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Friday, May 26, 2017

Braves Rio Ruiz positioned to remain in Majors | MLB.com

Rio Ruiz was distraught last week when the Braves opted not to promote him from Triple-A Gwinnett after Adonis Garcia was placed on the disabled list. But when Freddie Freeman fractured his left wrist the next day, Ruiz was given an opportunity that has positioned him to remain Atlanta’s primary third baseman even after Garcia is activated.

Ruiz is far from a finished product, as there remains some concern about his strikeout rate, struggles against left-handed pitching and some defensive limitations. But as the 23-year-old third baseman recorded a career-best three hits during Thursday afternoon’s 9-4 loss to the Pirates, he gave the Braves further reason to believe he has at least earned the right to extend his development at the big league level.

“Is there room for growth? Yes, absolutely,” Ruiz said. “But I’m happy with my first homestand up here. I was glad I was able to help by getting some knocks.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 26, 2017 at 12:11 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, rio ruiz

Monday, May 22, 2017

Gwinnett Braves plan to change team name for 2018 season, ask for fans help in naming contest

What about “Barves”?

“The Atlanta Braves are still currently the only major league team that owns the majority of their minor league teams and a major part of the Braves footprint and the Braves expanding their brand throughout the Southeast is to continue to have minor league teams use the Braves name,” Johnson said. “When the team was in Richmond, that made great sense. If you were going to a Braves game, you knew you weren’t going to Atlanta. You were definitely going to Richmond.

“When we moved here, it was important we maintain the Braves name so people understood who we were, that we were a part of the Atlanta organization, because minor league baseball had never been in this area before. There were a lot of reasons to maintain the name and it was important for the Atlanta Braves to continue their brand.

“Fast forward nine years later, we’re in our ninth season, and our reality is a lot of confusion in the market with which team is which. It’s moreso for us. … We’ve had folks, on multiple occasions, who had tickets for a Gwinnett Braves game and showed up at Turner Field. Folks have turned up at Turner Field for a fireworks show and it turned out it was our fireworks show night. It’s more to clean up confusion on the marketing side, mostly from our end.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 22, 2017 at 02:46 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, gwinnett, mascot, minor league

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Matt Adams traded to the Atlanta Braves

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 20, 2017 at 06:21 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, cardinals, matt adams

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Freddie Freeman expected to miss significant time

There’s no official word as to whether or not Freddie Freeman has a broken wrist, but the expectation is the Atlanta Braves star first baseman will miss significant time.

As a result, the Braves are discussing options at first base moving forward, including outside options. One potential in-house fill-in, Adonis Garcia, is on the disabled list with an Achillies injury, which makes the need to look outside more pressing.

There’s still no word from the Braves, but there was real concern and an ominous feeling Wednesday night after Freeman exited the game in the fifth inning after taking an Aaron Loup pitch off the wrist. Manager Brian Snitker removed Freeman from the game, replacing him with Jace Peterson at first base and Johan Carmago at third.

The Braves tried out Ryan Howard earlier at first base, but he was released after slashing .184/.238/.263 in 42 plate appearances for Triple-A Gwinnett.

James Loney is an interesting name available as a free agent. Loney, 33, was recently released by the Detroit Tigers after hitting .229 with a .387 on-base percentage in 62 plate appearances for Triple-A Toledo.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 18, 2017 at 10:26 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, freddie freeman

Pillar, Bautista apologetic after bench-clearing incidents

Blue Jays outfielders Kevin Pillar and Jose Bautista were both apologetic on Wednesday night after they were involved in on-field incidents that twice cleared the benches against the Atlanta Braves.
In the top of the seventh inning, Jason Motte struck out Pillar to end the inning. After his swing and miss, Pillar said something to Motte as the pitcher headed for the dugout and despite there being no physical aggression, both benches cleared.
Speaking to reporters after the game, Pillar called the moment “stupid and immature.”
“I think it just stems from a little frustration in myself and just the way this series has been going,” Pillar told reporters after the game. “Obviously I’m going to do whatever I’ve got to do to reach out and apologize and let (Motte) know he didn’t do anything wrong. It was all me.”
In the eighth inning with the Blue Jays down 8-3, Bautista hit a solo home run and flipped his bat after connecting off Eric O’Flaherty. Braves first baseman Jace Peterson said something to Bautista as he rounded the base and the Jays’ slugger briefly stopped before continuing toward second. Atlanta catcher Kurt Suzuki also had some words when Bautista arrived at home plate and the two dugouts to emptied once again.
Again, no punches were thrown.


Braves pitcher Eric O’Flaherty: I’ve seen it from Jose Bautista too much

Benches emptied in the Blue Jays-Braves game Wednesday night after Toronto slugger Jose Bautista homered to left field, stood at home plate and stared toward pitcher Eric O’Flaherty before flipping the bat away with a towering toss in Atlanta.

Jace Peterson said something to Bautista as he rounded first, and Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki was waiting for Bautista when he touched home.

No punches were thrown, but O’Flaherty didn’t mince words about Bautista’s actions.

“That’s something making the game tough to watch,’’ the pitcher said, referring to previous home run celebrations by the Toronto slugger. “It’s turned into look-at-me stuff. He hit a home run with [the Braves holding] a five-run lead and throws the bat around. I’m just tired of it. I’ve seen it from him enough.’‘....

“I’m surprised he’s ready to fight after last year,’’ O’Flaherty said with a disdainful chuckle.


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Should Mets Pitching Woes Have Braves Worried About Own Plans?

The writer makes the case for the Braves not being the Mets.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2017 at 07:24 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, mets

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Greg Maddux was master of control, efficiency | MLB.com

“I never worried about pitch count,” Maddux said. “The only thing that mattered to me was getting the ‘W.’ That’s what I was out there trying to do. I didn’t think about how many pitches—I threw however many it took.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2017 at 07:59 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, cubs, greg maddux

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

The untold story of ‘It’s a Long Way to October,’ a groundbreaking, forgotten baseball documentary

Torre’s attention and instruction certainly proved helpful, even if Murphy felt a tinge of embarrassment when it played out publicly in the documentary.

“Not because of what he did or said — it’s just because it was on TV,” Murphy said with a chuckle. “It was cool and hard to watch at the same time.”

Sometimes, the audio setup provided accidental, but made-for-TV entertainment.

During a crucial game against the Dodgers, Torre went ballistic over an umpire’s decision to send a runner back to third, rather than allow him to score, after a portion of a wall in foul territory collapsed and sent fans spilling onto the field.

Torre didn’t hold back, unleashing a colorful tirade that almost certainly would get a manager ejected today, but brought no repercussions in 1982.

Diamond, listening in real time on a headset, looked to audio engineer Ken Noland with an expression that said both, “Can you believe we’re getting this?!” and “Good luck editing that.”

“We really had to bleep that out,” Diamond said with a laugh. “I remember back in the edit room, in the audio room, that took us a few days to go through that and take all the … language out.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 02, 2017 at 11:30 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dale murphy, documentary, joe torre

Sunday, April 16, 2017

OTP 17 April 2017: Baseball, giant American flags, and patriotism

Craig Calcaterra on a ginormous pre-ballgame flag in Atlanta:

While patriotism is a laudable trait — and while I consider myself to be a patriotic American — to suggest that flag-waving is exclusively done by those with noble and pure intent is simply laughable.

Do I think the Braves were making a political point with their giant flag on Friday night? No, not particularly. At least not anything beyond the efforts made by every baseball team which wishes to make its fans feel like going to the ballpark is not merely a commercial experience but a uniquely American one. Especially on Opening Day. And, well, especially when they just made those fans hand over their tax dollars for a new ballpark the team didn’t really need, so hey, let’s make sure we create the impression that this is about more than the Braves’ bottom line.

But let us not pretend for one second that displays of conspicuous patriotism haven’t spiked dramatically in our country over the past 16 years.

(As always, views expressed in the article lede and comments are the views of the individual commenters and the submitter of the article and do not represent the views of Baseball Think Factory or its owner.)

 

BDC Posted: April 16, 2017 at 08:23 PM | 1402 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, politics

Saturday, April 15, 2017

MLB: Braves could dig their new (launching) pad

In the end, despite the higher fence in right, the park characteristics project to make more doubles and triples turn into home runs than the other way around from balls bouncing off the wall. While the 325 feet from home to the right-field corner isn’t that far below the league-average distance of 328, the other factors come into play in making SunTrust a projected mild-to-moderate homer-friendly field. The elevation helps the homers, and the small foul territory creates more offensive results that aren’t foul outs.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 15, 2017 at 06:45 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: ball parks, braves

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Former Braves, Yankees outfielder Otis Nixon missing, according to police

Former Braves outfielder Otis Nixon was reported missing on Sunday.

The Woodstock, Ga. Police Department tweeted a recent picture of Nixon and stated the 58-year-old was last seen Saturday at 10 a.m. leaving his residence in a gray 2011 Range Rover

Local police told Channel 2 Action News in Atlanta Nixon was wearing a black long sleeve shirt, black sweatpants and a black baseball cap with black Adidas shoes with white stripes.

He reportedly left to play golf but never arrived at the course.

Nixon, who played 17 years in the majors, has previous history with drug abuse.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 09, 2017 at 09:41 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, otis nixon

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Braves To Sign Ryan Howard

The Braves have agreed to a minor-league deal with veteran slugger Ryan Howard, according to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman (Twitter link). He’ll head to extended Spring Training before taking a minor-league assignment.

Howard, 37, had a quiet offseason after the Phillies declined a club option following the 2016 campaign. But he’s now headed to a division rival after wrapping up a 13-year run in Philly.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 06, 2017 at 12:45 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ryan howard

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Braves announcers think Tigers OF JaCoby Jones & former NFL WR Jacoby Jones are the same person

“Is he the Jacoby Jones who played for the Ravens?”

“Believe so.”
Nope. He most certainly is not.

“Wonder why nobody’s talking about him?”

“Unless there’s another Jacoby Jones.”
Yep, that’s what it is.

“Nope, different JaCoby Jones, my bad.”
It happens, but probably shouldn’t.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 28, 2017 at 09:36 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, chip caray, jacoby jones, joe simpson, tigers

Monday, March 27, 2017

Braves urge fans to plan as traffic test looms with exhibition game

Monday’s event offered little new information, but team representatives emphasized that fans should buy tickets and parking ahead of time, or take Uber, an official partner. They also touted a new mobile app with built-in GPS.

Braves’ president of development, Mike Plant said the new stadium had “much more extensive parking” than Turner Field.

“In today’s world, you have to plan early, and planning is the key before you leave your house or place of work,” Plant said. “Buy a ticket early, buy parking online, use Uber and Waze to help you get here, and then that experience is going to be better for you, for everyone.”

The Braves say they have more than 15,000 parking spaces, including private lots that have entered into lease agreements with the team. Some of these scattered lots will be served by a new circulator operated by the county, which will launch on March 31, the same day as the exhibition game.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 27, 2017 at 05:01 PM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, parking, suntrust park

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

White Sox patiently dangling Jose Quintana

Over the last few days, the buzz around camps in Florida and Arizona converged on the same player: Jose Quintana. Scouts ran their information up the chain – Chicago White Sox scouts are everywhere – and the game of telephone ended with general managers across the game wondering: Are they finally going to deal Quintana?

The answer, major league sources familiar with the talks told Yahoo Sports, is the same it’s been since the White Sox committed to rebuild and started the dismantling of their core: Yes … but only for the right price. And even as the White Sox have dispatched more scouts than usual to those back fields, sources said, no deal has materialized.

This is not to say one couldn’t come together within weeks, days, even hours. Multiple teams, including the Atlanta Braves, have shown continued interest, according to sources. Others known to have been involved at points this spring are the Houston Astros and Pittsburgh Pirates. Stewarded by general manager Rick Hahn, who has gotten industry-wide plaudits for his hauls in the Chris Sale and Adam Eaton trades, the White Sox find themselves capable of asking for the moon due to a number of reasons.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 22, 2017 at 02:28 PM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, braves, jose quintana, trade rumors, white sox

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Young Acuna raising eyebrows at Braves camp

TAMPA, Fla.—Ronald Acuna has steadily become a well-known figure among Braves fans since he caught the attention of Bobby Cox and some of Atlanta’s upper-level executives during the 2015 Instructional League. But the 19-year-old outfielder’s legend has truly grown since he came to this year’s Spring Training and gained the welcome surprise he would have a chance to compete in some big league exhibition games.

Though he has been used simply as an extra called over from Minor League camp, Acuna played in his 10th Grapefruit League game Sunday, batting leadoff and playing center field in the Braves’ 10-2 victory over the Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

Rickey! No. You move. Posted: March 14, 2017 at 06:53 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: #trusttheprocess, braves, prospects, rebuilding

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Atlanta Braves still considering 8-man bullpen | MLB.com

Insane.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 02, 2017 at 10:01 AM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Rio Ruiz has dropped 30 pounds in 16 months, boosted his stock

Baseball America says the Braves view him as a Bill Mueller-type of player. It will be interesting to see how his hard work pays off.

“I think that if they recall me — whenever that might be, whether it’s out of spring (training) this year or a couple of months, April or May, whenever it might be — I feel like I can be an asset to the team,” Ruiz said. “But then again that’s not my decision, that’s the front office’s decision. All I can do is handle everything between the lines, and if my game allows them to make the decision to keep me on, then that’s what will happen. …

“I’ve learned a lot already (this spring). I’ve been here almost a week and a half now and been able to work with Wash (new infield coach Ron Washington). I mean, if you’re not awake, he’ll wake you up, let’s put it that way. He has so much energy, so much passion and love for the game. He just helps you and makes you want to be better.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 25, 2017 at 01:44 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, rio ruiz

Monday, February 20, 2017

Rio Ruiz arrives at Braves camp with new body | MLB.com

Maybe a picture of the new version would be a nice touch.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 20, 2017 at 11:10 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, rio ruiz

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Braves close to trade for Brandon Phillips | MLB.com

Biggest hurdle is probably Phillips no trade clause. Of course, if they tell him he’ll be a bench player if he stays might incentivize him to accept the deal.

Brandon Phillips could soon be headed to Atlanta. MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal reported Saturday evening that the Braves are nearing a trade to acquire the second baseman from the Reds. Neither club has confirmed the report.

It’s not yet clear what Cincinnati may receive in return, but the Cincinnati Enquirer reported that Phillips would be the only player the Reds would give up in a potential trade. The report cautioned that while an agreement is close, there are still hurdles to clear before it’s completed.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2017 at 06:57 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon phillips, braves, reds, trade rumors

Monday, January 30, 2017

Sean Rodriguez in serious car wreck; wife, children hospitalized

Hoping for quick healing.

Rodriguez, 31, who signed a two-year free-agent contract in November, was driving an SUV that police said was T-boned by a stolen police cruiser in an accident before 2 p.m. Saturday that killed the driver of the stolen car and left Rodriguez’s wife, Giselle, and two young children with unspecified injuries that required hospitalization, Miami TV station WSVN reported.

Rodriguez apparently escaped signficant injury, while Giselle was listed in fair condition at Kendall Regional Medical Center and the children were in serious condition at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital on Sunday.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 30, 2017 at 08:29 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, sean rodriguez

Atlanta Braves confirm player, family involved in West Miami-Dade crash

The Atlanta Braves have confirmed one of the team’s new players, Miami native and infielder Sean John Rodriguez, his wife Giselle and their two young children were inside the black Chevy Suburban that was T-boned by the cruiser, near Southwest 99th Street and Coral Way, in West Miami-Dade, Saturday, at around 1:45 p.m.

Team officials said Rodriguez, 31, was behind the wheel of the SUV. He was not hurt.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: January 30, 2017 at 01:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, sean rodriguez

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Braves say Cobb County owes $14 million more for stadium it is already paying for

In a sign that we are truly living in a world with alternate facts, a Major League Baseball team owned by Liberty Media Company—which is in turn owned by John C. Malone, who is worth an estimated $7.7 billion—claims that it is owed an additional $14 million by taxpayers for the construction of a stadium that the public is already financing to the tune of at least $350 million. The Braves paid $280 million upfront and will add an additional $92 million over the life of the 30-year deal. The kicker? The Braves have already paid for most of the $14 million it says the county is on the hook for. They just want to be reimbursed.

The Braves are requesting reimbursement for a list of five projects; the county responded with a memo that detailed $69.5 million in public financing for transportation projects. In the memo, county transportation director Jim Wilgus noted “we feel this satisfies Cobb County’s transportation improvement contribution.” The Braves, however, say the $14 million outstanding should not count toward the $69.5 already paid.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 24, 2017 at 10:08 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, stadiums

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