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That familiar face over at third base is gone.
Time for the Atlanta Braves to go through another changing of the guard.
Goodbye, Chipper Jones.
Hello, Jason Heyward and the Brothers Upton.
The Braves head into a new era with the same high expectations - make the playoffs, contend for a championship - even though Jones won't be holding down a spot in the middle of the lineup for the first time in nearly two decades.
''When you don't have probably the best third baseman ever, there is a big hole to fill,'' said pitcher Tim Hudson, who'll get the start on opening day. ''But there is a lot of young talent on this team. We'll be good again this year and should be good for a lot more years.''
Indeed, Atlanta has been through this before.
Many times, in fact, since emerging as one of baseball's top franchises in 1991.
There were plenty of fans who wondered how the Braves would ever replace Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and John Smol...
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The Braves put out a press release yesterday about What's new at Turner Field in 2013. You can read it all through that link, and I just wanted to discuss a few things...
H&F Burger is replacing the prominent McCann's Burgers stands. I flipped out about this a little when I first heard about it from a Braves employee. The McCann burger will be on the Chop House menu...
The left elbow of relief pitcher Johnny Venters forced him out of a spring training game on Tuesday. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution the 28-year-old will visit Dr. James Andrews early next week.
Venters has been one of the most reliable relief pitchers in baseball over the last three seasons. He also has made more appearances out of the bullpen then...
The Legend of Gattis is heading to Atlanta.
Evan Gattis, a 26-year-old prospect who spent four years out of baseball, has claimed the final spot on the Braves' bench, answering one of the last remaining questions as the team prepares for Opening Day.
With Brian McCann out with a shoulder injury, Gattis will backup Gerald Laird, though with Laird nursing a left calf strain and...
This is my favorite Brave, Jonny Venters. That is his left elbow. Apparently right now it is hurt.
I don't like this.
Venters left game with left-elbow sprain, according to #Braves
— David O'Brien (@ajcbraves) March 26, 2013
At the time he was placed on DL last summer, Venters said the elbow had "flared up" from time to time previously during season.
FOX Sports South: What kind of impact do you expect from the Upton brothers on the Braves lineup?
Chip Caray: The Upton Brothers impact on the Braves team is enormous.
After the retirements of Bobby Cox and Chipper Jones over the last three years, Brian McCann and Tim Hudson are the longest tenured Braves. Tim is 37. Brian is a potential free agent. That the Braves are able to...
Tim Hudson pitched four innings in his final spring tuneup while Braves reliever Jonny Venters left early with a sprained elbow Tuesday in Atlanta's 6-5 win over the Detroit Tigers.
Hudson allowed one run. He is set to start the opener next Monday at home against Philadelphia.
Venters exited in the sixth after hurting his left elbow in his first appearance since March 13, when...
Paul Maholm extended his streak of not allowing an earned run to 24 2-3 innings as the Atlanta Braves beat a split squad of Houston Astros 2-0 on Thursday in the final Grapefruit League game for both teams.
Both teams left Florida almost immediately following a game that lasted just 2 hours, 7 minutes. Most starters gone well before the end.
Maholm allowed only two hits with two...
Just a few days after St. Louis Cardinals’ Jason Motte suffered a forearm/elbow injury resulting in a start on the DL, another team expected to contend for the postseason suffers a bad blow. Atlanta Braves All Star set-up man Jonny Venters left today’s game vs. Detroit in Lakeland, Florida. Venters was struggling in the outing, allowing 2 hits and 2 walks while retiring only...