Jeff Schultz

AJC columnist

Jeff Schultz is a general sports columnist and blogger who isn't afraid to share his opinion, which may not necessarily jibe with yours. Also has been known to make a joke or two. Honored by Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE), National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) and others.

Latest from Jeff Schultz

Hank Aaron supports athletes who speak out, don’t go to White House
 The words of Nelson Mandela are inscribed on a water sculpture outside the Center of Civil Rights and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta. “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Inside the same downtown Atlanta museum, another legend...

Posted: a day ago

The words of Nelson Mandela are inscribed on a water sculpture outside the Center of Civil Rights and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta. “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Inside the same downtown Atlanta museum, another legend...
Hawks’ Travis Schlenk just went way out on a limb with Doncic trade
 One day, the basketball world will look at an old picture of Luka Doncic wearing an Atlanta Hawks’ hat from the night of the 2018 NBA draft and think one of two things: 1) “Dumbest trade Travis Schlenk ever made”; or 2) “That man was a visionary.” Welcome to the night of second-guessing. It  took only until Schlenk&rsquo...

Posted: 2 days ago

One day, the basketball world will look at an old picture of Luka Doncic wearing an Atlanta Hawks’ hat from the night of the 2018 NBA draft and think one of two things: 1) “Dumbest trade Travis Schlenk ever made”; or 2) “That man was a visionary.” Welcome to the night of second-guessing. It took only until Schlenk&rsquo...
Julio Jones not wrong to seek contract adjustment, and he’ll get it
 There is angst among some Falcons executives and fans because Julio Jones skipped voluntary “organized team activities” – Arts and crafts? Three-legged races? – and did not show up for a three-day minicamp, which took place more than six weeks before training camp and nine weeks before the first exhibition and 13 weeks...

Posted: 3 days ago

There is angst among some Falcons executives and fans because Julio Jones skipped voluntary “organized team activities” – Arts and crafts? Three-legged races? – and did not show up for a three-day minicamp, which took place more than six weeks before training camp and nine weeks before the first exhibition and 13 weeks...
It’s time for Hawks to move on from Dennis Schroder
 There are two absolutes about every major pro sports draft. One is that every team has a plan. The other is that no team builder is going to tell you his plan. When a general manager speaks publicly, he will alternate between lies and half-truths, and by half-truths I mean half-lies and half-decipherable substances, the verbal equivalent...

Posted: 4 days ago

There are two absolutes about every major pro sports draft. One is that every team has a plan. The other is that no team builder is going to tell you his plan. When a general manager speaks publicly, he will alternate between lies and half-truths, and by half-truths I mean half-lies and half-decipherable substances, the verbal equivalent...
Braves also have a Julio question: Is Teheran about to prove his worth?
 So about Julio and his contract. Not that Julio, the other one. Braves pitcher Julio Teheran was 23 years old and had pitched only one full season when the team gave him a six-year, $32.4 million contract extension in 2014. The thinking in committing long-term to a young starter was Teheran had “a chance to be a top part of the rotation...

Posted: 6 days ago

So about Julio and his contract. Not that Julio, the other one. Braves pitcher Julio Teheran was 23 years old and had pitched only one full season when the team gave him a six-year, $32.4 million contract extension in 2014. The thinking in committing long-term to a young starter was Teheran had “a chance to be a top part of the rotation...
Braves also have a Julio question: Is Teheran about to prove his worth?
 So about Julio and his contract. Not that Julio, the other one. Braves pitcher Julio Teheran was 23 years old and had pitched only one full season when the team gave him a six-year, $32.4 million contract extension in 2014. The thinking in committing long-term to a young starter was Teheran had “a chance to be a top part of the rotation...

Posted: 6 days ago

So about Julio and his contract. Not that Julio, the other one. Braves pitcher Julio Teheran was 23 years old and had pitched only one full season when the team gave him a six-year, $32.4 million contract extension in 2014. The thinking in committing long-term to a young starter was Teheran had “a chance to be a top part of the rotation...
Braves’ starting pitchers are proving something vs. Nationals
 It was more than four hours before the first pitch, and Brian Snitker had started his routine, pregame serenity walk. Out of the clubhouse. Down a corridor. Through the doors and of SunTrust Park. Down Battery Avenue. Over the bridge that looped over the interstate. Down the parkway and onto a trail and that loops near the Chattahoochee River...

Posted: 21 days ago

It was more than four hours before the first pitch, and Brian Snitker had started his routine, pregame serenity walk. Out of the clubhouse. Down a corridor. Through the doors and of SunTrust Park. Down Battery Avenue. Over the bridge that looped over the interstate. Down the parkway and onto a trail and that loops near the Chattahoochee River...
Sean Newcomb looks like gem of Braves’ pitching rebuilding project
 In their quest to draft, trade for and sign -- occasionally illegally -- young pitchers in hopes of stocking the franchise for the next several years, the Braves have been unable to answer one question: Who is going to stick? But one starter was reaffirmed Thursday night. Sean Newcomb is in only his second major league season, but the 24-year-old...

Posted: 23 days ago

In their quest to draft, trade for and sign -- occasionally illegally -- young pitchers in hopes of stocking the franchise for the next several years, the Braves have been unable to answer one question: Who is going to stick? But one starter was reaffirmed Thursday night. Sean Newcomb is in only his second major league season, but the 24-year-old...
Braves in division race but Nationals have something they don’t
 I chewed a lot of bubble gum as a kid. I chewed so much bubble gum that I set the neighborhood record for cavities and the dentist named drill bits in my honor, but at least an addiction to Bazooka Joe helped me win a bubble-gum-blowing contest at summer camp, which remains my greatest athletic achievement, and I saved a bunch of wrappers...

Posted: 23 days ago

I chewed a lot of bubble gum as a kid. I chewed so much bubble gum that I set the neighborhood record for cavities and the dentist named drill bits in my honor, but at least an addiction to Bazooka Joe helped me win a bubble-gum-blowing contest at summer camp, which remains my greatest athletic achievement, and I saved a bunch of wrappers...
Braves have had rotating cast of offensive heroes this season
 The Braves will cross the May/June border as a legitimate playoff threat, which is better than most expected from a team that had 278 losses in the last three seasons and once again was expected to produce a bullpen prone to frequent moments of self-immolation (that projection turned out to be accurate). But if they’re going continue...

Posted: 25 days ago

The Braves will cross the May/June border as a legitimate playoff threat, which is better than most expected from a team that had 278 losses in the last three seasons and once again was expected to produce a bullpen prone to frequent moments of self-immolation (that projection turned out to be accurate). But if they’re going continue...
This shouldn’t be viewed as end-all, be-all playoff season for Braves
 It’s Memorial Day weekend, and the Braves have blown the dust off of an old tradition: a pennant race. They began Saturday in first place for the 24th consecutive day, when just having a winning record for the first time in four years at this point of a holiday weekend would’ve been considered an accomplishment. The Braves&rsquo...

Posted: 28 days ago

It’s Memorial Day weekend, and the Braves have blown the dust off of an old tradition: a pennant race. They began Saturday in first place for the 24th consecutive day, when just having a winning record for the first time in four years at this point of a holiday weekend would’ve been considered an accomplishment. The Braves&rsquo...