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Jonathan Mahler

Braves Leave Atlanta -- and Fans -- Behind

Leave it to the Atlanta Braves, which gave America John Rocker and the “Tomahawk Chop,” to become the first baseball team in years to abandon its city.

Leave it to the Atlanta Braves, which gave America John Rocker and the "Tomahawk Chop," to become the first baseball team in years to abandon its city.

The announcement earlier this week caught just about everyone by surprise. It's not uncommon for professional sports franchises to relocate. But they don't usually do so until they've spent years threatening to move if they don't get X, Y and Z.