Braves being hurt by shortage of leaders

There’s a famous scene in the movie “Bull Durham” when the team is mired in some hellish losing streak and one of the players turns to Crash Davis and says, “We need a night off just to stop our losing streak. We need a rainout.” So Crash tells the guys, “I can get us a rainout,” and, late that night, a few of them snuck into the stadium, turned on the sprinklers and...
Via Pro Sports Daily
August 09, 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 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

An Accidental Backswing Causes Concussions And Ejections

((HT: MLB))It all starts with a backswing that accidentally (at least, that's the look of it, anyway...) clocks Braves catcher Gerald Laird in the head and he gets an early exit and concussion tests.Then, because of baseball being "Quien es mas macho," the Rockies and Braves game yesterday goes downhill and degrades into hit batsmen, ejections, and managers not taking...
Via Online Sports Guys
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 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 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...
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May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves’ Laird comes through again, RBI in 8th beats Rockies 3-2

Gerald Laird hadn’t driven in a run all season before Thursday, but the Braves’ veteran backup catcher showed a few times in a span of about 25 hours why he remains a valuable piece on a team with championship aspirations. Laird’s two-out single in the eighth inning Friday lifted the Braves to a rousing 3-2 win in a series opener against the Rockies at Turner Field, their...
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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....
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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 […]
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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....
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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...
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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...
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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...
August 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Braves Activate Laird, Option Cunningham

The Atlanta Braves continue to get healthy as they activated catcher Gerald Laird off the disabled list and optioned outfielder Todd Cunningham to Triple-A Gwinnett.  Laird will be in uniform and available to play against the Marlins Sunday. Laird went on the disabled list August 3, retroactive to July 26 with a kidney stone ailment. Laird has been a solid contributor for the Braves...
Via Atlanta Bullpen
August 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Braves place Gerald Laird on DL; activate B.J. Upton

Atlanta Braves catcher Gerald Laird underwent a procedure to remove a kidney stone earlier in the week. To allow him additional time to recover, the Braves placed the veteran backstop on the 15-day disabled list. To fill Laird’s spot on their roster, Atlanta activated B.J. Upton from the DL, the team has announced. B.J. Upton has been activated from the disabled list...
Via MLB Injury News
August 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Braves' Gerald Laird: X-Rays negative, day to day

Atlanta Braves catcher Gerald Laird can breathe more easily now that he had his hand X-rayed. Laird took a pitch on the left hand from White Sox starter Jose Quintana on Sunday. He left the game for X-rays, but those came up negative.'s Brian Hedger reports that Laird is listed as day-to-day with a bruise, and he is grateful that he will avoid the disabled list. ...
Via MLB Injury News
July 23, 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...
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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...
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

Braves Grizzled Veteran Gerald Laird Q&A

Laird has played well in limited action Atlanta Braves catcher Gerald Laird has played very well this season in limited action.  He has caught the majority of Julio Teheran‘s starts in 2013 and his experience has helped the young Braves fireballer immensely. Laird won a World Series ring playing with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011 and played in the 2012 World Series with the...
Via Atlanta Bullpen
June 15, 2013  |  Discuss
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