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BRAVES RUMORS & GOSSIP

Braves add Kelly Johnson to roster

The Atlanta Braves have purchased the contract of Kelly Johnson adding him to their bench. Johnson, 33, becomes a option for the braves at the corner outfield spots as well as third base, second base and first base this season. The veteran began his career with the Braves spending four seasons with them before making stops in Arizona, Toronto, Tampa Bay, New York and Baltimore....
Via Tireball.com
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Braves outright OF Almonte to minors after he clears waivers

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) The Atlanta Braves have outrighted outfielder Zoilo Almonte to Triple-A Gwinnett after he cleared waivers. Because he had been outrighted previously, Almonte can opt for free agency. The Braves announced the move Tuesday night, shortly after beginning a spring game against Houston. The 25-year-old Almonte is a former New York Yankees prospect who signed with...
Via AP on Fox
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Speedy Eric Young Jr. quickly grabs this chance with Braves

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Eric Young Jr. reported to spring training with the Atlanta Braves on a minor league deal, simply hoping to make an impression. Now with opening day less than a week away and starting center fielder Melvin Upton Jr. likely out until mid-May because of a foot problem, Young finds himself as the odds-on favorite to be playing there a lot. One major drawback for...
Via AP on Fox
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide: Atlanta Braves Team Preview

View image | gettyimages.com Entering last year, the Braves roster was full of impact fantasy players. With two corner outfielders that had 20-20 potential, one of the best power hitting catchers in the game, a solid and reliable first baseman, the best closer in the game, and a shortstop coming off of a 17 home run season, the Braves had many attractive fantasy assets. Fast forward...
Via The Fantasy Fix
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Julio Teheran named Braves Opening Day starter

When the Atlanta Braves take the field on April 6 in Miami they will do so with Julio Teheran on the mound. Teheran, 24, is coming off a fine 2014 season in which he posted a 2.89 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and a 186/51 K/BB ratio across 221 innings. The Braves are not expected to be competitive this season but Teheran should offer them a chance to win while he is on the hill.
Via Tireball.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves option OF Perez, 2 young pitchers to Triple A

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) The Atlanta Braves have optioned outfielder Eury Perez and two other players to Triple-A Gwinnett. After being acquired off waivers from the New York Yankees, the speedy Perez was thought to have a shot at contending for playing time in center field. But even after an injury kept Melvin Upton Jr. out for all of spring training, the 24-year-old Perez didn't do...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Mets Merized Online
5 days ago  |  Discuss

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
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The top 100 players in baseball: 50-26

As the countdown of the top 100 players in baseball for 2015 turns the corner into its top 50 today, the margin of difference between its ranks gets tighter. Yet..... The post The Top 100 Players In Baseball Of 2015: #50-26 appeared first on The Sports Fan Journal.
Via The Sports Fan Journal
5 days ago  |  Discuss

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
6 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

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.
Via Gamedayr
10 days ago  |  Discuss

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
Via Larry Brown Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via NESN.com
12 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via isportsweb.com
13 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...
Via FatManWriting
15 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Sportsnaut
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Fredi Gonzalez had a cement block smashed on his chest

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez might be feeling the heat a little bit. Last week, he was ejected from a Braves-Yankees Spring Training game in the first inning for arguing a call on Shelby Miller’s first pitch of the game. This weekend, he wanted to “promote trust” with his team, and brought in a motivational speaker name Donnie Moore to smash a cement block on his chest. Yes...
Via The Outside Corner
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves’ Fredi Gonzalez Ejected In First Inning Of Spring Training Game (Video)

Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez doesn’t need anymore spring training; he looks like he’s already in midseason form. The Atlanta skipper channeled his predecessor — the short-tempered Bobby Cox — on Thursday night when he was ejected after the first pitch in the bottom of the first inning of a spring training game against the New York Yankees. Gonzalez apparently wasn’t...
Via NESN.com
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Fredi Gonzalez ejected in first inning of spring training game (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez was ejected from Thursday's spring training game against the New York Yankees after arguing the first pitch in the bottom of the first inning.The pitch from Braves pitcher Shelby Miller to Yankees batter Jacoby Ellsbury called a ball by home plate umpire Dan Iassogna, who apparently thought it was low. ...
Via Holdout Sports
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves 2015 Preview and Prediction

John Hart has tried his best to convince Braves fans that the team wasn’t simply rebuilding for the opening of the new stadium in 2017. The...
Via Athlon Sports
22 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
February 23, 2015  |  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
February 22, 2015  |  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
February 12, 2015  |  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
February 10, 2015  |  Discuss
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