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The 2012 season for the Atlanta Braves was one full of the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. The team started Opening Day looking to compete with the Philadelphia Phillies, who were looking to win their sixth straight NL East title. However, a familiar rival would emerge to fight the Braves for the rights to sit atop of the division, as the Washington Nationals backed up manager Davey Johnson’s words from the spring and quickly showed the rest of the MLB that they were a legitimate contender.
Powered by a great set of pitchers—both starting the games and waiting in the bullpen to get the job done—and a rejuvenated Chipper Jones, who had announced prior to the season that he would retire at its conclusion, the Braves fought the Nats long and hard as the year progressed, each fighting in a division that had quickly witnessed two teams separate themselves from an otherwise weak set of teams.
Despite the best efforts from the entire team, the Braves were unable to top the Nation...
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AROUND THE WEB
THAT DIDN'T TAKE LONG
The Atlanta Braves are not wasting any time paying tribute to Chipper Jones as it has been announced the team will retire his No. 10 jersey on June 28.
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:
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. Chipper Jones sat in the Braves dugout, the Champion Stadium field reflecting off his wraparound Oakley sunglasses. He was in uniform, as he had been for the last 20 spring trainings, but there were no fielding drills, no sprints, no preparing himself for the rigors of a 162-game season.
This is Chipper Jones in retirement and hes being clear that there...
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. Craig Kimbrel keeps baseballs from key moments in his career. Now hes adding a much smaller ball to his collection.
The Braves All-Star closer hit his first-ever hole-in-one on the ChampionsGate Golf Club during Mondays Tim Hudson-Chipper Jones Birdies and Baseball charity tournament.
Kimbrel, using a four-iron, hit the ball 180 yards into the wind on the...
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. Kris Medlen stepped off the elevator onto the mezzanine level of Champions Stadium, where a few of his Braves teammates were waiting in line to be shuffled around for photo day.
A rack of jerseys and a table of hats were waiting as the teams public relations staff helped each player find their size; the Braves around Medlen were each pulling on their jerseys...
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.
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...
Tweet Chipper Jones made his debut for the Atlanta Braves in 1993. He then went on to play 18 full seasons for the Braves. Jones batted .303 in his career with Braves, hit 468 home runs and drove in 1623 runs. He was also an eight-time All-Star and the National League MVP in 1999. Jones [...]
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...
Ben and Sam preview the Braves` season with Zachary Levine, and Pete talks to Atlanta Journal-Constitution sports columnist Mark Bradley (at 16:42).
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. Here's a postcard to commemorate Day 5 of FOXSportsSouth.com's embedded coverage from Braves camp, a day that started with an honor for Chipper Jones and ended with some pitcher-fueled clarity for the first five exhibition games.
Four Workout Observations
1. Catching prospect Christian Bethancourt might have the most raw power of any Braves hitter...