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As expected, a lot of excitement was in the air when the Atlanta Braves began spring training.

The Braves were reconvening after winning backto-back National League East titles. They were also christening their new facility in North Port, Fla., a $125-million marvel with every modern amenity imaginable.

Ronald Acuña Jr. only added to the buzz when he entered the clubhouse, found his locker and began unpacking.

Quite naturally, a group of reporters gravitated to the star outfielder and asked him about his offseason. With the help of a translator, Acuña gave the usual answers about taking a little time off, then beginning his winter workouts in hopes of having an even better 2020 season.

Then someone asked Acuña if he thought he could be a 50-50 man this season, as in becoming the first player in major-league history to hit 50 home runs and steal 50 bases in the same year.

“Yes,” he said. “Why not?”

Even before the COVID-19 virus outbreak shortened the 2020 campaign, making a 50-50 season nearly impossible this year, it seemed like an awfully lofty goal. After all, just four players have ever even done 40-40 in a

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