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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 par-3 second hole and the ball sailed directly into the hole.
It would have been more exciting if I would have known it went in from the tee box, Kimbrel said at his locker after practice Tuesday. There was a bunker right in front of the hole . . . The ball just disappeared, so my first instinct and I play a lot of golf is that it went into the bunker.
Kimbrel though was able to avoid a tradition associated with hitting an ace: buying people drinks afterward.
It was an open bar because it was an event, so I bought everybodys drinks, Kimbrel said, laughing. All the guys I was playing with, they were ragging me Youre lucky its an open bar.
Kimbrel, who won a box of golf balls as closest to the pin, already has the flag from the hole, which hell sign and frame with the date and course information. The ChampionsGate Golf Club is also sending him a plaque to place the ball on.
I got something for the man cave, he said.
The National League Rookie of the Year in 2011, Kimbrel put together one of the most impressive seasons for a closer in major-league history in 12. He became the first player to strike out at least half of the batters he faced in racking up 116 Ks against 231 batters. He also had at least three strikeouts in 17 of his 62 one-inning appearances and a batting average against of just .126.
Asked if the hole-in-one was foreshadowing another big season after blowing just 11 saves in 99 opportunities the past two seasons, Kimbrel replied, Hopefully I dont run out of luck before the season gets here.
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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:
A few news sources have posted the schedules for TV broadcasts of Braves spring training games. Here they are in date-order (instead of network-order, which is not helpful to anyone but easy for the media to copy/paste, haha):
2/28 Braves @ Phillies (1:00p, MLBN - live)
3/03 Tigers @ Braves (1:00p, CSS - live; replay 8:00p, MLBN)
3/04 Braves @ Mets (1:00p, MLBN - live)
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
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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...