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The Atlanta Braves were a playoff team in 2011 until the final day of the season when they lost to the Philadelphia Phillies then were eliminated by the St Louis Cardinals in a one game playoff. After having a 9 1/2 game lead for the Wild Card on August 25th, the Braves blew their lead. There was good news for Atlanta though. Craig Kimbrel emerged as a closer and won the Rookie of the Year Award and newcomer Michael Bourn became the team’s table setter.
Looking forward to 2012 the Braves have some additional challenges to reach the playoffs. The National League East has improved dramatically. The Miami Marlins and Washington Nationals both made huge improvements while the Philadelphia Phillies look again to be the class of the division. Other than trading away Derek Lowe and not resigning Alex Gonzalez, the Braves have done nothing this offseason. The improved division could make it tough for the Braves to reach their 89 win total from a year before.
Tim Hudson is recovering from ba...
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As Spring Training rapidly approaches and speculation surrounding the future of baseball’s brightest prospects spreads like wildfire, The Golden Sombrero will highlight some of the notable Spring Training invitees from each organization.
Joe Terdoslavich, 1B: The 6-foot-1 switch-hitter had a monster season for High-A Lynchburg in 2011 as he batted .286 with 52 doubles, 20 home...
If you think Craig Kimbrel will be affected by the events of Sept. 28, 2011, dont worry.
He has a closers mentality.
He lives moment-by-moment, pitch-by-pitch, inch-by-inch, mph-by-mph. What happens one day wont affect tomorrow.
Thats the mindset you have to have as a closer, when you pitch on the edge, when one misplaced fastball can result in a win or a save or a loss.
The Braves signed Luis Durango this offseason as a minor league free agent, and invited him to spring camp. Looking at Durango's skills overall, he reminds me a lot of someone else that will be in camp, but on the 40-man roster: Jose Constanza. Durango has gotten brief cups of coffee in the majors over the last three seasons with the Padres and Astros, and has really only shown...
Today at Georgia Tech, Braves GM Frank Wren and Scouting Director John Coppolella were giving a guest lecture in a sports analytics class. The lecture gave an inside look into the Braves operations, and some of their analytical tools. Nothing too note-worthy came out of it, aside from the fact that the Braves use a stat called DOM to evaluate pitchers. DOM is thought of by the organization...
Michael Bourn is about as sure a thing as you can get in fantasy sports. You know you’re getting 50+ steals along with at least a .270 batting average, .340 on-base percentage and 90 runs aka Brett Gardner last year. Now that he’s on the Braves, you can probably tack on about 10 more runs and that .270 batting average is an absolute floor — he’s hit over .280 twice in the...
Tommy Hanson was hesitant when Braves Minor League physical therapist Troy Jones suggested that he alter his awkward delivery. But after thinking about it for a couple months, Hanson returned to Turner Field during the early days of January and told pitching coach Roger McDowell that he wanted to make the change.
A roster of outstanding starting pitching should allow the Atlanta Braves to be well positioned for a run at the National League East title.
By Jim Pratt
Editor’s note: Last week in part-1 of his look at the 2014 Braves, Jim Pratt gave us a look at the Braves infield of the future. See part-1 here
Continuing our look at the Braves roster of the future, today we forecast the 2014 Atlanta outfield.
Outside of who will replace Chipper Jones at third base once he decides to start the clock on his Hall of Fame candidacy...
The second in a series: The Braves are loaded with pitchingClick the title to read more.Read more great baseball stuff at The Hardball Times.
From Star News Online
Baseball in Wilmington would get a drastic makeover if the city can reach a deal to build a new stadium and bring in a minor league franchise from the Atlanta Braves.
Those in the athletic department at UNCW are waiting with tempered excitement, scrutinizing the potential a new stadium could bring to its already successful baseball program.