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Watch: A tribute to Braves great Chipper Jones

Braves great Chipper Jones will be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame Wednesday. It will be a slam dunk. Well, a home run at least.  It’s just a matter of how many votes the switch-hitting third baseman receives. Jones could finish with one of the highest voting percentages of all time. Chipper played 19 seasons for the Braves in Atlanta, compiling astounding statistics like a ...



On a snowy day, we light the Hot Stove: What’s on Braves GM Alex Anthopolous’ to-do list?

On a snowy day, we light the Hot Stove: What’s on Braves GM Alex Anthopolous’ to-do list?

For the second time this silly winter, we’re Ice Station A-town. The only recourse is to stay home, think warm thoughts and note that, for the under-new-management Atlanta Braves, spring training commences in 27 days.  After the constant motion of the past three offseasons, this one – apart from the thunderclap of MLB sanctions – has been a snooze. In two months and four days...
Leadoff: What new Braves GM said about Acuna, third base, 2018 season

Leadoff: What new Braves GM said about Acuna, third base, 2018 season

While most folks around here were still dissecting the Falcons’ and Bulldogs’ season-ending losses, MLB Network Radio was talking baseball, of course. And if you missed it, Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos made an appearance there Sunday.  Here are Leadoff’s takeaways after listening to a recording of the interview:  > Anthopoulos didn’t rule out outfield...
Chipper Q&A, Pt. 2: On HOF, Andruw, and being mistaken for ... Brett Favre?

Chipper Q&A, Pt. 2: On HOF, Andruw, and being mistaken for ... Brett Favre?

Chipper Jones was the greatest Braves position player since Hank Aaron and one of the finest switch-hitters and best all-around third basemen in baseball history. Now he’s poised to become a first-ballot Hall of Fame selection and have one of the highest voting percentages in history when the baseball Hall of Fame announces its Class of 2018 on Jan. 24. He spent his entire 19-year major league...
Chipper Jones Q&A, Part 1: What he’s been up to, Hall of Fame outlook

Chipper Jones Q&A, Part 1: What he’s been up to, Hall of Fame outlook

  It’s been five years and 3 ½ months since Larry Wayne Jones, aka Chipper, strode to home plate for the last time in a major league game, slowed by age and injuries but still with a distinct gait that exuded confidence and swagger and so much of what made No. 10 the player Braves Country loved and opposing fans, particularly in New York, loved to hate. The next time most fans see...
Braves sign arbitration-eligible Vizcaino, but not ‘Folty’

Braves sign arbitration-eligible Vizcaino, but not ‘Folty’

The Braves signed reliever Arodys Vizcaino to a one-year, $3.4 million contract to avoid going to arbitration with their top closer candidate, but didn’t agree to a deal with arbitration-eligible starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz before a Friday deadline. That means Foltynewicz is likely to become just the second arbitration hearing in 17 years for the Braves, with a relatively paltry difference...
Braves sign Dan Winkler to one-year deal, avoiding arbitration

Braves sign Dan Winkler to one-year deal, avoiding arbitration

The Braves signed reliever Dan Winkler to a one-year, $610,000 contract Friday, avoiding arbitration with the right-hander. After he missed much of three seasons recovering from two major elbow surgeries, Winkler made an impressive return in late August, posting a 2.51 ERA and .152 opponents’ average in 16 appearances and allowing seven hits and six walks with 18 strikeouts in 14 1/3 innings...
Editor Kevin Riley: Capturing a team, and state’s, run

Editor Kevin Riley: Capturing a team, and state’s, run

It’s been almost a week, but whether or not you’re a University of Georgia football fan, you can probably still sense the lingering disappointment of the devastating loss in the college championship game. (And just for a moment here, I will acknowledge that we have plenty of Georgia Tech – and Alabama – fans among our customers, who clearly aren’t troubled by the loss...
Braves sign Sam Freeman, avoid arbitration with lefty

Braves sign Sam Freeman, avoid arbitration with lefty

The Braves signed reliever Sam Freeman to a one-year, $1.075 million contract Thursday, avoiding arbitration with the left-hander. Freeman, 30, was eligible for arbitration for the first time after posting career-best statistics in 2017 with the Braves, his fourth team in four seasons. He was 2-0 with a 2.55 ERA in 58 appearances and had 59 strikeouts, 27 walks and three homers allowed in 60 innings...
Braves release Garcia, headed for South Korea

Braves release Garcia, headed for South Korea

The Braves released third baseman Adonis Garcia on Wednesday in accordance with his desire to play in South Korea next season, the team announced. Garcia, 32, faced an uphill battle to secure a bench spot. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last month that the Braves had discussed releasing Garcia, but no agreement was imminent at that time. The veteran hit .237 in 52 games last season after...
Max Fried ready to compete for Braves rotation spot

Max Fried ready to compete for Braves rotation spot

They don’t make movies about the Arizona Fall League. It ain’t glamorous. Less than six weeks after Max Fried beat the Cubs at sold-out Wrigley Field in his first major league start, and just nine days after working 4-1/3 innings on short notice in the Braves’ season-finale win at Miami, the left-hander found himself facing the Glendale Desert Dogs. This time, just a few hundred...
Twitter reacts: Georgia blows big lead, Alabama wins national championship

Twitter reacts: Georgia blows big lead, Alabama wins national championship

Monday night was one to remember. Well, maybe not if you’re a Georgia fan. After going up 20-7 in the third quarter, Georgia gave up 13 unanswered points so Alabama could force overtime. Crimson Tide freshman quarterback – and now hero – Tua Tagovailoa won the game with a 41-yard touchdown pass, making Alabama the national champion for the fifth time in nine years. Alabama fans celebrated...
Photos: Music stars rock AT&T Playoff Playlist Live!

Photos: Music stars rock AT&T Playoff Playlist Live!

Jason Derulo, Charlie Puth, and Lizzo were among performers at the three-day, outdoor concert series leading up to the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship in downtown Atlanta.
Georgia-Alabama: Title-game predictions are in

Georgia-Alabama: Title-game predictions are in

The predictions are in for Monday’s College Football Playoff Championship game between SEC powers Georgia and Alabama at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Here are some of them: Future Hall of Famer with the Braves  Georgia, 23-20 “I’ll take Georgia and the points. I think Georgia is a more complete team. Georgia’s got the better kicking game. I’ll give the edge to Alabama...
College football’s title game kicks off string of mega-events for Atlanta 

College football’s title game kicks off string of mega-events for Atlanta 

On a particularly busy day in mid-December, Atlanta Football Host Committee staffers were juggling more meetings than usual.  College Football Playoff officials were in town from Dallas, wrapping up a three-day visit to finalize preparations for the national championship game.  And NFL staffers had arrived from New York, along with architects and a TV production crew, to start planning the...
Braves reliever Jackson outrighted to Triple-A

Braves reliever Jackson outrighted to Triple-A

Braves reliever Luke Jackson cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday. The right-hander was dropped from the 40-man roster Dec. 20 when the Braves needed to clear a roster spot after acquiring outfielder Preston Tucker from the Astros in a trade. Jackson, who had a 4.62 ERA in 43 appearances in 2017 in his first full season, was out of minor-league options and had to pass...
Hudson, Simpson to be inducted in Braves Hall of Fame

Hudson, Simpson to be inducted in Braves Hall of Fame

Former All-Star pitcher Tim Hudson and longtime broadcaster Joe Simpson will be inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame on Jan. 27. “It’s the nicest thing that has ever happened to me in baseball,” said Simpson, who will work his 27th season as a Braves broadcaster in 2018. “I’m also proud to be inducted with Tim Hudson, a great pitcher and a class act.” Hudson had...
Braves express trade interest in Marlins’ Yelich, Realmuto

Braves express trade interest in Marlins’ Yelich, Realmuto

    The Braves have expressed trade interest in a pair of young Marlins standouts, outfielder Christian Yelich and catcher J.T. Realmuto, although at this point it seems highly unlikely Atlanta would be willing to part with the load of prospects it would require to land both Miami players. A person familiar with the situation confirmed a Wednesday report by MLB.com’s Jon Morosi that...
Say UGA beats Bama for the title in Atlanta: Where would it rank among local sports moments?

Say UGA beats Bama for the title in Atlanta: Where would it rank among local sports moments?

Not trying to jinx anybody. Not trying to diminish anyone or anything that has come before. Just asking: Should the Georgia Bulldogs, who represent the flagship university of a state that has Atlanta as its capital, win the national championship by beating Alabama, the program that has won half of the past eight national championships – and where Kirby Smart, now Georgia’s coach, helped...
Chipper Jones remains near Hall of Fame lock as more ballots are revealed

Chipper Jones remains near Hall of Fame lock as more ballots are revealed

Chipper Jones is on his way to becoming a first-ballot Hall of Famer. With 156 ballots in and roughly 37 percent of the votes casted, Jones sits at 99 percent. Jones’ near 100-percent return is best among eligible players, above Jim Thome’s current 95 percent. A player needs 75 percent of the vote to gain induction, a number Jones should have no problem maintaining. The numbers are provided...
VIDEO: Georgia fans welcome Bulldogs back to Athens

VIDEO: Georgia fans welcome Bulldogs back to Athens

Georgia fans woke up early Tuesday and braved the freezing temperature to welcome the Rose Bowl-winning Bulldogs back to Athens. After being down 31-17 at the half in Pasadena, Calif., the No. 3 Bulldogs rallied behind their run game and relentless defense to defeat No. 2 Oklahoma and Heisman winner Baker Mayfield in double-overtime, 54-48. Georgia will face Alabama on Monday night in the College...
13-0! Central Florida tops Auburn in Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

13-0! Central Florida tops Auburn in Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

Perfection. Central Florida finished the season as the only unbeaten team in FBS after surviving a shaky first half to defeat Auburn 34-27 on Monday in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. The Knights improved to 13-0 with a defense that sacked Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham six times and intercepted him twice in the fourth quarter. Linebacker Shaquem Griffin was named the defensive MVP after totaling 12 tackles...
The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: The vision beyond the game

The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: The vision beyond the game

Not many college football bowl games can say they have had a 50-year run. One of those bowls about to cross the half-century threshold and join elite company is the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. No. 7 Auburn, the SEC runner-up, and No. 12 Central Florida, the AAC champion, are set to play in Atlanta’s new Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Monday. This marks the 50th-game in the bowl’s history. The Tigers...
Georgia judge postpones trial so lawyer can see Bulldogs in Rose Bowl

Georgia judge postpones trial so lawyer can see Bulldogs in Rose Bowl

When Patrick Connell’s brother told him they were going to cheer on their beloved Georgia Bulldogs in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day, the Savannah attorney realized he had a conflict in court. Connell was due in Judge Michael Karpf’s courtroom to argue a bench trial on Jan. 2, the day he was scheduled to fly back from Pasadena. He couldn’t possibly make it in time, so the...
Braves, Adonis Garcia have discussed his release

Braves, Adonis Garcia have discussed his release

Adonis Garcia’s time in the majors may be nearing an end. The Braves and Garcia are discussing a move to release him from his contract so he can pursue an opportunity in the Korean Baseball Organization, a person familiar with the situation said. No agreement has been reached. Marcos Grunfeld of Sports Venezuela reported Wednesday that the third baseman will sign with the LG Twins of the KBO...
Braves stadium hardly a home run for Cobb taxpayers

Braves stadium hardly a home run for Cobb taxpayers

Former Cobb County Chairman Tim Lee was fond of calling the decision to build a taxpayer-funded stadium for the Atlanta Braves the “biggest economic development deal in our county’s history.”  In 2015, two years after the deal was approved and one year after his own finance director warned that county spending was quickly overtaking its revenue, Lee issued the following statement...
Video: How times have changed since Georgia’s 1980 national title

Video: How times have changed since Georgia’s 1980 national title

It’s been 37 years since the University of Georgia won its last national championship in football, and the local landscape has changed a lot during that time. The Braves and Falcons have each played in two different home stadiums and a young UGA basketball star is now a Hall of Famer with his own statue in downtown Atlanta. Speaking of young, current UGA coach Kirby Smart was days removed from...
Santana returns to Braves on minor league deal

Santana returns to Braves on minor league deal

    The Braves made official Saturday the re-signing of veteran utilityman Danny Santana to a minor league contract that included an invitation to spring training with the major league team. The move came three weeks after the team made Santana a non-tendered free agent along with Matt Adams and Jace Peterson. Adams signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Nationals last week and...
Five things to know about new Braves starter Brandon McCarthy

Five things to know about new Braves starter Brandon McCarthy

The Braves needed to dump outfielder Matt Kemp and add a veteran to an unseasoned rotation. Their latest trade accomplished both. In what might still be understated as a surprise, Kemp was traded back to the Dodgers, where he spent his glory days, for several highly compensated veterans. While there was mutual financial benefit for both teams, the Braves added three players who could warrant roles...
Braves’ Acuna has visualized MLB debut, shouldn’t have to wait much longer

Braves’ Acuna has visualized MLB debut, shouldn’t have to wait much longer

Luis Salazar stood outside a dugout in the bright Arizona sun one morning in late October and talked about one of his favorite subjects, Braves phenom prospect Ronald Acuna. Salazar managed the outfielder in Double-A and again in the Arizona Fall League. The temperature in Peoria had already reached 86, batting practice was over, and air conditioning and lunch awaited at the clubhouse a quarter-mile...
Braves trade for outfielder Preston Tucker from Astros 

Braves trade for outfielder Preston Tucker from Astros 

  The Braves stayed busy before Christmas, getting corner outfielder Preston Tucker from the Astros on Wednesday in a trade for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Tucker, a left-handed hitter who had seven triples and 24 home runs last season in Triple-A, spent parts of two seasons in the majors with Houston in 2015-2016 and hit .219 with a .274 OBP, 27 doubles and 17 home runs...
Braves Hall of Fame induction moves up to first Chop Fest in January

Braves Hall of Fame induction moves up to first Chop Fest in January

The Braves are bringing back FanFest and renaming it Chop Fest, to be held for the first time at SunTrust Park on the weekend of Jan. 27-28. They’re also combining it with the Braves Hall of Fame induction that’s been held at midseason in the past. The induction gala will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 27 (Saturday) at the Coca-Cola Roxy in The Battery adjacent to SunTrust Park, with inductees &ndash...
5 things to know about new Braves infielder Charlie Culberson

5 things to know about new Braves infielder Charlie Culberson

The Braves and Dodgers completed a blockbuster on Saturday, moving a few big names and bigger salaries. The only player who fit neither of that criteria was utilityman Charlie Culberson. He was hidden behind the names of Matt Kemp and Adrian Gonzalez, and his acquisition also pales in comparison to adding veteran Brandon McCarthy to the rotation or taking an expensive flier on former All-Star Scott...
Dollars may be wash but trading Matt Kemp is a net gain for Braves

Dollars may be wash but trading Matt Kemp is a net gain for Braves

When a new general manager takes over, sometimes he sees problems that his predecessor refuses to acknowledge, or at least act on. So here comes Alex Anthopoulos. And there goes Matt Kemp. Anthopoulos didn’t completely get rid of the economic hangover from Kemp’s contract in a five-player trade with Los Angeles Saturday, he merely made it more palatable. Kemp and the $43 million on the...
Braves trade Kemp to Dodgers in 5-player deal

Braves trade Kemp to Dodgers in 5-player deal

The Braves found a creative way to rid themselves of Matt Kemp while filling two of their offseason needs when they traded the veteran outfielder to the Dodgers in a five-player swap Saturday in exchange for first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, right-hander Brandon McCarthy, lefty Scott Kazmir, infielder Charlie Culberson and $4.5 million. Gonzalez, who’s owed $21.5 million in 2016, was immediately...
Braves’ week in review: Winter meetings lay groundwork for offseason

Braves’ week in review: Winter meetings lay groundwork for offseason

All of major league baseball gathered in Orlando this week for the 2017 winter meetings. The Braves, led by new general manager Alex Anthopoulos, didn’t make any free agent or trade acquisition, but Anthopoulos said it was a productive week nonetheless. The team made one addition through the Rule 5 draft. It sits at 38 players on its 40-man roster. Here are some of the Braves headlines from...
Braves make changes to 2018 minor league coaching staff

Braves make changes to 2018 minor league coaching staff

The Braves announced their 2018 minor league coaching staff Friday. Twenty coaches are returning, including all the Triple-A Gwinnett staff, while the lower levels received a makeover. Stripers manager Damon Berryhill returns for his second season after spending seven with the Dodgers. He spoke highly of his first year back in the Braves organization.  “We’ve had a young team...
No signings or trades, but Braves say Winter Meetings were productive

No signings or trades, but Braves say Winter Meetings were productive

The Braves contingent left the first Winter Meetings of the Alex Anthopoulos era without making a trade or free-agent signing, which is not to say their four days at the meetings weren’t productive. They met with the representatives of many free agents and had trade discussions with numerous teams, and there’s a decent chance at least one or two of those connections will result in moves...
Order the Braves’ 2018 starting rotation

Order the Braves’ 2018 starting rotation

The Atlanta Braves’ starting rotation had a 4.80 ERA last season.  Braves manager Brian Snitker said at baseball's Winter Meetings that he currently projected an opening rotation with Julio Teheran, Mike Foltynewicz and left-handers Sean Newcomb and Luiz Gohara. He suggested the team could look at Max Fried, Lucas Sims or someone else as the fifth starter. Working off the list vote up the...
Braves take reliever Gomez from Yankees in Rule 5 Draft

Braves take reliever Gomez from Yankees in Rule 5 Draft

The Braves didn’t make any moves to bolster their bullpen during the first three days of the Winter Meetings, but they did take a reliever from the Yankees in the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday, a player they believe has a chance to stick on the major league roster. They selected Dominican right-hander Anyelo Gomez, 24, with the seventh pick of the draft, after seeing him pitch several times recently...
On bolstering pitching staff, no-trade clauses and Acuna’s path to majors

On bolstering pitching staff, no-trade clauses and Acuna’s path to majors

The Braves haven’t made a move to strengthen their starting rotation and bolster their bullpen, but new general manager Alex Anthopoulos is undeterred with so much time remaining during the offseason and various options for reaching those ends. Some relievers the Braves considered have already signed with other teams – for rather large sums -- since the Winter Meetings began Monday, but...
Swanson, Albies could swap places this spring, at least for a look

Swanson, Albies could swap places this spring, at least for a look

Don’t be surprised if Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson and second baseman Ozzie Albies swap places during spring training, at least to take some grounders and possibly more. New general manager Alex Anthopoulos knows that both former top prospects came up as shortstops before Albies was switched to second base in 2016 when Braves officials decided how their projected long-term middle infield...
Snitker embracing baseball’s information age with arrival of Anthopoulos

Snitker embracing baseball’s information age with arrival of Anthopoulos

Two things that Braves manager Brian Snitker never would’ve anticipated: That he would have the second-most major league managerial experience among National League East skippers entering the 2018 season; and, at age 62, suddenly he would be immersed in cutting-edge analytics after the arrival of a general manager, Alex Anthopoulos, who’s fully engaged with baseball’s information...
Snitker on Acuna: He looked ready to make team at 2017 spring training

Snitker on Acuna: He looked ready to make team at 2017 spring training

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Ronald Acuna is still a teenager, but that won’t stop the Braves from putting the outfielder in their lineup in 2018, if and when he’s ready.  “If you’re ready, you’re ready,” new Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos said, speaking generally about unusually young players getting brought to the big leagues. “Andruw Jones...
Brian Snitker Q&A: ‘It’s going to be good’

Brian Snitker Q&A: ‘It’s going to be good’

Braves manager Brian Snitker addressed the media Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, during baseball’s Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Snitker addressed the club’s performance last season and touched on what the team may look like in 2018, including what could be expected of Dansby Swanson and Ozzie Albies. This is the entire transcript of Snitker’s appearance, which can be watched...
Braves getting next-level analytics with new GM and staff

Braves getting next-level analytics with new GM and staff

Alex Anthopoulos got something akin to a doctoral degree in analytics while working in the Dodgers’ statistics think-tank/front office the past two seasons. Now that he’s general manager of the Braves he plans to bring that knowledge and put into practice in Atlanta much of what he saw work successfully in Los Angeles and some of what he learned before that as Blue Jays GM. “It was...
Braves among teams interested in Marlins’ Yelich

Braves among teams interested in Marlins’ Yelich

New Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos has said he doesn’t intend to come out with guns blazing and trade top prospects until he gets a better feel for the organization’s top talent, but perhaps he would make an exception if he could land Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich. He has Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards, turned 26 this month and is signed to a team-friendly deal with...
Dale Murphy: ‘There’s a spot for me’ in Hall of Fame

Dale Murphy: ‘There’s a spot for me’ in Hall of Fame

Dale Murphy was snubbed in another Hall of Fame vote. The longtime Atlanta Braves great isn’t bitter, but he does believe he belongs among the legends in Cooperstown, N.Y. “I think there’s a spot in there for me,” Murphy tells AJC columnist Jeff Schultz and WSB-TV Action News 2 sports director Zach Klein on their “We Never Played the Game”  podcast...
Time for Braves, Martin Prado reunion might have passed

Time for Braves, Martin Prado reunion might have passed

Could the Braves reunite with fan-favorite Martin Prado? Don’t bet on it, at least at his current price. Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reported Tuesday the Braves could have interest in the Marlins infielder. Prado played for the Braves from 2006-12. As an everyday player from 2009-12, he hit over .300 three times. His versatility and play style made him one of the most beloved Braves over that period...
Anthopoulos says Braves payroll big enough, but farm system crucial

Anthopoulos says Braves payroll big enough, but farm system crucial

The Braves haven’t said where their 2017 payroll ended up by their own accounting or divulged a targeted payroll for 2018, but new general manager Alex Anthopoulos said it will remain at a similar level and that there are enough dollars to make it work. He wouldn’t specify that payroll figure, but said it was made clear to him by ownership. “I know what the payroll is right now and...
Anthopoulos to take ‘cautious approach’ in trades for now

Anthopoulos to take ‘cautious approach’ in trades for now

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – New Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos likes to take into consideration the opinions of others in his organization before making big trades, particularly with young players and prospects. With that in mind, and considering his relatively late hiring (Nov. 12), Anthopoulos indicates he’ll take a more cautious approach this winter than he’s been known...
Braves GM Anthopoulos makes defensive improvement a priority

Braves GM Anthopoulos makes defensive improvement a priority

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The areas that former Braves president of baseball operations John Hart mentioned as three likely offseason needs – third base, bullpen, starting rotation -- still could be considered as such, but the new man in charge, general manager and vice president Alex Anthopoulos, pointed to another area that’s moved to the top of the priority list. Improving the...
Acuna heads group of four Braves on AFL Top Prospects team

Acuna heads group of four Braves on AFL Top Prospects team

Braves prospects Ronald Acuna, Austin Riley, Alex Jackson and Max Fried all were among the 23 named to the Arizona Fall League’s Top Prospects Team as selected by AFL managers and coaches. The Braves and Yankees dominated the team with four selections apiece, the two organizations accounting for more than one-third of the top prospects from the annual prospect-laden fall league that includes...
Two more hires as Braves’ forward-thinking front office takes shape

Two more hires as Braves’ forward-thinking front office takes shape

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- New Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos was part of a Dodgers front office at the forefront in its use of analytics, cutting-edge technology and other current trends in baseball, and he’s putting together a similarly forward-thinking group in Atlanta. The Braves and Anthopoulos made two more front-office hires Sunday, pulling Alex Tamin away from the...
Braves great ‘Murph’ is again denied election to baseball Hall of Fame

Braves great ‘Murph’ is again denied election to baseball Hall of Fame

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Dale Murphy and his many fans will have to keep waiting and hoping the Braves icon will someday be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. “Murph,” one of the best and most popular players in Atlanta professional-sports history, fell shy of the votes requires for election on Sunday by the Modern Baseball Era Committee, which considered 10 candidates...
Braves hire Tamin as director of major league operations

Braves hire Tamin as director of major league operations

New Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos tapped into his Blue Jays roots previously to fill a front-office post in Atlanta, now he’s hiring someone from his more recent stint with the Dodgers.  The Braves and Anthopoulos have hired Alex Tamin as director of major league operations. Tamin served as director of baseball operations for Dodgers, where he worked with Anthopoulos, who was...
Braves’ Triple-A affiliate renamed Gwinnett Stripers

Braves’ Triple-A affiliate renamed Gwinnett Stripers

It was only fitting that Phil Niekro was in attendance for the knuckleball tossed by the Triple-A affiliate formerly known as the Gwinnett Braves on Friday. The Braves’ Triple-A affiliate will be known as the Gwinnett Stripers, the team announced at a news conference at Coolray Field.  It was a surprising conclusion to a contest that was first launched in early June. The team selected six...
Former Braves prospects continue finding new homes

Former Braves prospects continue finding new homes

The 13 free-agent prospects following Major League Baseball’s probe into infractions committed by the Braves under former general manager John Coppolella became eligible to sign with new teams on Tuesday. MLB found the Braves responsible for a slew of misconduct in the international market, much of which occurred during the 2015-16 signing period, in which the Braves relinquished nine signees...
Braves sign Christian Colon to minor-league deal

Braves sign Christian Colon to minor-league deal

The Braves signed infielder Christian Colon to a minor-league deal, according to a person familiar with the situation. The 28-year-old spent last season with the Royals and Marlins. Colon is a utilityman with experience at second, third base and shortstop. His signing comes on the heels of David O’Brien’s report that the team was searching for infield depth after non-tendering the...
Kyle Wright could be Braves’ next foundational pitcher

Kyle Wright could be Braves’ next foundational pitcher

Kyle Wright, who fell in love with baseball watching the 90’s Braves, intends to help restore the franchise’s lost success. In due time, of course. Wright, 22, was selected out of Vanderbilt with the fifth overall pick in last June’s draft. The Huntsville, Alabama native finished his three-season Vanderbilt career with a 2.78 ERA, 290 strikeouts and a 19-11 record across 255-1/3...
Braves announce new head trainer, changes to staff

Braves announce new head trainer, changes to staff

The Braves announced several training-staff moves Tuesday, including that long-time head athletic trainer Jeff Porter will make the transition into a senior-advisor role in 2018. George C. Poulis was named director of player health and head athletic trainer in Porter’s place. Poulis comes from Toronto, where he served as assistant athletic trainer for three years, with his first year coming...
Angels sign former Braves prospect Kevin Maitan

Angels sign former Braves prospect Kevin Maitan

The Angels signed former Braves top prospect Kevin Maitan on Tuesday afternoon, as first reported by ESPN’s Buster Olney. The deal is for $2.2 million, according to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. Maitan was considered the best of 13 Braves prospects ruled free agents following a lengthy Major League Baseball investigation into infractions committed by former general manager John Coppolella and former...
‘Devastated’ Coppolella apologizes following lifetime ban

‘Devastated’ Coppolella apologizes following lifetime ban

Former Braves general manager John Coppolella -- banned for life by Major League Baseball last month as part of discipline handed down by the league for major infractions committed in the international free-agent market -- issued his first public statement on the matter. Coppolella gave a five-paragraph statement to the media, including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, on Tuesday. It reads...
Braves look for a shortstop, but not to replace Swanson

Braves look for a shortstop, but not to replace Swanson

The Braves seek to add a shortstop this offseason, but not to give Dansby Swanson more development time as some have speculated. Rather, they’re looking for a proven shortstop who can back up several positions around the infield, a need because Johan Camargo could end up playing an everyday role at third base instead of serving as a utility man. That need grew more pressing after versatile veteran...
Blakeley to meet with Braves ownership to discuss who else knew

Blakeley to meet with Braves ownership to discuss who else knew

Former Braves special assistant and international scouting chief Gordon Blakeley is not going down quietly, which might be the last thing the Braves want to hear as they try to turn the page on an ugly chapter in franchise history. Blakeley, who was forced to resign Oct. 2 and last week was hit with a one-year suspension from baseball for his part in violations that drew severe penalties for the Braves...
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