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Braves and Rockies demonstrate just how silly baseball justice can be

Is there such a thing as an accident in MLB anymore? If a hitter’s bat happens to strike a catcher on the backswing, is it now automatically assumed that it was done intentionally? Does the incident call for swift retaliation by the hitter getting plunked by a pitch immediately thereafter? I get baseball’s method of meting out justice. Throwing at batters has always been a part...
Via Bloguin Best
June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves and Rockies demonstrate just how silly baseball justice can be

Is there such a thing as an accident in MLB anymore? If a hitter’s bat happens to strike a catcher on the backswing, is it now automatically assumed that it was done intentionally? Does the incident call for swift retaliation by the hitter getting plunked by a pitch immediately thereafter? I get baseball’s method of meting out justice. Throwing at batters has always been a part...
Via The Outside Corner
June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves Injury Update: Gerald Laird passes concussion test

Atlanta Braves backup catcher Gerald Laird was forced to leave Thursday's 10-3 loss against the Colorado Rockies in the eighth inning after being hit in the head by Corey Dickerson's backswing, having been hit by Dickerson's foul tip earlier in the at-bat (video here and below). Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that Laird passed preliminary concussion tests, but will...
Via Sports Injury Alert
June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Caray: Thoughts on La Stella, Laird's importance, state of NL East

FOXSportsSouth.com checks in with play-by-play announcer Chip Caray to discuss the latest surrounding the Braves. FOXSPORTSOUTH.COM: Fans had been clamoring for the debut of Tommy La Stella and he looks as advertised, with the plate discipline he displayed in the minors. Can he be that consistent bat the team has needed at second base? CHIP CARAY: I think we should put him in the...
Via Fox Sports South
May 29, 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

FG on Fox: New Change-Ups in Atlanta

“It’??s the second-best pitch in baseball after the fastball”? said Braves catcher Gerald Laird, when talking about the change-up. The arm action is the same as a fastball, the seams come out looking the same, there’??s not many release point clues that it’??s coming, and then “??the ball is just not there.”? For the first […]
Via Fangraphs
May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves' Teheran takes loss, impresses in Opening Day start

Last season, Gerald Laird sat in front of his locker in the Atlanta Braves' clubhouse and discussed rookie pitcher Julio Teheran's improving defense, but his comments eventually hit on some all-inconclusive points concerning the pitching profession. The veteran catcher has caught plenty of excellent pitchers in what is now his 11th season in the major leagues, and he had...
Via Fox Sports South
March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves' Gerald Laird out with back spasms, Justin Upton still out with sore hip

The Atlanta Braves lost to the Detroit Tigers on Thursday by the score of 5-2.  The loss dropped the Braves to 0-2 this spring.  During the first inning, back up catcher Gerald Laird left with back spasms.  The injury apparently occurred on a swing in his at bat in the top of the first inning.  There was also no update on the condition of outfielder Justin Upton, who has missed...
Via Sports Injury Alert
February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Braves Photo Day: Position Players

Posted some of the pitchers yesterday, but now let's talk about the other half of the team. In the order of the Zimbio album... Serious Simba.(Andrelton Simmons) I'd love to see this next to one of his elementary school pics. I bet it's the same!(Gerald Laird) Glad our Prado replacement is healthy for 2014.(Ramiro Peña) This AJC shot is better than the regular one....
Via Love My Bravos
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Chopcast: New home plate rules, Braves news and notes

When asking Braves veteran catcher Gerald Laird about the then-prospective new rules regarding catcher-runner relations and home plate collisions last Wednesday, it became immediately obvious that any decision made by baseball would not come without second guesses. Those rules, including mandates on when a runner can collide with an opposing catcher and how much of the plate that...
Via Fox Sports South
February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Chopcast: Bullpen, bench key elements to Braves' season

The bench is often out of sight and out of mind when discussing a team's offseason moves, but a smartly-constructed unit and a quality farm system can pay off over the course of a 162-game schedule. The Atlanta Braves found that out last season, when every position player not named Chris Johnson hit the disabled list at one point or another. Starters can struggle from time to...
Via Fox Sports South
February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

PHOTO: Braves teammates hold an online 'ab-off'

So, for some reason or another, Atlanta Braves teammates Dan Uggla and Gerald Laird decided to have an “Ab-Off” on Monday. Of course, for an “Ab-Off” to be officially sanctioned by the governing body that oversees the PAOA (Professional Ab-Off Association), the competitors must present their abs to the PAOA Board of Governors. If that […]The post ‘Ab-Off’ between teammates...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
September 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Teheran looking to break rookie barrier, win Gold Glove

Gerald Laird knows a Gold Glove-caliber pitcher when he sees one. Over the course of 11 major league seasons, the Braves' veteran backup catcher has listed as his teammates some of the best and most consistent defensive pitchers of the past decade, working with the likes of Kenny Rogers and R.A. Dickey in Texas, Adam Wainwright in St. Louis -- albeit in extremely limited fashion...
Via Fox Sports South
August 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Braves activate Laird from 15-day DL; option Cunningham

ATLANTA -- Gerald Laird walked into Turner Field, his two-year-old son Brooklyn trailing him, dragging a foam bat behind him. Laird was hitting the field and while it may have been for whiffle ball during the Braves' family day, the catcher who was activated from the 15-day disabled list Sunday after having kidney stones removed, was simply happy to be wearing an Atlanta uniform...
Via Fox Sports South
August 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Braves activate Gerald Laird, option Todd Cunningham

getty images Gerald Laird will return to the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. Laird had been on the disabled list after he had a kidney stone removed. The Braves will welcome the return of their backup catcher who has a .293/.384/.400 line this season in 28 games. In order to make room for Laird on the active roster the Braves sent outfielder Todd Cunningham to Triple-A Gwinnett. Cunningham...
Via Tireball.com
August 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Game Day Pictures: Braves at Phillies 7-5-13

My lovely friend Gena invited me to Philly and we had a really fun weekend. (Thank you so much!!) I haven't been feeling well so it's taken much longer than usual to get these pictures from Citizen's Bank Park edited and posted, and I still have pics from Saturday to edit as well. Here are some fun things, followed by the gallery of pictures... ♡ Gena took me straight...
Via Love My Bravos
July 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Gerald Laird leaves game after being hit on hand

Atlanta Braves catcher Gerald Laird left Sunday’s game against the Chicago White Sox after taking a pitch off the hand. Laird was hit on his left hand by a Carlos Quintana pitch in the fourth inning. The Braves used Joey Terdoslavich to pinch run for Laird and was moved to left field. Evan Gattis who began the game in left field moved behind the plate. Laird was 1-for-1 prior to...
Via Tireball.com
July 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Braves activate Laird from DL

The Atlanta Braves have activated catcher Gerald Laird from the 15-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Todd Cunningham to Triple-A Gwinnett. Laird was placed on the disabled list on Aug. 3, retroactive to July 26, after having kidney stones removed. He is with the Braves for Sunday's game against Miami. Cunningham was recalled from Gwinnett on July 30 when outfielder...
Via Fox Sports
June 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Sounding Off: Gerald Laird

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Via Fox Sports South
June 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Braves rally again to finish off sweep of Dodgers

ATLANTA -- Gerald Laird hadn't played in five days; Chris Johnson was getting a day off. But with the bases loaded, the two came in as pinch-hitters, delivering RBI singles -- along with Ramiro Pena -- in a four-run eighth inning as the Braves rallied for a rain-delayed 5-2 win over the Dodgers. "We've won a lot of games with the long ball but today we put some balls...
Via Fox Sports South
May 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Laird's stealth tag-up helps Braves clip Nats

ATLANTA On paper, it was a mismatch. In one corner, a strong-armed right fielder (Jayson Werth) stood roughly 160 feet from home plate, poised for the easy catch, with his feet and hips squarely pointing to the target. In the other corner, a stout-looking catcher (Gerald Laird) prepared for the race of his life, from third base to home plate and without a running start. With...
Via Fox Sports South
April 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Laird's stealth tag-up helps Braves clip Nats

ATLANTA On paper, it was a mismatch. In one corner, a strong-armed right fielder (Jayson Werth) stood roughly 160 feet from home plate, poised for the easy catch, with his feet and hips squarely pointing to the target. In the other corner, a stout-looking catcher (Gerald Laird) prepared for the race of his life, from third base to home plate and without a running start. With...
Via Fox Sports South
April 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Back end of Braves' lineup cleaning up

ATLANTA Since breaking into the majors as a 23-year-old catcher with the Texas Rangers' organization, Gerald Laird has made his living in the back half of lineups. In nearly 2,500 career plate appearances for four separate franchises, only 109 total have come in the Nos. 1-5 spots. With a bat in his hands, that's his home, the back end. Now 33, little has changed in terms...
Via Fox Sports South
April 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Braves power past Phils in opener

ATLANTA Here are three observations from the Braves' Opening Day 7-5 win over the Philadelphia Phillies: 1. The Braves' lineup was as good as advertised ... at least in its first appearance It's no laughing matter when a team hangs seven runs in a game against the opponent's best arm. That was the case with Atlanta's lineup, now featuring the likes of Justin...
Via Fox Sports South
April 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Braves power past Phils in opener

ATLANTA Here are three observations from the Braves' Opening Day 7-5 win over the Philadelphia Phillies: 1. The Braves' lineup was as good as advertised ... at least in its first appearance. It's no laughing matter when a team hangs up seven runs in a game where the opponent threw out its best arm. That was the case with Atlanta's lineup, now, of course, featuring...
Via Fox Sports South
April 01, 2013  |  Discuss
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