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The good, bad and ugly of Braves’ 2017 season

The Braves' 72-90 record in 2017 marked the club’s fourth consecutive losing season. So it wasn’t all pretty. Here is the good, the bad and ugly of the Braves’ first year at SunTrust Park.



Baseball’s playoffs have been fun. But they … take … so … long

Baseball’s playoffs have been fun. But they … take … so … long

Here comes the Judge. But should we sequester the jury? (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) On Oct. 11, 1972, the baseball playoffs – in their fourth year of existence, nobody yet referred to them as ALCS or NLCS – grew up. As someone who watched the end of that Wednesday’s first game (having just gotten home from high school) and the entirety of the second, I&rsquo...
LEADOFF: Braves’ McGuirk says MLB probe ‘basically wrapped up’

LEADOFF: Braves’ McGuirk says MLB probe ‘basically wrapped up’

Good morning. This is LEADOFF, an early look at Atlanta sports.  NORTH PORT, FLA. – Braves chairman and CEO Terry McGuirk, who had made no public comments about the rule-breaking scandal that has rocked the franchise for the past two weeks, largely held to that stance when asked about the MLB investigation before Monday’s groundbreaking ceremony for the team’s new spring-training...
Braves break ground on spring-training stadium, race for 2019 opening

Braves break ground on spring-training stadium, race for 2019 opening

In a southwest Florida pasture, where cattle grazed as recently as last month, the Braves broke ground Monday for their new $100 million spring-training facility.  Bulldozers, trucks and other pieces of heavy equipment were lined up, ready for action, on the former ranch land as the groundbreaking ceremony marked the official start of construction of the stadium complex where the Braves plan...
Braves break ground on new spring-training complex today

Braves break ground on new spring-training complex today

NORTH PORT, FLA. – A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Monday for the Braves’ new spring-training complex in southwest Florida, just 16 months before the team intends to hold its first workout at the $100-million facility.  The stadium and training complex will be built on former ranch land in the West Villages development in the southern Sarasota County city of North Port. ...
Ronald Acuna exits AFL game with forearm contusion (updated)

Ronald Acuna exits AFL game with forearm contusion (updated)

Outfielder Ronald Acuna, the Braves’ top prospect, left Thursday’s Arizona Fall League game with a bruised forearm after he was hit by a mid-90s fastball from Tigers prospect Spencer Turnbull. He finished the at-bat, but was replaced by Jared James after running the bases. Acuna is the Braves’ consensus No. 1 prospect and Baseball America’s No. 10 overall. <div></div>...
A really good Cleveland team is gone really soon. That’s baseball

A really good Cleveland team is gone really soon. That’s baseball

How’d this happen? Who the heck knows? (AP Photo/David Dermer) The Cleveland Indians entered the playoffs having gone 33-4 since Aug. 23.  Even after their 22-game winning streak — the longest by any American League team ever, the second-longest in baseball history — ended, they won 11 of their final 14 regular-season games. One of baseball’s greatest...
Ronald Acuna keeps hitting on first day of Arizona Fall League

Ronald Acuna keeps hitting on first day of Arizona Fall League

Baseball season in Atlanta is over. Baseball season for top Braves prospect Ronald Acuna is not - and he picked up where he left off with Triple-A Gwinnett. On the first day of the Arizona Fall League, Acuna collected two singles and scored a run in a 3-1 Peoria win Tuesday. The Braves’ No. 1 prospect and No. 10 overall (per Baseball America) is expected to fill an outfield spot in Atlanta on...
Leadoff: Final numbers show Braves’ TV ratings up, but still low

Leadoff: Final numbers show Braves’ TV ratings up, but still low

The Braves posted the second largest percentage increase among MLB teams in local television ratings this season, but their TV audience had fallen so far the previous three years that their ratings remained below most teams’ despite the rally.  According to a review of local ratings for all 30 MLB teams published this week by SportsBusiness Journal, the Braves’ games on Fox Sports...
Agent vowed not to deal with Braves while Coppolella was GM

Agent vowed not to deal with Braves while Coppolella was GM

When the big news broke last week of Braves general manager John Coppolella’s forced resignation amid a Major League Baseball investigation into alleged free-agent and draft rules infractions, longtime players agent Jim Munsey was not surprised. He’s among multiple agents and team officials with the Braves and other organizations who’ve come forward in the past week with stories...
If Braves serious about cleaning up mess, they’ll make changes at top

If Braves serious about cleaning up mess, they’ll make changes at top

Braves president of baseball operations John Hart (center) is as culpable as former general manager John Coppolella (left) when it comes to rules infractions. (AP photo) In the Braves’ perfect world, this goes away quickly. Maybe they skate because they’ve already sacrificed their general manager. Maybe they get dinged with a fine, pittance for a $1.5 billion...
Is ‘The Braves’ Way’ the way out of this mess? Maybe not

Is ‘The Braves’ Way’ the way out of this mess? Maybe not

John Hart, John Schuerholz and Bobby Cox after Frank Wren’s termination. (Curtis Compton/AJC) A week before the regular season ended, general manager John Coppolella sat in the executive box at SunTrust Park and spoke of how next year would be different – and presumably better. The Braves would be younger, with as many as seven prospects primed...
Leadoff: What they’re saying about Braves mess

Leadoff: What they’re saying about Braves mess

For a team far removed from the playoffs, the Braves continue to draw a lot of national attention this week.   Not the good kind, of course: > FanGraphs’ Dave Cameron was asked in an online chat if he agrees that former general manager John Coppolella, forced to resign amid an MLB investigation into alleged rule-breaking on the international player market, had been doing a...
Snitker to return in 2018, says Braves have chance to be ‘lot better’

Snitker to return in 2018, says Braves have chance to be ‘lot better’

After picking up the pieces as an interim manager in 2016 and shepherding so many prospects through their first big-league season in 2017, manager Brian Snitker hoped he’d get a chance to take the Braves through the next stage of their rebuild in 2018. He’ll get his wish, after the Braves announced Thursday they exercised the option on his contract for next season. “I’m excited...
Braves fans react to return of manager Brian Snitker

Braves fans react to return of manager Brian Snitker

After months of internal (and external) debate, the Braves officially picked up the option of manager Brian Snitker on Thursday. It will mark Snitker’s 42nd year in the Braves organization. Current and former Braves went to bat for Snitker, who’s highly regarded as a players’ manager. However, not everybody was thrilled. The decision has been met with mixed reviews. <div><...
Leadoff: Four long years since Braves were in playoffs

Leadoff: Four long years since Braves were in playoffs

Major League Baseball’s playoffs are underway, without the Braves for the fourth consecutive year. And given all that has happened with the Braves in the past few seasons – and in the past few days – it probably seems a lot longer than four years since they were last on the postseason stage.  Who would have guessed on Oct. 7, 2013, when the Braves were eliminated by the...
Keeping Snitker: Not a great move, but maybe the right move

Keeping Snitker: Not a great move, but maybe the right move

He’s back. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) The Atlanta Braves have bigger issues than who manages the team. That would have sounded silly this time a week ago, but the Braves’ world has changed. They’re seeking a new general manager, who might well wind up being their new president of baseball operations. More important – and there’s not much that could...
Braves keep Snitker, because they don’t need another inferno now

Braves keep Snitker, because they don’t need another inferno now

The Braves announced Wednesday that they’re going to pick up manager Brian Snitker’s option for the 2018 season, against the backdrop of turmoil in the front office. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com) The Braves have enough organizational brush fires blazing right now. They don’t need to start another one. Brian Snitker is coming back. To what, we’re not sure...
Brian Snitker to continue as Braves manager

Brian Snitker to continue as Braves manager

Brian Snitker will continue as Braves manager after the team decided to pick up the 2018 option on his contract, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday. Coaching-staff decisions are still being discussed, and it’s unclear if there will be changes to Snitker’s staff. An announcement regarding the manager is expected later in the week. In Snitker’s first full season as...
Leadoff: Braves’ stock price rises amid scandal

Leadoff: Braves’ stock price rises amid scandal

Investors have shrugged off the scandal enveloping the Braves and have pushed the team’s stock price higher the past two days.  The Braves’ shares (ticker symbol BATRA) rose about 3.5 percent Monday and Tuesday, including 1.75 percent since the news broke early Monday afternoon of general manager John Coppolella’s resignation. The stock was up 71 cents per share Monday, including...
Coppolella never grew into job, damaged Braves need leadership

Coppolella never grew into job, damaged Braves need leadership

John Schuerholz (left) and John Hart (right) hoped John Coppolella would grow into the general manager’s job, but he never did, and he damaged the franchise in the end. (Hyosub Shin/hshin@ajc.com) The story was so unexpected, so staggering in terms of scope and deception, that it’s natural most of the focus has been on the dirt. There are stories that John Coppolella...
Five notes to catch you up on Braves’ busy Monday

Five notes to catch you up on Braves’ busy Monday

What offseason? A day after game 162, the Braves engaged an upheaval that involved the resignation of general manager John Coppolella and head of international scouting Gordon Blakeley for what MLB called a break of international market rules Monday. While that cloud hangs over the organization for the foreseeable future, it also adds another task to an already long list: Finding a general manager...
Post-Coppolella, what happens with the Braves? And what of Snitker?

Post-Coppolella, what happens with the Braves? And what of Snitker?

The one on the right is out. The one on the left probably stays. (Curtis Compton/AJC) General manager John Coppolella has resigned. The Atlanta Braves remain under MLB investigation. Even though Coppolella and chief international scout Gordon Blakeley are no longer with the organization could mitigate any punishment, there’s apt to punishment — and not just a slap...
Decision on Snitker likely by mid-week

Decision on Snitker likely by mid-week

The fate of Braves manager Brian Snitker might’ve been decided by now if not for the sudden urgency of a Major League Baseball investigation into general manager John Coppolella, who was forced to resign Monday amid alleged infractions by he and his top international scouting official in the pursuit of international free agents. “This (investigation) has been the focal point of all that...
Braves’ Coppolella forced to resign amid MLB investigation

Braves’ Coppolella forced to resign amid MLB investigation

  John Coppolella was forced to resign as Braves general manager on Monday after an ongoing Major League Baseball investigation revealed alleged international free-agent market infractions more extensive and serious than team officials had initially thought. It was a stunning development one day after after the Braves finished their third consecutive 90-loss season. On an afternoon that many...
As Braves GM, John Coppolella had his dream job. Now it’s gone

As Braves GM, John Coppolella had his dream job. Now it’s gone

  A dynamic duo no more: John Coppolella and John Hart. (Curtis Compton/AJC) John Coppolella was never much of an athlete. He’d been the manager of Notre Dame’s football team. But Coppolella loved baseball, loved it so much that he turned down a six-figure job at Intel to earn barely a subsistence wage as a Yankees go-fer. His parents were not pleased. Coppolella&rsquo...
Five potential candidates for the Braves GM job

Five potential candidates for the Braves GM job

The Braves will take their time with their unexpected general manager search following John Coppolella’s resignation on Monday. Team president and now interim GM John Hart said it will be a patient search that could draw into November.  “I’ve assumed the GM role and we will begin a search as we go forward in the next weeks,” Hart said. “We’re in a good...
A look at John Coppolella’s trade history as Braves GM

A look at John Coppolella’s trade history as Braves GM

In a surprising move, Braves general manager John Coppolella resigned Monday amid a breach of Major League Baseball rules regarding the international player market. Coppolella, who’s been in the Braves organization since 2006, officially took over as general manager in 2015. He operated as the de facto GM the year prior. He spearheaded the organization’s rebuild and orchestrated...
John Coppolella resigns and Braves look like they’re in disarray

John Coppolella resigns and Braves look like they’re in disarray

Braves general manager John Coppolella has resigned for breaking Major League rules regarding the international player market. (AP photo) We thought the major decisions of this Braves’ offseason were whether they would keep manager Brian Snitker and how they would fix their pitching staff. Nobody was even close. John Coppolella is out as general manager. He resigned...
A real October surprise: John Coppolella out as Braves’ GM

A real October surprise: John Coppolella out as Braves’ GM

The man in the middle is out. (Hyosub Shin/AJC photo) Stunning stuff: John Coppolella, the principal architect of the Atlanta Braves’ rebuild, has resigned as general manager. According to the Braves, “The resignation comes as a breach of Major League Baseball rules regarding the international player market.” The international market has long been a place...
Coppolella resigns as Braves general manager

Coppolella resigns as Braves general manager

John Coppolella has resigned as Braves general manager, an unexpected and stunning development Monday on the day after the Braves finished their third consecutive 90-loss season. He was forced to resign after the Braves were made aware in the past few days of the severity of an ongoing Major League Baseball investigation into alleged infractions in the international free-agent market by Coppolella...
The Braves are still split on Snitker. Shouldn’t that say something?

The Braves are still split on Snitker. Shouldn’t that say something?

It’s a stumper, apparently. (Curtis Compton/AJC photo) Eight days ago, the Atlanta Braves were leaning toward retaining Brian Snitker as their manager. Not giving him a new contact, mind you. Just exercising his option year. Eight days ago, the probability of Snitker returning was believed to be 55-45. Today it’s closer than that. Today...
Another Braves season ends irrelevantly

Another Braves season ends irrelevantly

Braves starter Max Fried, another young ‘un who occasionally looks good, cuts loose in the Braves final game of 2017 in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) So, we bid farewell to another Braves season of incremental gain. Another season that must be judged by signs and omens, not by standings. Another season that must be translated into the imprecise language of potential...
Garcia pinch homer helps Braves end skid with win in season finale

Garcia pinch homer helps Braves end skid with win in season finale

Adonis Garcia had been a non-factor for the Braves since tearing a thumb ligament and having surgery in June. However, the former starting third baseman delivered the biggest blow Sunday when they snapped a six-game skid and won the final game of their disappointing season. Garcia’s three-run, pinch-hit homer with two out in the seventh inning sent the Braves to an 8-5 win against Miami as they...
Q&A with Brian Snitker: Braves season and his future

Q&A with Brian Snitker: Braves season and his future

After improving their record to 45-45 with a sweep of the Diamondbacks coming out of the All-Star break, the Braves were a National League-worst 26-45 since July 16 going into the final game of the season Sunday. The disappointing finish, including six straight losses entering the season finale against the Marlins, has put manager Brian Snitker’s job in serious jeopardy. Snitker, who turns 62...
Sims rocked in 10-2 loss to Marlins, Braves’ 6th straight defeat

Sims rocked in 10-2 loss to Marlins, Braves’ 6th straight defeat

MIAMI – The Braves continued an uninspiring stumble toward the finish line Saturday, when rookie Lucas Sims got rocked for five runs in the first inning and the Marlins rolled to a 10-2 win at Marlins Park in the penultimate game of a season that can’t end soon enough for the Braves. The Marlins batted around in first inning against Sims (3-6), who lasted two innings and was charged with...
Gohara sharp early, then Braves blow 5-0 lead in 6-5 loss at Miami

Gohara sharp early, then Braves blow 5-0 lead in 6-5 loss at Miami

MIAMI – Braves prospect Luiz Gohara opened the season pitching in Florida for the Fire Frogs against the Daytona Tortugas, and closed it in Florida pitching against the Marlins and Giancarlo Stanton. And for five innings Friday night, the big left-hander was dominant, showing why some believe he’s the best of four Braves prospects who made their first major league starts this season. But...
LEADOFF: How Braves, Atlanta United compared in TV ratings Wednesday

LEADOFF: How Braves, Atlanta United compared in TV ratings Wednesday

Both the Braves and Atlanta United had games televised on Fox’s regional sports networks Wednesday night, and they drew almost identical Nielsen ratings in the Atlanta TV market.  The Braves-at-Mets game posted a 1.2 local rating on Fox Sports Southeast, meaning 1.2 percent of households in the Atlanta market watched on average as the Braves lost for the 87th time this season. That rating...
Stanton homers twice in Marlins’ 7-1 rout of Braves

Stanton homers twice in Marlins’ 7-1 rout of Braves

MIAMI – This was not at all what Julio Teheran had in mind for his final start of the season, nor was it how Braves manager Brian Snitker hoped to start a season-ending series he had hoped might catapault the Braves into second place before they left Miami. But for those hoping to see Giancarlo Stanton move closer to 61 home runs, there was that. The Marlins slugging machine crushed a couple...
Hawks guard Schroder on arrest: ‘Everybody makes mistakes’

Hawks guard Schroder on arrest: ‘Everybody makes mistakes’

Hawks point guard Dennis Schroder declined to comment in detail about his misdemeanor battery charge from Friday in Dekalb County but said he planned to learn from his latest off-court incident. “I’ve been here four years,” Schroder said in his first public comments since his arrest. “Came here at 19 and I think (showed) improvement every year. I just try to get better every...
Walks undermine Newcomb, Braves in 7-1 loss to Mets

Walks undermine Newcomb, Braves in 7-1 loss to Mets

NEW YORK – Sean Newcomb has shown much promise in his first 3 ½ months in the major leagues, but the walks are something the hard-throwing Braves left-hander needs to get a handle on before he can expect to fully realize his vast potential. Newcomb walked the leadoff hitter in the last three of his five innings of work Wednesday night against the Mets, including pitcher Robert Gsellman...
Five things to know about the Braves on Wednesday

Five things to know about the Braves on Wednesday

R.A. Dickey was robbed of a win in what might’ve been his final career start. The Braves blew a 3-0 lead, losing to the Mets on a walk-off, 4-3. The latest happenings with the Braves on Wednesday: 1. The night wasn’t a lost cause. Ender Inciarte collected his 200th hit, becoming the seventh Atlanta Brave to do so and first since 1996. 2. Unlikely sources – a near-retired...
Braves blow 3-0 lead, lose 4-3 on Mets’ walk-off in 9th

Braves blow 3-0 lead, lose 4-3 on Mets’ walk-off in 9th

NEW YORK – There’s a chance that R.A. Dickey made the last start of his career Tuesday, and if so then he finished in impressive if not entirely satisfying fashion. The 42-year-old Braves knuckleballer, who hasn’t decided whether he’ll continue pitching after this season, took a two-hit shutout to the seventh inning before allowing two runs and getting no decision in 4-3 loss...
Braves blanked until 9th inning of 3-2 loss to Mets

Braves blanked until 9th inning of 3-2 loss to Mets

NEW YORK – Braves rookie Max Fried worked out of several tight spots and pitched well enough to win on plenty of nights, just not Monday night against the Mets and a pitcher who’s becoming a bit of an unlikely Atlanta nemesis. Seth Lugo, he of the 5.03 ERA before Monday, pitched six innings of two-hit ball in a 3-2 win against the Braves in the nightcap to give the Mets a doubleheader...
Sims sharp, Albies and Flowers homer in Braves’ 9-2 win over Mets

Sims sharp, Albies and Flowers homer in Braves’ 9-2 win over Mets

NEW YORK – It took Lucas Sims a little longer than anticipated to get to the majors, but the former Brookwood High School star is starting to pitch like he belongs and like he intends to be a strong contender for a spot in next year’s rotation. Sims took a four-hit shutout into the seventh inning Monday and got plenty of late offensive support as the Braves beat the Mets, 9-2, in the first...
Adjustments, instincts have Inciarte on verge of 200-hit season

Adjustments, instincts have Inciarte on verge of 200-hit season

Braves hitting coach Kevin Seitzer has played alongside or coached hundreds of hitters during 21 seasons as a major league player or coach. Yet he can’t think of one that reminds him much of Ender Inciarte, the All-Star center fielder had two hits in Monday’s doubleheader against the Mets and needs just one more to record the seventh 200-hit season in Atlanta franchise history. &ldquo...
Q&A with Touki Toussaint: Braves are ‘fun environment’ for prospects

Q&A with Touki Toussaint: Braves are ‘fun environment’ for prospects

In Touki Toussaint, the Braves truly bought a lottery ticket. The Braves acquired pitchers Bronson Arroyo and Toussaint from Arizona on June 20, 2015. Toussaint was the 16th overall pick in the 2014 draft. The Diamondbacks wanted to clear Arroyo’s salary and the Braves absorbed it. Toussaint was the prize. In a farm stocked with pitching, Toussaint has risen near the top. His curveball and changeup...
Camargo’s two-run double in 8th lifts Braves past Phillies

Camargo’s two-run double in 8th lifts Braves past Phillies

Johan Camargo’s stock soared earlier this season and he provided a reminder why on a Saturday night when Braves rookies came up big, none more than he. Camargo’s two-out, two-run pinch-hit double in the eighth inning lifted the Braves to a 4-2 win against the Phillies in the penultimate home game of the season at SunTrust Park. Julio Teheran pitched seven solid innings and the Braves overcame...
Suzuki homers twice (again) to lead Braves past Phillies

Suzuki homers twice (again) to lead Braves past Phillies

The last time the Braves opened a game with six consecutive hits, they went on to win a World Series. That was 1995, when they did the six-hit first-inning thing on opening day against the Giants. The Braves pulled off the feat Friday night in a 7-2 win against the Phillies at SunTrust Park, where Kurt “The Improbable” Suzuki had his third two-homer game of the season including a two-run...
Snitker wants to keep managing Braves, isn’t stressing over decision

Snitker wants to keep managing Braves, isn’t stressing over decision

Braves manager Brian Snitker has spent 41 of his 61 years on earth working for one organization, and right now the genial, loyal baseball lifer doesn’t know if he’ll be back with the Braves next season, and if so, in what capacity. Some would characterize it as twisting in the wind, but Snitker insisted it wasn’t uncomfortable knowing the Braves hold an option on his contract for...
Dickey pitches eight crisp innings in Braves’ win over Nationals

Dickey pitches eight crisp innings in Braves’ win over Nationals

Braves knuckleballer R.A. Dickey snapped out of his recent funk in what might have been the last home start of his career, and Arodys Vizcaino bounced back from one of the worst performances of his career in resounding fashion Thursday night. Dickey limited the Nationals to two runs and four hits in eight innings and Vizcaino struck out the side in the ninth to finish a 3-2 Braves win in the finale...
Braves ‘not optimistic’ Foltynewicz makes next start

Braves ‘not optimistic’ Foltynewicz makes next start

The Braves don’t expect Mike Foltynewicz to make his next start Monday in New York. Foltynewicz left his Sept. 14 outing in Washington with a lacerated finger and missed his scheduled start Wednesday. Braves manager Brian Snitker said the team will play it by ear, but will be cautious.  “I don’t know. (Pitching coach) Chuck (Hernandez) wasn’t optimistic about Monday,&rdquo...
SunTrust Park’s rookie season winds down 

SunTrust Park’s rookie season winds down 

Five months and 10 days after the Braves played their first regular-season game at SunTrust Park, the stadium’s rookie season will conclude Sunday afternoon.  “It has gone by in a blink, flown by,” said Terry McGuirk, the Braves’ chairman and CEO.  The Braves will play their 81st – and last – home game of the season in the finale of a weekend series against...
Former Braves player gets 8 years in prison

Former Braves player gets 8 years in prison

Former Braves outfielder Raul Mondesi has been sentenced to eight years in prison in the Dominican Republic for political corruption. Mondesi was convicted of corruption and mishandling of public funds during his tenure as mayor of his hometown, San Cristóbal, from 2010-16. The former slugger was also prohibited from holding public office for 10 years and was fined 60 million pesos, which...
How the Braves have drawn in first season at SunTrust Park

How the Braves have drawn in first season at SunTrust Park

The Braves enter their final home series of the season this weekend on pace to draw about 500,000 more fans in their first year at SunTrust Park than in their final year at Turner Field. By the time the gates close Sunday, the Braves likely will have a 2017 attendance – defined by MLB as tickets sold – of about 2.5 million, up from 2.02 million last year. That would be about a 25 percent...
Braves bullpen implodes in eighth inning of loss to Nats

Braves bullpen implodes in eighth inning of loss to Nats

On a night when the Braves had five rookies in the starting lineup, graybeard catcher Kurt Suzuki homered to put one of the youngsters, starter Lucas Sims, in position to pick up his third major league win. But that was before one of the ugliest bullpen meltdown in the recent history of a team that’s had far more than its share of such incidents. Closer Arodys Vizcaino entered the game in the...
Nats ace Scherzer too much this time for Braves and Gohara

Nats ace Scherzer too much this time for Braves and Gohara

When Braves prospect Luiz Gohara faced Max Scherzer a week ago in Washington, the kid earned his first major league win and out-pitched the two-time Cy Young Award winner on a night when Atlanta handed Scherzer one of his worst losses in an 8-2 rout. It was a good bet that Scherzer wasn’t about to have anything resembling a repeat performance Tuesday and Gohara would need an outing similar to...
LEADOFF: Final vote today on Braves spring training facility; cost tops $100M

LEADOFF: Final vote today on Braves spring training facility; cost tops $100M

Good morning. This is LEADOFF, the early buzz in Atlanta sports.  The cost has risen for the Braves’ planned new spring-training facility, which will be a done deal if city commissioners in North Port, Fla., vote to approve the final development agreement today.  The project now carries a price tag of $100.56 million, according to the latest financing documents provided to North Port...
Braves’ Acuna among MLB Pipeline’s most improved prospects

Braves’ Acuna among MLB Pipeline’s most improved prospects

Ronald Acuna, the Braves’ organizational Player of the Year award winner, received praise Monday from MLB Pipeline’s Jonathan Mayo. Mayo ranked minor league position players who boosted their stock the most over the past season. Acuna was the first name that came up. “Acuna began the year just off of the Top 100, much to the chagrin of Braves fans, but that slight was corrected in...
Q&A: Alex Jackson on transition back to catcher, thriving with Braves

Q&A: Alex Jackson on transition back to catcher, thriving with Braves

Alex Jackson was a Mariners cast-off. Now he’s one of many exciting Braves prospects and perhaps the best catching prospect in the organization.  A first-round pick in 2014, Jackson was initially a catcher before Seattle converted him to the outfield. Upon joining the Braves, Jackson was transitioned back to catcher. Jackson was a Single-A All-Star and just was named the Braves High Single-A...
Greatest Atlanta Braves of all time, as voted by you

Greatest Atlanta Braves of all time, as voted by you

We put the vote to you, Braves fans. Over seven days, we asked you to select the best Braves player in Atlanta at starting pitcher; closer; catcher; first base; second base; third base; shortstop ; and outfield. These are the players you selected as the greatest at their positions when they played in Atlanta. Click on the cards to reveal your choices. &bull...
Five notes from Braves’ weekend losses to Mets

Five notes from Braves’ weekend losses to Mets

The Braves lost a Sunday matinee against the Mets 5-1 at SunTrust Park. It cost the Braves the series and guaranteed the team won’t post a winning record in its first season at SunTrust Park. Notes from the opening series of the Braves’ final homestand of 2017: 1. The Braves were mathematically eliminated from wild card contention on Sunday. They won’t participate in the postseason...
Braves mathematically eliminated, lose series to Mets

Braves mathematically eliminated, lose series to Mets

The bats were nowhere to be found as Mets’ starter Robert Gsellman tossed a gem and sent the Braves to a 5-1 loss at SunTrust Park on Sunday. The loss officially eliminates the Braves from wild card contention. They need to win their final 14 games to avoid a fourth consecutive losing campaign, something that the franchise hasn’t endured since a seven-season streak from 1984-90. After...
A.J. Minter makes Braves history with no walks

A.J. Minter makes Braves history with no walks

A.J. Minter made Braves history on Sunday. Minter pitched the eighth and 1/3 of the ninth inning against the Mets, striking out two hitters. He became the first Braves pitcher since at least 1913 to not walk a batter in his first 10 appearances. “I guess everything’s just kind of peaking at the right time,” Minter said after the Braves dropped a 5-1 decision. “During the...
Braves reach 46 pinch-hit RBIs, pursue team record

Braves reach 46 pinch-hit RBIs, pursue team record

The Braves’ pinch-hitting numbers continue to improve. With Lane Adams’ two ninth-inning RBIs against the Mets on Saturday, the Braves have 46 pinch-hit RBIs. That’s the team’s most since 1987 (50). The total falls short of the 53 in 1986, which is considered the team record since at least 1974. The Braves’ nine pinch-hit homers lead the majors this season. Adams...
Freddie Freeman: It’d be nice to reach 30 homers after missing seven weeks

Freddie Freeman: It’d be nice to reach 30 homers after missing seven weeks

If it wasn’t for a wrist injury, Freddie Freeman would be firmly in the MVP discussion. But even missing seven weeks, he’s put together arguably the best season of his career. Much was made of Freeman’s “wet newspaper” comments, though it hasn’t exactly slowed him down. Freeman at 80, 85 percent is still an MVP-caliber hitter. “It’s been a little inconsistent...
Dickey hit hard early in Braves’ 7-3 loss to Mets

Dickey hit hard early in Braves’ 7-3 loss to Mets

During an eight-week stretch into mid-August, the Braves’ pending decision on whether to pick up an $8 million option on R.A. Dickey’s contract for 2018 was starting to look like an easy “yes.” But since then, the 42-year-old knuckleballer has perhaps given reason to pause and think it through, as he’s looked at times like a pitcher who’ll turn 43 at the end of...
Lane Adams does it again as Braves top Mets in opener

Lane Adams does it again as Braves top Mets in opener

Two home games, two substitutions, two game-winners for Lane Adams. Adams, the Braves’ newfound pinch-hitting, late-sub outfielder extraordinaire, delivered the second Braves win in as many home games with a fifth-inning sacrifice fly that gave the Braves a 3-2 lead they wouldn’t surrender against the Mets at SunTrust Park on Friday. It comes less than a week after Adams’ 11th inning...
Vote: Braves’ greatest outfielders of all time

Vote: Braves’ greatest outfielders of all time

One of baseball’s greatest donned Braves gear for more than two decades. Hank Aaron leads a long list of notable names to have patrolled the grass at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium and Turner Field. So were offensive machines, others made dazzling defensive plays. We couldn’t name every great, but who among these is the Braves’ best outfielder of all time?  Vote up your favorites...
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