Atlanta Braves’ Matt Olson Breaks Franchise Record for Single-Season Home Runs
Atlanta Braves first baseman Matt Olson made history on Saturday, setting a franchise record for single-season home runs. Olson surpassed former Braves outfielder Andruw Jones’ record of 51 home runs by hitting his 52nd home run of the season against the Miami Marlins. Let’s take a closer look at this remarkable achievement.
Olson’s Journey to the Record Books
Matt Olson joined the Atlanta Braves in his second season with the team. Last March, the Braves signed him to an eight-year, $168 million extension, just a day after acquiring him in a trade with the Oakland Athletics. This move has proven to be a game-changer for the Braves, as Olson’s power hitting has been instrumental in their success.
Breaking the Record
On September 16, 2023, Olson tied Andruw Jones’ record of 51 home runs. However, it was on Saturday that he surpassed the record with his 52nd home run of the season. The record-breaking moment came in the sixth inning against Marlins pitcher Steven Okert. Olson hit a game-tying leadoff homer, a massive 433-foot drive to center field. The crowd erupted in celebration as Olson cemented his place in Braves history.
Impressive Season Statistics
Not only has Olson set a new franchise record for home runs, but he also leads the entire MLB in both home runs and RBIs. With 129 RBIs to his name, Olson has been a driving force behind the Braves’ offensive success this season. Additionally, he ranks second in the National League in OPS (On-base Plus Slugging) with an impressive 1.006, just behind Mookie Betts of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Impact of Olson’s Performance
Matt Olson’s exceptional performance has had a significant impact on the Atlanta Braves’ success this season. His power hitting has provided a much-needed boost to the team’s offense, helping them secure crucial victories. Olson’s ability to consistently hit home runs and drive in runs has made him a key player in the Braves’ lineup.
With several games left in the regular season, Matt Olson has the opportunity to further extend his record and solidify his place as one of the greatest power hitters in Braves history. As the team prepares for the playoffs, Olson’s offensive prowess will be crucial in their quest for a World Series title.
Matt Olson’s record-breaking season has been nothing short of remarkable. Surpassing Andruw Jones’ franchise record for single-season home runs is a testament to his incredible talent and dedication to the game. As the Atlanta Braves continue their postseason push, Olson’s power hitting will undoubtedly play a crucial role in their success. Braves fans can look forward to witnessing more historic moments from this exceptional first baseman.