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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Supreme Court sets hearings for stadium challengers | www.myajc.com

Just say no to tax dollars for sports stadiums.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2014 at 10:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, stadium financing, stadiums

Braves hire disciplined Seitzer as new hitting coach | braves.com

“In talking to him a few times, [Seitzer] came across as a guy who had a good plan,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “He’s organized and detailed. He’s worked with different kinds of hitters. He has his own mindset or skill, and that’s that he wants to keep the ball in the middle of the diamond. I think he was the perfect fit.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2014 at 09:54 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, hitting coaches

Thursday, October 23, 2014

AJC: Hart says ‘yes’ to Braves, will head baseball operations

Hart, 66, was named Thursday to the newly created position of president of baseball operations for the Braves, signing a three-year contract that runs through the 2017 season, which would be the Braves’ first season in their new ballpark just under construction in Cobb County.

The team will still presumably replace fired general manager Frank Wren with another person who’ll report to Hart. Current assistant general manager John Coppolella, 36, is believed to be a frontrunner for that position, an arrangement that would allow “Coppy” to, in effect, be groomed on the job while Hart is there to oversee operations.

Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: October 23, 2014 at 12:51 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, gm meetings

Friday, October 17, 2014

Is Jason Heyward the Red Sox’ biggest trade target? - Over the Monster

Heyward is a great defensive rightfielder. Although he hit OK vs. LHP in 2013, for his career he’s been a much better hitter against RHP (.281/.374/.466) than LHP (.221/.301/.349). He would definitely fit the line-up which is getting far too right-handed dominant. 

What makes it that much more impressive is that Jason Heyward turned 25 in August. As it stands, Heyward is a fine player, just maybe not the best fit for a Red Sox team with Mookie Betts and Rusney Castillo lined up to play the more challenging defensive positions in the outfield. It’s not hard to draw parallels between Heyward and the ghost of outfields past in Carl Crawford. Crawford brought a track record of good-not-great offense and top-flight defense where the Red Sox didn’t really need it to the table, and much the same can be said for Heyward.

But with Crawford, that was the finished product. His potential for improvement from his age 28 to his age 30 season (a concept which, in retrospect, is both hilarious and depressing) was certainly not going to offset the decline as he reached the second half of his contract in Boston. But for Heyward…For Heyward the All-Star level play he’s shown thus far is the foundation to build on.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2014 at 08:45 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, red sox

Thursday, October 16, 2014


Schuerholz on report of Hart declining GM job: “Not accurate” | www.ajc.com

Braves president John Schuerholz read a Yahoo Sports report that said interim general manager John Hart has turned down the Braves’ offer to take the job full-time, prompting the team to focus on assistant GM John Coppolella and Royals GM Dayton Moore as its primary targets for the position.
“At best the article was not accurate with either the facts or the assumptions,” Schuerholz said in an email to the AJC on Wednesday in response to a question about the report, which cited unnamed sources.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2014 at 06:21 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Friday, October 10, 2014

Recap: Survivor: “Actions vs. Accusations”

Anyway, he’s still in good shape.

“It was well played,” John Rocker says, walking down the steps with the Idol in his pocket. “I enjoyed myself and was happy to have the opportunity,” John says…

I just can’t see voting John Rocker out at this stage in the season, other than to avoid awkward moments at mixed tribe social events. If you go along with John, he’s always a bigger target than you are, no matter who you happen to be. He’s always the person who will be viewed as the bigger threat or the bigger cancer. And maybe in the short-term he catches you a few fish and keeps you close in a couple challenges. But in the long-term, he’s a guy who couldn’t win a Jury vote if he went to 100 different “Survivor” Juries composed of 100 different Juries of his peers. He wouldn’t even win a “Survivor” Jury composed of nine Braves fans who only watched the 1999 season. Nobody would ever give John Rocker a million bucks and if he’s competing hard in challenges and helping at camp and your tribe sucks anyway? There’s no way they get stronger by voting John Rocker out…

That was my passionate defense of John Rocker in this situation. And I mostly believe it! You know what I also believe? That Sports Illustrated article came out in 1999. If, in 15 years, John Rocker hasn’t found a way to not fight back when people come after him about it? He can’t expect to play a game like “Survivor.” And if, 15 years later, he hasn’t realized that there’s a target on his back everything he does and he has to be thrice as polite and pacified as those around him? There’s nothing to be said. From the sexist grumbling after losing to his girlfriend to the inability to recognize the line between competitiveness and hostility, John Rocker couldn’t possibly have made it easier for everybody to take the assumptions they already had about him and transfer those assumptions to game strategy against him. He basically said, “You heard I was a monster… Well… I’ll be a jerk and that’ll confirm for you that I’m a monster.” That’s all under his control. Or it has to be under control if he was going to have any chance on “Survivor.” Jeff Kent was frequently reported to be one of the worst teammates in baseball, but he was mostly able to be an understated, mediocre “Survivor” player. John Rocker didn’t see any point in trying to be understated and so he became who the other players thought he was.

The District Attorney Posted: October 10, 2014 at 10:50 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, indians, john rocker, rangers, rays, television

Wednesday, October 08, 2014


Tuesday, October 07, 2014

AJC:O’Brien: Braves bringing back former scouting chief Roy Clark

An aggressive reshaping of the Braves front office continues with the return of longtime former scouting chief Roy Clark and the promotion of highly regarded scout Brian Bridges to scouting director.

O’Brien also tweeted that Dave Tremblay has been made Director Of Player Development, and Jonathan Schuerholz named Assistant Director Of Player Development.  I am not particularly sanguine that the on-field results of putting the band back together will be nearly as satisfying as the first go-round, let alone with a whiff of nepotism on the side.  I suppose they had to do something.

spike Posted: October 07, 2014 at 04:32 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Friday, October 03, 2014

Thirteen Ways of Looking at Greg Maddux

It’s 2014. I’m thirty-seven. My wife and daughter are both asleep. I’m a thousand miles from the stadium-turned-parking-lot. On YouTube, Kenny Lofton of the American League Champion Cleveland Indians looks at the first pitch for a ball. Inside, low. I don’t remember the call. I remember all of us standing, holding our breath. Then I remember light. Thousands of lights. Waves of tiny diamonds. The whole stadium flashing and Jason, who would die five months later on the side of a south Georgia highway, leaning into my ear and whispering, “Maddux.”

Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: October 03, 2014 at 02:38 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, greg maddux, world series

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Calcaterra: If Bobby Cox has anything to say about it, Fredi Gonzalez will manage the Braves for a long time

It’s possible Cox has the ulterior motive of boosting his own legacy as Braves manager by ensuring that an underwhelming successor stays in place for a long time. It worked for Casey Stengel. It’s also possible that Cox has been brainwashed, Manchurian Candidate-style, by the Nationals. Because all I know is that the Nats fans in my Twitter feed were thrilled to hear this.

I guess we’ll see how much juice Bobby has these days.  Braves fans, yea or nay on showing Fredi the door?

I vote yea, but then again I haven’t watching a single Braves game in at least three years and may not be the best person to ask.

 

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: September 23, 2014 at 05:18 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: bobby cox, braves, please make it stop

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Umpire ejects Braves fan for heckling Bryce Harper

At least one Braves fan didn’t get to enjoy the postgame concert or boo the Nationals as they celebrated their National League East title on Tuesday at Turner Field because he was ejected by the home plate umpire for shouting obscenities at Bryce Harper earlier in the game. Good job, guy.

The incident occurred in the sixth inning, when Harper came to the plate after Ian Desmond’s two-run homer to the moon gave the Nationals the lead. Harper paid no mind as a fan near the Braves dugout stood and shouted obscenities at him. You can hear the fan in this video.

With an 0-1 count on Harper, home plate umpire Tim Welke had heard enough.

“Hey, hey, hey, get rid of that guy,” Welke yelled to an usher as he pointed at the fan. “Get rid of him now. Get rid of him.”

“Wow, we had a fan, an unruly fan hollering at Bryce Harper, and the home plate umpire, Tim Welke, is having that fan ejected,” Braves broadcaster Chip Caray said. “I think [longtime Turner Field usher ] Walter Banks is escorting that man up the aisle.”

Joey B. has reignited his October #Natitude Posted: September 17, 2014 at 12:21 PM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, bryce harper, nationals

Monday, September 15, 2014

Bowman: A year’s worth of struggles leads reason to wonder what changes are in store for the Braves

Obviously the offense has been the primary problem throughout this frustration-filled year for the Braves. But long before scoring became a nightly struggle, this organization started to experience some of instability that seemingly marked the start of the struggles that have followed.

Highly-regarded scout Dom Chiti and notable pitching guru Dave Wallace both left the Braves to join Buck Showalter’s coaching staff in Baltimore. While both benefited financially by going to a Major League coaching staff, Wallace had indicated in the past that he was not interested in going back to the big leagues. But his mindset changed as he butted heads with members of the front office.

Then of course, the Braves nearly made the mistake of allowing pitching coach Roger McDowell go to the Phillies. President John Schuerholz stepped in at the last minute to keep McDowell, whose value extends far beyond what he does for the pitching staff.

A few weeks later, when Schuerholz hired his good friend John Hart to serve as a senior advisor in the baseball operations department,there was obvious reason to wonder about Wren’s job security.  There is still reason to wonder a year later. But it does seem like Hart like his other ventures, especially as an MLB Network analyst, to assume the position on a full-time basis.

Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: September 15, 2014 at 05:23 PM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, frank wren, the walking dead

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Nationals down Braves to stretch division lead to 9, largest in DC franchise history

WASHINGTON—Mathematicians will say the Washington Nationals can’t clinch the NL East until next week. Practicality says they essentially wrapped it up Tuesday night when they sent nine hitters to the plate against Ervin Santana in the first inning of another win over the Atlanta Braves.

The Nationals beat their division nemesis for the second time in two nights, winning 6-4 to push their lead to nine games with 19 to play. Atlanta had been a thorn in Washington’s plans for about a year and a half, but the Nationals have put the kibosh on that trend by winning five of the last seven meetings.

Joey B. has reignited his October #Natitude Posted: September 09, 2014 at 11:59 PM | 132 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, nationals

Sunday, September 07, 2014

[Freddie] Freeman Finishes At .135 Against Marlins

MIAMI — Freddie Freeman had a hit in each of his last five games against the Marlins, but the Braves All-Star first baseman still finished with an almost unfathomable .135 average (10-for-74) against them this season….

He has hit a combined .314 with 57 extra-base hits (16 homers) and 64 RBIs in 124 games against everyone else….

Probably not of interest to anyone who isn’t a Braves or Marlins fan, but falls under that always interesting category of “Curious Baseball Stats.”

CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: September 07, 2014 at 08:12 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, freddie freeman, marlins

Monday, September 01, 2014

No-hitter! Four Phillies pitchers combine to blank the Braves

Jesse Spector
@jessespector

Congratulations to the Phillies on filling 58 minutes of their hour-long season highlight video!

The Phillies have no-hit the Braves. It was a combined effort, with Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon combining on the effort. Hamels took the first six innings and each of the relievers handled an inning. They combined to strike out 12 Braves hitters… it was the 12th no-hitter in franchise history. And the first ever combined no-no for Philly…

Cole Hamels… wasn’t a study in efficiency. H threw 108 pitches and walked five guys, but no one managed a hit off of him.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Calcaterra | John Rocker to join the cast of “Survivor”

Apparently “Survivor” is still a thing. But given how close to the bottom of the barrel they’ve gotten to find “celebrity” contestants, I can’t imagine it’ll be a thing for long.

Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: August 28, 2014 at 10:39 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, we are the world

Jonny Venters Tears UCL, Facing Third Tommy John Surgery

NEW YORK—After spending the past few months battling the frustration that came courtesy of his attempt to return from a second Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery, Jonny Venters received some jarring news on Thursday, when Dr. James Andrews informed him that he had torn the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow for a third time.

If Venters decides he wants to attempt to pitch again, he would need to undergo Tommy John surgery for a third time.

171 innings over his first two years with a 200ish ERA+ and 10 Ks/9.

CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: August 28, 2014 at 09:49 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, tommy john surgery

Simmons’ run-saving stop

On the other hand, Fredi Gonzalez says Juan Lagares is the best center fielder in the league, so… we’re even, right?

Andrelton Simmons fields a grounder in the outfield grass, jumping and throwing to first to end the 8th and keep the Braves ahead

 

The District Attorney Posted: August 28, 2014 at 12:20 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: andrelton simmons, braves

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

AJC: O’Brien: Expect B.J. Upton trade talks to be revisited

This is what I’m told about where it stands going forward: The Braves will try to trade Upton this offseason – personally, I think it’s just about a fait accompli that he’s gone before spring training – and that they might do it by including Minor in a package. In other words, they’d tell a team, you can have three years of contractual control of Minor before free agency, but you’re going to have to take B.J. Upton in the deal.
The Braves would surely have to take back a bad contract such as Jackson in such an exchange, but Atlanta would also probably ask that a decent prospect be included from the other team.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Boston Herald: Stanton not only choice

Gammo said they’re not trading the guy anyway. Then again, it was in the middle of claiming Loria was great for baseball in Florida, so.

[Giancarlo] Stanton… isn’t eligible for free agency until after the 2016 season. With ace Jose Fernandez due to return next year from elbow surgery and an emerging group of young hitters, including outfielders Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich, it makes more sense for the Marlins to take one shot at the division crown in a winnable NL East before unloading Stanton.

The Braves probably won’t wait so long before moving [Jason] Heyward, who can become a free agent after next season. And they already have tipped their hand that they don’t plan to keep him long term. In February, they locked up first baseman Freddie Freeman to an eight-year, $135 million extension one day after signing Heyward for only two years and $13.3 million…

Heyward can still be a middle-of-the-order force, assuming he’s able to fix the holes that exist in his unorthodox swing. He just turned 25 and hasn’t even entered his prime… Heyward would be the left-handed bat the Sox need to balance out an offense that suddenly has a decidedly right-handed lean thanks to the additions of Yoenis Cespedes, Allen Craig and new Cuban center fielder Rusney Castillo… And Heyward plays Gold Glove-caliber defense, making him a safe bet to handle Fenway Park’s tricky right field as well as Shane Victorino did last season.

Considering Heyward is a year closer to free agency than Stanton, the Braves’ expected return figures to be less… If the Sox are able to execute a trade-and-sign of Heyward for a package of three or four players, including a top prospect or two, it presumably leaves them with enough assets in both the big leagues and the minors to still make a deal for one of the starting pitchers they will need to rearm the top of the rotation.

The District Attorney Posted: August 25, 2014 at 06:11 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, giancarlo stanton, jason heyward, marlins, red sox

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Report: The Braves and Cubs discussed a B.J. Upton, Edwin Jackson swap

Most importantly, Nightengale also says the deal “likely will be broached once again this winter. Stay tuned.”

In today’s column for USA TODAY, Bob Nightengale writes that the Braves and Cubs nearly pulled the trigger on a swap of B.J. Upton and Edwin Jackson at the non-waiver trade deadline, but it never materialized. The Braves would have had to throw in a significant amount of cash to even out the trade, which was ostensibly what halted the deal.

Upton is in the second year of a five-year, $75.25 [million] contract… Jackson, currently sidelined with a strained lat muscle in his right shoulder, is in the second year of a four-year, $52 million deal.

The District Attorney Posted: August 24, 2014 at 07:01 PM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: b.j. upton, braves, cubs, edwin jackson, rumors

Monday, August 11, 2014

Bryce Harper drawing heat for scuffing Braves logo at Turner Field

Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper can’t take a step these days without someone watching him. And apparently people — several thousands of them, in fact — were watching very closely on Saturday night, as he caught the attention and drew the ire of Atlanta Braves fans for repeatedly and seemingly intentionally scuffing the “A” logo that sits behind home plate at Turner Field.

Harper, of course, denies it being intentional, which is actually more pathetic.

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: August 11, 2014 at 05:37 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, bryce harper, douchebag, nats

Friday, August 08, 2014

Atlanta tops Forbes’ 2014 list of America’s most miserable sports cities

The Atlanta Braves just continue to do what they do. In the thick of the National League playoff race, they’re in position to make a run to the postseason. But few will be picking the Braves to do a lot of damage if they get there. What’s shaping up is a possible repeat of last season — when the Braves took the National League East before bowing out to the Dodgers in the first round — as well as many seasons past.

That kind of outcome would be more tack-on points to a history of sports misery for Atlanta, which ranks first on our list of America’s Most Miserable Sports Cities thanks to just one title (the 1995 Braves) in 162 cumulative sports seasons since the 1960s.

Joey B. has reignited his October #Natitude Posted: August 08, 2014 at 10:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

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