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No. 3 takes checkered flag at Daytona 500 once more

What if they held a race and the car was the star? It’s just inanimate sheet metal and unholy power, after all. But slap the right number on it, place it in the perfect context of place and time, humanize it just short of making it talk, and you have a different kind of headliner for Sunday’s big car fight. Spell it out in big type:  “No. 3 Wins Daytona 500. Again.” It...



Ruiz could be among candidates for backup 1B, Snitker said

Ruiz could be among candidates for backup 1B, Snitker said

The Braves haven’t settled on a replacement for backup first-base duties since Matt Adams left as a non-tendered free agent, but several options will be considered, including third-base hopeful Rio Ruiz. This according to manager Brian Snitker, who said Ruiz would get some playing time at first base during spring training, after getting some work at the position at Triple-A Gwinnett last season...
Division of catching duties worked in 2017, so Braves will try it again

Division of catching duties worked in 2017, so Braves will try it again

They were the second-most productive catching tandem in the major leagues when it came to hitting in 2017, and the Braves’ Tyler Flowers and Kurt Suzuki also were praised for their work with the pitching staff and particularly Flowers’ pitch-framing ability. So it should come as no surprise that manager Brian Snitker plans to use them in a similar manner as last season, when Flowers made...
Kazmir out to prove wrong the doubters

Kazmir out to prove wrong the doubters

Scott Kazmir knows that almost nobody except himself and perhaps his family is counting on him to pitch effectively for the Braves in 2018. And he probably knows that many doubt the injury-plagued former ace left-hander will pitch at all. But even if few others seem to think he’ll make it back and be a factor this season, Kazmir believes, or at least makes a convincing case of as much. The 34-year-old...
Max Fried has eyes on spot in Braves rotation

Max Fried has eyes on spot in Braves rotation

Max Fried went to the Arizona Fall League single-minded in his determination to boost his candidacy for a spot in this year’s Braves starting rotation. And the left-hander reported to spring training this week with that same sense of purpose.  “My goal was to put myself in the best position to try to make the team out of camp,” the rookie left-hander said. “I felt like...
So, who’ll hit fourth behind Freeman?

So, who’ll hit fourth behind Freeman?

Braves manager Brian Snitker isn’t sure who’ll bat fourth behind slugger Freddie Freeman this season, but ‘Snit’ sounds certain about not dropping Freeman one spot to hit in that position. All of the lineups Snitker has conjured so far have Freeman remaining in the third spot, the manager said Friday. “Freddie’s still hitting third right now, yeah,” Snitker...
Blair nearly 40 pounds lighter, seeks to revitalize career

Blair nearly 40 pounds lighter, seeks to revitalize career

In the first days of Braves spring training, more than one clubhouse visitor wondered aloud who the guy was sitting at Aaron Blair’s locker. It was Blair, or about 85 percent of the guy who used to be him.  Blair has lost nearly 40 pounds since last spring, most of the weight shed during a conditioning program this winter when he worked out daily at SunTrust Park while recovering from a...
Braves’ Swanson: ‘Last year is last year, it’s in the past’

Braves’ Swanson: ‘Last year is last year, it’s in the past’

It didn’t seem like much at the time, but perhaps a strained side muscle that forced Dansby Swanson to miss two weeks of 2017 spring training had residual effects during a season that went awry early for the Braves shortstop. Swanson never used it as an excuse or even mentioned that injury again until he was asked by a reporter Friday whether the early spring incident might’ve contributed...
Freeman can see clearly now, and the (wrist) pain is gone

Freeman can see clearly now, and the (wrist) pain is gone

Cue the Johnny Nash tune: Freddie Freeman can see clearly now and the pain is gone. The Braves slugger reported to spring training Friday and had all positive news regarding after undergoing Lasik surgery on both eyes in October and spending the winter strengthening the left wrist he broke in May, an injury that landed Freeman on the disabled list for seven weeks and spoiled a career-best, MVP-type...
Minter’s a strikeout machine poised for big role in bullpen

Minter’s a strikeout machine poised for big role in bullpen

His highly anticipated big-league arrival last season was delayed by nagging injuries, but once Braves reliever A.J. Minter made it to the majors, he showed why a man described him in the minors as a future major league closer and why some people go so far as to call him a left-handed version of Craig Kimbrel. While the Kimbrel comparison might be getting a bit carried away at this point of Minter&rsquo...
Acuna draws comparison to Clemente, but also a cautionary tale

Acuna draws comparison to Clemente, but also a cautionary tale

Braves hitting coach Kevin Seitzer remembers the first time he saw Ronald Acuna play, and tells a story that illustrates the extraordinary talent that makes even longtime former big leaguers gush over the Braves’ ascendant outfield prospect. “My first year here, we came down for end-of-the-season meetings, and watched three days of instructional ball,” Seitzer said, recalling Braves...
Fox Sports South and Fox Sports Southeast to televise eight Braves spring training games

Fox Sports South and Fox Sports Southeast to televise eight Braves spring training games

Fox Sports South and Fox Sports Southeast will televise eight spring training games next month. Fox Sports Southeast will televise Braves vs. Yankees on March 2, and Fox Sports South will televise the Braves and Yankees at SunTrust Park on March 26. Here are the six other televised games: - March 11 at Tigers, 1 p.m. (FSSO) - March 17 vs. Cardinals, 1 p.m. (FSSE) - March 21 vs. Tigers, 6 p.m. (FSSO)...
Acuna’s hopeful message to Braves: The future is now

Acuna’s hopeful message to Braves: The future is now

The Future got a locker all to himself in the Braves’ major league spring clubhouse (there are prospects older than he who are doubling up). After all, isn’t that what this spring training is all about, making room for The Future?  It is a prime spot that Ronald Acuna occupies, directly next to the doorway that leads from the clubhouse to the coaches’ offices – his bosses...
Braves’ Acuna arrives early, ready to prove it’s his time

Braves’ Acuna arrives early, ready to prove it’s his time

No player in Florida will be watched and scrutinized more over the next six weeks at spring training than Ronald Acuna, and the Braves outfield phenom said he’s not fazed by all the attention. “It really doesn’t bother me at all,” Acuna said through an interpreter during a Thursday interview at ESPN Wide World of Sports, where he reported to camp well in advance of Sunday&rsquo...
A vocal leader in Braves clubhouse? Dale Murphy says why it matters 

A vocal leader in Braves clubhouse? Dale Murphy says why it matters 

Dale Murphy, a deserving Hall of Fame candidate, feels there’s a spot for him in the Cooperstown. In the first episode of the “Truth, Lies & Sacrifice Flies” Braves podcast, the longtime Atlanta star discusses the need for a vocal leader in the clubhouse. He talks about team chemistry and recounts a story that shaped him as a young Brave. Listen (then rate, review and subscribe)...
LEADOFF: Experts tend to agree on forecasts for 2018 Braves

LEADOFF: Experts tend to agree on forecasts for 2018 Braves

Good morning. This is LEADOFF, today’s early look inside Atlanta sports.  Early forecasts of win totals for the 2018 Braves are falling within a remarkably narrow range.  We checked six sources, from sports oddsmakers to mainstream media to baseball analytics sites, and found all forecasting the Braves to hover around 73 to 76 wins at the end of the season. Las Vegas sports books operator ...
Anthopoulos Q&A as Braves spring training begins

Anthopoulos Q&A as Braves spring training begins

After the Braves’ first workout Wednesday for pitchers and catchers, first-year Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos met with reporters to discuss the opening of camp and what he and his staff will be looking for and considering in roster decisions. Here’s part of that interview. “We meet with each player one-on-one, try to get it done before the games start (next week). I&rsquo...
Valentine’s Day special: The 20 most beloved Braves ever

Valentine’s Day special: The 20 most beloved Braves ever

Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to recognize the one we love. That can include baseball players. They are people too. Braves fans have always had favorites, players they loved, since the team re-located here in 1966.  We’ve compiled a list of what may be the 20 most beloved Atlanta Braves ever.  Click on the video above to see if you agree. Bear in mind they are in no particular...
Veteran McCarthy aims to re-establish himself in Braves rotation

Veteran McCarthy aims to re-establish himself in Braves rotation

Brandon McCarthy is a pitcher with 12 years of big-league experience, proven leadership capabilities and a dry sense of humor well-suited for clubhouse banter or for the more irreverent types among his quarter-million Twitter followers.  None of which will matter to the Braves nor their fans if McCarthy doesn’t stay healthy and make as many starts as general manager Alex Anthopoulos thinks...
Young Braves might want to work on their history this spring, too

Young Braves might want to work on their history this spring, too

On Tuesday night, the MLB Network televised the debut of its documentary: “Atlanta Rules, The Story of the ’90s Braves.” A fine stroll through good times and glory, from two stadiums ago.   Wednesday morning, on the Disney network of green fields, where all who enter pass beneath an arch that reads, “Where Dreams Come True,” was the debut of the 2018 Braves...
Gohara confident entering battle for Braves rotation

Gohara confident entering battle for Braves rotation

Luiz Gohara was surprised to find a large, rectangular brown package waiting when he arrived at the Braves’ clubhouse at Champion Stadium on Wednesday, a gift for the rookie left-hander from his famous agent, Scott Boras. He tore it open and smiled as he pulled out its contents: A large, color photo on canvas of Gohara pitching during his first major league win Sept. 13 against the Nationals...
Outfielder who once hit .295 for Braves has died

Outfielder who once hit .295 for Braves has died

Former Braves outfielder John "Tito" Francona has died.  The Cleveland Indians said Francona died unexpectedly at his home in New Brighton, Pa., Tuesday night. He was 84. Francona played three seasons for the Braves, from 1967 to 1969. In 1968, he had 47 RBIs. He hit .295 in 1969 when the Braves won the Western Division. He had 10 homers and 94 RBIs in 255 games in a Braves uniform...
Braves sign Chris Stewart for depth, insurance at catching position

Braves sign Chris Stewart for depth, insurance at catching position

The Braves signed veteran catcher Chris Stewart to a one-year major league contract Wednesday, a non-guaranteed deal that provides more depth at a key position on a team that’s counting heavily on the development of its young pitchers. Stewart, who’ll turn 36 next week, is a quality defensive catcher and pitch-framer who has a .230 career batting average with nine homers in 449 games over...
Braves’ top prospect Acuna arrives in camp early

Braves’ top prospect Acuna arrives in camp early

Braves’ top prospect Ronald Acuna reported to spring training Wednesday, four days before position players were due to report. Acuna, 20, is the consensus top prospect in baseball and will compete for the starting left-field job at spring training. If he’s not on the Opening Day roster, it’s anticipated that he would join the major league team as soon as late April and no later than...
LEADOFF: UGA bucks trend as college football attendance declines

LEADOFF: UGA bucks trend as college football attendance declines

Major-college football attendance declined in 2017 for the fourth consecutive season, according to NCAA figures released this week.  Across the nation, average attendance for FBS games dropped to 42,203, down 1,409 fans per game – or 3.2 percent – from the season before.  Average attendance per game has fallen in seven of the past nine seasons, dropping a total of 10.1 percent...
Early arriving Inciarte could be speedier than ever

Early arriving Inciarte could be speedier than ever

Ender Inciarte reported to spring training five days early, the Braves’ Gold Glove center fielder figuring he was already working out nearby so why not come to camp Tuesday on reporting day for pitchers and catchers. He didn’t try to downplay his excitement about 2018 despite the rebuilding Braves riding a streak of three consecutive seasons with at least 90 losses. “I think everybody...
Flowers has surgery scars after HBPs, but catcher is repaired, ready

Flowers has surgery scars after HBPs, but catcher is repaired, ready

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – When you get hit by pitches as often as Tyler Flowers did last season, there is going to be pain. And sometimes surgery. Flowers’ lower left arm has a pair of freshly healed surgical scars for two of his most painful hit-by-pitches, but the veteran Braves catcher is nonetheless feeling good as spring training gets underway.  The burly catcher had 12 home runs...
Know how Matt Kemp seemed to expand as a Brave? Turns out he did

Know how Matt Kemp seemed to expand as a Brave? Turns out he did

It was Sept. 6, a lightly attended afternoon makeup game from the previous night’s rainout. It was Luiz Gohara’s big-league debut. It also was the day that the Texas Rangers kept hitting the ball to left field and running long distances. There were moments when I wondered if Matt Kemp would collapse from exertion. The Rangers hit four doubles and a triple Kemp’s way. Twice they...
Braves’ Teheran has new ’do, renewed confidence after offseason work

Braves’ Teheran has new ’do, renewed confidence after offseason work

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Julio Teheran’s European vacation this winter influenced his ever-changing, bold hairstyle, but it was advice from an uncle that might’ve helped the Braves pitcher get his groove back on the mound. That’s what Teheran hopes for after spending a lot of hours this winter with uncle Miguel Teheran, a former Braves scout who’s been the right-hander&rsquo...
‘Folty’ has added motivation after arbitration case

‘Folty’ has added motivation after arbitration case

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Losing his arbitration case against the Braves last week wasn’t what bothered pitcher Mike Foltynewicz, it was looking over during the hearing and seeing no one he recognized from the team in attendance. The team actually had two of its front-office representatives in addition to an outsider attorney at the hearing, but Foltynewicz apparently didn’t recognize...
Braves bullpen banking on internal growth

Braves bullpen banking on internal growth

The Braves are returning familiar faces in the bullpen, hoping continuity leads to more success. Out are most of the placeholders of recent years, such as closer Jim Johnson, who was traded to the Angels. The bullpen will be filled with players trying to establish their roles on the next contending Braves team. Braves relievers combined for the fifth-highest ERA in baseball a year ago (4.58). Collectively...
Rising Braves pitching prospects could bolster rotation

Rising Braves pitching prospects could bolster rotation

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – So much talk of premier pitching prospects on the farm can numb the mind of Braves fans who’d like to see some of them starting nightly rather than the parade of cast-offs, fringe prospects and fading veterans who toiled for so many games for Atlanta the past couple of seasons. This is the year when it should happen, ye recently suffering fans.  The Braves...
LEADOFF: Where are Colon, Dickey, Garcia as Braves start spring training?

LEADOFF: Where are Colon, Dickey, Garcia as Braves start spring training?

When Braves pitchers and catchers reported to spring training one year ago, three veteran pitchers acquired for a combined $32.5 million in one-year commitments commanded a lot of attention.  So where are Bartolo Colon, R.A. Dickey and Jaime Garcia now?  > Colon, 44, is headed to spring training with the Texas Rangers on a minor-league contract after finishing last season with the Minnesota...
Braves spring training: 6 key dates to remember

Braves spring training: 6 key dates to remember

Key dates for the Atlanta Braves as spring training is set to begin in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.: > Feb. 13: Pitchers and catchers report. > Feb. 18: Position players report. > Feb. 19: First full-squad workout. > Feb. 23: First game - at Mets in Port St. Lucie, Fla. > Feb. 26: First home game - vs. Nationals > Mar. 26: Final spring training game - vs....
Braves will attend former All-Star Tim Lincecum’s showcase

Braves will attend former All-Star Tim Lincecum’s showcase

The Braves will be among the teams attending former All-Star pitcher Tim Lincecum’s showcase this week.  Lincecum will throw for teams at Driveline Research Lab in Seattle on Thursday. His longtime employer, the Giants, will also reportedly be in attendance. The 33-year-old has reportedly topped 90 mph in his recent workouts. It remains to be seen whether he’s targeting a return as...
Going to spring training? Some things to do around Central Florida

Going to spring training? Some things to do around Central Florida

The Braves are headed to Florida to prepare for the 2018 season, and there will likely be plenty of fans following. Many are likely familiar with the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, the Braves’ spring training home since 1998. But there are several other means of enjoyment while you’re in the Orlando-Kissimmee area, aside from the theme parks. Disney Springs, formerly known as Downtown...
Options plentiful for Braves’ third base, bench competitions

Options plentiful for Braves’ third base, bench competitions

The Braves enter spring training with a similar third-base situation to a season ago. That comes despite a winter of rumors and speculation that the team would add external help at the position. Johan Camargo and Rio Ruiz, barring a late addition, will compete for the starting third-base job as the team reports this month. The team also has 20-year-old prospect Austin Riley, who it holds in high regard...
Braves’ revolving door in left field should end soon with Acuna

Braves’ revolving door in left field should end soon with Acuna

After a staggering 21 players started games in left field for the Braves over three seasons, including many has-beens and never-weres, faded former prospects, sundry journeymen and one colossal mistake – hello, Hector Olivera – the position should soon belong to a supremely talented youngster some think could be Atlanta’s next Andruw Jones. Ronald Acuna is a five-tool dynamo and...
Braves win arbitration case against Foltynewicz 

Braves win arbitration case against Foltynewicz 

  The Braves won their arbitration case against starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz on Saturday, resulting in a difference in only $100,000 less than they would’ve paid if he’d won. He’ll make $2.2 million in 2018, a person close to the situation said. Making the outcome even  less significant was this: Foltynewicz became a father earlier Saturday when his wife Brittany gave...
Report: Ex-Braves pitcher involved in accidental shooting that killed coach

Report: Ex-Braves pitcher involved in accidental shooting that killed coach

Former Braves pitcher Williams Perez was involved in an accidental shooting that killed his pitching coach in Venezuela, according to a sports journalist there. According to Marcos Grunfield, Perez reportedly was handing a gun he owned to Cesar Quintero when it accidentally discharged. The 26-year-old Perez has been arrested and is  cooperating with the police investigation. Perez...
Bo Porter to run camp for unsigned free agents

Bo Porter to run camp for unsigned free agents

Bo Porter is no longer part of the Braves organization, but he’ll be plenty busy next week when spring training begins. Porter, a former Braves third-base coach and ex-Astros manager, will run a special spring-training camp for unsigned free agents starting next week at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The camp opens Tuesday and workouts begin Wednesday. Porter managed the Astros for most of two...
3 things to know about Braves first base coach Eric Young Sr.

3 things to know about Braves first base coach Eric Young Sr.

The Braves added a former speedster to their staff when they hired Eric Young Sr. as first base coach. Here are three things to know about Young: Playing career: Like new Braves bench coach Walt Weiss, Young has strong ties to the Rockies. He debuted with the Dodgers in 1992 before becoming an inaugural Rockie. He homered in the first home at-bat of Rockies history. He was a vital part of the...
3 things to know about Braves bench coach Walt Weiss

3 things to know about Braves bench coach Walt Weiss

A former Brave returned to Atlanta in November when Walt Weiss was announced as the team’s new bench coach. Here are three things to know about Weiss: Playing career: Weiss was the 12th overall pick in 1985 as a University of North Carolina standout. He broke into the majors two seasons later with the A’s and became the starting shortstop by the next season. He won rookie of the year...
5 things to know about Braves lottery ticket Scott Kazmir

5 things to know about Braves lottery ticket Scott Kazmir

The Braves have a lottery ticket in former All-Star but oft-injured starter Scott Kazmir. The well-traveled veteran is looking to revive his career in Atlanta. Here are five things to know about the 34-year-old lefty: When acquired: The Braves traded highly paid outfielder Matt Kemp to the Dodgers for a package of infielder Charlie Culberson, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, starter Brandon McCarthy...
5 things to know about Braves starter Brandon McCarthy

5 things to know about Braves starter Brandon McCarthy

The Braves accomplished a couple of goals in December’s trade that sent Matt Kemp to the Dodgers. They cleared Kemp from their clubhouse and outfield, and added a trio of potentially useful players, led by starter Brandon McCarthy. Here are five things to know about the veteran of the team’s rotation: When acquired: McCarthy was acquired Dec. 16 from the Dodgers in exchange for Kemp. The...
5 things to know about Braves outfielder Preston Tucker

5 things to know about Braves outfielder Preston Tucker

In an offseason when the Braves didn’t make any standout additions, Preston Tucker has an opportunity to be one of the more impactful newcomers. Here are five things to know about the 27-year-old Tampa native: When acquired: Four days after sending Matt Kemp to the Dodgers, the Braves added Tucker to their outfield via a trade with the Astros on Dec. 20. Houston received a player to be named...
Braves excitingly anticipating Luiz Gohara as spring training nears

Braves excitingly anticipating Luiz Gohara as spring training nears

Luiz Gohara’s late-season stats probably don’t stand out. His presence on the mound is another story. The Braves’ towering lefty debuted Sept. 6 and showed the makings of a top-of-the-rotation pitcher, an asset the team has longed for during its four-year retool. Gohara made five starts, putting up a 4.91 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 29 1/3 innings. But he impressed with the eye-test...
Gwinnett Stripers announce 2018 promotional schedule

Gwinnett Stripers announce 2018 promotional schedule

The Gwinnett Stripers announced their 2018 promotional schedule Tuesday, 65 days from opening day. The Braves’ Triple-A affiliate will feature 12 post-game fireworks shows, four bobblehead giveaway games and other themed nights. Bobblehead giveaways will go to the first 2,500 fans on the following dates: April 14: Stripers “Fishtail” bobble. May 12: Ozzie Albies “Star Wars&rdquo...
Watch: Former Braves standouts are still free agents

Watch: Former Braves standouts are still free agents

Need a 240-game winner? An infielder with 2,026 career hits? A Cy Young Award winner? How about an outfielder who had 33 steals last season?  Those are the stats on the resumes of 14 former Braves standouts who are still free agents as spring training approaches. Watch the video above to see which ex-Braves are still looking for a job.
Braves admittedly concerned about lack of power

Braves admittedly concerned about lack of power

If there’s a clear hole in the Braves’ lineup, it’s who will hit behind Freddie Freeman. The team lacks an obvious candidate for cleanup hitter. It non-tendered Matt Adams, who hit 19 home runs, because of his lacking positional versatility. It traded Matt Kemp, who also hit 19 homers, for a myriad of reasons. Even Brandon Phillips (11 homers before he was traded Aug. 31) could be...
Freddie Freeman Q&A: His wrist, Chipper and patience in rebuild

Freddie Freeman Q&A: His wrist, Chipper and patience in rebuild

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has been the mainstay of a four-year rebuild. Freeman was putting together an MVP-worthy 2017 campaign before fracturing his wrist and missing seven weeks. He returned three weeks early and finished the season. Freeman spoke with reporters at Chop Fest on Saturday at SunTrust Park. He addressed his offseason, the rebuild and more. Q: How’s the wrist? FF:...
Snitker: Braves have two, maybe three rotation locks

Snitker: Braves have two, maybe three rotation locks

The Braves’ focus in spring training will center on the starting rotation, with a plethora of arms competing for three spots. Braves manager Brian Snitker said Julio Teheran and Mike Foltynewicz will make up the top of the rotation. The rest is in competition’s hands. “You’ve got a guy like Julio that’s going to be in our rotation. Folty’s going to be in the rotation...
Braves may use Adams-Tucker platoon to start season

Braves may use Adams-Tucker platoon to start season

The Braves may elect not to include superstar prospect Ronald Acuna on their opening-day roster. If that’s the case, they likely will go with a Lane Adams and Preston Tucker platoon in left field. “If that happens, you may look at a platoon like that,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said Saturday. “Like I said, we still have a long way to go. I know (general manager) Alex (Anthopolous)...
Fried or ‘Newk’ in pen? Acuna on opening-day roster?

Fried or ‘Newk’ in pen? Acuna on opening-day roster?

We, and by we I mean me, get questions via Twitter, Facebook, email or the mailman if I happen to be at the box when he pulls up. (We had a conversation once, wherein he figured out what I do for a living.) So, let’s answer some of those questions now. Q. Do you think the Braves and general manager Alex Anthopoulos are serious about potentially using Max Fried or other top pitching prospects...
Freddie Freeman: Hopefully Ronald Acuna is next Aaron Judge

Freddie Freeman: Hopefully Ronald Acuna is next Aaron Judge

Freddie Freeman hasn’t seen Ronald Acuna play, but even he couldn’t stop smiling when talking about baseball’s top prospect. The Braves’ 20-year-old outfield extraordinaire, Acuna is the first name on about every prospect ranking. He’s expected to make his major-league debut in 2018, be it opening day or later. Count the Braves first baseman among those who hopes Acuna...
Braves are No. 1 again in minor league talent

Braves are No. 1 again in minor league talent

  For the second consecutive year, the rebuilding Braves’ minor league talent has been rated the best in baseball by Baseball America. The New York Yankees were second in the ratings announced Monday, up from third a year ago. The San Diego Padres were third, up six spots from 2017, and the Chicago White Sox were fourth.  The Philadelphia Phillies, another rebuilding National League...
Anthopoulos: Swanson, Albies unlikely to switch positions

Anthopoulos: Swanson, Albies unlikely to switch positions

The Braves are unlikely to switch shortstop Dansby Swanson’s and second baseman Ozzie Albies’ positions, despite mentioning the idea at December’s winter meetings. General manager Alex Anthopoulos said Saturday that, after further evaluation, they’re more likely to keep the status quo. “We talked a little bit more about that with the staff,” he said. “I know...
Andruw Jones happy for Chipper, hopes to join him in Hall of Fame

Andruw Jones happy for Chipper, hopes to join him in Hall of Fame

Andruw Jones saw longtime teammate Chipper Jones earn induction into the Hall of Fame last week after Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, John Smoltz and Bobby Cox did the same. Andruw is hopeful there’s room for one more iconic Brave from that era. Andruw, 40, spent 12 of his 17 seasons in Atlanta. He earned 10 consecutive Gold Gloves and is regarded by many as the best defensive center fielder in recent...
Longtime Braves announcer Joe Simpson joins team’s Hall of Fame

Longtime Braves announcer Joe Simpson joins team’s Hall of Fame

This season will be Joe Simpson’s 27th year in the Braves broadcast booth, but first as a team Hall of Famer. The generation of Braves fans who fell in love with the sport through the team’s unprecedented 1990s run did so to Simpson’s narration. The organization placed him alongside many of those he grew so familiar with on Saturday night when Simpson was inducted into the team Hall...
Thirteen years after trade, Tim Hudson is a Braves Hall of Famer

Thirteen years after trade, Tim Hudson is a Braves Hall of Famer

Tim Hudson got the call from A’s general manager Billy Beane. He was being traded. “But I think you’ll like where we’re sending you,” Hudson recalled Beane telling him in December 2004. Rather than express disappointment, Hudson felt compelled to contain his excitement. He was heading home to pitch for the Braves. The Phenix City, Alabama, native and Auburn product would...
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