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Braves’ Mike Foltynewicz finishes 8th in Cy Young voting

It isn’t the same as the Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr. winning rookie of the year or Brian Snitker receiving the manager of the year award, but pitcher Mike Foltynewicz had an impressive result in voting for the National League Cy Young Award, which recognizes the best pitcher in each league. Foltynewicz finished eighth in the voting in the NL, which used 431 pitchers in 2018. He received a...


Kennesaw State set to baptize SunTrust Park in ways of football

Kennesaw State set to baptize SunTrust Park in ways of football

They began this season at the site formerly known as Turner Field. They’ll end the regularly scheduled part of their program at SunTrust Park. So, there’s the new Kennesaw State football recruiting pitch: “Come to KSU – it’s a Big South championship wrapped in a baseball fantasy camp.
Acuna ‘honored’ to be named Rookie of the Year

Acuna ‘honored’ to be named Rookie of the Year

Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna woke up in Japan to news he had been named National League Rookie of the Year.  Acuna was a runaway choice for the award over Washington outfielder Juan Soto in a contest between 20-year-olds.  “I’m just flattered, I’m so honored,” Acuna said through an interpreter from Hiroshima. “My career is just starting.
Ronald Acuna, rookie of the year. Soon: Ronald Acuna, MVP

Ronald Acuna, rookie of the year. Soon: Ronald Acuna, MVP

We need to be careful. Not every hotshot winds up in Cooperstown. We note Joe Charboneau, gone from the majors two years after being named the American League’s 1980 rookie of the year, or Chris Coghlan, the 2009 NL ROY who finished with a career WAR of 0.2, but why look afar for cases to cite? As a hitter, Jason Heyward’s rookie year remains his best. Dansby Swanson hit .
Ronald Acuna wins NL Rookie of the Year

Ronald Acuna wins NL Rookie of the Year

- The buzz on social media after Acuna named NL Rookie of the Year Braves’ star outfielder Ronald Acuna has been named the 2018 National League rookie of the year, the league announced Monday.  He topped fellow outfielder Juan Soto of the Nationals 114-89. Acuna garnered 27 first-place votes while Soto had two. Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler was the third finalist.
Kennesaw State wins second consecutive Big South title

Kennesaw State wins second consecutive Big South title

Kennesaw State won its second consecutive Big South Conference title Saturday afternoon with a 51-14 victory against Monmouth in Long Branch, N.J. Running back Darnell Holland set a school record with 195 yards rushing, and he scored three touchdowns for the No. 2 Owls.
Braves’ Wilson, Davidson have nice days in AFL

Braves’ Wilson, Davidson have nice days in AFL

Izzy Wilson and Braxton Davidson, a pair of Braves prospects, helped Peoria defeat Surprise 7-4 in Saturday’s Arizona Fall League meeting. Center fielder Cristian Pache, the Braves’ highest-ranked prospect in Arizona, wasn’t in the lineup, paving the way for Wilson to start in right field. Pache ran into a wall in the eight inning of Friday’s game, but he stayed in.
Nick Markakis wins a Silver Slugger award

Nick Markakis wins a Silver Slugger award

Braves right fielder Nick Markakis won the Silver Slugger award Thursday night for the first time, capping what’s considered the most celebrated campaign of the 34-year-old’s career thus far. The Silver Slugger award is given to the top offensive players at each position, voted on by managers and coaches.
Former Braves prospect Mallex Smith traded after breakthrough season

Former Braves prospect Mallex Smith traded after breakthrough season

Former Braves prospect Mallex Smith was traded to the Seattle Mariners Thursday. Smith, 25, stole a career-best 40 bases this year for the Tampa Bay Rays. He hit .296, tied for the major league lead with 10 triples and had 40 RBIs.
Braves GM Meetings recap: Anthopoulos has options

Braves GM Meetings recap: Anthopoulos has options

Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos leaves the general manager meetings with a better understanding of the market, but nonetheless in a similar spot before his arrival. Anthopoulos and 29 other GMs, along with abundant agents and reporters, gathered in Carlsbad, Calif., in recent days. Transactions usually are made later; the meetings are more about laying groundwork for future deals.
Braves’ revenue, profit increase in latest quarter

Braves’ revenue, profit increase in latest quarter

The Braves’ return to the top of the National League East paid off financially for the team with revenue and profit increasing in the most recently completed quarter. Team owner Liberty Media disclosed Thursday that the Braves’ revenue increased by $15 million, from $185 million to $200 million, in the July-through-September quarter, compared with the same period a year earlier.
Freddie Freeman wins another defensive honor

Freddie Freeman wins another defensive honor

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was named Wilson defensive player of the year at first base. The honor comes shortly after he won the Gold Glove for first base in the National League, tying Anthony Rizzo to split the distinction. Freeman has long been one of the best defenders at his position despite a lack of acknowledgement. In 2018, he produced 12 defensive runs saved and a 7.
José Mota, longtime coach in Braves’ organization, dies

José Mota, longtime coach in Braves’ organization, dies

Longtime Braves minor-league coach José Mota, 53, has died. Mota, a coach for the Triple-A Gwinnett Stripers, died suddenly Tuesday night in the Dominican Republic. Mota spent four seasons in Gwinnett (2014, 2016-18) and 22 seasons as a coach in the Braves’ minor-league system.
Braves will address bullpen needs - prudently

Braves will address bullpen needs - prudently

The Braves won’t be dabbling in the high-priced reliever market, meaning dreams of a reunion with Craig Kimbrel are likely just that. While corner outfield and catcher are the team’s stated priorities, the bullpen and bench will also be addressed.
Braves hire former Astros analytics guru Mike Fast

Braves hire former Astros analytics guru Mike Fast

The Braves hired Mike Fast, former Astros director of research and development, as a special assistant to the general manager. “He’s an outstanding individual,” Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. “He’s as genuine as you’re going to find. Beyond that, he’s bright, capable. He’ll be a big help for us.
Braves’ Acuna in Japan to play in All-Star series

Braves’ Acuna in Japan to play in All-Star series

The two leading contenders for 2018 National League Rookie of the Year will patrol the outfield, starting Thursday, for Major League Baseball’s squad in the 2018 Japan All-Star Series with Japan’s national team. The Braves’ Ronald Acuna and Juan Soto of the Nationals will take part in the seven games (including one exhibition) across Japan from Nov. 8-15.
Braves’ Dansby Swanson undergoes procedure on wrist

Braves’ Dansby Swanson undergoes procedure on wrist

Dansby Swanson underwent a procedure to remove a loose body from his left wrist on Monday, the Braves announced. The shortstop is expected to be ready for spring training. The procedure was performed in Atlanta by the Braves’ head physician, Dr. Gary Lourie. It wasn’t required, but Swanson elected for surgery with the club’s support.
Braves want to improve lackluster bench

Braves want to improve lackluster bench

The Braves consider catcher and corner outfield their offseason priorities, but improving a poor bench is also high on the list. General manager Alex Anthopoulos acknowledges the bench as a weak point. The Braves constantly shuffled through a throng of less-than-ideal bench bats, with Charlie Culberson the lone redeeming quality.
Anthopoulos talks Braves offseason at GM Meetings

Anthopoulos talks Braves offseason at GM Meetings

Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos spoke with reporters at Tuesday’s GM meetings in San Diego. He covered a wide-ranging topics, including internal player development and how the team will go about adding external help. Here are a few topics discussed: • The Braves are interviewing pitching coach candidates, though names haven’t been disclosed.
Braves GM: We’re set in the infield

Braves GM: We’re set in the infield

The Braves are happy with their current infield and expect to return the same starting group in 2019, general manager Alex Anthopoulos confirmed Tuesday. Speaking with reporters at the general manager meetings, Anthopolous was asked about the possibility of adding free-agent third baseman Josh Donaldson, whom he had in Toronto.
Crean looks to breathe new spirit into Bulldogs basketball

Crean looks to breathe new spirit into Bulldogs basketball

Tom Crean’s players at Georgia will tell you that the new men’s basketball coach comes to the gym with the kind of relentless drive found in all your best generals, long-haul truckers and timeshare salespeople.    Testifies Bulldogs big man Nicolas Claxton: “Honestly, I’ve never had a coach push me in the ways he has on a consistent basis, every day.
Why Braves should acquire Corey Kluber

Why Braves should acquire Corey Kluber

We’re in beautiful Carlsbad, California, for the MLB general manager meetings. It’s unlikely the Braves will consummate a deal in the coming days, but the groundwork for potential moves will be set. For the Braves, the red carpet is out.
Braves’ Acuna, Snitker finalists for end-of-season awards

Braves’ Acuna, Snitker finalists for end-of-season awards

No surprise. The Braves had two finalists for major end-of-season awards in Ronald Acuna and Brian Snitker after the team’s impressive 90-win season and National League East title. Acuna is one of three finalists for the National League Rookie of the Year award, it was announced Monday night.
Why the Braves don’t need to win the offseason

Why the Braves don’t need to win the offseason

The Atlanta Braves don’t need to win the offseason. They just won the National League East. They just went from 72 wins in 2017 to 90, which is the sort of jump – check the timelines of the Cubs and Astros, who underwent similar rebuilds – that tends to presage lasting excellence. They have needs, yes, but they aren’t needy.
Braves earn franchise-best three Gold Gloves

Braves earn franchise-best three Gold Gloves

Freddie Freeman has his long-awaited Gold Glove. Ender Inciarte continued his artistry. And Nick Markakis capped his career year. The Braves cleaned up the 2018 Gold Glove awards. Freeman, Inciarte and Markakis each earned the prestigious honor, which is awarded to the best individual defender at his position in his respective league.
Braves don’t make qualifying offers to Markakis, other free agents

Braves don’t make qualifying offers to Markakis, other free agents

The Braves opted not to extend a qualifying offer - $17.9 million for one year - to outfielder Nick Markakis or any of their free agents. The deadline was 5 p.m. Friday. Had the Braves extended the offer, they would be awarded draft-pick compensation if Markakis signs elsewhere. He also could’ve simply accepted the deal, obviously a scenario with which the Braves weren’t comfortable.
Braves’ Inciarte gives Atlanta United’s Martinez a special delivery

Braves’ Inciarte gives Atlanta United’s Martinez a special delivery

Josef Martinez smiled when he saw the Golden Boot, the trophy earned by finishing as the leading scorer in MLS with a league-record 31 goals. His smile grew even more bright when he saw the courier: Braves outfielder, and Martinez’s friend and fellow Venezuelan, Ender Inciarte. “Special delivery, baby,” Inciarte said as he walked around a corner toward Martinez.
Braves have little incentive to make qualifying offer to Nick Markakis

Braves have little incentive to make qualifying offer to Nick Markakis

MLB’s deadline for qualifying offers is at 5 p.m. Friday. The offer is valued at a robust $17.9 million for one year. Teams can make the offer to their eligible free agents, resulting in either retaining the individual for another season or receiving draft-pick compensation when he departs.
Braves add veteran catching depth

Braves add veteran catching depth

The Braves acquired catcher Raffy Lopez from the Padres for cash considerations, the organization announced Thursday. Lopez, 31, slashed .176/.265/.284 with three homers in 37 games last season. He’s a four-year major leaguer, having previously spent time with the Cubs, Reds and Blue Jays. He’s a career .184 hitter over 76 major-league games.
Which former Brave in free agency would you re-sign?

Which former Brave in free agency would you re-sign?

Catcher Brian McCann is the latest former Atlanta Brave to enter free agency as the Houston Astros declined his $15 million option for next season. McCann joins a list of about a dozen former Braves players who could be signing on to new teams this offseason. Of this list below, anyone you’d like to see again bearing a tomahawk on their chest?
Ex-Brave Brian McCann becomes a free agent

Ex-Brave Brian McCann becomes a free agent

Former Braves catcher Brian McCann became a free agent Wednesday when the Houston Astros declined a $15 million option for the 2019 season.  McCann played for the Braves from 2005-13. He was a member of the original “Baby Braves” of the 2005 season, when the team won the final of its 14 consecutive division titles.
Braves lose minor-league outfielder to Twins

Braves lose minor-league outfielder to Twins

The Braves reinstated left-handed pitcher Jacob Lindgren and right-handed pitcher Jose Ramirez from the 60-day disabled list and outrighted each to Triple-A Gwinnett as part of several roster moves Wednesday. They also outrighted outfielders Lane Adams and Preston Tucker to Gwinnett. Outfielder Michael Reed was claimed off waivers by the Twins.
Two Rookie of the Year awards for Acuna, one to go

Two Rookie of the Year awards for Acuna, one to go

Ronald Acuna has now won two Rookie of the Year awards. The Braves young sensation was honored by Baseball Digest in the National League on Wednesday. He was also named by Sporting News several weeks ago. The major Rookie of the Year award, given by the Baseball Writers Association of America, will be announced on Nov. 12.
Atlanta United loses game, top spot in East and Shield 

Atlanta United loses game, top spot in East and Shield 

In its biggest game of the season, Atlanta United did what it seems a lot of teams from Georgia do. It lost. Needing a win  or loss by New York Red Bulls to Orlando to secure the Supporters’ Shield as its first trophy since beginning play in 2017, Atlanta United gave up two easy goals in the first half and were beaten by Toronto 4-1 on Sunday at BMO Field.
5 things to know about the Braves’ youth, free agency

5 things to know about the Braves’ youth, free agency

Here’s what to know about the Braves on Friday: 1. The Braves have an MLB-high-tying five Gold Glove finalists. Outfielders Ender Inciarte, Nick Markakis, Adam Duvall, along with first baseman Freddie Freeman and starter Julio Teheran, are eligible for the award.
Braves happy with growth of third basemen Camargo, Riley

Braves happy with growth of third basemen Camargo, Riley

On Sept. 28, Johan Camargo launched his final homer of the season in Philadelphia. His tally, 19, far surpassed what anyone could’ve expected, even if Camargo arrived at spring training looking rather brawny. The Braves’ once-unheralded prospect finished with a .272 average, collecting 76 RBIs in 134 games. He posted seven defensive runs saved at third, fifth best in the majors.
Braves boast five Gold Glove finalists

Braves boast five Gold Glove finalists

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, center fielder Ender Inciarte, right fielder Nick Markakis, starter Julio Teheran and left fielder Adam Duvall are finalists for the 2018 National League Gold Glove awards, Rawlings Sports announced Thursday. The Gold Glove is awarded to the individual considered to have the best overall defensive performance in his league at his position.
Do Braves need to trade for an ace?

Do Braves need to trade for an ace?

The Braves have invested a half-decade in accumulating pitching, but with the team ahead of schedule, it’ll consider the pluses and minuses of acquiring a seasoned front-line arm. It’s not a new discussion. Even when the Braves were mired in losing seasons, they frolicked in trade discussions for Chris Sale, Jose Quintana, Chris Archer, Sonny Gray and others.
Braves open to trade, but what prospect should be on the block?

Braves open to trade, but what prospect should be on the block?

The Atlanta Braves have said they will have ample room in the payroll to add an expensive free agent, well-compensated trade acquisition or spread the wealth to plug several holes.  Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos has been an aggressive dealer in the trade market.
5 things to know about Braves’ offseason

5 things to know about Braves’ offseason

The Braves’ season ended almost two weeks ago. They’ve since extended the contract of their manager Brian Snitker and most of his staff, while deciding to bring in a new pitching coach. General manager Alex Anthopoulos answered a popular fan inquiry during his Monday news conference: The payroll will increase for 2019.
Braves ‘open-minded’ on retaining Markakis, Suzuki

Braves ‘open-minded’ on retaining Markakis, Suzuki

The Braves are preparing for a busy winter, with two key free agents creating a critical subplot. Outfielder Nick Markakis and catcher Kurt Suzuki are set to explore the market. Both played a pivotal role in the team’s turnaround, on and off the field, and both add intangibles to a young team mostly lacking veteran position players outside Freddie Freeman, Ender Inciarte and Tyler Flowers.
Braves GM: Don’t read too much into Teheran not starting in NLDS

Braves GM: Don’t read too much into Teheran not starting in NLDS

Julio Teheran started the past five opening days for the Braves. Yet when they returned to relevancy, he was nowhere to be found. Teheran didn’t start against the Dodgers in the National League Division Series. The Braves rolled with Mike Foltynewicz, Anibal Sanchez, Sean Newcomb and opted to bring back Foltynewicz on short rest for Game 4, in which the team was eliminated.
VOTE: Who was the Braves’ MVP this season?

VOTE: Who was the Braves’ MVP this season?

The Braves’ youthful roster had a number of contributors to make the postseason in 2018. But who stood out among them all? Who would be your pick for the team’s most-valuable player? Here are your choices: • Freddie Freeman led the team in batting average (.309), on-base percentage (.388), , hits (191) doubles (44), and RBIs (98).
Brian Snitker’s near life-long trek with Braves continues

Brian Snitker’s near life-long trek with Braves continues

Braves manager Brian Snitker embodies the baseball lifer. A long-time minor league coach, the journey seems all worthwhile now. It was being absent from family for weeks, months. Lengthy nights on the bus, sometimes enduring flat tires or breakdowns that’d require spending the night in a stranger’s machine shed.
Braves part ways with pitching coach Chuck Hernandez

Braves part ways with pitching coach Chuck Hernandez

Chuck Hernandez won’t be returning as Braves pitching coach in 2019, the organization announced Monday. Hernandez, 57, held the position the past two seasons following Roger McDowell’s departure. He’s the only coach not returning to manager Brian Snitker’s staff. “It’s more of a directional thing,” general manager Alex Antopoulos said.
Brian Snitker agrees to 2-year contract extension with Braves

Brian Snitker agrees to 2-year contract extension with Braves

The Atlanta Braves have agreed to terms on a two-year contract — with a club option for the 2021 season — with manager Brian Snitker. Snitker has managed the Braves since being named interim manager on May 17, 2016, replacing Fredi Gonzalez. He has been with the Braves organization for 43 seasons.
Braves confident in Ozzie Albies’ development

Braves confident in Ozzie Albies’ development

As the Braves surged in the second half, their second baseman was a borderline offensive liability. Ozzie Albies was the MVP of April. He mustered a franchise-record 22 extra-base hits that month, eventually knocking 20 homers before the midseason break. He just missed starting the All-Star Game, but made the roster nonetheless.
For Braves, this winter is chance to join MLB’s upper class

For Braves, this winter is chance to join MLB’s upper class

Ronald Acuna and Ozzie Albies stood over the dugout railing at the conclusion of Game 4, watching the Dodgers celebrate on the SunTrust Park infield. The Braves had a front-row view of the franchise they want to become. The Dodgers were deep, star-studded, stupendously managed top to bottom and blessed with intangibles out the wazoo.
Dansby Swanson expected to be 100 percent before spring training

Dansby Swanson expected to be 100 percent before spring training

The Braves aren’t concerned that shortstop Dansby Swanson’s hand injury will linger into next season. Swanson, 24, was left off the postseason roster after partially tearing a ligament in his left hand. He left a Sept. 25 game in New York with hand discomfort after fouling off a pitch and was shut down for the season.
Which Braves pitchers should return in 2019?

Which Braves pitchers should return in 2019?

Of the eight youngest pitchers to start a game in the majors this season, five were Braves.  Four of those young starters won their major league debut — matching a feat that’s only occurred once in 110 seasons.
Which Braves position players should return in 2019?

Which Braves position players should return in 2019?

The Atlanta Braves got younger as the 2018 season progressed.  The average age of players on the active roster on Opening Day was 29. On the final day of the season the average age was 27.  On May 1 in New York, the Braves started the three youngest players in the majors: Ozzie Albies (21 years, 114 days); Ronald Acuna, (20 years, 134 days); and Mike Soroka (20 years, 270 days).
Braves expected to extend manager Brian Snitker’s contract

Braves expected to extend manager Brian Snitker’s contract

Braves manager Brian Snitker’s contract is expiring following the team’s ousting in the National League Division Series, but he’s expected to be retained. Snitker, who’s been with the franchise for over four decades, just completed his second full season as manager after taking over as the interim in May 2016.
Anibal Sanchez will continue playing, hopes to remain with Braves

Anibal Sanchez will continue playing, hopes to remain with Braves

Anibal Sanchez experienced a revival with the Braves that he hopes will continue into 2019. Sanchez, 34, was a mid-March signee who became the Game 2 starter in the NLDS. He ate 136-2/3 innings for the Braves, emerging as a reliable arm on the field and an invaluable instructor in the clubhouse. The righty posted a 2.83 ERA along with 135 strikeouts.
Kurt Suzuki interested in re-signing with Braves

Kurt Suzuki interested in re-signing with Braves

The Braves were eliminated by the Dodgers on Monday, meaning their focus shifts to what could be a busy offseason. Among the subplots is catcher Kurt Suzuki, who’s scheduled to hit free agency. Suzuki has paired with Tyler Flowers to give the franchise a productive battery duo. Flowers signed an extension in August.
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