Kimbrel throwing a changeup? Braves' closer toying with pitch

LAKE BUENVA VISTA, Fla. -- During the Braves early pitching camp weeks before spring training started, a reporter joked with Craig Kimbrel, asking him if he had been working on a changeup this winter. "No, fastball, curveball," Kimbrel said laughing. "Fastball, curveball." But during Thursday's first day of full-squad workouts at Disney's Wide World of Sports, those batters that...
Via Fox Sports South
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Braves' Markakis unsure if he'll be ready for Opening Day

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Craig Kimbrel leaned over and shook hands with Nick Markakis on the day position players reported to Braves' camp, one of a number of similar moments on a team with a revamped roster. "Craig, good to meet you," said Kimbrel, who now after five years, is the longest tenured Atlanta player. Of the organization's additions, it's Markakis that comes in with...
Via Fox Sports South
3 days 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
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Finding Stats - Some Moneyball Fantasy Options

I'm just as guilty as anyone. Draft Day has arrived, you are prepared and you feel excited about your first few picks. Then come the middle rounds and all the elite talent is gone. You're on the clock and at some point in the draft you will freeze and pick a guy based on his name. A safe well known player across the league. Use these precious picks on pitching, closers or a position...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
4 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
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Burning questions for Braves' bullpen in 2015

The longest-tenured closer in baseball sat at his locker in Turner Field and cracked a sly smile when discussing his offseason training. Instead of throwing at his Huntsville, Ala., high school like he had done for years, Craig Kimbrel would instead go out to the barn on his new farm to loosen up that right arm that has delivered 185 saves the last four seasons. "I've had the best...
Via Fox Sports South
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #60: Kenley Jansen | RP | LAD

Reserve your FREE copy of Baseball Professor’s 2015 Draft Guide, complete with our list of the Top 100 Dynasty League Prospects. 10,000 words of prospect coverage available on February 17! By SIERA, it doesn’t get much better than Kenley Jansen. His 1.64 mark over the last four years trails only Craig Kimbrel (1.49) and Koji Uehara (1.60), and Jansen’s strikeout dominance...
Via Baseball Professor
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Kimbrel again the constant as Braves' bullpen takes on different look

ATLANTA -- Craig Kimbrel has been a fixture atop the game's saves leaders, with his 185 over the past four seasons a stunning 48 more than the next closest player. The Braves' closer is also a fixture in a bullpen that, for the second time in his career, has undergone a drastic makeover. With that four-time All-Star of an anchor in place, Atlanta not only withstood the last set of...
Via Fox Sports South
January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Roster changed, but focus remains the same for Braves

ATLANTA -- They were clearly joking, but en route to a Braves Caravan stop on Friday, Craig Kimbrel may have perfectly summed up the perception of the revamped team weeks before they report to spring training. "We were actually just talking about that," said David Hale, who will compete to be the team's fifth starter. "(Kimbrel) said we should get shirts with the name tag sticker...
Via Fox Sports South
January 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Braves do not desire trading Craig Kimbrel

Closer Craig Kimbrel is a luxury on the Braves. A top of the line ninth inning guy on a team which has already traded away Justin Upton, Evan Gattis and Jason Heyward this offseason. The Braves owe Kimbrel at-least $34 million though the 2018 season. He has led the league in saves four straight seasons but repeating that task in 2015 may be difficult as the Braves roster appears...
January 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Trading Craig Kimbrel isn’t that easy for the Braves

Following Wednesday’s trade of Evan Gattis to the Houston Astros, the Atlanta Braves have one real commodity left to trade – closer Craig Kimbrel. Kimbrel is the best closer in baseball (though I guess you could make an argument for Aroldis Chapman or Kenley Jansen), and is signed for $34.75 million over the next three seasons (a total that can rise to $46.75 million if a 2018...
Via The Outside Corner
January 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Trading Craig Kimbrel isn’t that easy for the Braves

Following Wednesday’s trade of Evan Gattis to the Houston Astros, the Atlanta Braves have one real commodity left to trade – closer Craig Kimbrel. Kimbrel is the best closer in baseball (though I guess you could make an argument for Aroldis Chapman or Kenley Jansen), and is signed for $34.75 million over the next three seasons (a total that can rise to $46.75 million if a 2018...
Via Bloguin Best
January 15, 2015  |  Discuss

After series of moves, what will Braves' bullpen look like?

There's one certainty surrounding the Braves' bullpen this season: nothing is certain. Well, that's not entirely true. Craig Kimbrel, who has won four straight National League saves titles, remains the anchor. But it's what route manager Fredi Gonzalez takes to get to the game's best closer that is much more clouded than it was mere days ago after Atlanta's latest roster move. Gone...
Via Fox Sports South
January 05, 2015  |  Discuss

The Atlanta Braves bullpen will look much different in 2015

The Atlanta Braves bullpen will look a lot different in front of dominant closer Craig Kimbrel in 2015. Top set-up man Jordan Walden? Traded to the Cardinals. Reclamation project turned fireballer David Carpenter? Traded to the Yankees along with the promising Chasen Shreve. Reliable waiver claim Anthony Varvaro? DFAed and shipped off to Boston. When you combine those losses with...
Via The Outside Corner
January 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Why the Braves should deal Craig Kimbrel

As November turns into December, we have a pretty good idea of what most teams are attempting to do with their short-term futures. The Red Sox are going for it, obviously, and so are the Blue Jays. The White Sox seem like they’re trying to improve for 2015; the Phillies might finally be ready to […]
Via Fangraphs
December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Internet Baseball Writers Name Relief Awards

Kimbrel (L), Holland (R)The Internet Baseball Writers Association of America (IBWAA) has announced their choices for the AL and NL Relief Pitchers Of The Year. Greg Holland of the AL Champion Kansas City Royals was elected as AL Relief Pitcher Of The Year. Dellin Betances (NYY) finished second and Wade Davis (KC) finished third in the overall voting. Craig Kimbrel of...
Via FenwayNation
November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Greg Holland, Craig Kimbrel Honored

Nine All-Time Great Relievers Voted for Revamped Honors KANSAS CITY – Greg Holland of the American League Champion Kansas City Royals is the inaugural “Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year” and Craig Kimbrel of the Atlanta Braves is the first “Trevor Hoffman National League Reliever of the Year,” Major League Baseball announced today.  Both Holland and...
Via i70baseball
October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Dellin Betances and Craig Kimbrel earn Goose Gossage Awards

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) has announced today that Dellin Betances of the New York Yankees has won the American League Goose Gossage Award as the year's best relief pitcher and Craig Kimbrel of the Atlanta Braves has earned his fourth consecutive nod as the best relief pitcher of the National League for 2014. See the link for the details. The General Chapter of...
Via The Flagrant Fan
October 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Phillies Fans Get Into Craig Kimbrel’s Dome By Mimicking Windup

On Saturday night, Phillies fans mimicked Craig Kimbrel's windup and temporarily got into the closer's head.
Via Gamedayr
September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Craig Kimbrel mocked by Phillies fans

Your browser does not support iframes. Craig Kimbrel of the Atlanta Braves is one of baseball’s best closers. He also has quite the stance prior to delivering pitches. Kimbrel bends over and stares toward home plate with his right arm extended before coming set on the mound. Kimbrel came on for the ninth inning of […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Phillies Fans Try To Distract Craig Kimbrel, Mock His Unique Stance (Video)

If imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery, then Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel has some big fans in Philadelphia. Kimbrel took the mound against the Phillies in the ninth inning Saturday night, attempting to protect his team’s two-run lead despite the Citizens Bank Park crowd’s best efforts. A group of fans behind home plate banded together and mimicked the closer’s...
September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

FUNNY: Phillies fans mock Craig Kimbrel's pitching stance (Video)

Philadelphia Phillies fans entertained themselves by mocking the pitching stance of Atlanta Braves reliever Craig Kimbrel during the ninth inning of Saturday's game at Citizens Bank Park.To say that Kimbrel's stance is unusual would be a bit of an understatement, as he bends his upper body down towards the plate and spreads his arms out. In a way, it almost like he's preparing to...
Via Holdout Sports
September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Phillies Fans Hilariously Mock Craig Kimbrel’s Stupid Mound Stance

The fact that this hasn’t been done before should give great shame to all baseball fans. The post VIDEO: Phillies Fans Hilariously Mock Craig Kimbrel’s Stupid Mound Stance appeared first on SportsPickle.
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September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Phillies fans behind home plate mock Craig Kimbrel (VIDEO)

The Phillies and Braves have already been eliminated from postseason play, but Philadelphia fans weren't going to let their rival's closer, Craig Kimbrel, leave town without a funny sendoff Saturday night. With the Phillies trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Braves sent in Kimbrel and that's when the Citizens Bank Park fans started mocking the hard throwing right...
Via The Other Paper
September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper, Craig Kimbrel and a Rare Moment of Weakness

I’m going to be honest, I feel a bit dirty writing this post. We’re now on year five of Craig Kimbrel being impossibly good. For four years he’s clearly been the best reliever in baseball and, frankly, it’s one of the better stretches of relief pitching we’ve seen in recent history. Yet, this is the […]
Via Fangraphs
September 15, 2014  |  Discuss
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