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Here are 10 things we blindly gleaned from listening to Braves-Tigers on the radio, as the clubs launched the official start of exhibition play on Friday.
But first, a mini-rant:
In this age of lightning-speed Internet and absurdly advanced technologies, you'd think Major League Baseball would allow Web consumers to purchase the closed-circuit feed of every Grapefruit and Cactus league game for a nominal fee, of course.
Instead, as an MLB.TV subscriber, I'm entitled to only 212 games (or something like that) for February and March . . . which explains why I'm flying blind for this piece:
Tigers 2, Braves 1
1. The Braves' starting lineup featured Andrelton Simmons batting leadoff, with Jason Heyward in the No. 2 hole, followed by Justin Upton, Freddie Freeman, B.J. Upton and then Dan Uggla. This could easily be the order, 1 through 6, on Opening Day against the Phillies.
2. Speaking of which, I don't expect the Upton brothers (combined 0 for 4 Friday) to st...
BEST OF MAXIM
Finally, the Braves photo day pictures were posted! Here are some of the position players, pitchers in another post. :)
How is this the opening mug of the album?
Well, at least he got the eyebrows fixed...marginally. ;)
Cuter in person.
Always looks great.
I like this guy much more after meeting him.
We've heard he's a goofball. I think you can tell in this picture. ...
Finally, the Braves photo day pictures were posted! Here are the pitchers, position players in another post. :)
Going to dominate this year. ...Wait, what's that tattoo?
Beachy, those curls. No. You are a grown man, and your name is not Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Sean Gilmartin looks a little goofier than usual here. He really is handsome, y'all.
I like Huddy without facial hair...
Justin Upton was almost traded twice before coming to the Braves
The Arizona Diamondbacks apparently tried to trade Justin Upton for two and a half years, including a deal with the Mariners that Upton vetoed. Another deal involving Upton to an American League team was close, but fell through.
The deal with the Mariners reportedly included minor league shortstop Nick Franklin, pitching...
It’s that time of the year when we take stock of the Atlanta Braves organization and analyze the top prospects. For the next few weeks, we will profile our top-30 prospect list in groups of five. Here are those who are ranked in the 11-15 range.
NL East week rolls along with Atlanta Braves day. The Braves won the top NL Wild Card spot last season before getting eliminated in the wild card playoff game by the Cardinals, in part due to a sketchy infield fly call. Atlanta dramatically retooled their outfield this winter, and will be going into 2013 as one of the game's most changed teams.
Yesterday was Phillies day...
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. As a practical matter, Gerald Laird was indirectly responsible for Moneyball, the best-selling book (and Oscar-nominated movie of the same name) chronicling the underdog story of the 2002 Oakland Athletics.
Here's the scoop:
Fifteen years ago and fresh out of high school (southern California), Laird subjectively had more physical upside than future luminaries...
Tim Hudson started and pitched two scoreless innings
The Atlanta Braves pitchers were in mid-season form Friday afternoon, as the Braves opened their spring training season against the Detroit Tigers at Champion Stadium with seven no-hit innings. Unfortunately, the bats were still in deep winter slumber, as the Tigers nipped the Braves, 2-1.
The Braves lone run came on a solo homer...
Spring Training statistics are hardly a good way to judge upcoming success but none-the-less everyone likes to start with a strong outing. That was just the case for Tim Hudson on Friday.
As spring games opened Hudson took the mound for the Braves. A similar situation could occur on opening day.
Hudson pitched two hitless innings against Detroit. He walked a batter...
The Atlanta Braves and the New York Yankees tangle at 1:05 today (February 23) at Champion Stadium. Veteran left hander, Paul Maholm, will start today for the Braves. The right handed David Phelps is the Yankees scheduled starter.
The Braves pitchers scheduled to follow Maholm are: Jordan Walden, Anthony Varvaro, Cory Rasmus, Yohan Flande, and J.R. Graham.
The Braves will try...
Happy first game of spring training day, everyone! The Tigers take on the Atlanta Braves in Kissimmee, Fla. The first pitch is at 1:05 PM and the game can be heard on WXYT-FM (97.1). in Metro Detroit.
The late great Ernie Harwell used to open every spring training with the following from Song of Solomon…
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- The first game of spring training can provide some unusual scenarios.
Such as Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera facing Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel -- in the third inning.
Coming off baseball's first Triple Crown season since 1967, Cabrera grounded out against Kimbrel before finishing his day with a drive to the warning track in center field, not a factor...
Recently, we posted a head-to-head comparison of the Braves’ and Nats’ probable lineups, featuring statistical projections from Bill James. Missing from that post, we later felt, was comparison of the 2012 performances of each member of the respective lineups. With that in mind, here is that comparison.
2012 performance of current Braves lineup: