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Hart says ‘yes’ to Braves, will head baseball operations
John Hart has been involved in baseball for more than three decades as a player, coach, manager, scout and general manager.

11:10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

John Hart is all in with the Braves. The longtime former Indians and Rangers general manager thought about it for a month and decided to take the Braves up on their offer to run their revamped baseball operations department. Hart, 66, was named Thursday to the newly created position of ...
Braves catcher in ’15: Bethancourt, Gattis — or both?
Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt, who only turned 23 last month but has already spent most of seven seasons in the minor leagues.

6:52 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

The Braves have a slugger of a catcher, Evan Gattis, whose unusual background, splendid nickname – El Oso Blanco — and circuitous path to the majors made him a budding folk hero to many fans before he played his first major league game. A catcher whose 43 homers in 723 ...
Braves outfield: Who stays among Uptons, Heyward?
There's a chance either B.J. Upton (left) or Jason Heyward may not be on the Braves roster to start the season.

7:09 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

Editor’s Note: This is the first in an occasional series looking at the Braves by position. Today: Outfield The Braves outfield that many expected to be one of baseball’s best has been far from it in two seasons that Jason Heyward and the Upton brothers have manned it. And now ...
Is this World Series a sign that Small Ball is back?
The Giants celebrate their third National League pennant in five seasons after closing out St. Louis. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

4:05 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

If you hated the the 2014 Braves, you might love the 2014 World Series. The Braves drove us to distraction and brought “termination” to Frank Wren, the general manager who built them, by swinging big, missing big and spitting the bit in September. The World Series matches teams that are ...
Chipper tells Braves: ‘Not ready’ to be hitting coach
Chipper Jones watches B.J. Upton taking batting practice during a spring training workout in February 2013 at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (HYOSUB SHIN/HSHIN@AJC.COM)

Updated: 3:32 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

One of the most logical places for the Braves to look for their new hitting coach was the Double Dime Ranch in Texas, and they did, Chipper Jones told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The former Braves third baseman said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez contacted him recently to gauge his interest in ...
Chipper Jones Q&A: ‘Not ready’ to be Braves hitting coach
Former Braves slugger Chipper Jones has served as an instructor during the spring training.

3:02 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

One of the most logical places for the Braves to look for their new hitting coach was the Double Dime Ranch in Texas and they did, Chipper Jones said. The former Braves third baseman said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez contacted him recently to gauge his interest in the Braves’ hitting ...
Schuerholz on report of Hart declining GM job: “Not accurate”
Braves president John Schuerholz (right) tapped John Hart (left) as interim general manager John Hart after the dismissal of Frank Wren.

1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

Braves president John Schuerholz read a Yahoo Sports report that said interim general manager John Hart has turned down the Braves’ offer to take the job full-time, prompting the team to focus on assistant GM John Coppolella and Royals GM Dayton Moore as its primary targets for the position. “At ...
Walter Victor, World War II vet and Braves photographer, dead at 97
Walter J. Victor was honored by the Braves for his 40 years of service as their official photographer. Victor came to the Braves after fighting in World War II in a military career that earned him eight Combat Stars.

6:41 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

The Braves family lost one of its most beloved and esteemed members Tuesday with the death of longtime former team photographer Walter Victor, a decorated World War II veteran who fought in the D-Day invasion of Nazi-occupied Normandy on June 6, 1944. He was 97. Victor became the Braves’ official ...
The Giants and Cards rule October. Why never the Braves?
Another October, another San Francisco feat. (Eric Risberg/AP photo)

Updated: 2:27 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014

Over the past five seasons, the Braves have won 13 more games than San Francisco and two fewer than St. Louis. The Braves have made the playoffs three times, same as the Giants; the Cardinals have made it four years running, though they have the Braves’ Epic Collapse of 2011 ...
Prominent changes in Braves front office; Schuerholz’s son joins staff

Updated: 5:35 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014

Braves officials said on Sept. 22, the day that general manager Frank Wren and two of his top assistants were fired, that they would evaluate all parts of the organization and particularly focus on scouting and player development. They weren’t kidding. Barely two weeks later, the Braves unveiled their revamped ...
Braves bringing back former scouting chief Roy Clark
Former longtime Braves scouting chief Roy Clark helped the team draft the likes of former Braves Brian McCann, Jeff Francouer, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Adam Wainwright.

12:32 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, 2014

An aggressive reshaping of the Braves front office continues with the return of longtime former scouting chief Roy Clark and the promotion of highly regarded scout Brian Bridges to scouting director. The Braves haven’t announced the moves yet because major league baseball asks teams not to make news during the ...
Can Hart now pump new life into Braves?
Braves interim general manager John Hart answers questions at a Sept. 22 news conference after the baseball team fired general manager Frank Wren following a mid-summer collapse that caused the franchise to miss the playoffs. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014

Cleveland Indians President Mark Shapiro claimed his branch of the John Hart tree in 1992, after a memorable interview in the quaint rot of old Cleveland Stadium. A Princeton man, just 25 and ready to remake the world, Shapiro was after a job in the player development department. Hart sat ...
Bo Porter hired as Braves third-base coach
Former Astros manager Bo Porter served as Fredi Gonzalez's third-base coach while with the Marlins.

12:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, 2014

The Braves injected some new blood into their coaching staff and made it a little younger with the hiring of former Astros manager Bo Porter as third-base coach on Friday.Porter, 42, played for Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez when he managed the Triple-A Richmond Braves in 2002, and later served as ...
Braves bringing back Gonzalez as manager for 2015
The Braves went 79-83 this year, only their third losing season since 1990, under manager Fredi Gonzalez.

11:49 a.m. Friday, Oct. 3, 2014

The Braves are bringing back manager Fredi Gonzalez for 2015, deciding that his body of work over four seasons as Atlanta manager outweighed a second September collapse that kept Atlanta out of the postseason this year.“I’m glad I got the opportunity to come back and take another shot at getting ...
Braves hire veteran special assistant away from Yankees

8:25 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014

The Braves haven’t named a new general manager yet, but they hired a highly regarded scouting guru away from the New York Yankees to serve as a special assistant to that GM.Gordon Blakeley, who has spent a quarter of a century as a scout or special assistant with the Mariners ...
Walker steps down as Braves hitting coach
Greg Walker spent three seasons as Braves hitting coach after 8-1/2  seasons in that same position with the Chicago White Sox.

Updated: 8:38 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014

Braves hitting coach Greg Walker handed in his resignation Tuesday, two days after the conclusion of a disappointing season in which Atlanta scored the second-fewest runs in the majors. Walker spent three seasons as Braves hitting coach after 8 ½ seasons in that same position with the Chicago White Sox. ...
Q&A: Fredi Gonzalez on Braves’ losing season and the future
In four years as the Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has put together a 358-290 record. This was the first season the Braves failed to win more than 80 games under Gonzalez.

5:01 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014

A day after the Braves finished their first losing season since 2008, manager Fredi Gonzalez met Monday with several writers for a wide-ranging interview. Topics ranged from his job status — the Braves have said a new general manger would have input into the managerial decision — to whether the ...
Q&A: Fredi G on Braves’ disappointing season and the future

5:00 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014

A day after the Braves finished their first losing season since 2008, manager Fredi Gonzalez met Monday with several writers for a wide-ranging interview. Topics ranged from his job status – the Braves have said a new general manger would have input into the managerial decision – to whether the ...
Walker on Braves offense: ‘Huge disappointment’ would be understatement
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez (center) talks with hitting coach Greg Walker (right) and Justin Upton (left) during team batting practice before playing the Pirates on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, in Atlanta.

7:08 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, 2014

Braves hitting coach Greg Walker will turn 55 next week and the Georgia native knows he might be unemployed by his birthday. The Braves missed the playoffs and suffered their first losing season since 2008, primarily due to an offense that ranked next-to-last in the majors in runs with the ...
Braves moving High-A team to North Carolina
The Carolina Mudcats, which had been a Cleveland Indians affiliate in recent years, play in Zebulon, N.C., about 25 miles east of Raleigh.

3:00 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, 2014

Eighteen years after moving their High-Single A team out of Durham, the Braves will move it back in North Carolina. The Braves are switching the affiliate from the Lynchburg Hillcats to the Carolina Mudcats, located in Zebulon, N.C. The move allows the Braves to have their High-A team a little ...
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