Atlanta Braves April Minor League All-Stars

Atlanta Braves Minor League April All-Stars I thought this would be a fun exercise. The Braves have been discussed as having ridiculous talent in their minor league system, and after one month, it’s fun to look back to see who has gotten off to fast starts across the system. I decided to make this a […] Atlanta Braves April Minor League All-Stars - Tomahawk Take - Tomahawk Take...
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48 minutes ago

The Braves’ unrealistic expectations and search for blame

The chagrin of Atlanta Braves general manager John Coppolella over the club’s dreadful start is manifesting itself in a multitude of ways, as shown in this piece from April 28 by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. First, there’s no contingent language from Rosenthal to provide himself with enough ambiguity to protect himself just in case the Braves don’t jettison manager Fredi Gonzalez...
Via Today's Knuckleball
3 hours ago

Braves try to call up ineligible player, end up a man short

At 5-18, the Atlanta Braves need all the help they can get. The club hasn’t done much right so far in 2016m and that now includes adhering to roster transaction rules. The team announced Sunday morning that it had selected the contract of veteran utility player Emilio Bonifacio from Triple-A Gwinnett with the hopes of inserting some speed. But MLB soon intervened and informed...
Via The Sports Daily
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Braves add Bonifacio for extra bat, Withrow sent to minors

CHICAGO (AP) The Atlanta Braves have added an extra bat for their bench by selecting the contract of veteran utility player Emilio Bonifacio from Triple-A Gwinnett. Reliever Chris Withrow was optioned to Gwinnett on Sunday to make room on the 25-man roster. The Braves had been carrying 13 pitchers, and that left them without a right-handed pinch-hitter against Chicago Cubs lefty...
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Braves’ Prospects Take Next Step On Path To Majors

(Photo: Gabe Rodriguez) Two of the Atlanta Braves most talked about shortstop prospects, Dansby Swanson and Ozzie Albies have been promoted within the organization this week. The nineteen-year-old Albies is ranked third among all Braves’ prospects and twenty-sixth in the nation and was promoted from Double-A Mississippi to Triple-A Gwinnett, just one major step from his Major...
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11 hours ago

Braves prospects Ozzie Albies and Dansby Swanson streamlining path to majors

The Atlanta Braves have already shown that the 2016 will be painful for fans to watch. Off to just a 5-18 start in the month of April, the next five months will no doubt prove to be a lesson in patience for fans as they not-so calmly await the future. If current prospects Ozzie Albies and Dansby Swanson continue to dazzle at the minor league level, that future may come much sooner...
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1 day ago

Atlanta Braves Prospects Continue to Impress

Atlanta Braves Prospects Continue to Impress posts a list of outstanding prospect performances throughout the week and  Atlanta Braves prospects grab a spot or two on every list. Here’s a recap of the past week’s news. Prospect team of the week Every week John Mayo posts his prospect team of the week. I wrote about […] Atlanta Braves Prospects Continue to Impress...
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1 day ago

Atlanta top pick Dansby Swanson promoted to Double-A

The Atlanta Braves have promoted two of their top prospects. Ozzie Albies will move on to Triple-A ball, while 2015 first-overall draft pick Dansby Swanson has been promoted to Double-A. Both moves are clear signs that a new tomorrow is beginning for the Braves at a much quicker pace than anyone could have expected. According to reports, the Albies and Swanson promotions furthers...
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1 day ago

The Call for Robot Umpires Pt. 2: Nick Markakis is Seething

The Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves were knotted at one run apiece after six innings on Thursday afternoon. Jon Lester began the top of the seventh inning set to throw his 80th pitch. Len Kasper, longtime Cubs’ play-by-play man, even noted that Lester’s pitch count was in good shape. Up to that point, Lester had been cruising, allowing just five hits through six. He surrendered...
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Atlanta Braves MiLB Recap: Ozzie Albies continues to impress

Acuna homers again. Sims, & Ozzie spectacular. (13-9) Gwinnett Braves 4 @ (7-11)Toledo Mud Hens 3 Box Score Lucas Sims, P: 7IP 5H 1ER 2BB 11K Reid Brignac, 2B: 3-7, 1 run, .316/.3400/.329 Rio Ruiz, 3B: 0-4, 2 runs, 3BB (2 intentional), .329/.404/.481 In what can only be described as laughable Gwinnett overcame a terrible night offensively to defeat Toledo...
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2 days ago

Five Stat Friday: Week Four

1. On the first full day of the 2016 Major League Baseball season, the Atlanta Braves took Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer deep twice in the first four innings, with Freddie Freeman and Adonis Garcia each launching solo shots. It took the Braves six days to hit another home run, when Drew Stubbs took St. Louis’ ace Adam Wainwright deep for a three-run blast to tie the game...
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A.J. Pierzynski spikes throw to second base (Video)

Atlanta Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski suffered an embarrassing failure when he spiked a throw to second base as he slipped and fell during the second inning of Thursday night's game in Boston.With one out and a Red Sox runner at first base, Pierzynski had trouble handling a pitch from pitcher Jhoulys Chacin. As Pierzynski chased it down, the Red Sox runner headed for second base...
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The Braves' season is lost and their future is a big question mark

The Braves are 4-17. The season is lost. Manager Fredi Gonzalez will be fired. So much for the final season at Turner Field, which was never all that promising to begin with.The real question is what the Braves will look like in their first year at the new SunTrust Park next season, and in all the years to follow.The Braves will gain significant financial flexibility this offseason...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Tom Glavine revealed a horrible Greg Maddux locker room prank

One of the funniest secrets in baseball that may escape the casual fan is that Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux was also a legendary locker room prankster."I call him 'The Silent Scumbag,'" former Padres teammate David Wells once said. "You would perceive him to be Einstein because he's quiet and he's always sitting there at his locker with a crossword puzzle. But he's got a silent...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Mallex Smith: Atlanta’s Speedy Role Model Smells the Roses

Mallex Smith is a speed burner. He’s also a big leaguer. Atlanta called up the 22-year-old outfielder earlier this month when Ender Inciarte went on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. He’s off to a slow start — Smith has reached base just 12 times in 50 plate appearances — but a bright future lies ahead. The Braves’ 2015 Minor League Player of the Year is coming...
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Chip Caray Channels Grandfather Harry Caray

Heading into Wednesday night, the Atlanta Braves were in the midst of an historic 15-game homerless drought. So when Freddie Freeman went deep in the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox, the team’s play-by-play man Chip Caray got excited. How excited? He channeled his late grandfather, the legendary Harry Caray. Holy cow! The post Chip Caray Channels Grandfather Harry Caray...
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Braves recall RHP Gant, options RHP Weber

BOSTON (AP) The Atlanta Braves have recalled right-hander John Gant from Triple-A Gwinnett for Wednesday night's game against the Boston Red Sox. To make room, they optioned right-hander Ryan Weber to Gwinnett. The 23-year-old Gant pitched in three games with the Braves earlier this season, giving up four runs. Weber, 25, went 1-0 with a 10.57 ERA in three games.
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Examining the Braves’ Disastrousness

Going all the way back to the turn of the previous century, the worst team wRC+ was posted by the 1920 Philadelphia Athletics, who finished at 67. The worst mark in more modern baseball came from the 1963 Mets, who finished at 69, and then if you look at the more recent era, the 2013 Marlins finished at 73. Terrifically bad offenses, all. This year’s Braves are sitting at 57. They...
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Braves shopping alleged domestic abuser Hector Olivera

We’ve picked on the Atlanta Braves just a bit this season, so what’s one more post critical of the team? On Sunday, Yahoo’s Jeff Passan reported that the Braves are shopping outfielder Hector Olivera, acquired last season from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Olivera is currently under MLB-sponsored administrative leave while allegations of domestic violence are being investigated...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Braves have shown an appalling lack of power this season

Quick – which MLB team has the fewest home runs this season? Well, if you read the title of this post, you can presume the Atlanta Braves are the correct answer. And you’d be right! The Braves have homered just three times this year. The Pirates and Angels rank right above the Braves with seven homers apiece, while the Rockies lead baseball with 26. But just how absurd is this...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Clayton Kershaw tosses an eephus pitch

Just when you think the Los Angeles Dodgers ace has shown everything in his amazing repertoire, Thursday afternoon’s outing against the Atlanta Braves brought about something brand new to Clayton Kershaw’s arsenal. Facing catcher Tyler Flowers with one out in the bottom of the fourth, Kershaw let loose on a pitch that did anything but break the radar gun. Watch out...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves players unhappy with conditions of Turner Field, may file complaint to players’ union

Atlanta Braves players have become so unhappy with the conditions at Turner Field that they are considering contacting the players’ union to see if they can get the club to make improvements, a source within the organization told ESPN’s Doug Padilla Thursday. The source speculated that with the Braves leaving Turner Field for a new stadium after this season, the playing surface...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Braves players unhappy with Turner Field infield

Members of the Atlanta Braves are reportedly considering appealing to the MLB players’ union over the poor conditions of the infield at Turner Field. According to ESPN’s Doug Padilla, there is a belief that, with the stadium in its final season of use, the field is not being treated with the same care as it has been in the past, with the grass being uneven and the turf meeting...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Family of fan who fell to death at Turner Field sues Braves, MLB

Tragedy struck during an Atlanta Braves game against the New York Yankees last August when a fan fell from Section 401 and died. The family of that man is now suing the Braves and Major League Baseball, accusing the team and the league of negligence regarding the guard rail. The rail 60-year old Gregory Kent Murrey, who was medically claimed to be legally intoxicated at the time...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves: Early season struggles

The Atlanta Braves weren’t predicted to win the World Series in 2016, let alone their division. But after the first 12 games of the season, the Braves are doing worse than many initially thought they would. The Braves are currently 3-9, but were 0-9 before sweeping the Marlins this weekend. Atlanta has struggled since losing their first game of the season in extra innings to the...
13 days ago  |  Discuss

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