ATLANTA BRAVES NEWS

Chipper Jones’ Fiancee, Vitale Meets Miss Tennessee & Fat Joey Belle

  Odds & ends from this week What were the odds of a Delta plane nearly going into the Flushing Bay & Harrison Ford crashing a plane on the same day? … I just read this morning that former Reds CF Eddie Milner turns 60 in May. Pete Rose turns 73 in April…Sling TV sent me an email saying that AMC and IFC have been added to the basic $20 package. Please don’t let them...
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6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Simon makes debut as Tigers fall to Braves

LAKELAND Fla. (AP) -- Julio Teheran allowed one run in a two-inning spring debut, leading the Atlanta Braves to a 6-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday. Teheran is expected to be the Braves' opening-day starter. He allowed three hits and walked one. Joey Terdoslavich had a double and scored two runs for the Braves. Alfredo Simon made his Tigers debut and didn't allow a...
Via AP on Fox
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Mike Minor dealing with tightness in throwing shoulder

After seeing numerous pitchers undergo Tommy John surgery before Spring Training got underway last season, the last thing the Atlanta Braves wanted to hear was that starter Mike Minor was dealing with tightness in his throwing shoulder. Minor dealt with shoulder issues last year after getting a late start on the season. He finished with a 4.77 ERA last year and now is ticketed to...
Via Tireball.com
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Teheran, Simon make spring debuts; Tigers beat Braves 6-4

LAKELAND Fla. (AP) Julio Teheran allowed one run in a two-inning spring debut, leading the Atlanta Braves to a 6-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday. Teheran is expected to be the Braves' opening-day starter. He allowed three hits and walked one. Joey Terdoslavich had a double and scored two runs for the Braves. Alfredo Simon made his Tigers debut and didn't allow a run...
Via AP on Fox
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

The John Hart Era Begins with a Dud for the Atlanta Braves

John Hart spent his offseason remodeling the Atlanta Braves into his own squad. While some new General Managers, like A.J. Prefer, went after superstars with a “win now” mentality, Hart looked to get rid of the pieces of the Frank Wren Era and rebuild a farm system in a “win later” approach. The Braves’ 2015 Grapefruit League opener wasn’t pretty, but with a team of...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Braves' Minor scratched from start with left shoulder tightness

  Atlanta Braves starter Mike Minor was scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday after experiencing tightness in his left shoulder. Minor, who went 6-12 with a 4.77 ERA for the Braves last season, missed most of the 2014 spring training with a groin injury but came back to start 25 games. Braves general manager John Hart said that the team is trying to be proactive and not rush...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Nieuwenhuis has 4 hits for Mets in win over Braves

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 4 for 4 and scored a run, leading the New York Mets to an 8-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday. Dillon Gee started for the Mets in their spring opener and allowed two runs in two innings. He also walked two. Wandy Rodriguez, who came to camp looking for a spot in the Atlanta rotation, allowed run and walked two in one inning...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Minor scratched from start with left shoulder tightness

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Atlanta Braves starter Mike Minor was scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday after experiencing tightness in his left shoulder. Minor, who went 6-12 with a 4.77 ERA for the Braves last season, missed most of the 2014 spring training with a groin injury but came back to start 25 games. Braves general manager John Hart said that the team is trying to be...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Katherine Webb Sighting, Chipper Jones Skiing & Chuck Meets Hoodie

Cubs want special construction hours So you have the Cubs trying to finish the bleacher renovation project before Opening Day. The winter has been brutal and the crews are behind schedule. So the Cubs want the city to let them work from 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Oh, and the Cubs also requested a nonstop, 24-hours a day, seven days a week permit. The city laughed at both...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #21: Freddie Freeman | 1B | ATL

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide and Draft Pack, with two great draft day tools, are here! Get your copies today! When you think of pure baseball hitters you immediately think of the great Miguel Cabrera, Albert Pujols in his prime, and a healthy Joey Votto, but one player that may be on the verge of that class and doesn’t get enough love is Freddie Freeman. In terms...
Via Baseball Professor
2 days ago  |  Discuss

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
3 days 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
3 days 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
3 days 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
3 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
4 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
5 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
5 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves' Upton out up to two months with inflammation in foot

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Melvin Upton Jr. already made waves once this spring by changing his name. Now, he's doing so again, as the Braves center fielder will miss up to two months with inflammation in his left foot. Upton underwent an MRI exam Thursday, which revealed he has sesamoiditis, a buildup in the bone behind the ball of the foot. He will be in a short leg cast for two...
Via Fox Sports South
6 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
6 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
6 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
7 days ago  |  Discuss
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