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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
1 day ago  |  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...
Via Tireball.com
10 days ago  |  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
10 days ago  |  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
10 days ago  |  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
20 days ago  |  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
23 days ago  |  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 Bloguin Best
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #185: Koji Uehara | RP | BOS

I’m not sure fans noticed how great Koji Uehara is until Koji-Mania took hold mid-way through Boston’s 2013 World Series run, but starting in 2010 (Uehara’s first season as a reliever) he’s been the best relief pitcher not named Craig Kimbrel. The table below shows the top 10 relievers, by ERA since the start of 2010 along with the performances in several other key areas...
Via Baseball Professor
December 11, 2014  |  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...
Via NESN.com
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.
Via Sports Pickle
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

Bryce Harper hits a monster home run off Craig Kimbrel

Bryce Harper’s power has fully returned. As evidenced by this swing against his greatest nemesis, he might still have holes in his swing; but Craig Kimbrel found a part of the zone where such a hole does not exist. The Nationals lost the game 6-2, and this came in the bottom of the ninth in a non-save situation. But Harper has taken some impressive pitcher’s deep this season...
Via Diamond Hoggers
September 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Craig Kimbrel Wears Gold Cleats To Promote Pediatric Cancer Awareness

Craig Kimbrel wore gold cleats on Wednesday to promote pediatric cancer awareness.
Via Gamedayr
September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Phillies arrive to break up monotony of Marlins

As schedules go, the Braves won’t have it easy facing the Nationals for 6 games in September and the Pirates for 4. However, the Braves get to face bottom-of-the pack Mets (3 games), Rangers (3 games) and Phillies (6 games) in the final month as well. The pesky Marlins don’t quite seem to be in either category, though with the last 3 games against them and the coming weekend...
Via BravesWire
August 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves: Projecting Craig Kimbrel’s legacy

There’s no such thing a true, 100% automatic closer. However, the closest thing in today’s game would have to be Craig Kimbrel of the Atlanta Braves. Craig Kimbrel is having another great year and could become one of the best relievers of all time when he retires, but other factors could affect his ranking, too. The Braves are seeking its third straight playoff performance, and...
Via isportsweb.com
August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Braves hold off Dodgers for first win of series

ATLANTA -- A one-run lead with closer Craig Kimbrel coming to the mound in the top of the ninth inning is typically when a sense of calm comes over the home crowd at Turner Field. That wasn't the case on Wednesday. The Braves had lost 11 of their last 13 games, and five in a row to the Dodgers this season. There was no feeling of an impending win from anywhere within the ballpark...
Via Fox Sports South
August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Braves lose fifth straight in Heyward's return

With a walk-off win in the 12th inning, the San Diego Padres handed the Atlanta Braves their fifth straight loss on what proved to be an emotional day in franchise history, beginning first and foremost with the passing of longtime Braves broadcaster Pete Van Wieren. On the field, though, the Braves' 3-2 loss puts them farther back in the NL East and wildcard standings as their road...
Via Fox Sports South
August 03, 2014  |  Discuss
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