Found January 07, 2013 on Fangraphs:
Everybody loves a long home run, because they’re impressive, because they’re difficult. Last year, there were 96 particularly long home runs, if we somewhat arbitrarily set a minimum distance of 450 feet. That’s according to the ESPN Home Run Tracker. Giancarlo Stanton was responsible for seven o...

Burning questions facing Braves catchers

The Braves have enjoyed a fortuitous run of primarily keeping Javy Lpez or Brian McCann on the active roster every season since 1994 -- with the notable exception of 2004, when Johnny Estrada had a career year with Atlanta (nine HRs, 76 RBI, .314 batting). Few MLB clubs can match Atlanta's 20-season stability at catcher. And that'll be the case ... for at least one more...

Braves Open to Re-Signing Michael Bourn

Michael Bourn was, and still is, one of the hottest free agents on the market.  He was expected to draw a lot of attention, and he has.  However, it is January and Bourn still does not have a contract.  Now, it seems the Atlanta Braves may be interested in bringing him back. Atlanta has never closed the door on re-signing Bourn says GM Frank Wren.  According to Jim Bowden...

Braves Will Wait Until End of the 2013 Season to Discuss Contract Extension for Brian McCann

Brian McCann took a step back in 2012.  He was once the future of the Atlanta Braves organization.  McCann will be entering the final year of his contract, a seven-year, $41.3 million deal he signed in 2007.  If the Braves are going to bring him back for 2014, they will have to hammer out a deal after the 2013 season is over. McCann, who battled through injuries in 2012 and...

Player Profile #176: Andrelton Simmons | SS | ATL

Best known for his glove, Andrelton Simmons projects to be a valuable offensive weapon, too. A career .299 hitter in 930 minor league at-bats, Simmons rarely struck out and stole a good number of... [This is a content summary only. To keep reading just click on the post title, and don't forget to share your comments!]

Rangers Rumors: Texas Could Pursue Michael Bourn, Kyle Lohse

The Texas Rangers have not ruled out pursuing free agent outfielder Michael Bourn and right-handed starter Kyle Lohse, according to T.R.Sullivan of The Rangers have not reached that point yet. But with five weeks to go before Spring Training, Texas has not ruled out going after Bourn or Lohse, who are the top two free agents remaining on the market. ...

Chipper Jones Is Retired, Right?

Remember when Chipper Jones announced his plans to retire at the end of the 2012 season? Remember when Larry played in 112 games during the 2012 and hit an impressive .287/.377/.455 in 448 plate appearances as a 40-year-old? Remember how he was lavished with gifts ranging from third bases (Reds, Yankees, Pirates) to a bow hunting camera (Todd Helton) to a year's supply of sausages...

Rangers Rumors: Michael Bourn, Justin Upton, Kyle Lohse

Even after the Lance Berkman signing, the Texas Rangers are still “looking for more,” according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, who adds that free agents Michael Bourn and Kyle Lohse and Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton could all be in play for the club. #rangers still looking for more after adding berkman. Bourn, upton, lohse could be in play. — Jon Heyman...
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