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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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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:
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.
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...
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...
2008 MLB All-Star Game – Hall of Fame 3rd Base (Photo credit: Al_HikesAZ)
Chipper Jones will have his number retired by the Atlanta Braves in a ceremony scheduled for Friday, June 28. Jones will also be inducted into the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame. The induction will take place at the downtown Marriott Marquis, during a special luncheon, and will be followed by pregame ceremonies...
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...
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...
Ben and Sam preview the Braves` season with Zachary Levine, and Pete talks to Atlanta Journal-Constitution sports columnist Mark Bradley (at 16:42).
Tony Gonzalez could learn from Chipper Jones
When Chipper Jones retired he did it the right way. He made his decision prior to his last season, had the press conference to let everyone know his intentions, then he played his last season and accepted the accolades and answered all the questions.
The Braves organization benefited by Jones’ early decision. They were able to sell...