Desoto County Sports

Riley signs largest contract in Braves history

Photo: Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley is shown when his high school baseball jersey was retired at DeSoto Central High School. (Bob Bakken/DeSoto County Sports)

A huge pay boost for Southaven’s own Austin Riley Monday, as the Atlanta Braves’ third baseman has signed a 10-year, $210-million contract with the Braves. 

The Braves organization announced the signing on its social media Monday afternoon. It is the largest contract in team history.  

Riley’s walk-off double in the Braves’ 1-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday gave him a franchise-record 26 extra-base hits for the month, eclipsing Hank Aaron’s July 1961 extra base hit record. The former DeSoto Central standout entered August with 61 extra base knocks. 

Riley last season earned a Silver Slugger Award and was part of the Braves’ World Series Championship team. He was named to the National League All-Star team that played in the classic last month.

The link provides Austin Riley statistics from Baseball Reference

This link provides the official news release from the Atlanta Braves

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