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Dansby Swanson exudes leadership potential Braves need

In his second game of this spring, Dansby Swanson twice took pitches to the opposite field for singles, cracked a double into the left-center field gap, knocked in a run, scored three times in as many at-bats, cleanly fielded three grounders, did nothing to cool expectations that he is morphing into some form of an X-man, only with far better hair and dreamy eyes, reaffirmed he one day will have schools...

Braves’ Blair shows growth, new slider in spring debut

Braves’ Blair shows growth, new slider in spring debut

Braves right-hander Aaron Blair’s 2017 Grapefruit League debut was looking like too many of his starts during his rookie season: a walk, followed by more base runners, leading to a blow-up inning. Blair changed that script during two innings pitched against the Astros. He walked the lead-off batters in both innings and subsequently allowed hits but limited the damage to one run. “That...
Braves ace Teheran sharp in spring debut

Braves ace Teheran sharp in spring debut

Julio Teheran and Freddie Freeman are Braves teammates but soon they will be on different teams for the World Baseball Classic. With that in mind Freeman did a bit of scouting while playing first base behind Teheran for the right-hander’s first 2017 Grapefruit League start on Sunday. “A lot of off-speed on hitter’s count,” Freeman shouted playfully as Teheran talked to reporters...
Photos: Washington’s presence felt in Braves’ spring training

Photos: Washington’s presence felt in Braves’ spring training

There aren't many third-base coaches that capture headlines during spring training. But Ron Washington isn't your average third-base coach.
Rookies Morris, Jackson among impressive Braves relievers in opener

Rookies Morris, Jackson among impressive Braves relievers in opener

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – After Anthony Recker’s two-run single highlighted a four-run fifth inning that put the Braves ahead, manager Brian Snitker was impressed by three relievers who combined for four scoreless innings to finish off a 7-4 Grapefruit League-opening win against the Blue Jays. Mauricio Cabrera threw four pitches clocked at 100 mph or higher in the sixth inning; Akeel Morris...
Colon feels good in spring opener, ‘I feel ready for the fight’

Colon feels good in spring opener, ‘I feel ready for the fight’

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – When you’ve pitched in the majors for two decades, the first start in spring training, be it good, bad or somewhere between, isn’t going to do much to move your emotional needle. And so, veteran Bartolo Colon seemed mostly indifferent about results from his two innings of work Saturday in his Braves debut, a 7-4 Braves win against the Blue Jays in a Grapefruit...
Reality of managing job still sinking in for Brian Snitker

Reality of managing job still sinking in for Brian Snitker

All this talk about the Braves just “getting better” isn’t playing well with the new manager. It’s like a financial planner telling a retiree over the early-bird special at Denny’s, “So if you put away $50 a week for the next 30 years, you’ll have yourself a nice little nest egg one day.” Brian Snitker laughed that Wilford Brimley-kind-of-laugh as he...
Photos: Braves pitching prospect Max Fried

Photos: Braves pitching prospect Max Fried

Photos: Braves celebrate a win in first spring game

Photos: Braves celebrate a win in first spring game

The Braves played the Blue Jays Saturday in spring training.
Braves claim former Gamecocks standout from Orioles

Braves claim former Gamecocks standout from Orioles

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The Braves claimed first baseman/left fielder Christian Walker off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday, adding a power hitter who likely will serve as insurance in case of an injury. Walker, who’ll turn 26 in March, hit 18 home runs each of the past two seasons at Triple-A Norfolk, and had four hits, including one homer in 27 at-bats, during brief major...
Hard work paying off for Braves third-base prospect Rio Ruiz

Hard work paying off for Braves third-base prospect Rio Ruiz

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – It was 16 months ago here at Braves camp, during the fall Instructional League, when Braves president of baseball operations John Hart told third-base prospect Rio Ruiz that he needed to “take ownership of his career” and that he could start by getting in better shape. “I mean, there’s no beating around the bush, I was fat,” Ruiz said last...
Sports biz week: More netting at SunTrust Park; Atlanta United TV deal

Sports biz week: More netting at SunTrust Park; Atlanta United TV deal

Six things we learned in Atlanta sports business this week: 1. Fans will get expanded protection from line-drive foul balls at the Braves’ new stadium. Protective netting will extend from behind home plate to the far end of both dugouts at SunTrust Park, Braves president of business Derek Schiller said. The netting will stop at the camera wells adjacent to the end of the dugouts. From directly...
No surprises Saturday in what looks like a solid Braves lineup

No surprises Saturday in what looks like a solid Braves lineup

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Braves manager Brian Snitker had given plenty of indications or hints that Dansby Swanson would bat second and newcomer Brandon Phillips would move into the middle of the order, and when lineup was posted for Saturday’s Grapefruit League opener there were no surprises. That’s how it was laid out, with rookie phenom Swanson moving up to the second spot, between...
Braves prospect Fried is back to being ‘a dude’ among pitchers

Braves prospect Fried is back to being ‘a dude’ among pitchers

Patrick Weigel was a 6-foot-6, hard-throwing high school senior in Ventura, Calif., in 2012, when a pair of prep pitchers, Max Fried and Lucas Giolito, from down the coast in Los Angeles were the top dogs. “Even when I was a senior in high school, him and Giolito — they were about 40 minutes from my high school — I didn’t play against them or anything, but growing up in my...
An Atlanta United fan Down Under

An Atlanta United fan Down Under

Nick Puñal closed his office door, hung up his Atlanta United flag, turned on a video camera and began to softly sing a self-penned chant about the MLS expansion team: “We, are Atlanta. United wherever we go. Unite and conquer…” Unlike most of the videos posted by supporters who are trying to create new game-day song, Puñal didn’t create his anywhere close to...
Braves get certificate of occupancy for SunTrust Park

Braves get certificate of occupancy for SunTrust Park

Cobb County issued a certificate of occupancy for SunTrust Park to the Braves on Friday, more than a month ahead of the first game at the new ballpark. “After hundreds of inspections throughout 30 months, the stadium has fulfilled and passed all required inspections by Cobb County Building Department and the Cobb County Fire Marshal’s Office,” according to an announcement posted...
Photos: Take a look at the bearded Braves

Photos: Take a look at the bearded Braves

The legendary Bobby Cox banned facial hair when he managed the Braves. Now he’s retired and in baseball’s Hall of Fame and hair is sprouting up everywhere at spring training. Take a look at the bearded Braves.
Ex-Dog Sanders Commings now trying baseball career with Braves

Ex-Dog Sanders Commings now trying baseball career with Braves

Former Georgia cornerback Sanders Commings, shown here stretching during a workout in Braves’ minor-league camp, left the NFL after a series of injuries and is attempting to make it in baseball now.
Braves to use regular lineup in Grapefruit League opener Saturday

Braves to use regular lineup in Grapefruit League opener Saturday

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – When the Braves open the Grapefruit League season Saturday against the Toronto Blue Jays, their lineup won’t be half-filled with bench players or roster hopefuls. Manager Brian Snitker plans to run out a lineup fit for a regular-season opener. When asked Friday how many lineup regulars he would start in the first spring-training game, Snitker said, “All of...
Braves’ Kemp impressing, before, during and after team workouts

Braves’ Kemp impressing, before, during and after team workouts

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – After Friday’s scheduled workout had ended and Braves position players had left the back fields at ESPN Wide World of Sports and repaired to the clubhouse, Matt Kemp kept working. First, he went to his left-field position at Champion Stadium, where a coach hit him fly balls and Kemp threw to second base, again and again. The throws were strong, and most were directly...
Braves catcher Recker: It’s easy to fall in love with ‘Big Sexy’

Braves catcher Recker: It’s easy to fall in love with ‘Big Sexy’

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – He’s been behind the plate for 17 of Bartolo Colon’s 500 career starts, so catcher Anthony Recker is more familiar with the iconic pitcher than are most Braves. After signing a one-year, $12.5 million contract in November, the stocky 43-year-old pitcher known as “Big Sexy” will make his first start for the Braves in a Saturday Grapefruit League...
Braves sign former Georgia DB Sanders Commings to minor league deal

Braves sign former Georgia DB Sanders Commings to minor league deal

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Former University of Georgia and NFL defensive back Sanders Commings is about to pursue a career in baseball, and Augusta, Ga., native is going to do it with the Braves. Commings, who’ll be 27 in March, hasn’t played baseball since his senior year at Augusta’s Westside High School in 2008 and has been out of football since 2014 after an injury-shortened...
Protective netting will be expanded at SunTrust Park

Protective netting will be expanded at SunTrust Park

Fans will get expanded protection from line-drive foul balls at the Atlanta Braves’ new stadium. Protective netting will extend from behind home plate to the far end of both dugouts at SunTrust Park, Braves president of business Derek Schiller said. At Turner Field, the Braves’ former home, the screen extended only to the start of the dugouts. The change comes amid increased attention...
Braves lineup could cause problems for opposing pitchers, managers

Braves lineup could cause problems for opposing pitchers, managers

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Trading for Matt Kemp last summer and Brandon Phillips this month gave the Braves a lineup that’s likely to have left- and right-handed batters alternating through at least the first six spots in the order. Manager Brian Snitker hasn’t divulged plans for his batting order, but said he was leaning toward moving rookie Dansby Swanson up to the second spot behind...
Bartolo Colon to start Braves’ Grapefruit League opener

Bartolo Colon to start Braves’ Grapefruit League opener

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – In his first game for the Braves, “Big Sexy” will be the starting pitcher. Bartolo Colon will start the team’s Grapefruit League opener Saturday against the Toronto Blue Jays at Champion Stadium, the Braves’ spring-training home park. Manager Brian Snitker announced the early rotation plans Thursday and said Colon would be followed in order by...
Coppolella’s trades have been bold, often lopsided in Braves’ favor

Coppolella’s trades have been bold, often lopsided in Braves’ favor

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The question for Braves veteran Nick Markakis was about Matt Kemp’s impact on the Braves’ lineup since arriving late last summer. He gave a good answer, but first Markakis used the opportunity as a jumping-off point to discuss something else he’d thought about. John Coppolella’s trade acumen. The Braves general manager has made dozens of trades...
Photos: Braves’ Dansby Swanson in spring training

Photos: Braves’ Dansby Swanson in spring training

A look at Braves phenom Dansby Swanson during the first few days of spring training in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
FanGraphs: Braves will win 73 games

FanGraphs: Braves will win 73 games

Julio Teheran anchors what FanGraphs predicts will be an improved Braves pitching staff. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.
Dansby keeps showing why he’s a special player for Braves

Dansby keeps showing why he’s a special player for Braves

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – A quick spring-training update on Dansby Swanson, a homegrown talent who shows all the signs of becoming a Franchise Player for the Braves, if he isn’t already. Watch the shortstop go about business on the field this spring training. Watch him in the clubhouse, where he can be seen each morning reading a book at his locker stall when not chatting with teammates...
Braves move under cover to get their work in

Braves move under cover to get their work in

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – When Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate, you get creative. With a forecast calling for rain most of Wednesday, the Braves moved workouts to two sets of covered batting cages and a massive tent near Champion Stadium on the ESPN Wide World of Sports campus. Mission accomplished. It was a short day, but they got their work in. “It probably came at a good time,...
Braves’ Freeman: Stop trying to change rules of ‘beautiful’ game

Braves’ Freeman: Stop trying to change rules of ‘beautiful’ game

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Major League Baseball is discussing multiple ways to speed the pace of games, and so far the players’ union has agreed to just one: It was announced Tuesday the four-pitch intentional walk will be replaced by a mere signal from the dugout. That specific change and the quicken-the-game initiative in general were met with a figurative roll of the eyes and vocal disapproval...
Chipper Jones’ Hall of Fame odds

Chipper Jones’ Hall of Fame odds

In Vegas there is hardly ever a sure bet. Longtime Braves slugger Chipper Jones, who retired in 2012, is among the players who’ll likely be on a Hall of Fame ballot for the first time in 2018.  At least 10 former Braves -- Chipper Jones, Fred McGriff, J.D. Drew, Edgar Renteria, Derrek Lee, Billy Wagner, Gary Sheffield, Kevin Millwood, Livan Hernandez and Andruw Jones - could be eligible...
Poll: Will these rules speed up baseball games?

Poll: Will these rules speed up baseball games?

The average major league baseball game in 2016 played for 3 hours, 2 minutes with only two teams averaging a game time of less than two hours -- the Atlanta Braves were not one of them. In 2015, baseball cut game times by six minutes after it adopted speed-up rules that required hitters to keep at least one foot in the batter’s box and a 2:30 stadium clock used in-between innings and during...
Photos: Braves’ first live batting practice of spring

Photos: Braves’ first live batting practice of spring

Check out the Braves as they take live BP for the first time this spring.
Garcia, Braves hope free-agent ‘walk’ year is a big one

Garcia, Braves hope free-agent ‘walk’ year is a big one

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Jaime Garcia looked sharp when he faced hitters Tuesday in the first day of live batting practice, but the veteran left-hander already had made a good impression and positive impact in the early days of his first Braves spring training. Garcia, 30, has overcome several major setbacks in his career and makes it a point to share his experience with any teammates whom he...
An anticipated rite of spring: First live batting practice

An anticipated rite of spring: First live batting practice

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Minutes after giving up a batting-practice big fly to Braves slugger Matt Kemp, pitcher Aaron Blair walked off the field smiling. “Get a 40-home-run hitter and tell him a change-up is coming, he’s going to hit it out,” he said. And Kemp did. It was one of the infrequent hard-hit balls on a day when pitchers generally had the upper hand, as they usually...
Scenes from Braves’ Photo Day 

Scenes from Braves’ Photo Day 

Atlanta Braves players pose for their annual headshots on photo day Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Atlanta United announces TV partnership

Atlanta United announces TV partnership

Nineteen Atlanta United games will be broadcast regionally this season by Fox Sports South and Fox Sports Southeast in a multi-year agreement announced Tuesday. Fox declined to say whether it is paying a rights fee as part of the deal. The MLS expansion team’s remaining 15 games will be televised nationally by either ESPN, Fox Sports or Univision. MLS requires games that aren’t picked...
After meltdown against Braves, Rick Ankiel turned to alcohol

After meltdown against Braves, Rick Ankiel turned to alcohol

Rick Ankiel says he drank vodka before his first two starts in 2001 to quell anxiety after throwing five wild pitches in one inning during the previous season's playoffs against the Atlanta Braves.  Ankiel detailed his experience during an interview promoting his new book,  with 590 The Fan  from Cardinals spring training in Jupiter, Fla. Ankiel had a promising rookie season as...
A trade Braves may like better than Dansby Swanson deal

A trade Braves may like better than Dansby Swanson deal

If you missed it, John Coppolella’s appearance on the Fox Sports South Chopcast from spring training is definitely worth a listen.
With Dickey, the knuckleball back in fashion for Braves

With Dickey, the knuckleball back in fashion for Braves

When the Braves added R.A. Dickey and his twitchy pitch to their roster in November, it gladdened one old knuckleballer’s heart. “It’s kind of special for me. I was lit up when he signed,” said Phil Niekro, one of the classic Braves and a brother in that very select fraternity of those pitchers who literally cling to baseball by their fingernails. Finally, 30 years after the...
Photos: See Braves knuckleballer Dickey in action

Photos: See Braves knuckleballer Dickey in action

Veteran pitcher is in his first spring training with the Atlanta Braves.
Lefties Rodriguez, Newcomb among Braves who’ll get attention

Lefties Rodriguez, Newcomb among Braves who’ll get attention

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Braves pitchers will face hitters in live batting practice Tuesday for the first time this spring, and manager Brian Snitker was asked about two left-handers who’ll get plenty of attention for different reasons: Paco Rodriguez and Sean Newcomb. Rodriguez was a top-flighty situational lefty for the Dodgers before blowing out his elbow and having Tommy John in September...
Braves’ Winkler optimistic in comeback from second elbow surgery

Braves’ Winkler optimistic in comeback from second elbow surgery

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Dan Winkler has gone through more injury-rehab sessions in 2 ½ years than most pitchers endure in a long major league career. But the Braves reliever keeps plugging away, keeps believing his time will come and that his twice-surgically-repaired right elbow is going to hold together. Winkler, 27, is coming back from a fractured elbow, a rather gruesome injury that...
Can Matt Kemp’s offense offset his defense?

Can Matt Kemp’s offense offset his defense?

Braves left fielder Matt Kemp is in better shape for 2017. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com) AJC Braves beat writer David O’Brien reports that left fielder Matt Kemp showed up for camp noticeably slimmer and since has looked good in the batting cage and on the base paths.
Photos: Braves hit the field Monday 

Photos: Braves hit the field Monday 

Atlanta Braves players take to the field for workouts Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, at Champion Stadium at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
5 former Braves without a team in 2017

5 former Braves without a team in 2017

Five former Atlanta Braves players who remained unsigned at the start of 2017 spring training.
Braves’ Kemp has impressed early, but Dickey didn’t need convincing

Braves’ Kemp has impressed early, but Dickey didn’t need convincing

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Matt Kemp has been the talk of Braves spring training, first for his noticeably slimmer physique upon reporting early to camp last week, and since then for the power-hitting displays he’s put on in batting practice. Kemp hit some moon shots off and over the towering center-field wall in batting practice Sunday. And an hour after the Braves workout ended, he was...
World Baseball Classic is a big deal for some Braves

World Baseball Classic is a big deal for some Braves

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Much has been made of the inability of Team USA to get all of the country’s top American major leaguers to play in next month’s World Baseball Classic. But for three Braves who will play in the international tournament for the first time – Freddie Freeman, Ender Inciarte, Julio Teheran — there is nothing but excitement and anticipation over the...
Braves’ Rodriguez: ‘Grateful and blessed’ that family survived wreck

Braves’ Rodriguez: ‘Grateful and blessed’ that family survived wreck

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – As his wife and their two young sons lay on the ground, Giselle in agony from multiple broken bones and one son’s face covered in blood, Braves newcomer Sean Rodriguez wasn’t thinking about baseball or his own health. That was just over three weeks ago, Jan. 28, a day that Rodriguez will never forget, as much as he might try. “It’s mostly a blur...
Photos: Braves work out on Sunday

Photos: Braves work out on Sunday

Spring training workouts continued for the Braves Sunday in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Freeman keeps growing as Braves leader

Freeman keeps growing as Braves leader

Braves Freddie Freeman takes his cuts at the opening of spring training. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.
Ex-Brave working at catcher, pitcher, outfielder

Ex-Brave working at catcher, pitcher, outfielder

There’s a crazy story coming out of San Diego. You may not have heard this, but the Padres are experimenting with Christian Bethancourt as an outfielder — and as a pitcher. A former Braves catching prospect with a strong arm who many expected to the answer behind the plate for the Braves for a long time, Bethancourt is becoming a super-utility player with the Padres. His first two seasons...
Photos: Braves work out on Saturday

Photos: Braves work out on Saturday

With Rodriguez out, Braves consider backups for spots including 1B

With Rodriguez out, Braves consider backups for spots including 1B

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – With Sean Rodriguez out for most or all of the season after shoulder surgery, the Braves will look at various potential backups at several positions where Rodriguez would’ve been a preferred option for those roles. One such position is first base, where Braves starter Freddie Freeman will play every day or almost every day as long as he’s healthy. But if...
Braves’ Peterson looks only at the positives of multi-position role

Braves’ Peterson looks only at the positives of multi-position role

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Jace Peterson has played 200 complete games at second base over the past two seasons and been the Braves’ primary starter at the position for a majority of that period. But that changes now with Brandon Phillips on the team. Peterson knows it and said he embraces the change. “He’s a guy I grew up watching for a long time,” he said of Phillips...
Photos: Braves faces you may not be familiar with yet

Photos: Braves faces you may not be familiar with yet

The Braves have brought in a  lot of new players, plus there’s some youngsters in camp too. Take a look at their faces so you’ll know who the players are when you watch on TV or go to games. Photos  by the AJC’s Curtis Compton.
Pitcher from Woodstock strikes out 18 in 8 innings

Pitcher from Woodstock strikes out 18 in 8 innings

Woodstock native Jackson Weeg struck out 18 in eight innings Saturday as Emory University beat Washington & Lee University 7-3 at Chappell Park. Weeg’s total surpassed Scott Kramer’s school record, set on April 30th, 1994, when Kramer fanned 16. Weeg’s previous career-best for strikeouts was 10, which he accomplished twice last season. Weeg, who attended River Ridge High School...
Braves catcher comes to aid of 3-year-old with cancer

Braves catcher comes to aid of 3-year-old with cancer

Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki’s involvement in a social-media campaign on behalf of a 3-year-old with Stage IV Neuroblastoma has led to a flurry of professional athletes stepping up on behalf of young Trucker Dukes. Trucker lives on in the island of Maui, where Suzuki was born and grew up and his parents still live. Through family connections, Suzuki and his wife, Renee, learned of Trucker and...
It’s the Braves’ turn now to turn to Colon

It’s the Braves’ turn now to turn to Colon

When Braves hitting coach Kevin Seitzer first got a load of Bartolo Colon, he was more a semi-Colon, a scaled-down version of his current robust self. Nearly 100 pounds lighter and 20 years younger, Colon began his major league odyssey — emphasis on the odd — in April, 1997, starting for the Cleveland Indians. So stubbornly enduring has Colon been that his first baseman that day is now...
AL team gives ex-Brave another chance

AL team gives ex-Brave another chance

Peter Moylan will get another chance to make a major league pitching staff. The Kansas City Royals announced via Twitter on Friday afternoon that they have signed Moylan to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training with the major league team. Moylan, who turned 38 in December, appeared in 50 games for the Royals last season and compiled a 2-0 record with a 3.43 ERA. The sidearm-throwing...
Phillips has connections to Braves elder statesmen pitchers

Phillips has connections to Braves elder statesmen pitchers

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – At age 35 and after 15 major league seasons, Brandon Phillips never would’ve imagined he’d have two teammates older than he is. And not just older, but older by seven and almost nine years. But he does after he was traded to the Braves on Sunday, who have pitchers R.A. Dickey, 42, and Bartolo Colon, who turns 44 in May. “I’m used to being the...
No plans for Braves closer-by-committee, ‘JJ’ in line for the job

No plans for Braves closer-by-committee, ‘JJ’ in line for the job

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The Braves have two relievers with major league closer experience and another with a fastball that regularly reaches or exceeds 100 mph, but there are no plans to go with a closer-by-committee or have an open competition for the closer job this spring. Barring injury or other unexpected development before opening day, veteran Jim Johnson will be the Braves’ closer...
Phillips: playing for Braves was dream since Redan High days

Phillips: playing for Braves was dream since Redan High days

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – After watching rookie shortstop Dansby Swanson play some last season from the other dugout and observing him Friday from a few feet away, veteran second baseman Brandon Phillips made a prediction now that they are Braves teammates and double-play partners. “We’re going to have a lot of fun. We’re going to make a lot of plays,” Phillips said, with...
Photos: Braves continue workouts Friday at spring training

Photos: Braves continue workouts Friday at spring training

Atlanta Braves players work out Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, at Champion Stadium at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Former GM regrets trading Dansby Swanson to Braves

Former GM regrets trading Dansby Swanson to Braves

In most any analysis of Dave Stewart’s moves as general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the deal that sent Dansby Swanson to Atlanta in exchange for Shelby Miller ranks among the worst.  Stewart tends to agree. The former GM appeared on MLB Network Radio on Wednesday and expressed regret for trading the Braves’ Rookie of the Year contender. Stewart, who was a sports agent...
Coppolella: Ozzie Albies is huge part of Braves’ future

Coppolella: Ozzie Albies is huge part of Braves’ future

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Braves general manager John Coppolella said second-base prospect Ozzie Albies needn’t worry about being blocked by recently acquired veteran Brandon Phillips or anyone else. After Albies broke the olecranon bone on the tip of his right elbow while swinging in a Double-A playoff game in September, the Braves signed versatile veteran Sean Rodriguez in November to...
Kemp impresses with leaner physique, then power-hitting display

Kemp impresses with leaner physique, then power-hitting display

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – It wasn’t just that Matt Kemp shed some pounds during the offseason, it was that the Braves slugger redistributed, if you will, other pounds he retained. His waist, midsection and backside are slimmer, and his arms and chest are massive. “He looks great,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “The first time I saw him I said, you look like you did...
Braves say they are ready to win now — this time they mean it

Braves say they are ready to win now — this time they mean it

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Freddie Freeman had only been in Braves camp a couple of hours Thursday, but already the first baseman could sense what he felt brewing for months, since the Braves won 20 of their last 30 games and then added three veteran starting pitchers during the offseason. “I think the optimism in this camp is just off the charts right now,” Freeman said Thursday morning...
Freeman baby is good, and dad Freddie’s no longer sleep-deprived

Freeman baby is good, and dad Freddie’s no longer sleep-deprived

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – When Freddie Freeman arrived at spring training Thursday and a reporter asked what he did during the offseason, the Braves first baseman looked at him as if the guy must’ve forgotten Freeman’s wife had their first child in September. “Keeping a kid alive. That’s all it was,” Freeman said, laughing. “Work out and keep the kid alive,...
Braves giveaways include Bartolo Colon bobblehead, Hank Aaron statue

Braves giveaways include Bartolo Colon bobblehead, Hank Aaron statue

The Braves’ gate giveaways at SunTrust Park this season will include commemorative tickets on opening night and, later in the season, Hank Aaron replica statues. The Braves today announced their lineup of promotions and giveaways for their first season in the new ballpark. All fans at the April 14 home opener against the Padres will receive a commemorative ticket. The Braves said the opening...
Photos: Braves shaping up at spring training

Photos: Braves shaping up at spring training

Braves players continue their spring training workouts Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at Champion Stadium at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Atlanta’s countdown clock to college football title game starts today

Atlanta’s countdown clock to college football title game starts today

Atlanta is on the clock — literally — to host college football’s national title game. A new 50-yard-long digital marquee on the front of the College Football Hall of Fame in downtown Atlanta will be activated today and, on one end, will count down the days, hours, minutes and seconds until the city hosts next season’s College Football Playoff championship game Jan. 8, 2018...
Braves prospect Albies tries to put injury out of mind, work way back

Braves prospect Albies tries to put injury out of mind, work way back

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Ozzie Albies thought that he might be called up by the Braves in September and then compete for the starting second-base job at spring training. But that all changed Sept. 7, when he swung at a pitch during a Double-A playoff game and felt something really painful in his right elbow. The diminutive but wiry-strong 19-year-old had broken the olecranon bone at the tip...
Photos: See new Braves pitchers Colon and Dickey

Photos: See new Braves pitchers Colon and Dickey

Veteran pitchers Bartolo Colon and R.A. Dickey were signed by the Braves in the offseason. See how they look in a Braves uniform.
Knuckleballer Dickey requires special planning by Braves

Knuckleballer Dickey requires special planning by Braves

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Tyler Flowers used a jumbo-sized catcher’s mitt Wednesday when he caught knuckleballer R.A. Dickey for the first time, and the Braves will take other special measures when hitters face him in live batting practice in the first week of spring training. Rather than risk having their lineup regulars mess up their timing at the plate facing Dickey’s knuckleball...
Vote: Who will be the Braves’ most valuable player?

Vote: Who will be the Braves’ most valuable player?

The 2017 Braves have some key veteran players returning, like first baseman Freddie Freeman, pitcher Julio Teheran and outfielder Matt Kemp, and they have some up-and-comers stepping in too, like shortstop Dansby Swanson.   They’ve also added some valuable starting pitchers and long-time Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips.  So there’s reason for optimism about the upcoming...
Braves’ Rodriguez likely out for season after rotator-cuff surgery

Braves’ Rodriguez likely out for season after rotator-cuff surgery

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – There’s a good chance that Braves infielder-outfielder Sean Rodriguez will miss the entire season after having left-shoulder surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff. Rodriguez, 31, was injured in a Jan. 28 two-car accident in Miami that left his wife with significant injuries and two of their children briefly hospitalized. He was driving an SUV with his family when...
‘Big Sexy’ has records within reach entering first season with Braves

‘Big Sexy’ has records within reach entering first season with Braves

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – After Bartolo Colon led New York Mets pitchers in wins and innings last season at the ripe age of 43, most assumed that “Big Sexy,” arguably the biggest — literally and figuratively — cult figure in baseball, would return and finish his career in Queens. But that was before Colon got a call in early November from his old friend John Hart, the...
Braves spring training: Fun for all ages

Braves spring training: Fun for all ages

Braves pitchers Julio Teheran (L) and new 40-something addition Bartolo Colon share a laugh as they take the field for Wednesday’s workout at Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
This Braves’ season will be a bridge to the breakthrough

This Braves’ season will be a bridge to the breakthrough

It has been so long since we could feel anything approaching enthusiasm about the Braves’ major-league product that I almost feel bad saying what I’m about to say: This doesn’t figure to be the year they get good again. This should be the year they go from bad to fair-to-middling. After last season’s rousing finish, the Braves proclaimed their remake Ahead Of Schedule...
Photos: Braves pitchers, catchers begin workouts

Photos: Braves pitchers, catchers begin workouts

Atlanta Braves pitchers and catchers participate in first spring work out Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at Champion Stadium at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Freeman as MVP? Swanson as rookie of year? Read on.

Freeman as MVP? Swanson as rookie of year? Read on.

In the spirit of the most universally optimistic day on the baseball calendar — the first day of spring training! — we call your attention to this Sporting News article headlined “17 bold(ish) prognostications for the new season.”
Braves prospect Ozzie Albies not cleared yet for full activities

Braves prospect Ozzie Albies not cleared yet for full activities

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The broken elbow that ended Braves second-base prospect Ozzie Albies’ season during the Double-A playoffs also will cause him to miss about half of the Grapefruit League schedule in spring training. Braves manager Brian Snitker said Albies, who had September surgery to repair the fractured olecranon bone at the tip of his right elbow, is recovering well, but has...
Jaime Garcia says priority is Braves, hasn’t decided on WBC commitment

Jaime Garcia says priority is Braves, hasn’t decided on WBC commitment

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Jaime Garcia seems torn between a desire to pitch next month for his native Mexico in the World Baseball Classic and a goal of doing everything possible to be at his best during the Braves’ season. The Braves got the veteran left-hander from St. Louis in a December trade, the third veteran added to their rotation after former Cy Young Award winners Bartolo Colon...
In his first spring as Braves manager, Snitker excited to get going

In his first spring as Braves manager, Snitker excited to get going

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — In his 41st spring training but first as a major league manager, the Braves’ Brian Snitker didn’t mind admitting he was excited. Very. That’s Snitker, the lack of pretense just one of the reasons that everyone in the organization, and most certainly the players, love the guy. “I love this time of year,” Snitker said while seated in a dugout...
Matt Kemp among early arriving Braves position players

Matt Kemp among early arriving Braves position players

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Matt Kemp was among the early arriving Braves position players Tuesday, the veteran left fielder rolling into ESPN Wide World of Sports around 11 a.m. on reporting day for the team’s pitchers and catchers. Kemp was soon on the field, doing agility drills and sprints alongside another early arriver and former Dodger, utility man Micah Johnson. Kemp appeared to have...
Photos: Braves pitchers, catchers report to camp

Photos: Braves pitchers, catchers report to camp

Atlanta Braves pitchers and catcher begin workouts Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at Champion Stadium at ESPN’s World Wide of Sports Complex at Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
New Braves third-base coach Ron Washington, 64, isn’t slowing down

New Braves third-base coach Ron Washington, 64, isn’t slowing down

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – At least seven Braves position players reported to spring training early and worked out informally Tuesday on reporting day for pitchers and catchers. Anyone who knows Ron Washington won’t be surprised that the Braves’ new third-base coach and infield instructor was on the field at 8 a.m., hitting ground ball after ground ball to four of those early arrivers...
Teheran excited about additions to Braves’ starting rotation

Teheran excited about additions to Braves’ starting rotation

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — It took regular visits throughout the offseason for Julio Teheran to get his hair straightened out the way he desired, but between salon trips he had time to keep up with Braves personnel moves and his own new workout regimen. The three-time Braves opening-day starter liked the end results for all of the above. “Very excited to see a couple of veterans that I think...
PECOTA has the Braves winning – pause for effect – 77 games!

PECOTA has the Braves winning – pause for effect – 77 games!

Sorry to keep using this, but I love this picture. (John Amis/AP photo) Today is Valentine’s Day.
Video: Braves manager Snitker ‘excited’ for spring start

Video: Braves manager Snitker ‘excited’ for spring start

Braves manager Brian Snitker met with reporters Tuesday in the dugout at Champion Stadium in ESPN’s Wide World of Sports to talk about the about excitement of reporting day and shared some details on Braves infielder Sean Rodriguez’s situation.
Braves stock rises on Marlins’ sale news

Braves stock rises on Marlins’ sale news

Stock in the Braves has gone up 10.3 percent over the past three trading days, despite a slight pullback on Monday.
Atlanta Braves 2017: Key spring dates to remember

Atlanta Braves 2017: Key spring dates to remember

Pitchers and catchers are set to report to spring training today in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.  Here are some key dates to remember as the Braves prepare for the start of the 2017 season: > Friday: Position players report to spring training > Saturday: First full-squad workout > Feb. 25: Spring training opener vs. Toronto Blue Jays > March 29: Final spring...
8 Braves among BA’s top 78 prospects, including 4 non-pitchers!

8 Braves among BA’s top 78 prospects, including 4 non-pitchers!

This is Ronald Acuna. You’ll be hearing from him. (Tom Priddy/FourSeam Images via AP) We’ve grown accustomed to seeing the Atlanta Braves’ lovingly assembled prospects lighting up the various minor-league rankings.
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