Mark Bradley

Sports Columnist and Blogger

Mark Bradley has worked for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution since 1984. Prior to that, he worked at the Lexington Herald-Leader for six years. He has finished in the top 10 of the Associated Press Sports Editors writing contest four times for columns and twice for features; in 1985, he won the APSE award for best columns at the highest circulation level. He has finished in the top five of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association writing contest eight times and won for best feature. He has won the Best of Cox award for sports columns and been named Georgia Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. In 2015, he was inducted into the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Hall of Fame. 

Latest from Mark Bradley

The mighty SEC’s next big thing: Texas A&M under Jimbo Fisher
 Jimbo Fisher, national championship head coach, is now doing his head coaching in the league that lives to win national championships. Keep an eye on this. (Not that, with the SEC’s ceaseless promotion of itself, anything involving a member school ever passes without notice.) If you’re looking for the next SEC program to pull...

Posted: 7 hours ago

Jimbo Fisher, national championship head coach, is now doing his head coaching in the league that lives to win national championships. Keep an eye on this. (Not that, with the SEC’s ceaseless promotion of itself, anything involving a member school ever passes without notice.) If you’re looking for the next SEC program to pull...
Alex Anthopolous in conversation, Pt. 2: Braves pitching and playoffs
 The Atlanta Braves arrived at the All-Star break at 52-42, a half-game game out of first place in the National League East. That’s the good part. Less good is that they’ve lost 13 of 21 and have seen a 3-1/2-game division lead evaporate. Over the weekend, general manager Alex Anthopoulos held forth on his team and its immediate...

Posted: 23 hours ago

The Atlanta Braves arrived at the All-Star break at 52-42, a half-game game out of first place in the National League East. That’s the good part. Less good is that they’ve lost 13 of 21 and have seen a 3-1/2-game division lead evaporate. Over the weekend, general manager Alex Anthopoulos held forth on his team and its immediate...
Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos on the trade deadline and big-ticket rentals
 This being Alex Anthopoulos’ first season here, it also constitutes his first excursion as Braves general manager into the July market of deadline buyers/sellers. Not to overstate the obvious, but the moves he makes -- or doesn’t make -- these next 2½ weeks could change the dynamics of the National League East race, a race...

Posted: 2 days ago

This being Alex Anthopoulos’ first season here, it also constitutes his first excursion as Braves general manager into the July market of deadline buyers/sellers. Not to overstate the obvious, but the moves he makes -- or doesn’t make -- these next 2½ weeks could change the dynamics of the National League East race, a race...
At the break, these Braves are a glass way more than half-full
 The Atlanta Braves began their final series before the All-Star break a half-game out of first place, and here we should remove our gaze from individual conifers to behold Ye Olde Forest. Forget the “a half-game out” part. (With Friday’s loss, it became 1-1/2 games.) Note instead the bit about “first place.”...

Posted: 2 days ago

The Atlanta Braves began their final series before the All-Star break a half-game out of first place, and here we should remove our gaze from individual conifers to behold Ye Olde Forest. Forget the “a half-game out” part. (With Friday’s loss, it became 1-1/2 games.) Note instead the bit about “first place.”...
Freddie Freeman in the Home Run Derby? Hate it
 I worked with Dick Gabriel decades ago at UK’s student newspaper – the Kentucky Kernel, FYI – and learned many things from him. (He has been at WKYT, a Lexington TV station, for almost as long I’ve been at the ol’ AJC.) Two factoids about this distinguished journalist: He’s one day younger than I am...

Posted: 4 days ago

I worked with Dick Gabriel decades ago at UK’s student newspaper – the Kentucky Kernel, FYI – and learned many things from him. (He has been at WKYT, a Lexington TV station, for almost as long I’ve been at the ol’ AJC.) Two factoids about this distinguished journalist: He’s one day younger than I am...
The sagging Braves need help, and they need it now
 The Braves have won one of their past six series and can do no better than halve this two-game set with Toronto. They’re 7-11 over that span, having slid from 3-1/2 games ahead in the National League East to one game behind. They haven’t hit a home run in five games. Two starting pitchers plus sometime starter Max Fried are on...

Posted: 5 days ago

The Braves have won one of their past six series and can do no better than halve this two-game set with Toronto. They’re 7-11 over that span, having slid from 3-1/2 games ahead in the National League East to one game behind. They haven’t hit a home run in five games. Two starting pitchers plus sometime starter Max Fried are on...
A summer stunner: Nick Markakis and Matt Kemp, All-Star starters
 The Atlanta Braves’ corner infielders in 2017 had WAR values, as calculated by Baseball-Reference, of 0.7 and minus-1.3. WAR stands for “wins above replacement,” and from that we could extrapolate that these two needed replacing. Manning positions expected to produce solid offensive numbers, the Braves had two...

Posted: 6 days ago

The Atlanta Braves’ corner infielders in 2017 had WAR values, as calculated by Baseball-Reference, of 0.7 and minus-1.3. WAR stands for “wins above replacement,” and from that we could extrapolate that these two needed replacing. Manning positions expected to produce solid offensive numbers, the Braves had two...
The Braves’ bad week - mere blip or the beginning of the end?
 For the Atlanta Braves, it was the worst week of what has been a splendid season.  Keep that last part in mind. Not so long ago, we had to try hard to find two or three happy days in a baseball summer. That this week stuck out, sore-thumb-like, is in its way  another sign of progress.  That said, this was a really bad week. The...

Posted: 7 days ago

For the Atlanta Braves, it was the worst week of what has been a splendid season.  Keep that last part in mind. Not so long ago, we had to try hard to find two or three happy days in a baseball summer. That this week stuck out, sore-thumb-like, is in its way another sign of progress.  That said, this was a really bad week. The...
We know who the 2019 NBA champ will be. That’s a problem
 It says something about the NBA, and surely nothing good, that its most fascinating month is July, when no actual games are played. (We won’t count those summer scrimmages out West, where a mild scuffle between Hawks rookie Trae Young and the egregious Grayson Allen passes for “news.”) If you track pro hoops, you already...

Posted: 10 days ago

It says something about the NBA, and surely nothing good, that its most fascinating month is July, when no actual games are played. (We won’t count those summer scrimmages out West, where a mild scuffle between Hawks rookie Trae Young and the egregious Grayson Allen passes for “news.”) If you track pro hoops, you already...
The extremely eventful summer of Jake Fromm, Georgia folk hero
 We think of Jake Fromm the way some of us of aging years thought of Chip Hilton, the difference being that Chip Hilton didn’t exist. He was the creation in a series of books by Clair Bee, a famous basketball coach turned writer.  The 23-book series – I’ve read every installment, though not lately – traced Chip&rsquo...

Posted: 11 days ago

We think of Jake Fromm the way some of us of aging years thought of Chip Hilton, the difference being that Chip Hilton didn’t exist. He was the creation in a series of books by Clair Bee, a famous basketball coach turned writer.  The 23-book series – I’ve read every installment, though not lately – traced Chip&rsquo...
The Braves are doing their part. Liberty Media needs to step up
 On the morning of Memorial Day, the Atlanta Braves led the National League East by a half-game. Their winning percentage was .588. They awoke on the Fourth of July with a winning percentage of .583. Their lead over the second-place Phillies was 2-1/2 games. In bigger news, the Braves led the Nationals – long the consensus choice...

Posted: 12 days ago

On the morning of Memorial Day, the Atlanta Braves led the National League East by a half-game. Their winning percentage was .588. They awoke on the Fourth of July with a winning percentage of .583. Their lead over the second-place Phillies was 2-1/2 games. In bigger news, the Braves led the Nationals – long the consensus choice...