Found March 12, 2012 on BravesWire:
By Andrew Hirsh The Atlanta Braves have stumbled out of the gate this Spring Training, opening up their Grapefruit League schedule with an underwhelming 1-9 record, currently the worst in the MLB. Dan Uggla is one of the few Braves off to a fast start: .313, 1 HR in 16 AB's) It may feel natural to look at the numbers—both of the team and of individuals—and begin to worry about what it could mean moving forward. This is the first live baseball we’ve seen since October, after all. As fans we’ve missed the sport and wish to care about the games we’re watching. That being said, there’s no reason to put much stock (if any) in the final scores of Spring Training contests, especially those this early. Different priorities mean different results Both the players and the coaches have different prerogatives at this juncture than they will come April, and finishing with more runs than the opposing team simply isn’t important right now. Pitchers, for example, are generally more concerned wi...

Meet the Braves: Cory Gearrin invites you to meet the Braves as we continue a month-long look at our team, player-by-player. We'll revisit 2011 and project what 2012 might look like. Cory Gearrin Position: Relief pitcher Height: 6-3 Weight: 200 BatThrow: RR Hometown: Chattanooga, Tenn. Experience: Second year 2011 in review: The sidearmer spent most of the season at Triple-A Gwinnett...

Meet the Braves: Tyler Pastornicky invites you to meet the Braves as we continue a month-long look at our team, player-by-player. We'll revisit 2011 and project what 2012 might look like. Tyler Pastornicky Position: SS Height: 5-11; Weight: 170 BatThrow: RR Hometown: Bradenton, Fla. Experience: Rookie 2011 in review: Pastornicky had his best offensive season as a professional, hitting a combined...

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