The Atlanta Gladiators of the ECHL will be honoring the Gwinnett Stripers of the International League on March 17 when they host the Jacksonville Icemen on March 17 at the Infinite Energy Arena. The Gladiators will have baseball-themed promotions throughout the evening and wear the Stripers jerseys in the pre-game warm up. The jerseys will then be auctioned off for charity in a silent auction during the game.
The Stripers are the triple A affiliate of Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves. They have been the top affiliate of the Braves since 2009 when Atlanta moved their farm team from Richmond, Va. to Gwinnett County in Georgia.
One of the most recognizable names who played for Gwinnett in 2017 was outfielder Danny Santana, who played the last four seasons with the Minnesota Twins and Atlanta Braves. In his rookie season with the Twins in 2014, Santana batted .319 with seven home runs and 40 runs batted in. He was also named the best rookie in the Twins organization.
Other former Stripers players include current Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran, who is expected to be the ace of Atlanta's staff in 2018, and first baseman Freddie Freeman, who had an outstanding season with the Braves in 2017 as he batted .307 with 28 home runs and 71 runs batted in and represented Canada at the World Baseball Classic.
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