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Starting for the 2018 Braves … Mike Trout?
Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels of warms up before a game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Anaheim on May 10, 2016. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

2:21 p.m. Friday, July 29, 2016

It’s April 2, 2018. It’s the second opening day at SunTrust Park. Here’s the starting lineup for the Cobb County Braves. Catcher: Matt Wieters. The Braves bought him as a free agent for $70 million over four seasons in November 2016. They preferred the younger Wilson Ramos, who priced himself ...
Another young Braves pitcher is demoted. But what does that mean?

Updated: 6:13 a.m. Friday, July 29, 2016

Matt Wisler in that awful first inning. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) Matt Wisler needed 27 pitches to record an out Thursday. The first six Phillies did this: Walked, singled, homered, homered, singled and walked. Not so long ago, Wisler seemed the first actual graduate of the Atlanta Braves’ first class in ...

No demerits for the Braves’ landing of Demeritte

Updated: 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Travis Demeritte, the newest Brave. (Lenny Ignelzi/AP photo) The Atlanta Braves just made the sort of trade you’d hope the Atlanta Braves would make in this lost season. They took two pitchers they’d claimed off the scrap heap in May and turned them into a 21-year-old who can hit the ...

It’s only Year 2, but Dan Quinn is on the clock
In this July 31, 2015, file photo, Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn, right, talks with general manager Thomas Dimitroff during training camp in Flowery Branch, Ga. The Falcons were 8-8 in Quinn’s first season. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Updated: 1:06 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, 2016

In the 20th century, Dan Henning got four years without managing a winning season. (The Falcons wanted to fire him after Year 3 but let Henning talk them out of it.) In this century, Mike Smith posted five consecutive winning seasons — this for a franchise that hadn’t seen even ...
Tim Lee brought the Braves to Cobb. Now he’s out of a job

Updated: 4:44 a.m. Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Tim Lee on a happier day. (J. Scott Trubey/AJC photo) Even at 34-66, the Atlanta Braves remain a major-league franchise. There are but 30 of those in these United States. As of April 2017, Cobb County will house one of them. As you roll south on I-75 out out of ...

Is picking Georgia Tech sixth in the Coastal really so crazy?

Updated: 6:04 a.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2016

“Sixth, huh?” (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) The assembled media at the ACC’s Operation Kickoff have picked Georgia Tech to run sixth in the seven-team Coastal Division. Paul Johnson might scoff at this — he scoffs at everything — but is picking a team that just finished last to finish next-to-last really ...

The Braves might not do much deadline selling
Braves outfielder Nick Markakis can’t quite get to a foul ball by the Marlins’ Marcell Ozuna during the first inning of a game Sunday, May 29, 2016. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

2:39 p.m. Monday, July 25, 2016

We know the Braves are willing to trade almost anybody. But, having traded almost everybody, they approach the Aug. 1 deadline in an odd position: They’d love to keep selling, but the cupboard is nearly bare.General manager John Coppolella has said he’s not trading Julio Teheran and Freddie Freeman. I ...
A passel of prospects for Chris Sale? The Braves won’t pay that price

Updated: 6:07 a.m. Monday, July 25, 2016

Apparently he had no issue with this uniform. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) The belief here is that the Atlanta Braves indeed have, as Internet reports suggest, an interest in Chris Sale. Why would they not? He’s 27. He’s left-handed. He’s among the 10 best pitchers in baseball. He’s under team ...

In college football, new QBs tend to win titles
Deshaun Watson of the Clemson Tigers reacts against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2016 championship game January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Ariz. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

12:00 a.m. Saturday, July 23, 2016

The run of conference media days means that college football teams are nearing the start of actual practice. (Actual games are still five weeks away.) Any day now, we’ll see the unveiling of this year’s preseason polls, and as someone who compiles his own set of rankings I’ll hazard the ...
A revoked NBA All-Star Game reminds us that votes matter

Updated: 3:50 p.m. Thursday, July 21, 2016

NBA commissioner Adam Silver and an outdated sign. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File) No matter what you think of North Carolina House Bill 2 — the LBGT-unfriendly one, the one requiring transgender individuals to use the bathroom of their birth sex while in buildings supported by public funds — it was ...

Big-league Braves? Still the worst. The farm system? Still the best

Updated: 7:05 a.m. Thursday, July 21, 2016

Another young pitcher: Round 1 pick Ian Anderson.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez) Unless you work in baseball — or have an awful lot of time on your hands — it’s not easy to know what to make of a team’s farm system. There are so many players on so many levels that ...

Once seen as rickety, the ACC is walking tall
ACC commissioner John Swofford (Getty Images)

Updated: 2:50 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, 2016

There was a time when the ACC appeared a rickety enterprise. It had become Little Brother — at least in football, the sport that matters most in terms of TV and money — in its region to the almighty SEC, and in a time of rampant realignment we wondered if ...
A bit more about the Braves and catching (Matt Wieters included)

Updated: 7:21 a.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Catching: Matt Wieters. Hitting: Brian McCann. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) Today’s AJC included 860 words regarding the Atlanta Braves’ pursuit of a No. 1 catcher, which general manager John Coppolella has described as ongoing on a daily if not hourly basis. (Note that the Braves have started Anthony Recker, a 32-year-old journeyman ...

Braves’ catching options: Lucroy? Ramos? McCann?
Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos sits in the dugout before a game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday, July 5, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Updated: 2:44 p.m. Monday, July 18, 2016

Early last week, Braves general manager John Coppolella responded to an emailed question by writing: “We’re searching for catching every day.” By week’s end, we were reminded why. The Braves lost their first two games after the All-Star break on nights that saw them deliver eight wild pitches (with a ...
Marion Campbell, 1929-2016: A good man and a good football man

Updated: 5:12 a.m. Monday, July 18, 2016

Marion Campbell in his first stint with the Falcons. (AJC file photo) It wasn’t Marion Campbell’s fault that people kept hiring him as a head coach. It was actually a compliment. Trouble was, he was hired — twice — to be the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons in those ...

The Braves’ SunTrust Park - boon or boondoggle?
Exterior of Galleria Office Park on Friday, June 24, 2016. The Atlanta Braves still haven’t told fans where they will park on game days, but Cobb commissioners have decided where they won’t park. Cobb commissioners quietly passed an ordinance in February that prohibits private property owners within a half-mile radius around the stadium from charging for parking during special events. (Hyosub Shin/hshin@ajc.com)

12:00 a.m. Saturday, July 16, 2016

The second half of the Braves’ farewell to Turner Field began this weekend. The team exited the All-Star break with the worst record and the fifth-worst attendance in the majors, which means there’s nowhere to go up but up. At least geographically, that’s where the club is headed — 14.5 ...
Will the Braves’ move to SunTrust Park be a swing and a miss?

Updated: 10:58 a.m. Thursday, July 14, 2016

  Take me out to the ballgame? (Brant Sanderlin/AJC photo) John Coppolella, the Atlanta Braves’ general manager, was kind enough to respond this week to 21 questions posed via email. Part 1 of that Q&A — in which he says he’s not trading Julio Teheran — can be found here. ...

I’m sorry, but I don’t see a happy ending for Howard and the Hawks

Updated: 11:17 a.m. Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Dwight Howard wipes away tears. (Brant Sanderlin/AJC photo) This could/should be a great story: Hometown guy, tears in his eyes, returns to lead a team and its surrounding city to glory. Sure enough, the hometown guy wept during his unveiling Wednesday. (Then again, Kent Bazemore wept, too, and he’s from ...

Coppolella, Pt. 2: Olivera and … playoffs?
Braves general manager John Coppolella speaks during a press conference at Turner Field on Thursday, October 1, 2015. (Hyosub Shin/hshin@ajc.com)

8:52 a.m. Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Below is the second installment of our email Q&A; with Braves general manager John Coppolella. Part 1 ended with him saying, “We aren’t trading Julio (Teheran).” Part 2 begins with a discussion of someone he has sought to trade. Q: Do you regret the Hector Olivera trade? Do you see ...
Coppolella on the state of his Braves: Pt. 1
Coppolella on the state of his Braves: Pt. 1

11:50 a.m. Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Via email, Braves general manager John Coppolella responded this week to 20 (plus one) questions regarding the half-season just past and his team’s future. The first 11 are presented here. The rest will come tomorrow. Q: The Braves have the worst record in baseball at the All-Star break. Before the ...
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