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It's a business; a hard, unforgiving business.
It was a business last season, when Braves catcher Brian McCann played hurt and, according to several former teammates, grew frustrated when management did not sufficiently acknowledge his condition or sacrifice.
And it will be a business this offseason, when McCann becomes a free agent and, if healthy, likely draws interest from several high-revenue clubs, including one that expressed interest in him after last season, the Texas Rangers.
The worst is behind McCann, who is expected to return in mid-April from surgery on a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He said he is excited by his progress, excited by his team's prospects and open to remaining with his hometown team, even while some of his friends believe he's a goner.
General manager Frank Wren, seeking to ensure that the two sides maintain a positive relationship, said he reached out to McCann with a telephone call after last season ended.
"I felt like we nee...
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If you've never taken a business class in your life, you're probably wondering just exactly a SWOT analysis is. A SWOT analysis can be used in numerous fields, but the most common usage is when a new venture or project is being launched by a company. The goal of a SWOT analysis is to uncover the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to the venture or project going...
Jason Heyward should return to the Braves lineup today. He was scratched yesterday due to an issue with his shoulder, but the Atlanta Braves do not seem all that concerned about the injury. Neither does Heyward. His return today is a good sign.
Fredi held Heyward out of today's game with a sore shoulder. But Heyward will be in tomorrow's lineup. #Braves
A few days and a couple spring training games back, lodged in a hallway between George M. Steinbrenner Field's visitor's dugout and its accompanying clubhouse, Fredi Gonzalez voiced his displeasure with Joey Terdoslavich.
"We happen to have a day off tomorrow," Gonzalez said, straight-faced, "and we're gonna sit him down."
Terdoslavich had just completed...
Spring has not gone as Tim Hudson had hoped. The veteran pitcher had another rough outing on Sunday allowing six runs in five innings to the Marlins.
There is still time for a turn around as Hudson has three starts left this spring. The 37-year-old has allowed 10 runs in 14 innings thus far.
Hudson told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that he feels...
As you may have heard by now, the Atlanta Braves made a few changes over the winter. With the new additions, the Braves lineup figures to be among the most powerful in baseball. But along with all that thunder, there will also be plenty of whiffs. In fact the Braves strikeout tally could be among the highest in the game. Here’s the key question, though…
Does it matter?
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The Yankees reportedly intend to gauge the interest of recently retired Braves star Chipper Jones, among others, in possibly filling in for the injured Mark Teixeira.
The Braves wrapped up their second week of exhibition play on Saturday with a “W”, bringing their Grapefruit League record to 5 of 8.
This week’s scores (3/2-3/9, SS is split squad):
Blue Jays (SS)
Slowly the roster picture...
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I received a text to day from someone who always likes to see if he can get a rise out of me. He’s a Yankee fan, I’m a Met fan. So the text reads “Awesome!!! Chipper Jones coming out of retirement to join the Yankees...
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After being selected seventh overall in the 2009 Amateur Draft, Mike Minor has seen more bad days than good ones in Atlanta. Even though his strikeout numbers have been more than respectable, his career 4.37 ERA and 1.30 WHIP leave much to be desired. Minor started 30 games for the Braves last year, his first full season in the majors, and posted career-bests...
Stephen Strasburg dominated for five innings, then got hit hard in the sixth.
Justin Upton hit a two-run single in a four-run sixth inning Monday, helping the Atlanta Braves beat the Washington Nationals 7-2.
Making his fourth spring training start, Strasburg faced just one batter over the minimum entering the sixth. But after retiring Christian Bethancourt on a flyout, Strasburg...