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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.
A good sign: The Braves are changing pitching coaches 

A good sign: The Braves are changing pitching coaches 

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.
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.
I wouldn’t have kept Brian Snitker. I absolutely would now

I wouldn’t have kept Brian Snitker. I absolutely would now

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.
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.
Six key items on Braves’ offseason to-do list

Six key items on Braves’ offseason to-do list

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.
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.
A giddy season ends, and a new Braves era begins

A giddy season ends, and a new Braves era begins

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.
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.
Braves lose again in postseason, but future is bright

Braves lose again in postseason, but future is bright

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.
Youngest Braves home-schooled on cruelty of the postseason

Youngest Braves home-schooled on cruelty of the postseason

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.
Dodgers’ home runs make the difference against Braves in NLDS 

Dodgers’ home runs make the difference against Braves in NLDS 

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 NLDS loss

What Braves manager Brian Snitker said after NLDS loss

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.
Despite loss, Braves fans remain inspired by Acuna’s Game 3 heroics

Despite loss, Braves fans remain inspired by Acuna’s Game 3 heroics

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.
Braves eliminated by Dodgers in Game 4 of NLDS

Braves eliminated by Dodgers in Game 4 of NLDS

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.
The 2018 Braves are done, but their future awaits

The 2018 Braves are done, but their future awaits

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.
Tyler Flowers talks Mike Foltynewicz, Rich Hill

Tyler Flowers talks Mike Foltynewicz, Rich Hill

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.
Julio Teheran: The opening-day starter is now a ‘length guy’

Julio Teheran: The opening-day starter is now a ‘length guy’

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.
Brian Snitker:  ‘It’s all hands on deck’ for critical NLDS Game 4

Brian Snitker:  ‘It’s all hands on deck’ for critical NLDS 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.
Braves-Dodgers Game 4 today: Here’s info on tickets, TV, etc.

Braves-Dodgers Game 4 today: Here’s info on tickets, TV, etc.

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.
5 things to know about Braves’ heroics in Game 3 NLDS

5 things to know about Braves’ heroics in Game 3 NLDS

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.
Acuna extends his exploits into the postseason 

Acuna extends his exploits into the postseason 

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.
What Freddie Freeman had to say after Braves’ Game 3 victory

What Freddie Freeman had to say after Braves’ Game 3 victory

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.
Braves fans happy playoff baseball is back, optimistic about future

Braves fans happy playoff baseball is back, optimistic about future

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.
Freeman, Acuna revive Braves offense, force Game 4 with Dodgers

Freeman, Acuna revive Braves offense, force Game 4 with Dodgers

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.
Braves’ Acuna youngest in history to hit postseason grand slam

Braves’ Acuna youngest in history to hit postseason grand slam

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.
It’s a new playoff experience for Braves fans at SunTrust Park

It’s a new playoff experience for Braves fans 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.
Braves notebook: Snitker proud of youngsters regardless of outcome

Braves notebook: Snitker proud of youngsters regardless of outcome

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).
Glass half-full: Braves will be better because of NLDS

Glass half-full: Braves will be better because of NLDS

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.
Snitker: Inciarte likely to move back to No. 2 spot

Snitker: Inciarte likely to move back to No. 2 spot

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.
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