June 25, 2024

 Adam Duvall understands why so many Braves fans were happy to hear he rejoined the club last week.

The indelible bond created by the 2021 World Series title is one that is savored by players and fans alike.

“When you do what we did in 2021, there’s always that special place in your heart,” Duvall said.

“To be able to come back and be part of another great team is pretty cool. It will be exciting to see how this group takes shape and forms its own identity.”

When the Braves announced they signed Duvall to a one-year, $3 million deal last week, the fit seemed perfect.

The team needed an experienced outfielder, preferably a right-handed one who could platoon with Jarred Kelenic in left field.

Duvall fit the role, and more importantly, already had the respect of most everyone in the Braves’ clubhouse, including manager Brian Snitker,

who considers the outfielder one of his favorite players he’s ever managed.

“That means a lot,” Duvall said when told of Snitker’s sentiment. “That’s really cool.”

Duvall signed with Atlanta exactly two weeks ahead of Thursday’s Opening Day matchup against the Phillies in Philadelphia.

He won’t be expected to be in the starting lineup until the Braves conclude the three-game series with a March 31 matchup against left-hander Ranger Suarez.

Will Duvall have enough time to prepare?

Well, he spent the past few weeks working out with the University of Louisville and Lipscomb University baseball teams.

Those workouts helped to some degree, but Duvall didn’t really get to see professional pitching until he arrived in Spring Training and spent the past few days playing in Minor League games.

Duvall got four to six plate appearances in the Minor League games he played over the past few days.

He got to see a couple of left-handed pitchers from the Rays’ system on Wednesday and he would have made his Grapefruit League debut on Friday in Fort Myers,

but with heavy rain in the forecast, Snitker instead pushed back Duvall’s exhibition season debut to Saturday against the Rays.

That proved to be the right move as Friday’s game against the Twins was ultimately rained out.

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