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Jonny Venters win NL comeback player of the year

Jonny Venters’ latest comeback will be complete with a plaque. Venters was named National League comeback player of the year Tuesday, acknowledgement of a career that’s had plenty of comebacks. After overcoming four elbow surgeries, three of which were Tommy John, Venters returned to the majors in 2018 with the Rays. He battled through surgeries in 2005, 2013 and 2014 before needing additional...


Braves free agent Kurt Suzuki signs with Washington

Braves free agent Kurt Suzuki signs with Washington

The Braves will indeed have a new backstop to pair with Tyler Flowers in 2019. Kurt Suzuki, who split catching duties with Flowers the past two seasons, signed a two-year, $10 million deal with the rival Nationals, according to multiple reports. Across 186 games with the Braves, Suzuki hit .276/.341/.485 with 31 homers, 27 doubles and 100 RBIs.
Braves prospect injured after walk-off homer

Braves prospect injured after walk-off homer

Braves prospect Braxton Davidson blasted a walk-off homer in the 10th inning of the Arizona Fall League championship game Saturday, clinching the title for Peoria. However, as he approached home plate, the former first-round pick appeared to be injured. He needed help leaving the field. It appears Davidson avoided significant damage after initial fear of a fracture.
Two faces of Georgia lead to an easy win over UMass

Two faces of Georgia lead to an easy win over UMass

With a willing opponent in town Saturday, it was the perfect day to indulge The Two Georgias. Both personalities haven’t had much of a chance lately to come out and play in equal measure. Both had ample opportunity against UMass. So, something was accomplished on a day when the Bulldogs probably would have gained more by just scrimmaging themselves.
Round 2 Roundup

Round 2 Roundup

The defending champion North Gwinnett Bulldogs secured a trip to the quarterfinals in a decisive 41-7 victory over visiting West Forsyth. Quarterback JR Martin threw two first-quarter touchdown passes to fellow Junior Josh Downs before West Forsyth found a little momentum.
Atlanta United’s Martino has a good thing - but next challenge beckons

Atlanta United’s Martino has a good thing - but next challenge beckons

Gerardo Martino has it knocked in Atlanta. The town loves him. His team, Atlanta United, is on to the MLS conference finals in just its second year of existence. The very team he midwifed – no, more than that, the franchise that bears strands of his competitive DNA – has just been named the most valuable property in the league by Forbes.
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman finishes 4th in MVP voting

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman finishes 4th in MVP voting

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman finished fourth in voting for the National League Most Valuable Player Award Thursday. Ballots were cast by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, with two writers representing each league city. Ballots were submitted prior to postseason play.
Braves’ Ronald Acuna hits home run against Japan in All-Star series

Braves’ Ronald Acuna hits home run against Japan in All-Star series

The Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr. hit a home run but the MLB All-Stars lost to Japan for the fifth time in a six-game international series Thursday in Nagoya, Japan. Acuna, who was name the National League Rookie of the Year Monday, went deep in the eighth against Yu Sato.  Acuna was 2-for-5 but had two strikeouts. He finished the series with a .208 average.
Braves’ Mike Foltynewicz finishes 8th in Cy Young voting

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.
Braves Manager of the Year: ‘The best is yet to come’

Braves Manager of the Year: ‘The best is yet to come’

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.
Cristian Pache might be next Braves star, but they’re willing to wait

Cristian Pache might be next Braves star, but they’re willing to wait

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.
Brian Snitker wins NL manager of the year

Brian Snitker wins NL manager of the year

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.
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.
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 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?
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.
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).
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