Chopcast LIVE: Should the Braves bring back Brandon Phillips in 2018?

Is Brandon Phillips, the standout veteran infielder, a viable option for the Atlanta Braves in 2018 — or should the franchise look to younger options?
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Twins GM jokingly compares trading process to Tinder

The Minnesota Twins mostly kept a low profile at this year’s trade deadline, and GM Thad Levine has an interesting parallel for what the process is like.In a recent interview with Baseball Prospectus’ Aaron Gleeman, a joking Levine compared the trade procedure to the popular online dating app Tinder.“Most of it’s done through Tinder,” he said. “You don’t get off the...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Atlanta Braves are becoming younger by the day

The talk of Atlanta Braves fans for the past few years has been, “Why do they keep trading major league talent for all these young guys?” This has been the plan of John Coppolella and the Braves’ front office all along. On the 40-man active roster, there are currently 16 players who are 25 years old or younger. This has to give fans some idea of the direction in which the Braves...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

R.A. Dickey was dominant and the Braves offense came alive to end Cardinals' streak

R.A. Dickey was dominant and the Braves offense came alive to end Cardinals' streak. Chip Caray and Joe Simpson discuss.
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Brandon Phillips after going yard in two-hit day as Braves dropped Cardinals

“It’s nice to see 'Boo Phillips' come back to St. Louis.” — Brandon Phillips after going yard in two-hit day as Braves dropped Cardinals.
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockies sign former NL MVP Ryan Howard to minor league contract

The Colorado Rockies have surprisingly signed former Philadelphia Phillies star first baseman Ryan Howard, who’s been out of commission since May. After spending 13 seasons with the Phillies, Ryan’s option was declined by the team following the 2016 season. He’d been slumping badly for a couple years, and one point, a Phillies columnist begged him to hang up the cleats for...
Via Sportsnaut
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Lucas Sims looks to end Atlanta’s skid

The Braves have lost 4 straight and the Cardinals have won 7 straight. Will that change today? The Braves will hope to right the ship when they face the Cardinals in the second game of this three game series. Atlanta lost the opener 8-5 due to some rough pitching from the usually consistent Mike Foltynewicz who gave up 6 runs in 2.2 innings. They now look to turn to Lucas Sims to...
Via Talking Chop
5 days ago

Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Joey Wentz is a bad man, Soroka continues strong season

Offense was tough to come by, but there were a couple of strong pitching performances on Friday night. Gwinnett Braves 3, Louisville Bats 1 Box Score Ronald Acuna, RF: 0-4, .330/.403/.539 Kade Scivicque, C: 1-4, 2 RBI, .206/.270/.206 Aaron Blair, SP: 6 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 4.39 ERA Aaron Blair pitched well again and the Braves got some timely hitting as Gwinnett took...
Via Talking Chop
5 days ago

Atlanta Braves trade minor leaguer Andrew Albers to Mariners for cash

The Braves completed a minor trade today involving Andrew Albers who has been quite good in Triple-A Just because the trade deadline has passed does not mean that trade season is completely over. After the Braves completed the trade of Sean Rodriguez after the non-waiver deadline, it was clear that the Braves were still going to be looking for opportunities to trade assets that...
Via Talking Chop
6 days ago

Braves’ Johan Camargo injures himself running on to the field

This something we don’t see every day around the baseball world. Atlanta Braves rookie shortstop Johan Camargo will miss upwards of two weeks after suffering a hyperextended knee prior to Tuesday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies.The news is not that Camargo injured his knee. Instead, it’s all about how he suffered said injury. That’s just all sorts of unfortunate...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves minor leaguer takes comical tumble after strikeout

An Atlanta Braves minor league baseball player is generating some buzz on the Internet for something that occurred during a game he presumably wished never happened.Gwinnett Braves right fielder Xavier Avery struck out swinging during the sixth inning of a recent game against the Norfolk Tides. Avery was trying to check his swing on a high and tight pitch from Tides pitcher Chris...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Projecting Ozzie Albies

At 48-57, the Atlanta Braves are nowhere near this year’s playoff race. Braves fans can look forward to a brighter future, however, as Atlanta placed nine prospects on KATOH+’s most recent top-100 list. Ozzie Albies, who is arguably the most promising of those prospects, made his big league debut last night, starting at second base. Although he’s a 20-year-old who was born...
Via Fangraphs
15 days ago  |  Discuss

No. 1 pick Dansby Swanson being demoted to minors by Braves

Former No. 1 overall draft pick Dansby Swanson will be heading down to the minor leagues to see if he can turn things around.The Atlanta Braves informed Swanson that he will be sent down to Triple-A Gwinnett, multiple Braves reporters said on Wednesday. Swanson was acquired by the Braves as part of the infamous Shelby Miller trade with Arizona prior to last season. Despite having...
Via Larry Brown Sports
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Clayton Kershaw: ‘A lot of frustration’ over latest back injury

Clayton Kershaw’s latest health setback really has him pounding his glove.The Los Angeles Dodgers ace lefty was forced to exit his start against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday with what the team later called “right lower back tightness.” After the game, Kershaw addressed reporters.“A lot of frustration,” said the former NL MVP, per JP Hoornstra of the Orange County Register...
Via Larry Brown Sports
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Jaime Garcia Is About Right for the Twins

Faced with an expensive market for premium starting pitching, but in possession of one of the least effective rotations in the majors, the Twins are reportedly close to finalizing a deal for left-handed Braves pitcher Jaime Garcia. Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press has more information: The Braves would pick up less than half of Garcia’s remaining obligation, the person with...
Via Fangraphs
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Army veteran told to lower American flag by Braves parking attendant

Prior to Monday’s game, Adam Mourdock, an Army veteran and Atlanta Braves season ticket holder, went to fly his American flag while tailgating as he normally does. But Mourdock’s routine was broken by a parking attendant (who later identified herself as the supervisor) who told him that raising the flag was not allowed.“She said you need to take it down. It’s against the...
Via Sportsnaut
28 days ago  |  Discuss

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