Mixed Bag 10.24.14

In Dayton We Trust - The move by the Braves to make John Hart their new president of baseball operations yesterday effectively ends the Dayton Moore Atlanta Braves GM candidacy. This is a good thing for the fans of Royals baseball even if they haven't been fans of Moore in the past because no matter what your feelings of the job GMDM has done you must admit he's got the Glass...
Via Pine Tar Press
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Storylines: John Hart named head of baseball ops with Braves

In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @AndrewIBI. Here are the stories from Thursday, Oct. 24.  Top Stories: Interim Braves GM John Hart accepted an offer to take a permanent role with the club Ken Rosenthal...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
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Greg Holland, Craig Kimbrel Honored

Nine All-Time Great Relievers Voted for Revamped Honors KANSAS CITY – Greg Holland of the American League Champion Kansas City Royals is the inaugural “Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year” and Craig Kimbrel of the Atlanta Braves is the first “Trevor Hoffman National League Reliever of the Year,” Major League Baseball announced today.  Both Holland and...
Via i70baseball
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Braves Name John Hart President Of Baseball Operations

The Atlanta Braves have named John Hart as president of baseball operations. Hart was hired as interim general manager on Sept. 22 and will also continue to serve in that role. It’s unclear if Hart’s new title means the team no longer will seek a full-time replacement for Frank Wren, the former general manager. Wren was fired last month following a disappointing finish this season...
Via Geeks and Cleats
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Braves name John Hart new President of Baseball Operations

John Hart has been serving as the interim general manager of the Atlanta Braves but recently declined interst in taking over the job full time. On Thursday the Braves announced that Hart would take over their President of Baseball Operations role. John Schuerholz has been serving as the Braves president but his duties extend far past the traditional baseball operations role. This...
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Braves name Hart president of baseball operations

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves have named John Hart as president of baseball operations. Hart was hired as interim general manager on Sept. 22 and will also continue to serve in that role. It's unclear if Hart's new title means the team no longer will seek a full-time replacement for Frank Wren, the former general manager. Wren was fired last month following a disappointing...
Via AP on Fox
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Rosenthal: Braves to name Hart president of baseball operations

The Atlanta Braves will name John Hart as their new president of baseball operations, FOX Sports 1 Insider Ken Rosenthal reports. Hart took over as the team's interim general manager during the final week of the regular season after then-GM Frank Wren was fired. According to a Yahoo Sports report, Hart then was offered the full-time GM position but turned it down. According to...
Via Fox Sports
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Braves Rumors: Potential outfield moves this offseason

When the Atlanta Braves acquired Justin Upton and his broth B.J before the start of 2013, they looked to have a dream outfield.  But sadly for the club, that never surfaced as B.J. Upton has struggled to hit above his weight in his two seasons as a Brave.  With Justin Upton and Jason Heyward heading into free agency after the 2015 season the Braves have plenty of options entering...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Craig Kimbrel wins first Trevor Hoffman Award

Back in April, Major League Baseball announced that a new award would be handed out on an annual basis to the best relief pitcher in each league. The NL version of the award is now known as the Trevor Hoffman Award, and the first winner of it is Braves closer Craig Kimbrel. The announcement was made by commissioner-to-be Rob Manfred before Game 2 of the 2014 World Series, with Greg...
Via Pro Sports Daily
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Dellin Betances and Craig Kimbrel earn Goose Gossage Awards

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) has announced today that Dellin Betances of the New York Yankees has won the American League Goose Gossage Award as the year's best relief pitcher and Craig Kimbrel of the Atlanta Braves has earned his fourth consecutive nod as the best relief pitcher of the National League for 2014. See the link for the details.The General Chapter of...
Via The Flagrant Fan
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Chipper Jones’ Question About UF Football Makes You Wonder

Chipper Jones wonders if the Florida Gators could beat Stetson in football. After Saturday in The Swamp, he may be right.
Via Gamedayr
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Are the Mets and Braves potential trade partners this offseason?

One of the staples of offseason talk radio and blog writing is the trade column. And unfortunately, a lot of times this takes the form of “let’s group together our trash and trade it for your star.” There are multiple reasons why this happens. Among other things, it’s hard to be objective about the talent on your team. Additional reasons are that fans are unlikely to...
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Is Jason Heyward On The Red Sox Trade Radar?

(Photo By Justin Edmonds)Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe (AKA John Henry's Journalistic Plaything) writes that Atlanta's Jason Heyward is "definitely a name that’s come up" in Red Sox trade musings. Heyward is a classic case of the "can't miss" guy who has—in fact—mostly missed so far in his career. The 26-year old Heyward is a .262 career hitter...
Via FenwayNation
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Chipper tells Braves: ‘Not ready’ to be hitting coach

One of the most logical places for the Braves to look for their new hitting coach was the Double Dime Ranch in Texas, and they did, Chipper Jones told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The former Braves third baseman said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez contacted him recently to gauge his interest in the Braves’ hitting coach position, and Jones told him the timing wasn’t right...
Via Pro Sports Daily
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Hart, Braves making moves while searching for GM

ATLANTA (AP) While the Braves' search for a new general manager continues, a new management team already is taking shape. Braves president John Schuerholz, interim general manager John Hart and special assistant to the GM Bobby Cox are searching for the full-time replacement for Frank Wren, who was fired as GM last month. Hart already has made several moves this month that might...
Via AP on Fox
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Schuerholz on report of Hart declining Braves GM job: “Not accurate”

Braves president John Schuerholz read a Yahoo Sports report that said interim general manager John Hart has turned down the Braves’ offer to take the job full-time, prompting the team to focus on assistant GM John Coppolella and Royals GM Dayton Moore as its primary targets for the position. “At best the article was not accurate with either the facts or the assumptions,” Schuerholz...
Via Pro Sports Daily
9 days ago  |  Discuss

John Hart turns down offer to be Braves' GM

John Hart turned down the offer to be the Atlanta Braves' general manager, prompting the team to focus on current assistant GM John Coppolella and Kansas City Royals GM Dayton Moore as its top two targets, sources told Yahoo Sports on Tuesday. Another name that has surfaced in internal Braves discussions: Dan O’Dowd, the former Colorado GM who recently turned down a contract...
Via Pro Sports Daily
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: John Hart turns down Braves GM offer

John Hart will not become the full-time general manager of the Atlanta Braves reports Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan. Hart took over as the Braves interim GM last month when the team fired Frank Wren. The Braves apparently wanted Hart to take over and set up John Coppolella to eventually take over the role. Sources: John Hart has turned down the Braves' offer to be GM. For now...
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Free Agent Outlook: Aaron Harang

#456222990 / There are few things more frustrating to a general manager than seeing a pitcher you had written off for lost have a decent season. Making it worse is the fact that you have another shot at him this year and the one thing holding you back are your belief that he had a fluky season…oh and he’s 36 years old. Aaron Harang put many gm’s in this spot...
Via TopSportsReport
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves Rumors: Aaron Harang could stay in Atlanta

The Atlanta Braves finished the 2014 season with a disappointing 79-83 record, tied for second in the National League East. Although the Braves were only 29th in the Major Leagues in runs scored, pitching remained a strength, ranked fifth in ERA. One pitcher who is hitting the free agent market but could stay with the Braves is 36-year old Aaron Harang.#456222990 / gettyimages.comAs...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves begin offseason amidst change

On August 1st, the Braves were 6 games over .500 and had lost in spectacular fashion to the offense-challenged San Diego Padres on a night that the team once again trotted out the struggling Mike Minor amid the worry that his downhill slide could be costly to Atlanta down the stretch. As it would turn out, Mike Minor was only one part of the behemoth that kept the Braves out of the...
Via BravesWire
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Dave Wallace thrives with the Orioles

It doesn’t often happen in baseball that you’re hired on merit alone, not because you know somebody. That’s where Dave Wallace’s story starts. Wallace, who oversaw the Red Sox’ 2004 pitching staff, was busy grooming Julio Teheran, Mike Minor, Luis Avilan, Craig Kimbrel, Jonny Venters, etc., in the Braves’ system and perfectly happy doing it. He had been replaced in...
Via Pro Sports Daily
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves News: Atlanta retains Fredi Gonzalez, Hires Bo Porter as coach

Although the announcement is not brand new, it is now official. On Friday, the Atlanta Braves announced the return of manager Fredi Gonzalez for 2015. In addition, the Braves have also hired former Houston Astros manager Bo Porter as the new third-base coach, replacing Doug Dascenzo. Braves interim GM John Hart announced today that manager Fredi Gonzalez will return for his fifth...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Fredi Gonzalez is safe while others are not so lucky

The Atlanta Braves announced on Friday that manager Fredi Gonzalez will return in 2015 for his fifth season with the team, while some of his coaching counterparts on the staff were not so lucky. Gonzalez will get at least one more go-around with the Braves Out is assistant hitting coach Scott Fletcher, who shared the same fate of hitting coach Greg Walker, who resigned earlier this...
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Fredi Gonzalez to return as Braves manager for 2015

While general manager Frank Wren was let go by the Atlanta Braves, the same fate will not fall on manager Fredi Gonzalez. Interim general manager John Hart announced on Friday that Gonzalez would return for the 2015 season for a fifth season at the helm of the Braves. During Gonzalez’s time as the Braves manager the team has twice been to the playoffs and has won one divisional...
21 days ago  |  Discuss
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