2. The Return of Ronald Acuna Jr.
Not just for Atlanta Braves fans, but all baseball fans, the return of Ronald Acuna Jr. will be a huge storyline.
He was on an MVP pace in 2021 with a 157 wRC+, 4.2 WAR (FanGraphs), 24 home runs, 17 stolen bases, 72 runs, and 52 RBI in just 82 games.
How quickly can he get back to that MVP level? That’s something Braves fans will be watching for.
But again, as a baseball fan, it has to be exciting just to be able to watch one of the best young superstars in the game. The same can be said with Mike Trout coming back after playing just 36 games last year.
It’s fun when all the stars are healthy and displaying their elite talent on a nightly basis.
1. Can the Atlanta Braves Repeat as World Series Champions
How can this not be the top storyline — what will the Braves do as an encore after winning their first World Series in 26 years?
We haven’t had back-to-back champions since the New York Yankees won three in a row from 1998 to 2000.
And a National League team hasn’t done it since the Cincinnati Reds in 1975-1976.
Alex Anthopoulos has done a great job of putting a roster together capable of repeating, but also a team that should be competing for championships over the next five years.