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

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



A.J. Minter makes Braves history with no walks

A.J. Minter makes Braves history with no walks

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

Braves reach 46 pinch-hit RBIs, pursue team record

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

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

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

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

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

Lane Adams does it again as Braves top Mets in opener

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

Vote: Braves’ greatest outfielders of all time

One of baseball’s greatest donned Braves gear for more than two decades. Hank Aaron leads a long list of notable names to have patrolled the grass at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium and Turner Field. So were offensive machines, others made dazzling defensive plays. We couldn’t name every great, but who among these is the Braves’ best outfielder of all time?  Vote up your favorites...
Braves’ Foltynewicz loses 7th consecutive start, exits with cut finger

Braves’ Foltynewicz loses 7th consecutive start, exits with cut finger

WASHINGTON – After Mike Foltynewicz left Thursday’s game with a cut on the tip of his right middle finger, the Braves at least had plenty of rested relievers available to get through the last five innings of their series finale against the Nationals. And when Ozzie Albies hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning to get the Braves within a run at 3-2, it looked like they were in position...
Milton HS to honor graduate, MLB star Dexter Fowler

Milton HS to honor graduate, MLB star Dexter Fowler

Dexter Fowler will be honored by his alma mater 13 years after graduating. Fowler, a 2004 graduate of Milton High School who now plays for the St. Louis Cardinals, will be inducted into his high school’s hall of fame. The induction will happen at halftime of Milton’s football game against Etowah High School on Friday night. The World Series champ will be joined in the hall of fame class...
Vote: Braves’ best shortstop of all-time

Vote: Braves’ best shortstop of all-time

In 50 seasons, the Braves have had more than 40 men play shortstop in Atlanta -- three notable ones named Rafael. Of the 11 numbers retired in the Braves' history - none played shortstop.  Even so, there have been a few good ones. Who do you think is the Atlanta Braves’ top player of all-time at shortstop? Vote up your favorites to rank these options. Comment with any you feel have been...
Kemp and Braves slam Nats, Gohara gets first MLB win

Kemp and Braves slam Nats, Gohara gets first MLB win

WASHINGTON – Braves prospect Luiz Gohara pitched in his second major league game Wednesday and distinguished himself for six innings against the National League East champions and one of baseball’s most accomplished pitchers, Max Scherzer. And then things really got interesting for the Braves, who broke open a tie game with six runs including a Matt Kemp grand slam in the seventh inning...
Month after Hart’s praise, Snitker’s future may not be secure after all

Month after Hart’s praise, Snitker’s future may not be secure after all

Braves manager Brian Snitker’s future remains uncertain as the team finishes the final month of the season. (Curtiis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com) Nearly six weeks ago, as the rebuilding Braves were in the midst of their slow, late-summer march to the end of another playoff-less season, it appeared the organization was strongly leaning toward bringing back quasi-interim manager Brian...
How the Atlanta Braves are helping homeless men and women get jobs

How the Atlanta Braves are helping homeless men and women get jobs

When Darnell Wood was released from prison a year ago, he immediately started looking for a job. As the weeks dragged on — two weeks, four weeks, six weeks, Wood was no closer to securing employment. Staying in a homeless shelter, Wood received letters from staffing agencies telling him that his criminal record made him a poor candidate for jobs. He had served close to 17 years for an armed...
The Dodgers have crashed. Alex Wood isn’t doing so well himself

The Dodgers have crashed. Alex Wood isn’t doing so well himself

Alex Wood after another home run. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker) Remember Alex Wood, once a Brave and lately an All-Star? A check of more current events offers two revelations: First, that Wood’s once-mighty team had, before Clayton Kershaw beat the Giants on Tuesday, lost 16 of 17 games, and that – more to our point – Wood has contributed to the slide. Not...
Vote: Braves’ best third baseman of all time

Vote: Braves’ best third baseman of all time

Chipper Jones leads most statistical categories at third base in Atlanta. Eddie Mathews played the bulk of his Braves career in Milwaukee.  Of the Braves’ 11 retired numbers, two belong to the third basemen -- also baseball Hall of Famers.  So who do you think is the Braves’ best third baseman of all-time? Vote up your favorites to rank these options. Comment with any you feel...
Freeman bashes on birthday, Teheran and Braves beat Nats again

Freeman bashes on birthday, Teheran and Braves beat Nats again

Julio Teheran was sharp enough that he didn’t need much run support en route to winning his fourth consecutive start and beating the Nationals for the third straight time Tuesday. He didn’t need much support, but got plenty. Freddie Freeman had three hits including a three-run homer on his 28th birthday and surging rookie Ozzie Albies had three hits including his first left-handed homer...
Braves 2018 schedule includes SunTrust Park’s first season opener

Braves 2018 schedule includes SunTrust Park’s first season opener

After a 2017 season that put the Braves on the road more often than not in the early going, they’ll have ample opportunity to win over the home crowd next spring. The Braves and Major League Baseball released their tentative 2018 schedules Tuesday. The Braves will host the Phillies on Thursday, March 29, the earliest opening day in MLB history.  It will be SunTrust Park’s first season...
Vote: Atlanta Braves’ best second baseman of all time

Vote: Atlanta Braves’ best second baseman of all time

The only second baseman in the franchise’s Hall of Fame suited up for the Braves a century ago. Rabbit Maranville played about 300 games at second with the Boston Braves.  Since their time in Atlanta, the Braves have featured a number of men in the middle infield. So who do you think is the Braves’ top player of all-time at second in Atlanta? Vote on your favorites to rank these...
Braves close to signing Korean shortstop

Braves close to signing Korean shortstop

  The Braves were working to finalize a contract with an 18-year-old Korean shortstop whom scouts believe could be the best amateur player from his country in many years. A person familiar with the situation said the Braves are close to signing Jihwan Bae, who turned 18 in July and was projected to be a first-round draft pick in the Korean Baseball Organization this week. He would likely get...
Meet Luiz Gohara, the Braves’ hard-throwing gentle giant

Meet Luiz Gohara, the Braves’ hard-throwing gentle giant

Luiz Gohara has heard your C.C. Sabathia comparisons. In fact, he endorses them. The Braves’ big 21-year-old left-handed pitcher could be the ace-caliber prospect the organization has sought. His build and delivery resembles that of Sabathia, a Cy Young winner who Gohara has always admired. “I don’t have any problem with that,” Gohara said. “I think it’s fun. We...
Vote: Braves’ best first baseman of all time

Vote: Braves’ best first baseman of all time

The Braves have retired 11 numbers in their history -- none is a first baseman. The position is not represented in the team's Hall of Fame (unless you count Dale Murphy, who played 209 games at first for Atlanta). So who do you think is Atlanta’s top player of all-time at first base? Rank these options by voting up your favorite player. Comment with any you feel have been left out. &bull...
Braves distribute over 18,500 tickets to hurricane evacuees during weekend

Braves distribute over 18,500 tickets to hurricane evacuees during weekend

The Braves distributed 18,562 tickets to Hurricane Irma evacuees over their four-game weekend series against the Marlins, according to the team. Those under mandatory evacuation orders from Georgia, Florida and South Carolina were eligible for complimentary tickets to SunTrust Park from Thursday through Sunday.  Several Marlins players and officials brought their families on the trip to Atlanta...
Lane Adams walks off in 11th as Braves beat Marlins

Lane Adams walks off in 11th as Braves beat Marlins

Lane Adams almost walked away from baseball a year ago. Sunday afternoon, he walked away with a Braves win. Adams, who entered the game as injured Matt Adams’ replacement in the fifth, hit a walk-off homer on the first pitch he saw in the 11th inning and the Braves won 10-8 over the Marlins at SunTrust Park. It was Adams’ first walk-off home run at any level. “It’s exciting...
Surprise: Braves’ late-inning offense best in NL

Surprise: Braves’ late-inning offense best in NL

When you’re 63-78, it may take some searching to find any positives. But the Braves’ late-inning offense might be their best trait this season. The Braves have scored 240 runs in the seventh inning or later, good for second-best in Major League Baseball and most in the National League. The Astros lead the league with 260 and the Yankees rank third with 237. Saturday night’s...
Braves beat Marlins on Inciarte’s ‘walk-off walk’

Braves beat Marlins on Inciarte’s ‘walk-off walk’

Ender Inciarte grew up watching Braves games in his native Venezuela and says he vaguely remembered seeing Andruw Jones drawing a “walk-off walk,” something that Jones did twice but most memorably in the 11th inning of Game 6 to clinch the 1999 National League Championship Series against the Mets. The stakes weren’t in any way comparable but the moment was still special Saturday...
Braves extend hospitality to hurricane evacuees, Marlins’ families

Braves extend hospitality to hurricane evacuees, Marlins’ families

With Hurricane Irma approaching Miami when the Marlins left home, many Marlins players and team officials brought along families for their trip to Atlanta and Philadelphia, and the Braves have helped assure they had plenty to do while in Atlanta. The Braves arranged for Marlins players and their families to attend local attractions such as the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola and Six Flags Over...
Braves rookie Ruiz shows improvement at plate and in the field

Braves rookie Ruiz shows improvement at plate and in the field

Perhaps the Braves will decide or already have decided that they need to pursue a proven third baseman this winter. If so, that’s understandable. But Rio Ruiz could at least give them or another team something to think about if he keeps playing for the last three weeks of the season like he has since returning from Triple-A. Since he was recalled Sept. 1 after the Braves traded Brandon Phillips...
Foltynewicz loses 6th straight, Braves punchless against Marlins

Foltynewicz loses 6th straight, Braves punchless against Marlins

Mike Foltynewicz didn’t pitch poorly Friday night, but the Braves flamethrower nonetheless lost his sixth consecutive start and was left with little more than “what ifs” to ease the gnawing sensation of his one-promising season fading away as the team’s did some time ago. Foltynewicz gave up two runs in the second inning and a leadoff homer ro Derek Dietrich in the third, enough...
Foltynewicz righting ship, adjusting to heavier workload

Foltynewicz righting ship, adjusting to heavier workload

Mike Foltynewicz is 144 innings into what he and Braves manager Brian Snitker consider his first complete season in the majors.   His second-best start of the season came against Friday’s opponent. In Foltynewicz’s most recent start, against Miami on Aug. 5, he struck out 11 and walked none over 6 1/3 innings. Foltynewicz has singled out that performance and his near no-hitter...
Rank the best Braves catchers of all time

Rank the best Braves catchers of all time

Who is the Braves’ best backstop of all time? There have been quite a few notable names to play catcher in Atlanta. Only one -- Javy Lopez -- is in the team Hall of Fame.  Click vote on your favorites to rank up in this listing. Comment with any you feel have been left out. • Can you answer this 9 questions about Braves opening day?  • Nine questions about Braves...
Suzuki’s walk-off pushes Braves past Marlins in ninth

Suzuki’s walk-off pushes Braves past Marlins in ninth

Ozzie Albies went from scapegoat to hero. Then Kurt Suzuki sent everybody home. In a 5-5 tie with two outs in the ninth, Suzuki shot one past the third base bag to give the Braves a 6-5 win over the Marlins at SunTrust Park on Thursday. “I was just trying to get a ball up in the zone a little bit,” Suzuki said after the 10th walk-off in his career. “Just try to put a good swing...
Updated: Braves offer free tickets to residents who evacuate to Atlanta

Updated: Braves offer free tickets to residents who evacuate to Atlanta

The Braves are offering free tickets to all residents of Florida and those residents of Georgia and South Carolina counties under mandatory evacuation orders who travel to the Atlanta due to Hurricane Irma. The Braves are extending the invitation to those affected for the next four nights at SunTrust Park. Evacuees can go to the Braves ticket office on the day of the game, show a valid I.D. and...
Vote: Atlanta Braves’ best starting pitcher of all time

Vote: Atlanta Braves’ best starting pitcher of all time

Four Hall of Fame pitchers have taken the mound for the Braves since they arrived in Atlanta in 1966.  More than a handful have made their mark here, but who is the best among them? Here are nine names. Vote to rank them up the list of best starting pitcher in Atlanta. Comment with any you feel have been left out. • Can you answer this 9 questions about Braves opening day? • Nine questions...
Rank Atlanta Braves’ best closers of all time

Rank Atlanta Braves’ best closers of all time

The pressure is on.  These Atlanta Braves pitchers have stepped in with the game on the line. Now it’s your turn. Who is the Braves best closer of all time?  Vote on these eight name to rank the options. Comment with any you feel have been left out. • Can you answer this 9 questions about Braves opening day? • Nine questions about Braves All-Stars • Can you name...
LEADOFF: Was that the smallest crowd in Atlanta Braves history? 

LEADOFF: Was that the smallest crowd in Atlanta Braves history? 

The Braves might have drawn their smallest crowd Wednesday afternoon for a home game since moving to Atlanta in 1966, although we’ll probably never know for sure because MLB quit announcing real attendance figures in 1993.  Our David O’Brien reported there were less than 1,000 people on hand for the first game of a day-night split doubleheader against the Rangers, the makeup game...
Worth the hype: Recapping Ronald Acuna’s memorable season

Worth the hype: Recapping Ronald Acuna’s memorable season

The season is over for budding superstar Braves outfielder prospect Ronald Acuna. No, he won’t taste the majors in September. But his name won’t exactly be out of the headlines until March. Acuna was named USA Today’s Minor League Player of the Year on Wednesday. MLB Pipeline anointed him its minor league Hitter of the Year after Acuna posted a season with more than 20 homers...
Luiz Gohara’s MLB debut? Not so hot. His future here? Quite bright

Luiz Gohara’s MLB debut? Not so hot. His future here? Quite bright

Luiz Gohara in his first big-league start. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland) If you’re wondering why the Atlanta Braves have made Luiz Gohara a four-levels-in-one-season guy, it’s because they want him to feel as if he belongs at the highest level. He started the year in High-A. He made his Triple-A debut on July 28. He made his first big-league start two days after Labor...
Gohara’s debut a mixed bag in Braves’ 12-8 loss to Rangers

Gohara’s debut a mixed bag in Braves’ 12-8 loss to Rangers

After Max Fried’s first major-league start came in one of the more electrified regular-season atmospheres in baseball Sunday against the Cubs at jam-packed Wrigley Field, fellow Braves prospect Luiz Gohara’s debut Wednesday came in one of the quietest, dullest environments he’s likely to encounter during his big-league career. Pitching against the Rangers in the first game of a day-night...
Sims surprised by move from Braves’ crowded rotation to bullpen

Sims surprised by move from Braves’ crowded rotation to bullpen

He struggled with command in his past couple of starts, but Lucas Sims said he had no inkling that he was going to be moved from the Braves’ rotation to the bullpen.  Sims learned this week that, for the time being, left-handed prospect Luiz Gohara would stay in a six-man rotation that included three rookies and Sims would be used out of the bullpen. “I didn’t see it coming...
Braves-Rangers rained out, to play doubleheader Wednesday

Braves-Rangers rained out, to play doubleheader Wednesday

The Braves’ scheduled game against the Rangers on Tuesday night at SunTrust Park was rained out and will be made up at 1:35 p.m. Wednesday as part of a split doubleheader. The second game, Wednesday’s regularly scheduled game, is set to start at 7:35 p.m. Braves prospect Luiz Gohara, who had been scheduled to start Tuesday’s game in his major league debut, will start the 1:35...
Gohara to stay in 6-man rotation, Sims to bullpen

Gohara to stay in 6-man rotation, Sims to bullpen

  The ever-evolving and youthful Braves rotation will be a six-man unit for now, with Luiz Gohara moving in and fellow rookie Lucas Sims moving out. Braves manager Brian Snitker said Gohara, a left-handed prospect who was to have started against the Rangers on Tuesday night in his major league debut, will stay in the rotation and make his next turn Sept. 12 in a series opener at Washington. Tuesday&rsquo...
Braves prospect Gohara to start tonight in MLB debut vs. Rangers

Braves prospect Gohara to start tonight in MLB debut vs. Rangers

  Luiz Gohara is not just getting called up Tuesday by the Braves, the left-handed prospect will start Tuesday night’s game against the Texas Rangers in his major league debut at SunTrust Park. Talk about a rapid ascent: Gohara, who turned 21 in July, began the season pitching at high Single-A Florida. Now the hard-throwing Brazilian prospect will start against the power-laden Rangers lineup...
Fried gets win in first MLB start, Braves avoid sweep by Cubs

Fried gets win in first MLB start, Braves avoid sweep by Cubs

CHICAGO – Braves pitching prospect Max Fried waited a long time for his moment, his first major league start, and for much of the summer it looked like it might be delayed until next year due to something as innocuous as a blister. But six weeks after returning from a stint on Double-A Mississippi’s disabled list, Fried was on the mound Sunday before a sellout crowd at Wrigley Field, facing...
Sims roughed up early, Braves lose 14-12 slugfest against Cubs

Sims roughed up early, Braves lose 14-12 slugfest against Cubs

CHICAGO – The Braves are starting three rookie pitchers in a four-game series against the Cubs that ends Sunday, and one of them, Lucas Sims, found out Saturday what happens when you walk batters on a day when the wind is blowing out at Wrigley Field. The Braves got home runs from Freddie Freeman, Matt Kemp and Rio Ruiz, two doubles and two RBIs from Nick Markakis, two walks and three hits from...
Braves’ offense weak in loss to Cubs

Braves’ offense weak in loss to Cubs

CHICAGO – Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz is an Illinois native, born in Sterling and raised in Minooka. So even though he was Cardinals fan as a kid, pitching at Wrigley Field is meaningful for him, and he wanted his second start at the hallowed ballpark Friday to go a lot better than his first in 2015. And it did. But it didn’t much matter in the end. Foltynewicz was far better than...
Braves prospect Fried to make first start Sunday at Wrigley

Braves prospect Fried to make first start Sunday at Wrigley

CHICAGO – Max Fried spent two weeks with the Braves in August and made four relief appearances, which might help him deal with the charged atmosphere that awaits the young left-hander Sunday afternoon in his first major league start. The Braves will start Fried in Sunday’s series finale against the defending World Series-champion Cubs in front of what likely will be a typically sold-out...
All rise: Sonia Sotomayor watches Yankee's game from 'The Judge's Chambers'

All rise: Sonia Sotomayor watches Yankee's game from 'The Judge's Chambers'

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor visited New York’s Yankee Stadium to watch her beloved team take on the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, and it only made sense that she found herself right at-home in “The Judge’s Chambers.” Sotomayor, a Bronx-native, took a seat in the rooting section named for rookie Aaron Judge as the Yankees beat the Red Sox 6-2, The Washington Post...
Braves trade Brandon Phillips to Angels for minor league catcher

Braves trade Brandon Phillips to Angels for minor league catcher

CHICAGO – The Braves traded veteran Brandon Phillips to the Angels for journeyman minor league catcher Tony Sanchez, a deal that Phillips had to approve and did so only after talking with his mother, brother and other family members for hours while the Braves were playing the Cubs. Phillips, 36, has lived most of his life in Stone Mountain outside Atlanta and said leaving the Braves was...
Wind blowing in, Cubs still too much for Newcomb and Braves pen

Wind blowing in, Cubs still too much for Newcomb and Braves pen

CHICAGO – Until Thursday, Braves rookie Sean Newcomb never pitched at Wrigley Field, a treacherous place for pitchers when the wind is blowing out. The baseball gods were kind enough not to make him cope with both a challenging Cubs lineup and homer-assisting breezes, but winds blowing in could do only so much to help Newcomb and the Braves, especially when their bullpen faltered quickly. Newcomb...
Teheran sharp as Braves complete doubleheader sweep at Philly

Teheran sharp as Braves complete doubleheader sweep at Philly

PHILADELPHIA – After first assuring they wouldn’t go 0-for-Philly in 2017, the Braves went ahead and grabbed two wins on the last day they’ll play at Citizens Bank Park this season. Ender Inciarte had a good week’s worth of hits in one day, Julio Teheran followed up R.A. Dickey’s strong start in the doubleheader opener with a highly effective outing in the second game...
Inciarte (5 hits), Dickey lead Braves in rout for 1st win at Philly

Inciarte (5 hits), Dickey lead Braves in rout for 1st win at Philly

PHILADELPHIA – After making it through nearly five months of the season without getting a win at Citizens Bank Park, the Braves left nothing to chance after taking an early lead in the first game of a doubleheader Wednesday against the Phillies. Freddie Freeman hit a two-run homer in a three-run first inning, Ender Inciarte had five hits including a two-run single in a four-run third inning...
Q&A: R.A. Dickey talks mentoring young Braves, retirement decision

Q&A: R.A. Dickey talks mentoring young Braves, retirement decision

Braves pitcher R.A. Dickey has perhaps been the team’s best starter in 2017. The 42-year-old has a 2.74 ERA over his past 12 starts entering Wednesday’s scheduled outing in the first game of a doubleheader against the Phillies. On a staff becoming more youthful, Dickey has adopted a dual coach-player role. Dickey spoke with reporters at his locker Sunday. He analyzed his role in the Braves&rsquo...
Phillies continue inexplicable mastery of Braves with 6-1 win

Phillies continue inexplicable mastery of Braves with 6-1 win

Rookie Lucas Sims got himself into one too many tight spots Monday night and the Phillies continued a startling season-long domination of the Braves, who are frustrated by it and can’t explain what’s happened against a team no one else finds formidable. The Phillies broke open a tie game with two runs in the sixth inning of a 6-1 series-opening win at Citizens Bank Park, where they are...
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