In addition to the seemingly 800 things that the Atlanta Braves need to do this offseason, the club is reportedly looking for a left-handed platoon partner for third baseman Chris Johnson, whose three-year contract extension starts in 2015.
#Braves want to add a LH hitter who could possibly platoon with 3B Chris Johnson
— David O'Brien (@DOBrienAJC) November 11, 2014
Atlanta Braves third baseman Chris Johnson made an early exit during Wednesday's win, with the team announcing that a lower back strain was the reason for Johnson's removal:3B Chris Johnson left tonight's game with a lower back strain. He is day-to-day.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) September 25, 2014Johnson came out of the game before the top of the sixth, with Phil Gosselin replacing...
Here are three things we learned from the Braves' 10-7 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday, putting an exclamation point on Atlanta's strong first half of the season:
1. Chris Johnson and his red-hot bat might not enjoy the four-day break from baseball
The kids in Johnson's neighborhood shouldn't be too surprised if/when the Braves third baseman crashes a sandlot game this week...
Remember in Little League or PAL (like I played) where the players on the field would chant, "Swing Batter Batter," before each pitch? Apparently, Chris Johnson of the Atlanta Braves is still hearing those chants in his head. Of course, Johnson has had multiple occurrences of blowing up with his temper, so who knows what else is going on in his head. But the bottom line is that...
ATLANTA -- The ball hit off the edge of the grass in front of third and a charging Chris Johnson barehanded it, took two steps and fired to Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman to get the Red Sox's David Ross.
"I had to kind of do a do-or-die play right there to get rid of it," Johnson said. "I don't do those plays a lot. But it was pretty cool."
It was the first atonement.
ATLANTA -- On the Atlanta Braves' recent road trip to New York City, Chris Johnson was called into Jim Murray's office at Excel Sports Management. The third baseman and his agent needed to talk about the future.
A few weeks down the road, Johnson sat on stage with Braves general manager Frank Wren and manager Fredi Gonzalez, the ink on his new three-year contract extension worth...
ATLANTA -- Another atypical part of the Braves' atypical lineup, Chris Johnson paused when trying to remember the last time he was as consistently high in the order.
"College," he said, smiling. "College I think I hit third."
There's little that fits the blueprint when it comes to having Johnson at the cleanup spot. Last season, nine players hit 20-plus homers in that spot, while...
Chris Johnson remembers donning his Chipper Jones T-shirt and parking himself in front of the television to watch Atlanta's star third baseman play when he was growing up.
Now he's taken over Jones' old spot and says it's a ''dream come true.''
Jones retired after the 2012 season. Tasked with filling his huge cleats, Johnson came through with the best season of his career. He hit...
Via AP on Fox
February 23, 2014
Chris Johnson is taking the same approach to the 2014 season he used one year ago, when he was fighting for a starting job.
Don't try telling Johnson he's a lock to start at third base for the Atlanta Braves after finishing second in the National League in hitting in 2013. Johnson is determined to work even harder this offseason to prove he deserves the job.
Hard work paid off...
Via AP on Fox
February 07, 2014