Ex-Mets Catcher John Buck Announces Retirement

Braves catcher and ex-Met John Buck announced his retirement on Thursday, so he can spend more time with his family, the Braves announced. The one-time All Star had spent 11 years in the Major Leagues, playing for the Royals, Marlins, Mets, Angels, Pirates, Mariners and Blue Jays. He had signed this season with the Braves and was hitting .320 in the spring before the announcement...
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The Chipper Jones-Taylor Higgins Wedding Registry…Yes, I Bought Them A Gift

  I remember the day in December 2012 when I broke the news that Chipper Jones was dating Playboy model Taylor Higgins, who went by Lexi Ray as a nude model name. It was a perfect storm scenario. Chip’s MLB career had just ended and he was starting his retirement life — at 40 — like many of us would die for. He made $168,552,133 during his MLB career (yes, there were a...
Via Busted Coverage
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Buck announces retirement, ending bid to make Braves roster

ATLANTA (AP) John Buck, an 11-year major league veteran who was attempting to land a job with the Atlanta Braves as a backup catcher, has retired. The 34-year-old, an All-Star in 2010 with Toronto, hit 134 home runs with seven big league teams. He hit .225 in 32 games with Seattle and the Los Angeles Angels last year after playing for the New York Mets and Pittsburgh in 2013. He...
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Springtime surprises for revamped Braves

When the Atlanta Braves arrived at Champion Stadium this spring, nobody in baseball knew what to expect of the revamped, ragtag group of players assembled by the team’s front office in the offseason. In fact, many of the players themselves didn’t know what to expect, but were excited about the talent and youth coming together. The team looked so different that Craig Kimbrel had...
Via BravesWire
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Opening Day Preview: Atlanta Braves

ATLANTA BRAVES 2015 PREVIEW The 2015 Atlanta Braves find themselves in a position that they haven’t been in since the early 1990s. The Frank Wren Era is over and John Hart has already made his imprint on the organization. Jason Heyward, Evan Gattis, Justin Upton, Ervin Santana and Aaron Harang are amongst more than a dozen 2014 Braves who have found new homes. Unfortunately for...
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Spring Training Gameday: Phillies (10-10) at Braves (9-12)

Atlanta Braves (9-12) vs Philadelphia Phillies (10-10)  Starting Pitchers:PHI: Servino Gonzalez vs.NYY: Mike Foltynewicz Time: 1:05 EST, Champion StadiumTV: ESPNWeather: Cloudy with possible rain, 69Media: Twitter and Facebook Lineup: Danks, CF / Blanco, SS / Phelps, 3B / Howard, 1B / Ruf, LF / Nelson, 2B / Bogusevic, RF / Rupp, C / Gonzalez, P  
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Nick Markakis makes Braves debut, gets 2 hits against Astros

  Nick Markakis finally got in a game for the Atlanta Braves, getting two hits Monday in a 14-10 win over the Houston Astros. ''You couldn't have scripted it any better,'' Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. ''We got him his three at-bats, got him four innings. He ran the bases, and we got him out of there.'' Markakis had neck surgery in December after nine seasons with Baltimore...
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Markakis makes debut, gets 2 hits as Braves top Astros 14-10

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Nick Markakis had two hits in his spring training debut with the Atlanta Braves, a 14-10 win Monday over the Houston Astros 14-10. An outfielder recovering from December neck surgery after nine seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, Markakis led off the third inning with a double off Scott Feldman and singled in the fourth. Former-Brave Evan Gattis hit his first...
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Braves 1st Baseman Complets Crazy Unassisted Double Play

Atlanta's Joey Terdoslavich completed the unassisted double play in a crazy way Saturday against St. Louis.
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Stults, Johnson lead Braves over Nationals 5-2

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Eric Stults gave up two runs and five hits in five innings as the Atlanta Braves beat the Washington Nationals 5-2 Saturday in a game between split squads. Stults, making a bid to become the Braves' fifth starter, allowed three hits and two runs in the third inning. Jonny Gomes hit a two-run single in the fourth inning for Atlanta to tie it at 2. Washington...
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2015 NL East Spring Training Preview

Can the Braves please trade Craig Kimbrel?  This isn't a fantasy question, it's a real question.  What need does a team, who is obviously rebuilding for 2017, have for the best closer in baseball?  Plus, closers are the most overvalued position in sports. Rant over, sorry.  Okay, let's get to some fantasy baseball...
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Prado slams bases-loaded double, Marlins beat Braves 5-1

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Former Brave Martin Prado drove in two runs with a bases-loaded double in the sixth and Jeff Baker added a sacrifice fly later in the inning, leading the Miami Marlins past Atlanta 5-1 on Friday. Wandy Rodriguez made a strong showing for a spot in Atlanta's starting rotation, throwing five hitless innings against the Marlins before they erupted. Rodriguez struck...
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Gomes, Johnson lift Braves over Marlins 6-3

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Johnny Gomes drove in two runs and Kelly Johnson went 2 for 2, leading the Atlanta Braves over the Miami Marlins 6-3 Thursday. Braves starter Manny Banuelos allowed one run and three hits in two innings for the Braves. He's a candidate for the final spot in the Braves rotation but has a 17.18 ERA in three appearances. Tom Koehler, 10-10 for the Marlins last...
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Braves Release Jose Veras

After an attempt to make the big league roster as a non-roster invitee this spring training, veteran reliever Jose Veras was released by the Atlanta Braves on Thursday morning, according to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.   #Braves released veteran reliever Jose Veras, a non-roster invitee to spring training. — David O’Brien (@DOBrienAJC) March 19, 2015...
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Joe West nonchalantly ejects A.J. Pierzynski (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. We’re still more than two weeks away from the start of the MLB regular season, but umpire Joe West is already in midseason form. During Wednesday night’s Grapefruit League game between the New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves, West ejected A.J. Pierzynski after the Braves catcher started complaining about...Read More
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WATCH: Joe West casually ejects A.J. Pierzynski mid at-bat

Maybe they were arguing about who’s more unlikable across baseball. Umpire Joe West and Atlanta Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski had a little run-in Wednesday night during the Braves’ spring training game vs. the New York Yankees. West and Pierzynski’s behind-the-plate back-and-forth apparently carried on for just about an entire half inning. The catcher felt his pitcher was...
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Atlanta Braves 2015 Preview: 3 Up and 3 Down

The 2014 season was a disappointing one for the Atlanta Braves. After winning its first division title since 2005 the year before, 2014 saw the Braves fall to 79-83. Their offseason could be described as a good old fashioned housecleaning. Gone are the likes of Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Evan Gattis. In are the new faces that are all around the organization. A flurry of moves...
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Do the Atlanta Braves Have the Best Rotation in the NL East?

View image | With the start of the MLB regular season right around the corner, TopSportsReport thought it was time to ramp up our baseball coverage.  In order to jump start our coverage, we decided it would be smart for us to have an article where we could share some opinions about each team.  In order to do so, we decided to put out a power rankings article...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Comcast, Braves announce partnership for new stadium

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves have announced Comcast will provide voice, video and high-speed internet at its new SunTrust Park and a 60-acre area around the facility. The Braves plan to move into their new facility, now under construction in Cobb County, for the 2017 season. Comcast's all-fiber network will extend through the new park as well as shops, restaurants, an office...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves Manager Fredi Gonzalez Has Concrete Block Smashed on Chest

When you are the coach or manager of a team you have to do whatever you can in order to motivate your team. If that means you give a rousing speech prior to game time or practice you do it. If that means you turn up the music in the locker room you do it. If that means you place a concrete block on your chest while someone swings a sledge hammer at it you do it.Right Fredi Gonzalez...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves option top prospect Peraza, Jenkins to minors

ATLANTA (AP) The Braves have trimmed six players from their spring training roster, including top prospect Jose Peraza. Peraza, regarded as the team's future starting second baseman, was optioned Monday to Triple-A Gwinnett. Peraza had only one hit in 16 at-bats in spring training games. Right-hander Tyrell Jenkins, who was acquired with Shelby Miller as part of the Nov. 17 trade...
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Braves manager has concrete block broken on his chest

There was some Karate Kid type of stuff going on in the Atlanta Braves’ locker room recently. Manager Fredi Gonzalez likes to invite motivational speakers to spring training to give that extra edge to his players. This time around, thanks to the suggestion of Jonny Gomes, minister Donnie Moore grasped a sledgehammer and smashed a concrete block on the skipper’s chest as he...
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Julio Teheran: Weekly Pitchers Spotlight

This week’s spotlight is on the new ace of the Atlanta Braves, Julio Teheran. The 24-year old right-hander will be entering his third full season in the Braves’ rotation. Teheran has grown from a back of the rotation guy to the leader of an overall young starting staff. He is just entering his prime, and the potential is there for Teheran to reach that elite front-line status...
Via Baseball Essential
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Bautista homers, Jays rough up Teheran and Braves

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer, Jose Reyes had a run-scoring triple and a double, and a Toronto Blue Jays split squad roughed up Julio Teheran and the Atlanta Braves for a 10-5 victory Sunday. Teheran, set to start the Braves' opener for the second straight year, allowed nine hits and six runs over 3 1-3 innings. Bautista added an RBI single and walk to his...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves Manager Fredi Gonzalez Had Brick Broken On His Chest To Motivate Team

Coaches are always looking for ways to get a leg-up on their competition and Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez may have figured out a sure fire way. If hiring motivational speaker Donnie Moore to talk to his team wasn’t enough, surely having Moore break a cinder block on his chest with a giant sledge hammer […]
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11 days ago  |  Discuss
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