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Anticipation keeps growing: Acuna is Baseball America’s No. 1 prospect
   If it’s even possible at this point to further raise Braves Country’s already towering anticipation concerning Ronald Acuna, Baseball America did it Monday when the publication named the dynamic outfielder as the No. 1 prospect in the sport. He was ranked just ahead of celebrated Angels rookie Shohei Ohtani, the so-called...

Posted: 12 hours ago

  If it’s even possible at this point to further raise Braves Country’s already towering anticipation concerning Ronald Acuna, Baseball America did it Monday when the publication named the dynamic outfielder as the No. 1 prospect in the sport. He was ranked just ahead of celebrated Angels rookie Shohei Ohtani, the so-called...
8 Braves make Baseball America’s list of Top 100 prospects
 Braves outfield prospect Ronald Acuna soared to the No. 1 spot in Baseball America’s Top 100 prospects list for 2018 and heads a group of eight on the list from the Braves system, two more than any other organization placed in the rankings. Besides Acuna, other Braves prospects in the Top 100: left-hander Luiz Gohara (23); right-handers...

Posted: 14 hours ago

Braves outfield prospect Ronald Acuna soared to the No. 1 spot in Baseball America’s Top 100 prospects list for 2018 and heads a group of eight on the list from the Braves system, two more than any other organization placed in the rankings. Besides Acuna, other Braves prospects in the Top 100: left-hander Luiz Gohara (23); right-handers...
Braves minor leaguer gets 50-game drug suspension
   Braves minor league left-hander Gabriel Noguera has been suspended for 50 games without pay after testing positive for a “drug of abuse” for the second time, the baseball commissioner’s office announced Friday. Noguera, 21, was 2-2 with a 1.58 ERA in 14 combined games (nine starts) for the Braves’ rookie-level...

Posted: 3 days ago

  Braves minor league left-hander Gabriel Noguera has been suspended for 50 games without pay after testing positive for a “drug of abuse” for the second time, the baseball commissioner’s office announced Friday. Noguera, 21, was 2-2 with a 1.58 ERA in 14 combined games (nine starts) for the Braves’ rookie-level...
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: 4 days 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: 5 days 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: 5 days 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: 6 days 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: 6 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: 10 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: 10 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: 11 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: 12 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: 18 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: 18 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...
Hudson, Simpson to be inducted in Braves Hall of Fame
 Former All-Star pitcher Tim Hudson and longtime broadcaster Joe Simpson will be inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame on Jan. 27. “It’s the nicest thing that has ever happened to me in baseball,” said Simpson, who will work his 27th season as a Braves broadcaster in 2018. “I’m also proud to be inducted with Tim...

Posted: 18 days ago

Former All-Star pitcher Tim Hudson and longtime broadcaster Joe Simpson will be inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame on Jan. 27. “It’s the nicest thing that has ever happened to me in baseball,” said Simpson, who will work his 27th season as a Braves broadcaster in 2018. “I’m also proud to be inducted with Tim...
Braves express trade interest in Marlins’ Yelich, Realmuto
     The Braves have expressed trade interest in a pair of young Marlins standouts, outfielder Christian Yelich and catcher J.T. Realmuto, although at this point it seems highly unlikely Atlanta would be willing to part with the load of prospects it would require to land both Miami players. A person familiar with the situation confirmed...

Posted: 19 days ago

    The Braves have expressed trade interest in a pair of young Marlins standouts, outfielder Christian Yelich and catcher J.T. Realmuto, although at this point it seems highly unlikely Atlanta would be willing to part with the load of prospects it would require to land both Miami players. A person familiar with the situation confirmed...
Santana returns to Braves on minor league deal
     The Braves made official Saturday the re-signing of veteran utilityman Danny Santana to a minor league contract that included an invitation to spring training with the major league team. The move came three weeks after the team made Santana a non-tendered free agent along with Matt Adams and Jace Peterson. Adams signed a one-year...

Posted: 30 days ago

    The Braves made official Saturday the re-signing of veteran utilityman Danny Santana to a minor league contract that included an invitation to spring training with the major league team. The move came three weeks after the team made Santana a non-tendered free agent along with Matt Adams and Jace Peterson. Adams signed a one-year...
Braves’ Acuna has visualized MLB debut, shouldn’t have to wait much longer
 Luis Salazar stood outside a dugout in the bright Arizona sun one morning in late October and talked about one of his favorite subjects, Braves phenom prospect Ronald Acuna. Salazar managed the outfielder in Double-A and again in the Arizona Fall League. The temperature in Peoria had already reached 86, batting practice was over, and air...

9:58 PM Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

Luis Salazar stood outside a dugout in the bright Arizona sun one morning in late October and talked about one of his favorite subjects, Braves phenom prospect Ronald Acuna. Salazar managed the outfielder in Double-A and again in the Arizona Fall League. The temperature in Peoria had already reached 86, batting practice was over, and air...
Braves trade for outfielder Preston Tucker from Astros 
   The Braves stayed busy before Christmas, getting corner outfielder Preston Tucker from the Astros on Wednesday in a trade for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Tucker, a left-handed hitter who had seven triples and 24 home runs last season in Triple-A, spent parts of two seasons in the majors with Houston in 2015-2016...

6:19 PM Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

  The Braves stayed busy before Christmas, getting corner outfielder Preston Tucker from the Astros on Wednesday in a trade for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Tucker, a left-handed hitter who had seven triples and 24 home runs last season in Triple-A, spent parts of two seasons in the majors with Houston in 2015-2016...
Top 50 albums of 2017, according to DOB
 (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) My kitchen and den-turned-makeshift-office overflow with albums and CDs this time each year during what’s become an arduous
            one-man task of sorting through a couple hundred records purchased in the past year, playing a majority of them once or twice
            more – on the kitchen CD player...

4:12 PM Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

(Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) My kitchen and den-turned-makeshift-office overflow with albums and CDs this time each year during what’s become an arduous one-man task of sorting through a couple hundred records purchased in the past year, playing a majority of them once or twice more – on the kitchen CD player...
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