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ATLANTA With an injury-shortened season behind him and the World Baseball Classic looming, Andrelton Simmons caught up on his sleep this winter. He might need it.
The 23-year-old shortstop is one of the few Atlanta Braves still participating in the international tournament, and his native Netherlands team is set to shoulder the full weight of a global schedule. After spending some time in Orlando for Spring Training, Simmons is scheduled to arrive in Taichung, Taiwan, for the team's opening round of games beginning on March 2. With a few wins, trips to Tokyo and San Francisco might also be in the cards.
In total, Simmons, a rookie starter on last season's wild-card team, could travel more than 17,000 miles before returning to Disney's Wide World of Sports to re-join the club.
"I'm used to sleeping on planes, so I should be good," he said with a laugh.
That thanks-but-I'll-be-OK mentality transfused into the franchise's mode of approaching inte...
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Andrelton Simmons is thought by many experts to have all-star potential
Nobody with any baseball sense would question how important leadoff hitters are. The question for the Braves….. Who is going to hit leadoff? Andrelton Simmons seems like the likely candidate as of right now, but could the Braves make another move?
Let’s focus on the idea that Simmons is the Braves lead...
ATLANTA The belt hangs in Tim Hudsons locker in the Braves clubhouse, black leather with silver adornments, a WWE-style trophy proclaiming its owner the A.B.F.L. (Atlanta Braves Football League) Heavyweight Champion.
Its a title Hudson has held onto the last two years as the winner of teams fantasy football league, but his streak and his season ended with a loss to closer Craig...
dancing in BP, generally being awesome
It's comforting to know Prado's former teammates love him as much as the fans do.
Sad to see everyone's fav teammate go, but all smiles as a pitcher looking over my shoulder! Can't wait. #Braves
— Brandon Beachy (@Brandon_Beachy) January 24, 2013
.@jasonheyward on Martin Prado: “He’s a great teammate, great person on-...
Evan Gattis, on the left, has been playing more LF and doing less catching
At the last caravan I went to, a few blog readers told me they missed the inbox entries, so I'll do my best to catch up. :)
If you're unfamiliar, I answer Bowman's inbox Q&As as if anyone cares about my opinion. Here's a link to his most recent inbox, with the questions and my answers...
The debate rages on whether or not the Mets should forfeit their first-round pick, the #11 selection overall, in order to sign free agent Michael Bourn. Those in favor of the move point out that Bourn would address a major need for the Mets while those opposed think the club is unlikely to contend while Bourn would be good and that the club would be better off continuing its youth...
By CHARLES ODUM
AP Sports Writer
ATLANTA -- Fredi Gonzalez sat down and started writing out projected lineups last week as soon as he heard the Braves had traded for Justin Upton.
It didn't take long. The manager says making out lineups just got easier.
Gonzalez used 107 lineups last year, sometimes adjusting due to the opposing pitcher.
He said his juggling days are over...
There were tears. But that was to be expected.
A mother's pride can only manifest itself in so many ways, so when Yvonne Upton sat down beside her older son B.J. while her younger son, Justin, was announced as an Atlanta Brave, she could be forgiven a dab or two around the eyes.
"This is the greatest day for us," Yvonne said after the press conference. "It&...
It’s that time of the year when we take stock of the Atlanta Braves organization and analyze the top prospects. For the next few weeks, we will profile our top-30 prospect list in groups of five. Here are those who cracked the bottom five.
Tweet The Arizona Diamondbacks had seemingly pondered the idea of trading young, talented outfielder Justin Upton forever. Last week it finally happened. Arizona shipped Upton to the Atlanta Braves in a trade that included the super versatile Martin Prado heading the opposite direction. The Braves now boast one of MLB’s best outfields with Jason [...]
Chad Durbin to return
Pending a physical Chad Durbin will return to the Phillies bullpen for the 2013 season. Durbin who was a huge part of the Phillies in 2008 had a solid season last year with the Atlanta Braves. With the Braves Durbin posted a career high in appearances posting an ERA in the 3′s. Durbin is getting a one-year deal with the Phillies.
Great move for a bullpen that...
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As reported yesterday, the Phillies have announced this morning that they have signed reliever Chad Durbin. The former "Bridge to Lidge" has signed a one year deal, with an option for 2014.
The 35 year old is coming off an impressive year with Atlanta Braves. He held a 4-1 record, with a 3.10 ERA. Chad pitched for the Phillies from 2008-2010.