Braves News: Acuna to play in WBC, wrong uniform numbers, more

Division Series - Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies - Game Four
Division Series - Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies - Game Four / Kevin D. Liles/Atlanta Braves/GettyImages

In addition to the Atlanta Braves heading to spring training in just a matter of days, baseball fans also have the World Baseball Classic to look forward to soon. Some of the best players from around the world playing for their national teams with an electric atmosphere to help grow the game...yeah, it is a good time.

Ronald Acuna Jr. has been vocal about his desire to play for Team Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic, but had previously been prevented from committing because the Braves were concerned about his knee and wanted to monitor him in spring training. However, the Braves had a change of heart yesterday and Ronnie will indeed play in the WBC without any restrictions.

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Over the course of their careers, high profile players very often become permanently associated with their uniform numbers. However, what many don't know is that a lot of popular players didn't necessarily start their careers with those numbers. Here is a look at the numbers that several very high profile players started with and the stories behind why.

MLB News

While things have remained pretty quiet around the league as players make their way to their respective spring training sites, we did have a trade as the Guardians and Reds got together on trade. The teams essentially traded outfield prospects with the ultimate goal being for the Guardians to free up a 40 man spot.

One potential side effect of the Giants' very public pursuit of Carlos Correa this offseason that fell through because of Correa's ankle is how the Giants' current shortstop, Brandon Crawford, felt about all of that. Here is a pretty neat article about three storylines the Giants have going into spring including some notes on how both sides are handling the awkwardness of that whole situation.