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Atlanta Braves shortstop Simmons slowed by oblique strain

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons has a slight left oblique strain. On the day of the team's first full-squad workout, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez couldn't give a date when Simmons will be ready for exhibition games but said the injury wasn't serious. Simmons fielded balls during workouts Thursday but didn't hit or throw. Gonzalez said Simmons tried...
Via AP on Fox
23 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Cool, but driven Teheran may soon join elite class of MLB arms

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla -- The days of openly asking if Julio Teheran can make the National League All-Star team are done. (Mission accomplished in 2014.) The days of speculating on whether Teheran -- heading into his third full season with the club -- can be the bankable workhorse pitcher who logs 30-plus starts annually have subsided. (Back-to-back campaigns for 2013-14.) And the...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Simmons will take it easy in Braves camp until oblique strain heals

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Andrelton Simmons' inability to take it easy may just force him to miss some time as the Atlanta Braves hit the field for full-squad workouts on Wednesday. Simmons aggravated his left oblique sometime between one and two weeks ago while batting. He tried to push through the injury to no avail. "It's so minor, said Simmons. "I tried to go on it [and] didn...
Via Fox Sports South
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Atlanta Braves

2014 started so well for the Atlanta Braves. They stormed out of the gate with a 17-8 start, and quickly took over first place in the NL East. But unlike in 2013, the Washington Nationals didn’t struggle early, and kept pace. The Braves never had a lead of more than 3.5 games. Less than a week after the All-Star Game, Atlanta fell out of first place, and they wouldn’t get back...
Via The Outside Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Braves' cast of former closers bring experience, shared mentality to support Kimbrel

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Jim Johnson glanced across the clubhouse toward a locker at the back of the room where a No. 46 jersey hung. In the hierarchy of the Braves bullpen, there is no questioning who sits on the throne. "Obviously he's the best in the business," said Jim Johnson of closer Craig Kimbrel. "There's no doubt about it." Kimbrel, who has 26 more saves than anyone in...
Via Fox Sports South
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Julio Teheran: Atlanta Braves’ Next Leader

Julio Teheran might not be a household name yet, he’s not up there with the Johnny Cuetos or Clayton Kershaw, but Atlanta Braves fans certainly know who he is. Teheran broke onto the scene in 2013, and at just 22-years-old, he took the MLB by storm. He finished the 2013 season 14-8 with a 3.20 ERA and 170 strikeouts. At this point, he wasn’t the ace of the staff, but his time...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

How Did They Get Here?: The Atlanta Braves

Last week, I wrote an article about how the Detroit Tigers are coming to the end of their renaissance period, and may experience a bit of a free fall after the 2015 season. As I explained this, I compared the Detroit Tigers to the Philadelphia Phillies in 2011. Seeing how the Phillies went from a 102 win team to a NL East bottom feeder in only 4 seasons, I decided to examine the...
Via Batting Leadoff
2 days ago  |  Discuss

B.J. Upton: Name change has nothing to do with new chapter

Atlanta Braves outfielder B.J. Upton — excuse me, Melvin Upton Jr. — will be looking to turn over a new leaf when the 2015 season begins. That is not why he is ditching the name B.J. Over the weekend, Upton announced that he would like to be referred to as Melvin Upton Jr. going forward....Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

After endearing himself to Braves, Young fighting to join them

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- After an horrific moment, nearly two years ago, Eric Young Jr. clasped hands with former Braves starter Tim Hudson as he was carted off Citi Field. He had endeared himself to a franchise and their fanbase. That he's now wearing an Atlanta uniform and fighting for a roster spot on a minor league deal is a twist he wouldn't have expected. But the response...
Via Fox Sports South
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #48: Craig Kimbel | RP | ATL

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide is here! Get your copy for FREE! Editor’s Note: Kimbrel ranked 52nd overall in our 2015 Draft Guide and comes in as player number 48 in our Top 200 Countdown (rankings originally compiled in November). There’s very little mystery to Craig Kimbrel, both in real life and in fantasy. He’s a great closer who’s going to strike out a...
Via Baseball Professor
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Minor Beats Atlanta Braves In Arbitration Hearing

Reported by MLB Trade Rumors‘ Tim Dierkes, Mike Minor has won his arbitration case against the Atlanta Braves. He will take home $5.6M in 2015 – the Braves had submitted $5.1M. Marred by shoulder concerns, the 27-year-old left-hander’s 2014 season was arguably the worst of his career. His FIP ballooned to 4.39, higher than his 3.90 career average, and Fangraphs had his WAR...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves’ B.J. Upton Will Go By Melvin Upton Jr. During 2015 Season

B.J. Upton hasn’t fared too well for the Atlanta Braves, but maybe Melvin Upton Jr. will be able to hit above the Mendoza line. The struggling Braves outfielder will go by his birth name in 2015 — which his representatives confirmed to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman — and will wear Upton Jr. on his jersey. The nickname B.J. is short for Bossman Jr., a nod...
Via NESN.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

B.J. Upton ditching his nickname for the 2015 season

The Atlanta Braves would love to unload outfielder B.J. Upton in the wake of two horrendous seasons. Instead, the team will have to settle for a change in identity from the 30-year-old. Upton, who has batted an abysmal .196 since the Braves signed him in 2013, has announced that he will be going by his...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

B.J. Upton is No More

It was a good run, Bossman Junior. When Atlanta Braves center fielder B.J. Upton hits Spring Training, he’ll be without two things…his brother (Justin was traded to San Diego in December) and his name. B.J. Upton will go by the name Melvin Upton Jr. this year. Upton will explain his reasoning when he reports to #Braves camp. — Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) February 22, 2015 That’s...
Via Hall of Very Good
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Clint Eastwood’s Baseball Movie A Disappointment

When many of us went to see Clint Eastwood’s baseball movie Trouble with the Curve in the fall of 2012, we just assumed it would be a winner at the box office because Eastwood had a big role in it. We assumed it would be a best seller. Not so. With a budget of $58-million, Trouble with the Curve experienced trouble and generated just under $49-million in worldwide sales. That’s...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Minor beats Braves in salary arbitration, gets $5.6 million

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Pitcher Mike Minor has won his salary arbitration case against the Atlanta Braves, leaving players and teams tied at six wins apiece with two hearings remaining. Minor was awarded a raise from $3.85 million to his $5.6 million request, rather than the Braves' $5.1 million offer. Mark Burstein, Gil Vernon and Dan Brent announced their decision Friday, a day...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Announces Pace of Play Changes for 2015 Season

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark and Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz, the Chairman of Major League Baseball’s Pace of Game and Instant Replay Committees, today jointly announced additions to baseball’s pace of game program. The new rules will address four key areas: 1. Managers must stay in the...
Via Mets Merized Online
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Minor and Braves argue salary arbitration case

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Pitcher Mike Minor and the Atlanta Braves have argued their positions in salary arbitration, with the sides $500,000 apart. The 27-year-old left-hander asked Mark Burstein, Gil Vernon and Dan Brent to award him $5.6 million, and the Braves argued during Thursday's session that he should be paid $5.1 million. A decision is likely Friday. Minor was 6-12 with...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves Ink Eric Young, Jr. To Minor League Deal

The Atlanta Braves have agreed to a minor league deal with former Met Eric Young, Jr. according to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman. Young, 29, was acquired by the Mets from the Rockies in June 2013, and finished the season as the stolen base champ with 46 bases swiped. In 2014, Young stole 30 bases, but only managed to hit at a .229/.299/.311 clip, leading to the Mets non-tendering him...
Via Mets Merized Online
12 days ago  |  Discuss

City of Atlanta doesn’t want Braves to take Aaron statue

The Atlanta Braves’ pending move to Cobb County has been a divisive issue for Braves fans and residents of both Cobb and Fulton counties. And now, a strange new wrinkle is getting inserted into the situation – the city of Atlanta doesn’t want the Braves to take a statue of Hank Aaron with them to SunTrust Park in 2017, claiming it was paid for by taxpayers. The Atlanta Journal...
Via The Outside Corner
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Julio Franco, 56, joining team in Japan as player-manager

The ageless one Julio Franco is continuing his baseball career, this time in Japan. Franco, at the spry age of 56, has agreed to be the player-manager for Ishikawa Million Stars in Japan, according to the team via the Wall Street Journal. Ishikawa Million Stars of the Japan’s independent Baseball Challenge League will begin their season in April. His last stint in baseball came...
Via Waiting For Next Year
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Chipper Jones apologizes for Sandy Hook tweet

Chipper Jones is the latest athlete to take the Twitter apology route after he jumped on the widely-debunked conspiracy bandwagon this weekend. Jones apparently learned of some new information regarding the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting (perhaps he saw this video?) and sent out a tweet Friday indicating he believed the shooting was a hoax: As you...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Chipper Jones Upsets Sandy Hook Families

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…someone needs to get Chipper Jones off the internet. Friday night, the Atlanta Braves legend channeled his inner conspiracy theorist again (more on that in second) and tweeted some dumb stuff about the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre that ended with 20 young children and 6 adults dead. Perhaps recognizing his error...
Via Hall of Very Good
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves: Projecting a starting lineup

With spring training right around the corner, the Atlanta Braves are preparing to start a season in which there exists a plethora of different directions this ball club could end up going in. The offseason moves have been well documented, and it has become clear that the organization wants to shape the roster in a more balanced style going forward, that might allow them to have more...
Via isportsweb.com
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Georgia Supreme Court Hears Legal Challenge to New Braves Stadium

When the Atlanta Braves announced 15 months ago that the team would be moving to a new stadium in nearby Cobb County in 2017, the news surprised a number of people. The announcement was unexpected in part because the Braves’ current stadium, Turner Field, is less than 20 years old. The news was also surprising, though, because […]
Via Fangraphs
21 days ago  |  Discuss
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