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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- With spring training entering its first full week, there are no shortage of storylines surrounding the Braves.
While the Brothers Upton, newcomers B.J. and Justin, have everyone's focus, Jay Clemons and Cory McCartney are putting their focus elsewhere: mainly two guys fighting for roster spots in Evan Gattis and Tyler Pastornicky.
Pastornicky entered last spring as the expected future at shortstop, but with Andrelton Simmons locking up that position, the expectations and the possibilities have changed for Pastornicky.
Can he fill the roles of the versatile Martin Prado, who was traded to the Diamondback in the Justin Upton deal? Pastornicky is being viewed as a potential utility man at second base, shortstop and in the outfield.
Gattis put on a show during batting practice and was the only player to make contact on All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel. But at 26, where does he fit into the Braves plans? A catcher by trade, hes also played left field and manager Fredi Gonzalez sees him as an option at first base.
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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.
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. 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...
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 [...]
MCann enters 2013 in the last year of his contract
Braves catcher Brian McCann will face major challenges this season, and he will be facing them with a surgically repaired right shoulder that most likely won’t be 100% until the 2013 season is well underway.
McCann didn’t have a “Brian McCann” type season at the plate in 2012, when he hit only .230, with 20 homers, 67 runs...
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
1. Catching prospect Christian Bethancourt might have the most raw power of any Braves hitter...
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...
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Here's a postcard to commemorate Day 3 of FOXSportsSouth.com's embedded coverage from Braves camp, easily the weekend's coldest day (temps in the upper 40slow 50s):
Seven Workout Observations
1. On a separate field outside Champion Stadium, with a stiff crosswind heading out to right-center field, Jason Heyward quickly found his groove, spraying...