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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
17 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

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
2 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

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, 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
6 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
7 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
7 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
7 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
7 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
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves' Markakis unsure if he'll be ready for Opening Day

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Craig Kimbrel leaned over and shook hands with Nick Markakis on the day position players reported to Braves' camp, one of a number of similar moments on a team with a revamped roster. "Craig, good to meet you," said Kimbrel, who now after five years, is the longest tenured Atlanta player. Of the organization's additions, it's Markakis that comes in with...
Via Fox Sports South
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves' cast of former closers bring experience, shared mentality to support Kimbrel

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Jim Johnson glanced across the clubhouse toward a locker at the back of the room where a No. 46 jersey hung. In the hierarchy of the Braves bullpen, there is no questioning who sits on the throne. "Obviously he's the best in the business," said Jim Johnson of closer Craig Kimbrel. "There's no doubt about it." Kimbrel, who has 26 more saves than anyone in...
Via Fox Sports South
9 days ago  |  Discuss

How Did They Get Here?: The Atlanta Braves

Last week, I wrote an article about how the Detroit Tigers are coming to the end of their renaissance period, and may experience a bit of a free fall after the 2015 season. As I explained this, I compared the Detroit Tigers to the Philadelphia Phillies in 2011. Seeing how the Phillies went from a 102 win team to a NL East bottom feeder in only 4 seasons, I decided to examine the...
Via Batting Leadoff
10 days ago  |  Discuss

B.J. Upton: Name change has nothing to do with new chapter

Atlanta Braves outfielder B.J. Upton — excuse me, Melvin Upton Jr. — will be looking to turn over a new leaf when the 2015 season begins. That is not why he is ditching the name B.J. Over the weekend, Upton announced that he would like to be referred to as Melvin Upton Jr. going forward....Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves’ B.J. Upton Will Go By Melvin Upton Jr. During 2015 Season

B.J. Upton hasn’t fared too well for the Atlanta Braves, but maybe Melvin Upton Jr. will be able to hit above the Mendoza line. The struggling Braves outfielder will go by his birth name in 2015 — which his representatives confirmed to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman — and will wear Upton Jr. on his jersey. The nickname B.J. is short for Bossman Jr., a nod...
Via NESN.com
11 days ago  |  Discuss

B.J. Upton ditching his nickname for the 2015 season

The Atlanta Braves would love to unload outfielder B.J. Upton in the wake of two horrendous seasons. Instead, the team will have to settle for a change in identity from the 30-year-old. Upton, who has batted an abysmal .196 since the Braves signed him in 2013, has announced that he will be going by his...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

City of Atlanta doesn’t want Braves to take Aaron statue

The Atlanta Braves’ pending move to Cobb County has been a divisive issue for Braves fans and residents of both Cobb and Fulton counties. And now, a strange new wrinkle is getting inserted into the situation – the city of Atlanta doesn’t want the Braves to take a statue of Hank Aaron with them to SunTrust Park in 2017, claiming it was paid for by taxpayers. The Atlanta Journal...
Via The Outside Corner
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Julio Franco, 56, joining team in Japan as player-manager

The ageless one Julio Franco is continuing his baseball career, this time in Japan. Franco, at the spry age of 56, has agreed to be the player-manager for Ishikawa Million Stars in Japan, according to the team via the Wall Street Journal. Ishikawa Million Stars of the Japan’s independent Baseball Challenge League will begin their season in April. His last stint in baseball came...
Via Waiting For Next Year
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves: Projecting a starting lineup

With spring training right around the corner, the Atlanta Braves are preparing to start a season in which there exists a plethora of different directions this ball club could end up going in. The offseason moves have been well documented, and it has become clear that the organization wants to shape the roster in a more balanced style going forward, that might allow them to have more...
Via isportsweb.com
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Georgia Supreme Court Hears Legal Challenge to New Braves Stadium

When the Atlanta Braves announced 15 months ago that the team would be moving to a new stadium in nearby Cobb County in 2017, the news surprised a number of people. The announcement was unexpected in part because the Braves’ current stadium, Turner Field, is less than 20 years old. The news was also surprising, though, because […]
Via Fangraphs
29 days ago  |  Discuss
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