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Perhaps hidden somewhere in a small town in America is a baseball player with major talent who won't be drafted this week.
That overlooked player can find encouragement in the undrafted major leagues' ERA leader, Atlanta's Brandon Beachy.
Beachy, from Kokomo, Ind., didn't overwhelm scouts as a junior third baseman and closer at Indiana Wesleyan University in 2008. Braves scout Gene Kerns discovered Beachy that summer at a Virginia league.
Kerns says he needed two days to talk the Braves into offering Beachy a $20,000 signing bonus. It was the only opening Beachy needed.
Beachy shot through the minors and leads the majors with a 1.87 ERA.
He is regarded as a surprise, but Beachy expects success. ''I don't see a reason to fail,'' he says.
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Hard to refrain from the endless possibilities of bad puns on my name..but nothing better than an off day spent at the beach! #baseballtans
— Brandon Beachy (@Brandon_Beachy) June 4, 2012
Obviously this made me think of the Braves playing beach volleyball, which made me think of Top Gun (as any normal straight girl would), which made me want to assign Top Gun characters...
Tommy Hanson, some would say you deserved a better fate.
Here we see frame-by-frame Hanson’s once dazzling 89 MPH fastball hit into the seats in right field at Nationals Park. This was the most impressive of Harper’s five career home runs in my opinion. Watch the speed of the bat head exploding through the zone.
The blast came while opponents were still patting Steve Lombardozzi...
Fredi Gonzalez has made it clear.
Hes not going to be the one to tell Dan Uggla hes getting a day off. At least not to his face.
Maybe Gonzalez could text him, send a personal message on Facebook or even talk to him via the electronic wizardry of Skype. Do people still send telegrams?
Perhaps someone else can tell him. Any volunteers?
Or maybe Ill have one of you do it, he joked...
The Atlanta Braves, along with Delta Airlines, are giving one local fan a chance to throw out the first pitch against the Yankees next Wednesday. Contestants can enter online, but there are a few catches. The winner must find their own transportation to the ballpark, and must live in the southeastern United States. Technically the winner must live in either Georgia, Tennessee...
ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves looked to a local player for their first pick when they picked right-handed pitcher Lucas Sims from Brookwood High School near Atlanta in the first round of Major League Baseball's first-year player draft.Sims, who watched the draft with his family in Gwinnett County, says he has been a Braves fan all his life and being drafted by his favorite...
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Tommy Hanson shook off an agonizing start to outpitch Gio Gonzalez, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 Sunday to end a six-game skid against their NL East rivals.
Hanson (6-4) gave up homers to the first two batters he faced, with rookies Steve Lombardozzi and Bryce Harper connecting on consecutive pitches.
Hanson then blanked the Nationals...
Dan Uggla hit two homers in his first game at Marlins Park, including a tape-measure blow off the home-run sculpture, and Tim Hudson pitched a five-hitter for his 13th career shutout Tuesday night to help the Atlanta Braves beat Miami 11-0.
Uggla hit a solo homer in the fourth inning, and he scored a direct hit on the middle of the sculpture with a two-run homer in the ninth estimated...
MIAMI (AP) -- Dan Uggla hit two homers in his first game at Marlins Park, including a tape-measure blow off the home-run sculpture, and Tim Hudson pitched a five-hitter for his 13th career shutout Tuesday night to help the Atlanta Braves beat Miami 11-0.
Uggla hit a solo homer in the fourth inning, and he scored a direct hit on the middle of the sculpture with a two-run homer in...
This video is starting to spread around various blogs on the internet. I love how the dude just corrals her forcefully.
Someone should have told her this is an Atlanta Braves game not the disco. The dude is just priceless here.
After splitting a rain shortened series with the Nationals, the Braves open a 3-game series today in Miami. The first game of the scheduled 3-game series in D.C. was postponed due to rain and tornado warnings. It has yet to be announced when that game will be made up, though the schedule looks most promising in August.
Heading into Miami, the Braves face a team that is tied for first...
Tuesday: Atlanta at Miami, 7:10 p.m. (SportSouth); Tim Hudson (3-2, 4.60 ERA) vs. Anibal Sanchez (3-3, 2.57)
Wednesday: Atlanta at Miami, 7:10 p.m. (SportSouth); Randall Delgado (3-5, 4.58) vs. Josh Johnson (3-3, 4.83)
Thursday: Atlanta at Miami, 7:10 p.m. (SportSouth); Mike Minor (2-4, 6.98) vs. Mark Buehrle (5-5, 3.53)
Friday: Toronto at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m. (FOX Sports...