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LEADOFF: Study ranks Atlanta above Chicago, Boston as baseball town
Braves fans get autographs from shortstop Dansby Swanson before a game at Turner Field. (Curtis Compton/

7:00 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

Good morning. LEADOFF has today’s early buzz in Atlanta sports.Despite the Braves’ last-place finish in the NL East, Atlanta was the fourth best U.S. city for baseball fans this year.At least that’s the judgment of personal-finance website WalletHub, which had its analysts crunch the numbers on “25 key indicators of ...
CEO gives World Series tickets to Pearl Harbor veteran

5:51 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016

Everrit “Jim” Schlegel is a rare breed – he’s actually seen the Cubs play in the World Series. As long-suffering Cubs fans know all too well, the last time the Cubs were in the World Series was 1945. At 97, Schlegel, a Pearl Harbor veteran, may not have many more ...
LEADOFF: How many teams have reached World Series since Braves?
This is how the Braves reached the 1999 World Series: Andruw Jones taking ball four from Mets pitcher Kenny Rogers with the bases loaded in the 11th inning of Game 6 of the National League Championship Series. (G. Paul Burnett/New York Times)

7:00 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016

Good morning. LEADOFF has today’s early buzz in Atlanta sports.For the 17th consecutive season, the World Series will commence tonight without the Braves.Which got us to wondering: How many different franchises have reached the World Series since the Braves were last there in 1999?The answer is: 18.Eighteen teams — nine ...
Charlie Sheen won’t throw out first pitch at World Series

3:41 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016

“Wild Thing” has been relegated to the bullpen for the World Series. >> Read more trending stories Actor Charlie Sheen, who played Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn in the 1989 movie "Major League," offered to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before one of this year's World Series games. But Major ...
Braves sign lefty Freeman, will get invite to spring training
Left-handed reliever Sam Freeman signed a minor-league contract with the Braves that includes an invitation to major league spring training. (AP file photo)

5:36 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

The Braves signed well-traveled left-handed reliever Sam Freeman to a minor-league deal that includes an invitation to spring training.Freeman, 29, adds potential depth to a bullpen that figures to be a Braves strength in 2017. He had a 2.74 ERA in 88 2/3 innings during 111 major league appearances over ...
Braves pitcher Marksberry recovering after seizure
Matt Marksberry, pictured during 2016 spring training, awakened from a medically induced coma Thursday, after suffering a seizure and collapsed lung during a colonoscopy procedure at an Orlando hospital. (Curtis Compton/AJC file photo)

6:44 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

Braves pitcher Matt Marksberry awoke from a medically induced coma Thursday in an Orlando hospital, his sister said via social media.A person familiar with the situation said Marksberry, 26, was in a coma after suffering a seizure and collapsed lung while undergoing a colonoscopy Tuesday. He went in for the ...
Mallex in Mexico: Eventful year continues for young Brave
Mallex Smith is in the middle of a six-week stint in the Mexican Winter League.

2:31 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

When I texted Mallex Smith last week to see how things were going in the Mexican Winter League, the good-natured Braves outfielder said the league had started the week before but he hadn’t shown up yet. He was referring to his 1-for-20 batting line through five games, with one triple, ...
Braves pitcher Marksberry hospitalized in Florida
Braves relief pitcher Matt Marksberry was being treated Tuesday for “severe dehydration” at a Florida hospital, according to a Braves spokesman. (Curtis Compton/AJC file photo)

Updated: 1:10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

Braves pitcher Matt Marksberry was being treated for what the team said was severe dehydration in an Orlando-area hospital Wednesday after going in for a procedure unrelated to baseball.A Facebook post from his brother Wednesday said that Marksberry was on life support. Others familiar with the situation said the pitcher ...
LEADOFF: Braves coach Eddie Perez linked to two manager jobs
Braves first-base coach Eddie Perez (right) and manager Brian Snitker look on from the dugout during a game at Turner Field this past season. (Curtis Compton /

7:00 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016

Good morning. LEADOFF has today’s early buzz in Atlanta sports.Eddie Perez, the Braves’ popular first-base coach and former catcher, has been linked to the open manager jobs with Colorado and Arizona. How high he is on those teams’ lists of candidates isn’t clear.A report out of Venezuela, where Perez is ...
Braves reliever Johnson’s deal: 2 years, $10 million
Jim Johnson signed a two-year, $10 million contract extension on the final day of the season. It was finalized when he passed a physical last week. (Getty Images)

2:44 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, 2016

Veteran reliever Jim Johnson will make at least $10 million under the terms of the two-year contract extension he signed with the Braves Oct. 2 on the final day of the regular season.Johnson, who could”ve become a free agent, instead re-upped with Atlanta, getting a $1 million signing bonus and ...
Major-leaguers lend voices to cartoon series show

5:13 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016

Just in time for the World Series, Cartoon Network’s “Uncle Grandpa” animated series will sport a Fall Classic theme on Oct. 22. >> Read more trending stories The show will air at 12:15 p.m. and will feature Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer, Baltimore Orioles All-Star center fielder Adam Jones, ...
LEADOFF: Washington thought he had Braves manager’s job, report says
Former Oakland third-base coach Ron Washington will hold the same position with the Braves next season. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

7:07 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016

Good morning. LEADOFF brings you today’s early buzz in Atlanta sports. Interesting comment by Ron Washington, who interviewed for the Braves manager’s job before being hired as the third-base coach instead: “I thought my interview was good to the point I got that I had the (manager’s) job, no doubt ...
Keeping Snitker good move for Braves? Maybe (or not)
Brian Snitker (43) watches in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians,in Atlanta. The Braves have named Snitker as manager (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland, File)

6:29 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016

The Braves hired Brian Snitker to be their (permanent) manager and I want to write an authoritative, assertive opinion about their decision. Great hire for the Braves! What were the Braves thinking?But I can’t do it.I also can’t say if the two other candidates, Bud Black or Ron Washington, would ...
LEADOFF: Snitker’s hire shows not all must be new at SunTrust Park
Brian Snitker got a one-year contract to be the Braves’ manager in 2017, with a team option for 2018. (AP photo)

7:01 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016

Good morning. LEADOFF brings you today’s early buzz in Atlanta sports.The Braves will be surrounded by newness next season. A new stadium with new features and new amenities. A new mixed-use development of shops, restaurants, bars, apartments, offices and a hotel. New traffic and parking patterns.It’s safe to say that ...
With Snitker and Washington, Braves were flexible along way
Braves president of baseball operations John Hart (left) and general manager John Coppolella discussed the state of the team and its managerial search a day after the season finale. (Curtis Compton /

Updated: 3:49 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016

When Braves officials asked Brian Snitker to take over as interim manager May 17 and steer the ship through choppy waters, they weren’t thinking beyond the next 4 1/2 months. More like, do what you can, just keep it afloat.And when the Braves scheduled an interview with 64-year-old Ron Washington ...
Brian Snitker, a 40-year temp, finally gets his shot
Braves interim manager Brian Snitker talks with reporters in the dugout before a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in May after taking over for the fired Fredi Gonzalez. (AP photo)

3:10 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016

The interim manager is now the permanent manager. Or at least as permanent as a one-year guaranteed contract suggests. The Braves love Brian Snitker. They love the fact he put his arms around a wounded team and rescued their season. They love that he won almost as many games as ...
Hernandez, Washington join Braves coaching staff
Former Rangers manager Ron Washington is the Braves’ new third-base coach, after serving in that position for Oakland in 2015. (AP file photo)

Updated: 3:26 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016

The Braves wanted to ride with a pitching coach known for working with young arms, and now they will.Chuck Hernandez, a former major league pitching coach in four organizations, was promoted Tuesday from Braves minor league pitching coordinator to major league pitching coach. He replaces Roger McDowell, whose contract option ...
Brian Snitker named Braves’ new manager
Brian Snitker, here making a pitching change in his second week as interim manager in May, has been hired as the Braves’ permanent manager after steering a midseason turnaround in the team’s performance. (Curtis Compton/AJC file photo)

Updated: 6:41 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016

Brian Snitker is an interim manager no more. He’s the Braves’ new full-time manager, chosen over a field of candidates that included veteran managers Bud Black and Ron Washington and three members of the Braves coaching staff.After receiving overwhelming support from Braves players, Snitker, who’ll be 61 next week, got ...
Snitker expected to become Braves full-time manager
Brian Snitker talks to reporters in Pittsburgh on May 17, the day he took over as Braves interim manager. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Updated: 8:25 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016

Brian Snitker is set to shed the “interim” label and become the Braves’ next manager, a person familiar with the situation said Monday.Barring any unexpected development, Snitker will get the job and an announcement will be made Tuesday morning. The Braves waited at the request of Major League Baseball because ...
Bill Buckner’s glove, cleats heading to auction
Boston first baseman Bill Bucker was unable to glove Mookie Wilson's slow grounder in the 10th inning of Game 6 during the 1986 World Series. The error allowed the New York Mets to tie the Series at three games apiece. Buckner's glove and cleats from that game head to auction next week.

6:47 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016

Baseball memorabilia collectors will have a chance to own two articles that were key players in the most famous — or infamous — error in World Series history 30 years ago. >> Read more trending stories The glove and cleats worn by Bill Buckner on the night he allowed Mookie ...
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