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Doing Good: Military families go “basebowling” with the Braves

12:00 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014

A friendly bowling competition among 30 military families and players and staff from The Atlanta Braves kicked off The Atlanta Braves Military Basebowl Holiday Bash on Dec. 6 at Midtown Bowl.In its fifth year, the event brought together the families to ring in the holidays in a fun way to ...
Pt. 2 of Q&A with John Hart: Restocking Braves takes time
The Braves are making plenty of changes, but shortstop Andrelton Simmons is part of a young core the team plans to have in place when it moves into a new ballpark in 2017. JOHNNY CRAWFORD/JCRAWFORD@AJC.COM

Updated: 3:16 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

It’s been a busy three months for new Braves president of baseball operations John Hart. Some moves that he’s made left fans and others scratching their heads and wondering if the Braves are rebuilding or trying to win now, when actually they’re attempting to do a little of both. Hart ...
Q&A with John Hart: Braves boss has difficult decisions
John Hart (left) has had to make some difficult, occasionally unpopular decisions since taking over as Braves president of baseball operations. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Updated: 3:16 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

It’s been a busy three months for Braves executive John Hart, who replaced fired general manager Frank Wren on an interim basis for one month before taking the permanent job with a new title, president of baseball operations. Some moves the Braves made left fans and others scratching their heads ...
Braves lose Justin Upton, get prospects in six-player trade
072014 ATLANTA: Braves Justin Upton hits a double against the Phillies during the second inning of an MLB game on Sunday, July 20, 2014, in Atlanta.  CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Updated: 8:16 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

The Braves traded left fielder Justin Upton to San Diego on Friday in a six-player deal that adds prospects to a depleted farm system and subtracts the team leader in home runs and RBIs from an already anemic offense. In return for Upton and minor-league pitcher Aaron Northcraft, the Braves ...
Braves trade Justin Upton to Padres for prospects
In two seasons in Atlanta, Justin Upton led the Braves with 56 home runs.

Updated: 5:46 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

The Braves have traded slugging outfielder Justin Upton to the San Diego Padres. In return for Upton and minor-league pitcher Aaron Northcraft, the Braves received four young players, led by left-handed pitching prospect Max Fried. Recently ranked the Padres’ No. 3 prospect, Fried likely will miss all of next season ...
Marlins acquire Martin Prado from Yankees
Martin Prado #14 of the New York Yankees reacts after his game-winning ninth inning base hit against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium on August 22, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Updated: 5:34 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

NEW YORK — The Yankees acquired pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, outfielder Garrett Jones and minor league pitcher Domingo German from the Miami Marlins on Friday for versatile ex-Brave Martin Prado and pitcher David Phelps. Eovaldi, a right-hander who turns 25 in February, was acquired by the Marlins in July 2012 as ...
There goes Upton, and maybe ‘15 season with him
The Braves traded Justin Upton to the Padres on Friday in a six-player deal. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

3:43 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

This is what the Braves are selling you now: Hope. Dreams. …. Prayers? The Braves are like a lottery ticket, and the odds of hitting it big with either one in 2015 seem commensurate right now. They traded Jason Heyward, the one-time expected franchise centerpiece, for a young pitcher (Shelby ...
Braves land purchase may solve parking issues
 

6:33 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

The Atlanta Braves have taken a major step toward solving a vexing question about their new Cobb County stadium: where fans will park. The team announced Thursday that it has entered into an agreement to purchase a 9.5-acre plot of land about a half mile from the SunTrust Park that ...
Medlen signs two-year deal with Royals
Injured Atlanta Braves pitcher Kris Medlen (center) lines up with teammates before the season opener against the New York Mets at Turner Field in Atlanta on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

4:01 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Former Braves pitcher Kris Medlen didn’t have to wait long to find work. Only 16 days after he became a non-tendered free agent, Medlen signed a two-year, $8.5 million contract with the Royals on Thursday that includes a third-year mutual option. Medlen, 29, missed the entire 2014 season recovering from ...
Ranking local coaches, from Budenholzer to…

12:21 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

When asked about increasing criticism directed at coach Mark Richt, Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity took the safe and expected route, telling the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Mark Bradley, “I hear after the Arkansas and Missouri wins that it’s ‘the best coaching job ever,’ and then (after the Florida loss) it’s the ...
Smoltz defeats Hart in playoff at golf tourney
Braves president of baseball operations John Hart.

5:58 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

A former Braves Cy Young Award winner and the new Braves president of baseball operations were tied for the lead after 18 holes Sunday at a Florida celebrity charity golf tournament, wherein John Smoltz defeated John Hart on the first playoff hole for the win. Smoltz, who is on the ...
Markakis herniated-disk surgery termed successful

5:03 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Braves right fielder Nick Markakis had fusion surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck Wednesday in Atlanta, a scheduled procedure that doctors termed a success. Markakis, who signed a four-year, $44 million contract on Dec. 3, is expected to be cleared for baseball activities after eight weeks of ...
Braves trade Varvaro to Red Sox for pitching prospect
Reliever Anthony Varvaro had a 2.63 ERA in 61 appearances in 2014 for the Braves.

12:38 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

The Braves traded reliever Anthony Varvaro to the Red Sox for right-handed minor league reliever Aaron Kurcz, a former Cubs prospect best known for being sent to Boston as compensation when the Cubs hired former Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein in March 2012.The Braves also got an unspecified amount ...
Photos: Braves' offseason moves
Sept. 22: Braves dismiss Frank Wren (right) after seven seasons as the Atlanta Braves executive vice-president and general manager. Braves were in first place as late as July 20 and now are seemingly set to finish the year with a losing record after an abysmal second half. John Hart, the 66-year-old former Indians and Rangers general manager, is named interim GM.

Since the dismissal of Frank Wren as the general manager in September, the Atlanta Braves have had an active offseason.

Familiar look to Braves minor league staffs
Former Braves third-base coach Brian Snitker returns for a second consecutive season as Triple-A Gwinnett manager. Five of six Braves minor league managers return, though some with different affiliates.

2:08 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

Five of the Braves’ six minor league managers return for the 2015 season, although a few are changing teams. Randy Ingle moves up from rookie-league Danville to manage low Single-A Rome, replacing Jonathan Schuerholz, who moved to the front office as Braves assistant director of player development. Schuerholz, a former ...
Braves reliever Varvaro DFA’d to open spot for infielder Callaspo
Dec. 17: The Braves send reliever Anthony Varvaro to the Red Sox in exchange for pitcher Aaron Kurcz. The Braves had designated Varvaro for assignment two day previously. Varvaro, 30, has pitched parts of five seasons in the major leagues, including the last four with the Braves. He went 3-3 with a 2.63 ERA in 61 appearances last season.

7:57 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, 2014

Reliever Anthony Varvaro was designated for assignment by the Braves on Monday when they needed to open a roster spot for infielder Alberto Callaspo, whose one-year, $3 million free-agent contract was finalized after he passed a physical. Callaspo agreed to terms last week and is expected to play second base ...
Toscano’s Braves contract: 4 years, $6 million
De. 8: Cuban outfielder Dian Toscano agrees to a major league contract with the Braves. Playing for Villa Clara in Serie Nacional, Toscano batted .356/.400/.452 in 86 plate appearances with 8 walks and 8 strikeouts in 2012-13, his last season in Cuba. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound, left-handed hitter never played on the Cuban national team.

5:27 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, 2014

If Dian Toscano pans out out even remotely as well as some other recent Cuban imports in the major leagues, the Braves will have themselves a bargain.Toscano agreed last week to a four-year, $6 million contract that includes a fifth-year, $1.5 million option. The 25-year-old outfielder’s deal should be finalized ...
Markakis surgery set for Wednesday

4:58 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, 2014

New Braves right fielder Nick Markakis will have fusion surgery Wednesday for a herniated disk in his neck and should be ready for all or most of spring training. The expected recovery time is about eight weeks, after which Markakis should be able to resume baseball activities barring any setbacks ...
Braves’ Hart: ‘It’s not like I’m breaking up the ’27 Yankees’
The Atlanta Braves brought in John Hart to redirect the franchise's direction.

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014

John Hart was running on fumes late Thursday night. He had taken a red-eye flight back home from the draining Winter Meetings in San Diego, caught some semblance of nap, attended two fundraiser events for a children’s hospital upon arrival, said hello to his golf clubs and played in a ...
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