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

Latest from David O'Brien

Chipper Q&A, Part 3: On Harper, Trout, Machado, Acuna, Jeter and NYC
 Chipper Jones became one of Atlanta’s most iconic athletes during a 19-year major league career spent entirely with the Braves, carving out a spot among the greatest all-around third basemen and most productive switch-hitters in baseball history. When the National Baseball Hall of Fame announces its 2018 class Jan. 24, Jones, an eight-time...

Posted: 12 hours ago

Chipper Jones became one of Atlanta’s most iconic athletes during a 19-year major league career spent entirely with the Braves, carving out a spot among the greatest all-around third basemen and most productive switch-hitters in baseball history. When the National Baseball Hall of Fame announces its 2018 class Jan. 24, Jones, an eight-time...
Braves trade for pitcher Shane Carle from Pirates
 The Braves acquired right-handed pitcher Shane Carle from the Pirates in a trade Wednesday for a player to be named later or cash. The 26-year-old was designated for assignment twice in the past three weeks by the Rockies and Pirates. Carle made his major league debut with the Rockies in 2017, when he had a 6.75 ERA in three September relief...

Posted: 20 hours ago

The Braves acquired right-handed pitcher Shane Carle from the Pirates in a trade Wednesday for a player to be named later or cash. The 26-year-old was designated for assignment twice in the past three weeks by the Rockies and Pirates. Carle made his major league debut with the Rockies in 2017, when he had a 6.75 ERA in three September relief...
Braves single-game tickets, Chop Fest coming up
 Braves single-game tickets go on sale Jan. 26. That’s the day before the team has its two-day Chop Fest, which is the new name for the team’s fan festival, to be held for the first time at SunTrust Park and the adjacent Battery.  A special four-game ticket package will be available beginning Jan. 26 through Chop Fest weekend...

Posted: a day ago

Braves single-game tickets go on sale Jan. 26. That’s the day before the team has its two-day Chop Fest, which is the new name for the team’s fan festival, to be held for the first time at SunTrust Park and the adjacent Battery.  A special four-game ticket package will be available beginning Jan. 26 through Chop Fest weekend...
Chipper Q&A, Pt. 2: On HOF, Andruw, and being mistaken for ... Brett Favre?
 Chipper Jones was the greatest Braves position player since Hank Aaron and one of the finest switch-hitters and best all-around third basemen in baseball history. Now he’s poised to become a first-ballot Hall of Fame selection and have one of the highest voting percentages in history when the baseball Hall of Fame announces its Class...

Posted: a day ago

Chipper Jones was the greatest Braves position player since Hank Aaron and one of the finest switch-hitters and best all-around third basemen in baseball history. Now he’s poised to become a first-ballot Hall of Fame selection and have one of the highest voting percentages in history when the baseball Hall of Fame announces its Class...
Chipper Jones Q&A, Part 1: What he’s been up to, Hall of Fame outlook
   It’s been five years and 3 ½ months since Larry Wayne Jones, aka Chipper, strode to home plate for the last time in a major league game, slowed by age and injuries but still with a distinct gait that exuded confidence and swagger and so much of what made No. 10 the player Braves Country loved and opposing fans, particularly...

Posted: 2 days ago

  It’s been five years and 3 ½ months since Larry Wayne Jones, aka Chipper, strode to home plate for the last time in a major league game, slowed by age and injuries but still with a distinct gait that exuded confidence and swagger and so much of what made No. 10 the player Braves Country loved and opposing fans, particularly...
Braves sign arbitration-eligible Vizcaino, but not ‘Folty’
 The Braves signed reliever Arodys Vizcaino to a one-year, $3.4 million contract to avoid going to arbitration with their top closer candidate, but didn’t agree to a deal with arbitration-eligible starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz before a Friday deadline. That means Foltynewicz is likely to become just the second arbitration hearing...

Posted: 5 days ago

The Braves signed reliever Arodys Vizcaino to a one-year, $3.4 million contract to avoid going to arbitration with their top closer candidate, but didn’t agree to a deal with arbitration-eligible starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz before a Friday deadline. That means Foltynewicz is likely to become just the second arbitration hearing...
Braves sign Dan Winkler to one-year deal, avoiding arbitration
 The Braves signed reliever Dan Winkler to a one-year, $610,000 contract Friday, avoiding arbitration with the right-hander. After he missed much of three seasons recovering from two major elbow surgeries, Winkler made an impressive return in late August, posting a 2.51 ERA and .152 opponents’ average in 16 appearances and allowing seven...

Posted: 6 days ago

The Braves signed reliever Dan Winkler to a one-year, $610,000 contract Friday, avoiding arbitration with the right-hander. After he missed much of three seasons recovering from two major elbow surgeries, Winkler made an impressive return in late August, posting a 2.51 ERA and .152 opponents’ average in 16 appearances and allowing seven...
Braves sign Sam Freeman, avoid arbitration with lefty
 The Braves signed reliever Sam Freeman to a one-year, $1.075 million contract Thursday, avoiding arbitration with the left-hander. Freeman, 30, was eligible for arbitration for the first time after posting career-best statistics in 2017 with the Braves, his fourth team in four seasons. He was 2-0 with a 2.55 ERA in 58 appearances and had...

Posted: 6 days ago

The Braves signed reliever Sam Freeman to a one-year, $1.075 million contract Thursday, avoiding arbitration with the left-hander. Freeman, 30, was eligible for arbitration for the first time after posting career-best statistics in 2017 with the Braves, his fourth team in four seasons. He was 2-0 with a 2.55 ERA in 58 appearances and had...
Max Fried ready to compete for Braves rotation spot
 They don’t make movies about the Arizona Fall League. It ain’t glamorous. Less than six weeks after Max Fried beat the Cubs at sold-out Wrigley Field in his first major league start, and just nine days after working 4-1/3 innings on short notice in the Braves’ season-finale win at Miami, the left-hander found himself facing...

Posted: 7 days ago

They don’t make movies about the Arizona Fall League. It ain’t glamorous. Less than six weeks after Max Fried beat the Cubs at sold-out Wrigley Field in his first major league start, and just nine days after working 4-1/3 innings on short notice in the Braves’ season-finale win at Miami, the left-hander found himself facing...
Braves reliever Jackson outrighted to Triple-A
 Braves reliever Luke Jackson cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday. The right-hander was dropped from the 40-man roster Dec. 20 when the Braves needed to clear a roster spot after acquiring outfielder Preston Tucker from the Astros in a trade. Jackson, who had a 4.62 ERA in 43 appearances in 2017 in his first...

Posted: 13 days ago

Braves reliever Luke Jackson cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday. The right-hander was dropped from the 40-man roster Dec. 20 when the Braves needed to clear a roster spot after acquiring outfielder Preston Tucker from the Astros in a trade. Jackson, who had a 4.62 ERA in 43 appearances in 2017 in his first...
Braves reliever Jackson clears waivers, sent to Triple-A
 Braves relief pitcher Luke Jackson cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Gwinnett. The right-hander was dropped from the 40-man roster Dec. 20 when the Braves needed to clear a roster spot after acquiring outfielder Preston Tucker from the Astros in a trade. Jackson, who had a 4.62 ERA in 43 appearances in 2017 in his first full...

Posted: 13 days ago

Braves relief pitcher Luke Jackson cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Gwinnett. The right-hander was dropped from the 40-man roster Dec. 20 when the Braves needed to clear a roster spot after acquiring outfielder Preston Tucker from the Astros in a trade. Jackson, who had a 4.62 ERA in 43 appearances in 2017 in his first full...