MLB playoffs start Oct. 4
Fred Jeter | 10/4/2018, 6 a.m.
RBI leader: Freeman, 98
Most pitching victories: Mike Foltynewicz, 13-10
World Series titles: 1914, 1957 and 1995
Fun fact: From 1966 to 2008, Atlanta’s top farm club in the International League was the Richmond Braves. The Richmond Braves played at Parker Field from 1966 to 1984 and at The Diamond from 1985 to 2008. Stars included Tommie Aaron, Deion Sanders, Chipper Jones and John Smoltz.
Manager: Craig Counsell, fourth season
Record: 96-67, first in NL Central (defeated Cubs in tie breaker)
Leading hitter: Christian Yelich, .323
Home run leader: Yelich, 36
RBI leader: Jesus Aguilar, 142
Most pitching victories: Jhoulys Chacin, 15-8
World Series titles: None
Fun fact: Hank Aaron began his career with the Milwaukee Braves and finished his career with the Milwaukee Brewers. “The Hammer” played for the Milwaukee Braves from 1954 to 1965 and with the Atlanta Braves from 1966 to 1974. He hit 22 homers with the Brewers in 1975-1976 at ages of 41 and 42. He hit his 755th and final homer July 20, 1976, at Milwaukee County Stadium.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Manager: Dave Roberts, third season, lone African-American manager in the playoffs
Record: 92-71, first in NL West
Leading hitter: Justin Turner, .313
Home run leader: Max Muncy, 34
RBI leader: Matt Kemp, 85
Most pitching victories: Rich Hill, 11-5
World Series titles: Six; most recent 1988
Fun fact: While in Brooklyn, the Dodgers got a head start on baseball regarding the signing of African-American players. Between 1947 and 1953, the Dodgers had four African-Americans who were named Rookies of the Year — infielder Jackie Robinson in 1947, pitcher Don Newcombe in 1949, pitcher Joe Black in 1952 and infielder Jim Gilliam in 1953. The Dodgers moved to Los Angeles in 1958.
Special note: Wild card playoff entry New York Yankees (100-62, second in AL East behind Boston) set an all-time record for the most homers in a season with 266. Giancarlo Stanton led the assault with 38. Six different Yankees players swatted at least 20 homers.