David O'Brien

Atlanta Braves beat writer

David O'Brien has covered the Atlanta Braves for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution since 2002, and previously covered the Marlins for the (Fort Lauderdale) Sun-Sentinel for seven years. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a degree in journalism. Follow David O’Brien on Twitter DailyDOB AJC Atlanta Braves Blog

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MLB drops hammer on Braves following lengthy investigation
 Major League Baseball dealt unprecedented punishment on the Braves, including a lifetime ban on former general manager John Coppolella, in a lengthy list of sanctions handed down Tuesday for rules violations in the international free-agent market.  The Braves have been the subject of an extensive investigation since it was announced...

Posted: 8 hours ago

Major League Baseball dealt unprecedented punishment on the Braves, including a lifetime ban on former general manager John Coppolella, in a lengthy list of sanctions handed down Tuesday for rules violations in the international free-agent market.  The Braves have been the subject of an extensive investigation since it was announced...
Anthopoulos: Won’t change Braves coaches, will hit ground running
 LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – While still a relatively young general manager, Alex Anthopoulos is experienced, sharp and confident enough to know he needn’t come to his new Braves organization and immediately start moving the furniture around, much less tossing pieces into the street as if he knows best or to show he’s The Man...

Posted: 7 days ago

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – While still a relatively young general manager, Alex Anthopoulos is experienced, sharp and confident enough to know he needn’t come to his new Braves organization and immediately start moving the furniture around, much less tossing pieces into the street as if he knows best or to show he’s The Man...
Braves interested in veteran reliever and old friend Peter Moylan
 The Braves are among several teams that have expressed early interest in free-agent reliever Peter Moylan, the popular Aussie sidearmer who had two previous stints with Atlanta. Moylan enjoyed a resurgence with the Royals in 2017 after fully recovering from a second Tommy John elbow surgery. Moylan, who’ll be 39 on Dec. 2, had a 3.49...

Posted: 8 days ago

The Braves are among several teams that have expressed early interest in free-agent reliever Peter Moylan, the popular Aussie sidearmer who had two previous stints with Atlanta. Moylan enjoyed a resurgence with the Royals in 2017 after fully recovering from a second Tommy John elbow surgery. Moylan, who’ll be 39 on Dec. 2, had a 3.49...
Braves to hire Alex Anthopoulos as GM
   LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Braves will hire former Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos as their next general manager, a person familiar with the situation confirmed late Sunday. An announcement is expected Monday. Anthopoulos served seven years as Blue Jays general manager through 2015  -- he was hired to that post at...

Posted: 9 days ago

  LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Braves will hire former Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos as their next general manager, a person familiar with the situation confirmed late Sunday. An announcement is expected Monday. Anthopoulos served seven years as Blue Jays general manager through 2015  -- he was hired to that post at...
Anxiety lingers as Braves await MLB investigation findings
 Another week has passed without resolution in Major League Baseball’s investigation of the Braves, and uncertainty, anxiety and dread linger over the team’s front office heading into baseball’s General Managers Meetings that start Monday in Orlando. It’s not known when MLB will announce its findings and levy discipline...

Posted: 11 days ago

Another week has passed without resolution in Major League Baseball’s investigation of the Braves, and uncertainty, anxiety and dread linger over the team’s front office heading into baseball’s General Managers Meetings that start Monday in Orlando. It’s not known when MLB will announce its findings and levy discipline...
Terry Pendleton, Eddie Perez out as Braves coaches, Walt Weiss in
 The Braves’ tumultuous offseason continued as Terry Pendleton and Eddie Perez, popular ex-Braves and the team’s longest-serving coaches, were dropped from the staff and Walt Weiss was hired as the new bench coach. Two other newcomers were added to the staff: Eric Young Sr. replaces Perez as first-base coach and will also work...

Posted: 11 days ago

The Braves’ tumultuous offseason continued as Terry Pendleton and Eddie Perez, popular ex-Braves and the team’s longest-serving coaches, were dropped from the staff and Walt Weiss was hired as the new bench coach. Two other newcomers were added to the staff: Eric Young Sr. replaces Perez as first-base coach and will also work...
Braves prospects say scandal not affecting their work
 While the Braves and their fans anxiously await word from Major League Baseball on results of an investigation into alleged infractions committed by team officials in areas ranging from international free agency to the domestic draft, top Braves prospects insist they’re not thinking about it. Nine of the organization’s pitching...

Posted: 12 days ago

While the Braves and their fans anxiously await word from Major League Baseball on results of an investigation into alleged infractions committed by team officials in areas ranging from international free agency to the domestic draft, top Braves prospects insist they’re not thinking about it. Nine of the organization’s pitching...
Braves prospects say they’re not worried about MLB investigation
 While the Braves and their fans anxiously await word from Major League Baseball on results of an investigation into alleged infractions committed by team officials in areas ranging from international free agency to the domestic draft, some top Braves prospects insist they’re not thinking about it or letting it affect them. Nine of the...

Posted: 12 days ago

While the Braves and their fans anxiously await word from Major League Baseball on results of an investigation into alleged infractions committed by team officials in areas ranging from international free agency to the domestic draft, some top Braves prospects insist they’re not thinking about it or letting it affect them. Nine of the...
Braves release former Rule 5 pick Rivero
 The Braves released reliever Armando Rivero, a Rule 5 pick from the Cubs last December who never pitched a competitive inning in 2017 after straining his pitching shoulder during spring training. Rivero, 29, cleared waivers in October and was outrighted to Triple-A Gwinnett, but last week he was released altogether. He spent the season on...

Posted: 13 days ago

The Braves released reliever Armando Rivero, a Rule 5 pick from the Cubs last December who never pitched a competitive inning in 2017 after straining his pitching shoulder during spring training. Rivero, 29, cleared waivers in October and was outrighted to Triple-A Gwinnett, but last week he was released altogether. He spent the season on...
Braves’ Ender Inciarte wins second consecutive Gold Glove
 After recording a 200-hit season and being selected to his first All-Star team, Ender Inciarte added some gleaming hardware to his 2017 haul Tuesday when the Braves center fielder won his second consecutive National League Gold Glove. Inciarte beat out center-field finalists Billy Hamilton of the Reds and Michael Taylor of the Nationals to...

Posted: 14 days ago

After recording a 200-hit season and being selected to his first All-Star team, Ender Inciarte added some gleaming hardware to his 2017 haul Tuesday when the Braves center fielder won his second consecutive National League Gold Glove. Inciarte beat out center-field finalists Billy Hamilton of the Reds and Michael Taylor of the Nationals to...
With Austin Riley on rise, Braves unlikely to pursue expensive 3B
 PEORIA, Ariz. – The Braves aren’t likely to pursue a big-ticket free-agent third baseman this winter, in part because they don’t want to block prospect Austin Riley by signing a veteran to a multi-year deal that might overlap the anticipated arrival of the young slugger. The other reason could be that none of the available...

Posted: 18 days ago

PEORIA, Ariz. – The Braves aren’t likely to pursue a big-ticket free-agent third baseman this winter, in part because they don’t want to block prospect Austin Riley by signing a veteran to a multi-year deal that might overlap the anticipated arrival of the young slugger. The other reason could be that none of the available...