Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman finishes 4th in MVP voting
Photos: See Acuna’s home run in Japan All-Star series
Braves’ Ronald Acuna hits home run against Japan in All-Star series
MLB commissioner: SunTrust Park a candidate for 2021 All-Star game
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.
At the other end of the awards spectrum from where Ronald Acuna and his Rookie of the Year plaque reside, there you’ll find Brian Snitker, the overnight sensation 40 years in the making. This baseball awards season the Braves certainly had it all covered, from the 20-year-old Acuna to the 63-year-old Snitker, with a trove of Gold Gloves in between.
The Braves are making money “at a pretty serious clip,” and team owner Liberty Media plans to stick around for a while. That was the message from company executives during an investment conference in New York on Wednesday.
Cristian Pache dashed from center field and abruptly crashed into the wall attempting to catch a fly ball. Pache remained on the ground for a moment. He stayed in the game, drawing a walk and scoring a run in the ensuing frame. The shock from slamming into the border was only a temporary suppressor. Peoria defeated Surprise 4-2 on that Nov. 9.
Braves skipper Brian Snitker won National League manager of the year, the league announced Tuesday night. Snitker oversaw one of MLB’s most pleasant surprises, his Braves winning 90 games and claiming the National League East title. Seventeen of the 30 first-place votes went to Snitker. Milwaukee’s Craig Counsell finished second with 11 votes. Colorado’s Bud Black was third.
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.
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.
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 .
Here’s a sampling of what was said on social media Monday after Ronald Acuna of the Braves was named National League 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 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.
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.
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.
Baseball fans in Japan are already seeing the same talent and enthusiasm from Ronald
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Atlanta United striker led MLS with 31 goals this season.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
The Atlanta Braves will host the team’s second fan festival at SunTrust Park on Jan. 19, 2019. The one-day event — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. — puts fans up close with players, coaches and alumni.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Braves will have an increased payroll for 2019, general manager Alex Anthopoulos confirmed Monday. And they’ll be advantageous in exploring avenues to maximize that flexibility.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).