If Version 10.0 is the best Braves team yet, however, no one among them is saying so. Atlanta started 22-8 in 1997 with a newly acquired catalyst, Lofton, wreaking havoc. Those Braves went home without a world championship, just as Atlanta has every other year but one in the last nine years. "It's way too early to ask that question," Maddux says of how these Braves measure up. "Around here the season doesn't begin until October."
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