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The Precedent for a Craig Kimbrel Changeup

As pitchers go, Craig Kimbrel‘s been doing all right. Over the last three years, he leads baseball in adjusted ERA. “Well,” you say, “ERA can be misleading.” Absolutely so! Conveniently, over the last three years, he also leads baseball in adjusted FIP. “But,” you add, “FIP can be misleading in its own way.” Definitely. Observe, […]
Via Fangraphs
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Making Sense of Ozhaino Albies’ Awesome Pro Debut

Lead prospect analyst Kiley McDaniel turned some heads when he ranked Ozhaino Albies — a 5-foot-9, 17-year-old shortstop — as the top prospect in the Atlanta Braves minor league system. Albies was on the prospect radar prior to Kiley’s ranking, but slotted much lower on most organizational prospect lists this winter. Keith Law, John Sickels, Baseball America, and Baseball...
Via Fangraphs
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Time To Get Over Your A.J. Pierzynski Hatred

Fans hate A.J. Pierzynski just a bit too much. I recently wrote this article: The Biggest A-Holes in Chicago Sports History. The article highlighted some of the biggest jerks in the history of Chicago sports.  Players featured in the article did things like: -Tried to run over teens with their car. -Cause segregation in baseball. -Throw the World Series. -Bash homosexuality. -Commit...
Via Sports Mockery
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Markakis hopes to be ready for Braves' opener

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Nick Markakis is looking forward to opening day in Atlanta. Crabcakes down south, that's another story. After nine years with Baltimore - and plenty of the Maryland delicacy - Markakis signed a four-year, $44 million contract with the Braves this offseason. ''It would be like trying to find a good lobster in Iowa,'' Markakis said. Recovering from December neck...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Wisdom and Links: Who is Melvin Upton? Also, Parks and Recreation

There is a mysterious newcomer in Atlanta Braves camp this spring, an enigma who will need to be unraveled. One day, he didn’t seem to exist, but now, he is there. His name is Melvin Upton Jr., and he is a mystery. Where did he come from? How did he get here? And what happened to B.J. Upton, who he is replacing in the Atlanta outfield? I don’t know, I don’t know if anybody...
Via Hall of Very Good
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pierzynski brings experience behind plate to Braves

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) A.J. Pierzynski has been called a lot of things during his lengthy major league career, and not many of them are very nice. Pierzynski realizes that he is known for being an irritant, a pest, and quite a handful for any team wearing a different colored uniform. He's also one of the most respected players in baseball as far as his home clubhouse. He said that...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves Season Preview

As we work towards Opening Day, John Pielli will be previewing each team based on past performance, offseason moves, minor league system, and overall outlook for 2015. Today: the Atlanta Braves. The Atlanta Braves of 2014 needed some shaking up. Injuries to pitchers Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy and bad contracts given to Dan Uggla and B.J. Upton were a couple of the things that...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves' second-base battle may be most compelling of spring

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Last month, Craig Kimbrel joked that with so many changes to the Braves' roster, they should wear T-shirts this spring with name tags that say "Hello, My Name Is ..." Saturday, that came to fruition as payers entered the clubhouse to find those shirts sitting in their lockers, courtesy of the All-Star closer. Given the options at second base, which include...
Via Fox Sports South
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Melvin Upton Jr.’s “New Chapter” Is Not Off To A Good Start

Melvin Upton Jr. Photo Credit: David Goldman/AP Atlanta Braves’ centerfielder, formerly known in the baseball world as B.J. Upton, recently decided to change the name he goes by on the field to his given name Melvin Upton Jr. When the change was announced many believed it was a way for Upton to start a new chapter in his career, but it was not. Even though the change was not...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

B.J. Upton to miss all of spring training

Melvin Upton, formerly known as B.J., will miss all of spring training after being diagnosed with sesamoiditis in his left foot. Upton’s inflammation is occurring in the bone behind the ball of his foot. He will be in a cast for two weeks and a walking foot for the 4-6 weeks after that. This is not the start of the year that Upton needed after his first two seasons in Atlanta...
Via Tireball.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

A winner in most years, Gomes has chance to start for Braves

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Jonny Gomes has a knack for making teams win. He has .244 career batting average and has played in more than 120 games in a season once in an 11-year major career. And he was with Tampa Bay when the Rays reached the postseason for the first time in 2008, got back with Cincinnati in 2010, helped Oakland win the AL West in 2012 and won a World Series ring with...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Melvin Upton To Start 2015 Season On Disabled List

After struggling during his first two seasons in Atlanta, Melvin Upton, formally known as B.J. Upton,will have to wait a little longer then expected in hopes to turn his career around. Upton was diagnosed on Friday with inflammation in his left foot, specifically in the bone behind the ball of his foot. With the injury, Upton is expected to be in a cast for at least two weeks and...
Via Baseball Essential
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves Prospect Profile: Jose Peraza

Photo Credit: Mississippi Braves Are you a fan of players who can fly around the bases and put up some crazy good stolen base numbers? Then look no further. The Atlanta Braves second base prospect Jose Peraza has torn up the base paths in his minor league career. Currently just 20 years old, Peraza came to the Braves as an international signing and began his professional career...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves OF Melvin Upton to miss rest of spring with injury

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Atlanta Braves outfielder Melvin Upton is expected to miss the rest of spring training because of inflammation in his left foot. The team announced Upton's condition Friday after he underwent an X-ray and MRI exam. Upton's foot will be placed in a short leg cast for two weeks, then in a walking boot from four to six weeks. The team said he will likely be able...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves, MLB players takes sides on pace of play, replay changes

LAKE BUENA VISTA -- Long before this technologically advanced world of smartphones and tablets, Twitter and Instragram became commonplace with children of all ages, baseball was still a game played at a leisurely pace. And that was the charm for many fans, an open-ended affair, time-wise, that's typically enjoyed outside, amid brilliant sunshine or a blanket of evening stars from...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Engima That Is Andrelton Simmons

 Andrelton Simmons is known as major league baseball’s top defensive shortstop, and he is also one of the best overall defensive players. The 25-year-old, who made his MLB debut with the Atlanta Braves in June 2012, is a two-time Gold Glove winner. Andrelton Simmons earned the NL Platinum Glove Award in 2013, and he also won the Fielding Bible Award in 2013 and 2014. These...
Via TopSportsReport
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves SS Simmons has oblique strain, but it isn't serious

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons has a slight left oblique strain. On the day of the team's first full-squad workout, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez couldn't give a date when Simmons will be ready for exhibition games but said the injury wasn't serious. Simmons fielded balls during workouts Thursday but didn't hit or throw. Gonzalez said Simmons tried...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

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
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves shortstop Simmons slowed by oblique strain

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons has a slight left oblique strain. On the day of the team's first full-squad workout, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez couldn't give a date when Simmons will be ready for exhibition games but said the injury wasn't serious. Simmons fielded balls during workouts Thursday but didn't hit or throw. Gonzalez said Simmons tried...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cool, but driven Teheran may soon join elite class of MLB arms

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla -- The days of openly asking if Julio Teheran can make the National League All-Star team have passed. (Mission accomplished in 2014.) The days of speculating on whether Teheran -- heading into his third full season with the Braves -- can be the bankable workhorse pitcher who logs 30-plus starts annually have subsided. (Back-to-back 30-start campaigns for 2013...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cool, but driven Teheran may soon join elite class of MLB arms

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla -- The days of openly asking if Julio Teheran can make the National League All-Star team are done. (Mission accomplished in 2014.) The days of speculating on whether Teheran -- heading into his third full season with the club -- can be the bankable workhorse pitcher who logs 30-plus starts annually have subsided. (Back-to-back campaigns for 2013-14.) And the...
Via Fox Sports South
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cool, but driven Teheran may soon join elite class of MLB arms

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla -- The days of openly asking if Julio Teheran can make the National League All-Star team are done. (Mission accomplished in 2014.) The days of speculating on whether Teheran -- heading into his third full season with the club -- can be the bankable workhorse pitcher who logs 30-plus starts annually have subsided. (Back-to-back campaigns for 2013-14.) And the...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Simmons will take it easy in Braves camp until oblique strain heals

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Andrelton Simmons' inability to take it easy may just force him to miss some time as the Atlanta Braves hit the field for full-squad workouts on Wednesday. Simmons aggravated his left oblique sometime between one and two weeks ago while batting. He tried to push through the injury to no avail. "It's so minor, said Simmons. "I tried to go on it [and] didn...
Via Fox Sports South
5 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Atlanta Braves

2014 started so well for the Atlanta Braves. They stormed out of the gate with a 17-8 start, and quickly took over first place in the NL East. But unlike in 2013, the Washington Nationals didn’t struggle early, and kept pace. The Braves never had a lead of more than 3.5 games. Less than a week after the All-Star Game, Atlanta fell out of first place, and they wouldn’t get back...
Via The Outside Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Atlanta Braves

2014 started so well for the Atlanta Braves. They stormed out of the gate with a 17-8 start, and quickly took over first place in the NL East. But unlike in 2013, the Washington Nationals didn’t struggle early, and kept pace. The Braves never had a lead of more than 3.5 games. Less than a week after the All-Star Game, Atlanta fell out of first place, and they wouldn’t get back...
Via Bloguin Best
6 days ago  |  Discuss
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