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Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel is really good at pitching, and according to this story from the USA Today, he isn't too bad at golf either.Kimbrel, 24, spent much of Monday hitting the links at ChampionsGate Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. On the second hole, Kimbrel allegedly lost sight of his ball after driving it off the tee. He just figured it disappeared into a greenside bunker. However, after searching far and wide around the green, it turns out his ball landed 180-yards away at the bottom of the cup for a hole-in-one."I couldn't believe it," Kimbrel said. "I think it went in on the fly. It was my first one."The 2011 National League Rookie of the Year celebrated his fantastic shot by buying a round of drinks for everyone at the clubhouse after his round was over. What a classy gesture."It was a charity event," Kimbrel laughed. "There was an open bar. I paid for it all."The Alabama native will be entering his third full big league season in 2013. He posted a tidy 1.01 ERA while recording 42 saves in 63 appearances last season. He owns a 1.46 ERA in 163 games overall.Kimbrel is slated to pitch for Team USA in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. But if he continues to ace holes on the golf course, the PGA may want to have him moonlight on the pro tour, as well.
BEST OF MAXIM
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...
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. 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...
LAKE BUENVA VISTA, Fla. Last February, Tyler Pastornicky came into spring training as the favorite to be the Braves' everyday shortstop. A year later, he's preparing to take on an entirely different role.
During Monday's infield drills, Terry Pendleton hit a sharp grounder up the middle and Pastornicky, playing second base, charged. He backhanded the ball and in a fluid...
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...
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 [...]
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...
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...