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Braves Baseball Coming to Gwinnett

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*Update:  There is now an official site available for the Gwinnett Braves, complete with drawings of the new location and the new site:  www.gwinnettbraves.com. For a lifelong Gwinnett resident, such as myself, the news that the AAA Richmond Braves will relocate to Gwinnett is exciting!  Plans have been rumored and discussed  for over a year to bring a minor league team to Gwinnett.  The Gwinnett Gladiators, a minor league hockey team, have done very well in Gwinnett and are often cited as proof that a minor league baseball team would be successful here.  According to an article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Braves will move their Class AAA affiliate, the Richmond Braves, to Gwinnett County.  The team currently has a lease through the 2010 season in Richmond, but has the option to leave before then if proper notice is given.  The Richmond Braves could be playing in Gwinnett as early as the 2009 season. Some will see this as merely an alternative to traveling to Turner Field, but baseball fans should also see it as a new opportunity to experience baseball.  For those who haven't been, minor league games are more like college games than Major League games.  They're usually very fan friendly, especially when it comes to kids.  Being that the youth baseball programs in Gwinnett (and surrounding metro areas) is so strong, this should be an excellent opportunity for kids to see more games.  It will also give metro-area residents an opportunity to see the Braves young talent and fall in love with the guys before they make it to the Big Show.  I think it will strengthen Braves Nation and will be an excellent opportunity for all involved.  I'll keep you posted as more details become available.

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