Atlanta Braves Newsbeat
Monday, September 22, 2014
Wheels within wheels, my friend…
Speculation around Wren’s future had been swirling since Aug. 23, when Braves CEO Terry McGuirk told Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that “everyone is accountable” for the team’s performance. If McGuirk was looking to provide stability or inspiration, the message failed to resonate. The Braves had just won seven of eight games when McGuirk gave his state of the team address. Since then, they’ve gone 8-18 and averaged a feeble 2.31 runs per game on the road to elimination.
Amid the Braves’ sorry performance, it’s hard to ignore the undercurrent of discord in the organization. When Bobby Cox gave his Hall of Fame induction speech in Cooperstown in late July and pointedly omitted Wren’s name on the list of people he wanted to thank, it publicly substantiated the notion that the relationship between the two men was beyond strained.
Cox, whose personal biography appears on Page 179 of the Braves’ media guide, has maintained a low profile in his capacity as special assistant to the general manager. But his presence on a three-man transition team with club president John Schuerholz and Hart lends credence to the rumors that he’s bored with his current role and would like a more prominent voice moving forward.
Nobody is surprised.
ATLANTA—Nearing the end of their most disappointing season in more than two decades, the Braves have decided to begin altering the organization’s culture by relieving general manager Frank Wren of his duties. Wren learned of his termination on Monday morning.
John Hart, former GM of the Indians and Rangers who is one of Braves president John Schuerholz’s closest friends, was named interim GM, but he has made it known that he enjoys his work as a MLB Network analyst too much to take on a full-time position with the club. Still, he will play a key role in the transition period to a new GM.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
By the furnaces of Los! So mightily driven was that sphere that it made war on Heaven, Joe! But Bonifacio, lover of both Heaven & Hell, and eager to bring them into harmony, rose on beating wings into the starry bosom of Albion for a splendid catch! Attaboy Emilio!
Posted: September 17, 2014 at 05:06 PM | 1 comment(s)
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Even in games when the Braves gave Aaron Harang little or no offensive support, they at least played crisp defense behind the veteran pitcher. That changed Monday against the Cardinals, when an error by the Braves’ best defender led to two unearned runs in a 4-3 loss that extended their skid to seven games.
The Braves rallied most of the way back from 4-0 deficit with a two-run sixth inning and Ramiro Pena’s seventh-inning homer, but they couldn’t complete the comeback on a night when they went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position to continue a disturbing trend. Pena also doubled, but the utility man was in no mood to enjoy his productive night.
“At the end of the day we lost, and we need to win games,” Pena said.
Jason Heyward doubled with one out in the seventh and was stranded there when the inning ended, and the Braves had two on in the ninth when suddenly slumping Justin Upton struck out looking to end the game, his fourth strikout of the night and 11th in four games.
The Braves are 6-for-51 with runners in scoring position during their losing streak, their longest since an eight-game skid in May 2012. They took some solace in hitting several balls hard with runners on base.
“We were in the game the whole game,” first baseman Freddie Freeman said. “That’s something we haven’t been able to say the past week. So you’ve got to take the positives when you get them, and go in tomorrow with a better mindset.”
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
If you don’t enjoy watching Jose Fernandez play baseball, you don’t enjoy baseball. Click through and enjoy.
That Jose Fernandez can pitch with the best in the game is beyond doubt. That he can hit pretty well for a pitcher is no secret either — particularly to the Braves. But who knew he had such presence of mind in the field?
On Wednesday night against the Braves in Miami, with the game still scoreless, Fernandez got into a bit of a jam in the third inning by walking Tyler Pastornicky and allowing a Jason Heyward double. When Ramiro Pena hit a tapper halfway down the third base line and got a great jump out of the box, it appeared as though the Braves would put across the game’s first run, but instead of throwing to first base, Fernandez pump-faked, fooling Pastornicky into breaking for home. While Pastornicky eluded the pitcher’s initial attempt at a tag, Fernandez quickly flipped the ball to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia in time to nab him. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez considered trying to challenge the call but ultimately did not.
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