2014.

that’s the truth……

Joseph

July 16th, 2011
11:02 pm

Pence can only be offered Arbitration. He doesn’t have to accept it. If he declines then the team gets top tier picks. He is not under team control truth sir. He signed an extention of I believe 4.35 mil last year and 6.9 this year. Yes he has arbitration years left, but he doesn’t have to accept.

the truth...

July 16th, 2011
11:10 pm

Maybe you are incorrect….I’m trying to determine it myself…..

Pence and Bourn are two of the more beloved Astros and both will be in the third year of arbitration, which could take them into a cost range that causes Wade to do a double take. Pence will earn $6.9 million in 2011 after beating the Astros in arbitration. Bourn, who has settled each of the last two seasons, will make $4.4 million.

There is a stark difference between the two, however. Next winter will mark Bourn’s final arb season since he has more major league service time, making him a free agent after next season. Not to mention that his agent is Scott Boras. Pence will not hit free agency until after the 2013 season, but his Super 2 status puts him ahead of the game, so to speak.

the truth...

July 16th, 2011
11:11 pm

the truth...

July 16th, 2011
11:14 pm

from that and other research tonight you appear to be incorrect and Pence is not eligible until 2014….

Joseph

July 16th, 2011
11:24 pm

I do not believe that Mr. Pence has to accept arbitration. You are correct truth it wasn’t an extention he signed in 09 he settled then won arbitration last year for 6.9. I do believe that if he refuses arbitration he is free to walk, but whatever team he gets traded to gets pick(s). Either way. Pence is a really good player. But the reality of this whole situation is that this team is owned by Liberty and cannot afford him even if he accepts aribitration next year here. That man is about to get 12 mil easy. And that is starting price. No doubt Pence would look good in this uniform, but let us agree on 1 thing…….he will require a BIG lot of prospects sir. Times like this make me wish Ted still owned the team or someone like Cuban would buy it away from Barnes & Noble (Libety).

freddy

July 16th, 2011
11:28 pm

u are right truth…2014.
If Pence don’t agree or sign as Joseph said=they go to arb for salary, but Astros will have him till 2014 if not traded.

freddy

July 16th, 2011
11:31 pm

u are not free if you refuse to sign club offer..the club has to pay what arb says and players has to play for that. He is not free till free agents.

the truth...

July 16th, 2011
11:33 pm

I’ve done more research and I am now certain that the site I quoted is correct. He cannot become a full Free Agent until 2014 so the super salary is not until then. Remember that this is Nate’s last year (if we buy his $10.65 mil salary out for $1.25 mil…think that might be a certainty?)….and Kawakami’s as well…so the money will be there for him…

freddy

July 16th, 2011
11:34 pm

Go to “cot contracts” for all players contracts.

freddy

July 16th, 2011
11:37 pm

you can buy out contract if it has a option. right there truth and @11:33 on Nate and KK.

freddy

July 16th, 2011
11:41 pm

If Pence don’t accept arbitration he will be a hold out! Can’t play anywhere but Astros unless traded.

If Braves can get him..that would be great.

Joseph

July 16th, 2011
11:41 pm

You both are right. Just finished a horribly written piece from the Detroit Tigers on him, and I was wrong in thinking he could walk if he refused arbitration. I leave the pending CBA out since all the RULES now could change, I was wrong.

That said. I still think his price is too high. Would love to see him here, but with current ownership. Can dream right? Just not ready to give up on a 21 year old kid that has a load of talent that is having a bad year in his 2nd year in the majors. Too bad the Angels DLd Bourjos. Might have been possible, but again dang Liberty is ruining things.

freddy

July 16th, 2011
11:41 pm

the truth...

July 16th, 2011
11:50 pm

Correctly the problem is who do we give up as far as prospects go?….that is the problem for Pence or anyone else we might feel so inclined to go after…

the truth...

July 16th, 2011
11:54 pm

well we can hope that Liberty will dump the team after this season and if so I think Mr. Blank would jump in strong with an offer to rescue us….that would be the best we could hope for….

Joseph

July 16th, 2011
11:55 pm

I could see 1 maybe 2 pitchers. Teheran is off limits. Then you are talking about known guys to most of us here like…Delgado, Viz, Minor. There are probably a couple of other guys that scouts know about and might be interested in but they see more than we do. But for Pence…..my bet is 4 total prospects. at least 2 pitching. If I made the deal it would be Delgado, Minor, Simmons and hope for a player to be named. But I just don’t see it happening. I still think Heyward has too much talent to give up on at this early in his career. Pence in CF? I would like it. But then again with stinking Liberty I just don’t see it sadly.

the truth...

July 17th, 2011
12:08 am

I don’t think Pence will happen…and am doubtful on anyone significant…mixed emotions, having seen the Texeira give away and way back when, the Brett Butler, Jacoby, etc for dead arm Len Barker…

What I am most concerned with would be ANY possibiiity of a “bet the farm” deal trying to guarantee a WS title this year….

I’d rather have no trade than any that would wipe out the depth we have..

the truth...

July 17th, 2011
12:12 am

No matter what anyone thinks, there is no way to guarantee a WS appearance, much less winning one…

Joseph

July 17th, 2011
12:22 am

I totally agree truth. I like what this team has in youth especially our pitching prospects. Heyward is bad this year, but I am not giving up on him. Sophomore slump maybe. I might be riding a dead horse, but he just has too much talent to not get better. Freeman, McCann, Prado….I am not sure how good Pest(blah blah) is (I can’t spell his name so forgive me). I hear good things about Simmons also @ SS. And Lowe gone after next year plus Hudson ( I would offer him a 1 or 2 year contract for less money, I think he deserves it but not at what he is making now). Then you plug in Teheran, Minor definately maybe. I think Teheran will be really ready middle of next year. Just needs to build confidence in his stuff. If they can lock JJ down to long term after next year. And the money that is coming off in that time spend it wisely………I really like this team’s future. I also warn you against the Nationals. The Phillies are getting old, but they (unlike us) have money to burn. This division is about to be a 3 team race in 2 years. Bank on it.

Joseph

July 17th, 2011
12:25 am

Oh yeah and Medlen should be back strong for spring training. He is a possible starter as well. He better be given the chance to win his job back at least. He was just as effective as Minor or Beachy last year.

reckingball

July 17th, 2011
2:12 am

I don’t think that the Phillies have that much more money to burn.
Has Hunter Pence aquired the ability to walk on water?

Joseph

July 17th, 2011
2:15 am

No but Houston will want lots of prospects. The money to burn thing is about they will be players in high price FA because of the owners they have.

don

July 17th, 2011
1:36 pm

Could Pence be the next Teixeira or the next Drew or the next McLouth? Wren is quite capable of making it a reality. And, like Texas, Houston could use an infusion of longterm talent.

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