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 team that won its division by eight games and finished fifth among National League clubs in ERA has dumped its pitching coach. That was the big news from a state-of-the-offseason briefing at SunTrust Park on Monday. (Well, that and manager Brian Snitker’s new two-year deal with a club option for a third season, but we all knew that was coming.
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.
One item not discussed in yesterday’s look at the Braves’ to-do list involves manager Brian Snitker, whose contact is expiring. The reason for the omission: This one’s a fait accompli. A new (and longer) deal should be announced any minute, and this time this correspondent would take no issue. Snitker has earned it.
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.
If the Braves seemed outclassed in the NLDS – they were outscored 20-8; eight Dodgers hit home runs, while only four Braves, Sean Newcomb among them, had RBIs – that should have been no shock. Having won the National League West six years running, the Dodgers approach every season thinking of October.
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).
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 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.
For all the things this season was, the one thing it wasn’t was lightning in a bottle. At no point over the past seven months did we say, “There’s no way this is sustainable.” That was the best part of 2018 – the realization that this year, as sweet as it was, will give way to bigger and better.
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.
This was the ninth consecutive time the Braves made it to the postseason and didn’t advance. In many ways this latest loss, against the Dodgers in the NLDS, looked like the others. The Braves watched the visitors celebrate on their home field after the clinching victory Monday at SunTrust Park.
For the youngest Braves, Monday night at SunTrust Park was the same painful rite of passage navigated by so many of their forebears. While it certainly was nothing new for those in the Braves’ home dugout to end a season watching someone else celebrate a postseason series victory, it hadn’t happened before in this particular ballpark.
The Los Angeles Dodgers hit more home runs than any other National League team during the regular season, 235. The Braves’ pitching staff, on the other hand, allowed the second fewest home runs in the league, 153. But in the NL Division Series, the Dodgers’ power trumped the Braves’ pitching.
What Braves manager Brian Snitker said after the National League Division Series loss to the Dodgers on Monday. Q. Can you just sum up the season, I mean now that there's kind of some finality to it?A. Yeah. It was a great ride. It surpassed everybody's expectations. It's sad.
It was the hit that caused more than 45,000 fans in Cobb County to stand and cheer. A sea of red Styrofoam tomahawks waved furiously. The moment was so unbelievable, a lifelong Atlanta Braves fan was awestruck. “I was just thinking, ‘There’s no way he’s going to hit a grand slam.
It was an uncharacteristic sequence that summarized the Braves’ season. Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig popped a ball into right field. Braves defenders Nick Markakis and Ozzie Albies pursued, only to see the ball drop between them.
Losing in October is never easy. You’ve worked six months – almost eight if you count spring training – to get here, and nobody’s ready to stop. But nine playoff qualifiers must, else MLB wouldn’t know what to do with its flag-festooned trophy. The young and restless Braves were sent home Monday, losing Game 4 of the National League Division Series 6-2.
The scene at SunTrust Park as the Braves faced the Dodgers in Game 4 of the National League Division Series.
The Braves won Sunday, preserving their season for at least another day. Monday’s Game 4 is another win-or-stay-home scenario. The Braves are bringing Mike Foltynewicz back on short rest to oppose Dodgers lefty Rich Hill. If the Braves win, they’ll play a deciding Game 5 in L.A. on Wednesday. Braves catcher Tyler Flowers spoke with the media before Game 4.
This season is not over. This series is not over. Win today and who the heck knows what might befall Clayton Kershaw in Dodger Stadium in Game 5? But, as we wait for Game 4 to commence, we review the hints the 2018 Braves have dropped as to how their 2019 pitching staff might look.
The best-of-five NLDS came to an end Monday at SunTrust Park as the Dodgers captured Game 4.
The Atlanta Braves face the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLDS Monday (4:30 p.m., FS1) at SunTrust Park. Braves manager Brian Snitker addressed some of the team’s lineup changes and expectations for today’s game in a pregame press conference. Here are his responses (transcript by ASAP Sports): Q.
Tickets remain available for today’s Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Braves and the Dodgers at SunTrust Park. Game time is 4:30 p.m. The game will be televised on FS1. Mike Foltynewicz will start for the Braves and Rich Hill for the Dodgers. The Dodgers lead the best-of-five series two games to one after the Braves’ 6-5 win Sunday night.
The Braves last won a playoff round in 2001, when they swept Houston in the NLDS. With historic homers from Ronald Acuna and Freddie Freeman have lived to fight another game. Here are some things to know about the Game 3 dramatics against the Los Angeles Dodgers that led to today’s Game 4 at SunTrust Park (4:30 p.m.
You can tell Freddie Freeman got a hold of one when, soon after the crack of the bat, his tongue reflexively sticks out of his mouth. In those moments, the Braves slugger is like the painter applying the finishing touches to a work of art. There, that ought to do it.
Short of the pitching mound erupting into the world’s smallest volcano, Arodys Vizcaino’s first postseason save could not have been more tumultuous.
Until Sunday night, the legendary Mickey Mantle had been the youngest player in Major League Baseball history to hit a grand slam in a postseason game. He did so at age 21 in the 1953 World Series. Now the Braves’ Ronald Acuna owns that distinction.
Here is what Freddie Freeman said after his sixth-inning home run lifted the Braves over the Dodgers, 6-5, in Game 3 of the National League Division Series Sunday at SunTrust Park. Q. You know Alex (Wood) well. Did you think he would come after you like that on the first one? A.
Mike Foltynewicz wanted another chance.
The Atlanta Braves were facing elimination from the playoffs Sunday night at SunTrust Park, trailing the Los Angeles Dodgers by two games in the National League Division Series. Micayla Smith, a 10-year-old from Decatur, had an interesting strategy to make the Braves’ bats come alive in Game 3. “I’m going to yell at them until they hit,” Smith said.
Freddie Freeman annihilated a ball into the Chop House. While jogging to first base, he clenched both fists, looked over to the Braves dugout and unprecedentedly unleashed previously restrained emotions with a celebratory cheer. He’d waited five years for a chance to restore hope to the Braves faithful.
Ronald Acuna got his first postseason home run. With style. The Braves rookie hit a second-inning grand slam to open the scoring flood gates. The Braves scored five times in the inning – after going scoreless in the first two innings of the National League Division Series against the Dodgers in Game 3 Sunday night at SunTrust Park.
Four hours before the Braves went in search of that first elusive postseason run Sunday night, the first postseason gameday at SunTrust Park already was gaining steam. Five-year-old Bryce Young had finished running laps through the squirting fountain in the heart of The Battery, and was actually shivering while those around him sweated out an unnatural October heatwave.
The Braves took on the Dodgers in the first postseason game at SunTrust Park on Sunday night. They sent Sean Newcomb to the mound one loss from elimination. His team needed three consecutive wins in the National League Division Series to avoid dropping its ninth straight playoff series, which would be the second-longest skid in MLB history (Cubs, 10).
Braves host Dodgers in Game 3 of National League Division Series.
It felt like the largest two-run deficit in postseason history. The inexperienced Braves, fresh off being shut out in Game 1, fell behind the Dodgers swiftly in Game 2. Manny Machado’s homer staked Clayton Kershaw a pair of support runs. The lefty took it from there. As such, the Braves lost again in Los Angeles.
Look for Ender Inciarte to move back to the No. 2 spot in the batting order when the Braves host the Dodgers in Game 3 of the National League Division Series on Sunday night. Manager Brian Snitker said he was considering lineup changes after the Braves fell into an 0-2 hole in the best-of-5 series with losses in the opening games in Los Angeles.