Hello, Rob Wegman here and it’s time for the WRAF Sports Update.
Thanks to another stellar performance by the ageless John Smoltz last night, the Braves are riding a one-game win streak heading into a 7-game home stand that begins tonight against the Dodgers. Atlanta is off to a bit of a rough start so far, posting a 6-9 record through their first 15 games, but with Smoltz leading the league in ERA and Chipper Jones leading the league in batting average there is plenty of reason for hope. Hopefully, the Braves can take advantage of 3 games with L.A and 2 each against Washington and Florida and begin to right the ship as April begins turning into May.
And new Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria has had a quite a lucrative 6-game start to his big league career. Today, the 22-year old uber-prospect signed a 6-year deal worth almost $18 million and the contract could actually be worth $44 million over 9 years depending on various team options. That’s quite a deal for a guy who has spent exactly one week on a major league roster. The move continues Tampa Bay’s trend of signing their top young players to multi-year deals in order to keep their nucleus in tact.
That’s your afternoon sports update sponsored by Toccoa Falls College. Just one more reminder that the NBA Playoffs begin tomorrow and the Hawks play their first playoff game of the new millennium on Sunday. It’s been far too long since we got the chance to see Atlanta get beat down in a game that means something, don’t you think?
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