Braves begin offseason amidst change

On August 1st, the Braves were 6 games over .500 and had lost in spectacular fashion to the offense-challenged San Diego Padres on a night that the team once again trotted out the struggling Mike Minor amid the worry that his downhill slide could be costly to Atlanta down the stretch. As it would turn out, Mike Minor was only one part of the behemoth that kept the Braves out of the...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves Injury Update: Chris Johnson leaves with back strain

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...
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September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: Atlanta Braves

It wasn’t supposed to go this way for the Atlanta Braves. In 2013, the Braves won 96 games en route to a National League East title before getting dispatched in the NLDS by the Dodgers. After another hot start to the 2014 season, the Braves quickly fell off and simply began to tread water over the next four months of the season before the bottom completely fell out and sunk the...
Via Bloguin Best
September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Is it time for the Atlanta Braves to clean house?

To say this was a disappointing season for the Atlanta Braves would be an understatement. After surprising the league, overtaking the Washington Nationals last year, and starting this year as the youngest team in baseball, things were looking up for the Braves despite the national media’s love affair with the Nationals. Most picked the Nationals to win the division, and obviously...
Via Bloguin Best
September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Baseball Caught Looking as Fouls Injure 1,750 Fans a Year

From his perch in the Atlanta Braves infield on May 20, third baseman Chris Johnson heard what sounded to him like the crack of two bats in quick succession. The first was a line drive off the bat of Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez. The second was the ball smashing into the head of an 8-year-old in black shorts and a blue shirt, who was seated in the first row behind first...
Via Pro Sports Daily
September 09, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Phillies use four pitchers to no-hit the Braves

In the days of pitch counts, combined no-hitters are becoming more and more common.  At Turner field today, the Philadelphia Phillies needed four pitchers (and 147 pitches) to completely shut down the Atlanta Braves (second worst run-scoring team in the NL) for no hits in a 7-0 victory. Hamels was wildly effective today in AtlantaCredit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports via CBSSports...
Via Reading Between The Seams
September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Teheran, Johnson carry Braves over struggling A's

  The Braves are trying to use a visit from Oakland, who came to Atlanta with the majors' best record, to prove they shouldn't be dismissed in the NL playoff hunt. Chris Johnson drove in two runs with three hits, Julio Teheran threw six strong innings and the Braves edged the suddenly struggling Athletics 4-3 on Saturday night. "We're not giving up. We're not...
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August 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Johnson, Teheran, Braves hand A's 4th loss in row

ATLANTA (AP) Chris Johnson drove in two runs with three hits, Julio Teheran threw six strong innings and the Atlanta Braves edged the suddenly struggling Oakland Athletics 4-3 on Saturday night. The A's, who began the day with the best record in the majors, matched their worst skid of the season by losing four in a row. They've dropped six of seven overall. Teheran (11-9...
Via AP on Fox
August 16, 2014  |  Discuss

I really hope this is a fluke.

Well this is very sad. I love watching Chris Johnson play and I can't think of anything I've said or done that would cause this. I got a little paranoid and started checking other Braves I follow on Twitter, and a quick spot-check of 4 or 5 of them shows no one else has blocked me. I also follow his fiancee, and she didn't block me either. If anyone knows what's...
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August 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Braves yield 20 hits in blowout loss to Padres

Here are three things we gleaned from the Braves' 10-1 loss to the Padres -- a desultory defeat that extended Atlanta's woeful West Coast skid to four games: 1. From any angle, the Braves didn't deserve to win this one Over the course of a marathon-like season, some games are preternaturally doomed before things even begin. For Atlanta ... this was one of those dark...
Via Fox Sports South
August 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves score 6 runs in 3rd, beat Padres 8-3

ATLANTA (AP) -- Chris Johnson and Ryan Doumit each drove in two runs during Atlanta's six-run third inning and the Braves beat Eric Stults the San Diego Padres 8-3 on Sunday. The Braves trailed 1-0 before roughing up Stults (3-13). Back-to-back doubles by Gerald Laird and Andrelton Simmons started the inning. Tommy La Stella hit an RBI single that skipped between Stults'...
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July 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Johnson-led Braves crush Cubs in first-half finale

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...
Via Fox Sports South
July 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Braves belt three homers in Wrigley rout of Cubs

Here are three things we gleaned from the Braves' 11-6 win over the Cubs on Saturday -- a wind-aided victory that, at least early on, had the makings of the 1979 classic at Wrigley Field, when Chicago and Philadelphia combined for a staggering 45 runs and 50 hits. 1. The late, great Earl Weaver would have reveled in the Braves' homer-happy approach to victory How crazy was...
Via Fox Sports South
July 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Cubs fan pulls off switcheroo on home run ball hit by Braves

Your browser does not support iframes.It's very clear that Saturday wasn't this guy's first trip to the ballpark.Seen here is a rather intuitive Chicago Cubs fan pulling the old switcheroo on a home run ball hit by Atlanta Braves batter Chris Johnson at Wrigley Field.As you can see from the video, the fan came prepared with another non-home run ball to retrieve from his...
Via Bush League Chronicle
July 12, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball Week 15 Waiver Wire: 3 to Catch, 3 to Cut, 3 to Keep

In the Week 15 edition of fantasy baseball 3×3, we’re keeping up with Dee Gordon, cutting ties with Chris Johnson, and tapping into Steve Pearce’s potential. There are plenty of waiver wire columns out there that provide an exhaustive list of the most added players in fantasy leagues. This isn’t one of them. Here, we’ll run down a few lesser-known, lesser-considered, or...
Via The Fantasy Fix
July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Chris Johnson and swing batter batter

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...
Via The Flagrant Fan
July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Braves fall to Nats, settle for 4-game series split

Here are three things we gleaned from the Braves' 4-1 loss to the Nationals, an emotionally charged road defeat that brought little overall clarity to the race in the National League East (series split: 2-all). 1. It's never a good thing when a team tallies more ejections than runs in a game A pair of check swings contributed to the Braves' demise on Sunday, with Chris...
Via Fox Sports South
June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

BRAVES BANTER: No way to win a championship

The 13-inning Saturday night game against the Angels was a perfect illustration of what ails the 2014 Braves. For example: B.J. Upton made his fifth error, most among major-league centerfielders, but escaped having more only by the kindness of the Turner Field official scorer Chris Johnson, who leads the majors in hitting into double-plays, expanded his lead last night Chris Johnson...
Via TopSportsReport
June 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Floyd's drought ends as Braves sink Rockies

While Chris Johnson delivered his seventh three-hit game of the season and Evan Gattis pushed his streak to 10 straight, it was undeniably Gavin Floyd who was the man of the moment for the Braves. He picked up his first victory in an Atlanta uniform -- and first in 613 calendar days -- keeping the Rockies bats in check in a 3-1 win that kept the Braves atop the National League East...
Via Fox Sports South
June 09, 2014  |  1 Comment

Braves' Johnson atones for early mistake vs. Red Sox

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...
Via Fox Sports South
May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Chris Johnson removed from Braves game after throwing temper tantrum

Atlanta Braves third basemen Chris Johnson let anger get the best of him Friday night when he was removed from the game by manager Fredi Gonzalez due to throwing a temper tantrum.The incident which sparked the outburst occurred in the second inning when Johnson went down on strikes to Rockies hurler Jordan Lyles. This fueled Johnson to go crazy in the tunnel leading to Atlanta'...
Via Bush League Chronicle
May 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Chris Johnson: 'One of my demons'

Chris Johnson was taken out of the Atlanta Braves' game Friday night -- by his own manager. The veteran third baseman threw a tantrum in the tunnel to the Braves' clubhouse following a second-inning strikeout, leading manager Fredi Gonzalez to remove him for Ramiro Pena in the top of the third against the Colorado Rockies. Atlanta went on to beat the Rockies 3-2, and afterward...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Braves bottle up Rockies; Johnson apologizes after tantrum

ATLANTA -- The Rockies and baseball's highest-scoring offense headed into Turner Field having scored over five runs a game, nearly two more than the Braves. The question of whether Atlanta could keep pace was a non-issue in Friday's opener of the three-game series, as the Braves rode Gavin Floyd's steady outing and the timely hitting of Gerald Laird to a 3-2 victory....
Via Fox Sports South
May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves lineup still struggling to score, make contact

ATLANTA -- On Sunday evening, following a successful series finale against the Chicago Cubs, Jason Heyward and Chris Johnson were in agreement: their lineup had just pieced together one of its most consistent efforts in recent memory. The two Braves standouts employed the familiar post-game terminology for offensive production -- plate discipline, quality at-bats, good approach ...
Via Fox Sports South
May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Braves edge Cardinals to end seven-game skid

ATLANTA -- Chris Johnson was keeping it simple. Facing Cardinals sidearmer Pat Neshek with one out in the eighth Tuesday night at Turner Field and the Braves trying to bust out of a seven-game losing streak, Johnson was just looking for one thing. "The ball," the third baseman said. "Seriously. I'm being serious. When a guy is that funky, it's a see-ball approach...
Via Fox Sports South
May 06, 2014  |  Discuss
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