Found February 19, 2013 on Fox Sports South:
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. Here's a postcard to commemorate Day 5 of'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. He has a powerful hip turn, quick hands and a natural uppercut swing. 2. Outfielders and infielders have begun working together on relay drills. Today's primary emphasis: Delivering clean relays from balls hit into the power alleys or outfield corners. Which begs the question: At some point in spring training, will the coaches be timing the relays to third base or home plate with a stopwatch? 3. Third baseman Juan Francisco bashed an opposite-field homer early in batting practice, a credit to his knack for getting good leverage on outside pitches. 4. I got a true understanding of Andrelton Simmons' arm strength this morning. During infield practice, he scooted to his left, snagged a ball, executed a three-quarters spin and fired a pinpoint bullet to the catcher. One Hall Of A Player Before their Wednesday workout, the Braves officially announced that newly retired Chipper Jones whose 19-year career with Atlanta ended last October would have his number retired in a June 28 ceremony at Turner Field, before the Braves-Diamondbacks game. Jones is the 10th Brave to earn this high honor, joining greats like Hank Aaron, Eddie Matthews, Greg Maddux, John Smoltz, Tom Glavine and Bobby Cox, among others. By most accounts, Jones (468 HR, 2,726 RBI, .303 lifetime batting average) stands as the third-greatest switch hitter in baseball history, trailing only Mickey Mantle and Eddie Murray. And as one of the seven greatest third basemen of all time, Jones seemsdestined for the Baseball Hall of Fame in either 2018 or '19. For more on Jones' grand tribute, click here for Cory McCartney's excellent piece. Huddy's The One On Tuesday afternoon, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez announced the club's rotation order for the first five games of spring training (Feb. 22-26): Tim Hudson (vs. Tigers), Paul Maholm (vs. Yankees), Julio Teheran (at Pirates), Kris Medlen (vs. Marlins) and Mike Minor (vs. Nationals). Gonzalez didn't go into specifics regarding the length of the outings; but like most MLB teams playing in February, starting pitchers rarely go more than two innings in their first go-round of Grapefruit League action. Last year, the Braves went 10-18 overall in spring training, taking 13th place out of 15 teams, finishing ahead of the Mets and Pirates. Of its 28 Grapefruit games, Atlanta scored 125 total runs, for a per-outing average of 4.7 runs. However, the pitching and defense surrendered 163 total runs, for a per-outing average of 5.8 runs. The Start Of Something Big On May 2 last year, the baseball world was shocked to see Roy Halladay exhibit the traits of a mortal pitcher, surrendering eight runs and 12 hits in the Phillies' hellacious 15-13 loss to the Braves. That night essentially marked the beginning of the end of a Halladay season plagued by shoulder problems and his worst ERA (4.49) since 2000 (10.64 with the Blue Jays). It also sparked the renewal of Atlanta's Kris Medlen at least after allowing three runs in one inning that May evening. From that point forward, Medlen would allow a grand total of 19 earned runs the rest of the season spanning 12 starts, 33 appearances and 122 innings ... with absurd marks of a 10-1 record, 1.40 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 12119 K-BB ratio. No Harm, No Foul During a simulation drill at first base, Freddie Freeman snagged a ball to his right, spun and then air-mailed a throw toward home plate, which smashed against the wall near the visiting dugout. As a fortuitous response, the wayward ball essentially caromed right back to the catcher. Rumor Has It ... ... that Braves closer Craig Kimbrel belted a hole-in-one Monday at the Tim HudsonChipper Jones charity golf outing that benefits patients at the AFLAC Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta. (No visual evidence to confirm it.) Kimbrel's miracle shot occurred at the ChampionsGate Orlando golf center, specifically the No. 2 hole at the National course, from 177 yards out ... although Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez jokingly said Kimbrel estimated his hole-in-one at more than 200 yards.

Braves to retire Chipper's number

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.

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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:   AB AVG OBP HR RBI 2B/3B...

2013 Televised Spring Training Games

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Chipper Jones honored by Braves' tributes

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...

Medlen preps for another run, baby duties

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...

New year, new role for Braves' Pastornicky

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Braves closer Kimbrel hits first hole-in-one

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...

Atlanta Braves to retire Chipper Jones’ number, induct him in team Hall of Fame

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 [...]

Chipper Jones: Braves Will Honor Chipper June 28

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...

Tony Gonzalez Needs to Speak with Chipper Jones

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...

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 143: 2013 Season Preview Series: Atlanta Braves by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

Ben and Sam preview the Braves` season with Zachary Levine, and Pete talks to Atlanta Journal-Constitution sports columnist Mark Bradley (at 16:42).
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