Like many teams, the Atlanta Braves have a lot to address this offseason. Fortunately for them, locking up young pitcher Spencer Strider is not on their to-do list, as they already accomplished that earlier this season.
Spencer Strider Number Change
With the release of Braves' 40-man roster yesterday, it was revealed that the NL Rookie of the Year runner-up had changed his uniform number from 65 to 99. While that number may be synonymous with Aaron Judge now, baseball fans also know that number belongs to fictional pitcher Ricky Vaughn from the classic movie Major League.
He too was a hard-throwing pitcher who became beloved by the Cleveland fanbase in the movie and was nicknamed "Wild Thing" for both his attitude and his inability to throw strikes.
While Strider thankfully doesn't appear to have the same flaws as Vaughn, his impressive velocity and strong relationship with Braves fans make the new number a good fit. If he starts having trouble finding the plate, however, he may need to switch it back.
The 24-year-old will try to help Atlanta win its second World Series in three years next season, as the Braves currently are tied with the New York Yankees for the third-best title odds (+850) on FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds.
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