From 2014 to now: Coppolella and Hart's rapid rebuild

The Atlanta Braves entered the 2014 season coming off of a 96-win campaign and National League East division title. Fast-forward two years and that same Braves roster is a distant memory. The Braves were expected to be a strong contender in 2014 after their success in '13 despite losing key free agents Brian McCann and Tim Hudson. With a young core of Jason Heyward, Freddie Freeman...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves GM asks fans to be patient in judging trades

The Atlanta Braves are in the trying start of a long rebuild. Braves fans were given another reality check this week when the club traded star shortstop Andrelton Simmons to the Los Angeles Angels. If that wasn’t a tough pill to swallow on its own, reports suggested the team was willing to move first baseman Freddie Freeman as well. The Braves are truly exploring every opportunity...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves GM Coppolella emphatically denies team is tanking

In Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta traded a talented young player signed through 2020. Daniel Shirey Getty Images North AmericaThe Atlanta Braves are eager to avoid being labeled with the "T" word after trading shortstop Andrelton Simmons last week."Trust me, we are not tanking," general manager John Coppolella told USA Today.In addition to Simmons, the Braves have traded outfielders...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

The Yankees didn’t get screwed by the strike zone

During last night’s Wild Card game live blog, there were a few readers (presumably Yankee fans) who were very upset with the strike zone being called by home plate umpire Eric Cooper. 10:42 Comment From Hank Cooper is a joke – that one was 4-6? off the plate! Comment From Cb Why is Sipp getting the benefit of the doubt on all these 3-ball count pitches on the edge? Comment...
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October 07, 2015  |  Discuss

ALDS Preview: Houston Astros vs. Kansas City Royals

  After 162 grueling games, the Houston Astros and New York Yankees squared off in the Bronx for the right to move on in October.  The Young Kids Vs. The Old Money in a do-or-die, winner take all, game.   And the young guns blasted two long balls and manufactured a run late to win 3-0.  This team has the sound of a story we heard just last year.  New on the block, blossoming...
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October 07, 2015  |  Discuss

With no DH, Astros must get creative to use Gattis in Arizona series

The Houston Astros have three games remaining with which to either punch their ticket to the postseason or fall just short. They'll open a regular season-capping series with the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on Friday a game ahead of the Los Angeles Angels and Minnesota Twins for the second Wild Card spot. While they know who's pitching for them, they don't really know one...
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October 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Braves promote John Coppolella to GM position

The driving force behind many of the Atlanta Braves' rebuilding moves over the past year has been promoted to the franchise's general manager position. John Coppolella, who has served as Braves' assistant general manager, was named the club's GM on Thursday. The news was first reported by MLB.com's Mark Bowman. Though Coppolella will still serve under president of baseball operations...
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October 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Evan Gattis and Major League Baseball need one set of rules

The Houston Astros have a crucial three-game series this weekend that will decide their playoff fate. Baseball’s biggest surprise team currently holds a tenuous grasp on the second American League Wild Card spot. They are just a half-game ahead of the Los Angeles Angels as they head to square off with the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix. Unfortunately for the Astros, there is a...
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October 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Braves pitcher Foltynewicz has rib removed to combat blood clots

  Atlanta Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz has had surgery to remove half a rib after being hospitalized because of blood clots in his right arm. The team says Foltynewicz is expected to be released from the hospital Thursday and will continue a treatment of blood thinners for at least six weeks. Foltynewicz had the front part of his first rib removed Monday in a procedure performed...
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September 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Gattis, Correa power Astros over Angels 6-3

HOUSTON (AP) Evan Gattis and Carlos Correa hit two-run homers, and the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-3 on Monday night in a matchup of American League wild-card contenders. Dallas Keuchel (18-8) pitched 7 2-3 solid innings to remain undefeated at home this season. More importantly, the All-Star left-hander helped Houston keep momentum by winning its third straight...
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September 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Braves rookie Foltynewicz hospitalized with blood clots in arm

Atlanta Braves rookie starter Mike Foltynewicz was hospitalized over the weekend after blood clots were discovered in his right arm, the team announced on Sunday. Foltynewicz, who has not pitched since Aug. 25 while dealing with pneumonia, felt discomfort on Thursday night and arrived at Turner Field on Friday afternoon with redness and swelling around his right arm. The 24-year...
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September 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Gattis hits go-ahead HR, Astros beat A's 10-6 to stop slide

HOUSTON (AP) Evan Gattis hit a three-run homer to put Houston ahead in the seventh inning, and the Astros rallied past the Oakland Athletics 10-6 Saturday night to snap a five-game losing streak. Houston leads the race for the second AL wild card by 1 1/2 games over the Los Angeles Angels, who swept a doubleheader at Minnesota. The Astros began the night 2 1/2 games behind first...
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September 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Watch: Astros' Gattis only needs one hand to crush home runs

Houston Astros slugger Evan Gattis is a strong guy - that much is already known.He demonstrated his ridiculous power again on Wednesday night. With the Astros on the wrong side of a blowout in their game with the hard-charging Texas Rangers, Gattis effectively one-handed an inside pitch for a two-run home run to left field in the eighth inning.Not only does the man eschew batting...
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September 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Evan Gattis hit a one-handed homer

Houston Astros DH Evan Gattis has a *ton* of power – and that power was in full display during Houston’s blowout loss to the Ranger on Wednesday night. In the eighth inning, Gattis hit a one-handed homer off of Andrew Faulkner…while swinging with one hand. Gattis is setting career-highs across the board this season, in runs, hits, triples (incredibly), homers, walks, strikeouts...
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September 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Evan Gattis hit a one-handed homer

Houston Astros DH Evan Gattis has a *ton* of power – and that power was in full display during Houston’s blowout loss to the Ranger on Wednesday night. In the eighth inning, Gattis hit a one-handed homer off of Andrew Faulkner…while swinging with one hand. Gattis is setting career-highs across the board this season, in runs, hits, triples (incredibly), homers, walks, strikeouts...
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September 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Watch: Evan Gattis hits a one-handed home run

In a 14-3 blowout victory for the Texas Rangers, the Houston Astros managed to have one highlight worth seeing again.  Astros star Evan Gattis hit a two-run homer using just one hand. Gattis bottom hand appears to release midway through the swing on his 24th home run of the season. ONE. HAND. http://t.co/FKBtTvpizh pic.twitter.com/C9cLLVVOfA — MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) September...
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September 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Evan Gattis hits home run with one hand (video)

Houston Astros slugger Evan Gattis has come on strong in the second half of the season, and has hit 23 home runs and driven in 77 more. He gets a lot of power behind his swing, which was evidenced by what he did in Wednesday night’s game against the Texas Rangers. During one particular at-bat, Gattis’ bottom hand slipped off the bat. But everything was cool, as he used the other...
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September 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Evan Gattis hits 2-run HR with one-handed swing (Video)

Houston Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis displayed some impressive strength by hitting a two-run homer with a one-handed swing during the eighth inning of Wednesday night's game against Texas. Gattis, a right-handed batter, lost the grip of his bat with his left hand while following through on the swing with his right hand, yet was still able to connect with the first pitch of...
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September 17, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Evan Gattis hits HR with only one hand

Never trust a man who doesn’t wear batting gloves. Don’t believe us? Take a look at the home run Houston Astros catcher Evan Gattis hit Wednesday and you’ll understand why. After Gattis’ top hand slipped off the bat mid-swing, he somehow managed to complete his smooth stroke and launch a pitch from Texas Rangers reliever Andrew Faulkner into the stratosphere. See? Definitely...
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September 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Evan Gattis Clubbed a Home Run With One Hand

You take one look at Evan Gattis and know immediately the guy has light-tower power. That beard, that beefy build,...
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September 16, 2015  |  Discuss

The Houston Astros celebrate home runs with gummy bears

Many teams have their whipped cream pie, the Nationals have their chocolate syrup and now the Astros have their ... gummy bears. Yes, that's right. Houston is now celebrating its home runs by having a gummy bear feast in the dugout. As you'll see below, after each Astros player went yard (which happened four times) against Oakland Wednesday night, they were greeted by teammates smashing...
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September 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Evan Gattis is almost unrecognizable

I’ve written about a few changes like this lately. I wrote about Ryan Goins, whose hot streak coincided with a new unwillingness to swing the bat. I wrote about Joey Votto, whose Bonds-esque second half has come with greater discipline and a preference for very particular strikes. In Goins’ case, the analysis was done in response to improved performance. In Votto’s case, the...
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September 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Hitters: Quit Chopping Wood, Don’t Go for Backspin

Around little-league parks, and even on the back fields of certain schools and organizations, you might hear a common refrain from the batting cages. “Chop wood, chop wood,” is how Bryce Harper mimics the coaches he’s heard before. The idea is that a quick, direct path to the baseball — like an ax chop — is the best way to get quickly to the ball and create the backspin...
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September 09, 2015  |  Discuss

How the Houston Astros went from garbage to gold

In case you have been living under a rock this season, the Houston Astros are a good great baseball team. They literally started from the bottom and are now four games ahead of the Texas Rangers atop the AL West. With a record of 73-59, the Astros have the third best record in the American League. It’s worth pointing out that they had 907 losses since their last playoff appearance...
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September 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Twins can't contain Fiers, lose 4-1 to Astros

MINNEAPOLIS -- Mike Fiers followed his no-hitter with another stellar start for Houston, pitching into the seventh inning with three hits allowed for the first-place Astros in a 4-1 victory Saturday over the Minnesota Twins. Fiers (2-0) struck out five while surrendering one run, on a bases-loaded double-play grounder hit by Trevor Plouffe in the fourth. He left two on with none...
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August 29, 2015  |  Discuss
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