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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Kevin Maitan Thrilled To Be Finally Be Out In The Field | BaseballAmerica.com

The next, next big thing in Atlanta.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2017 at 09:51 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, kevin maitan, prospects

Friday, July 14, 2017

Gwinnett Braves Announce Finalists for Team Renaming Constest

“The final six options are the Gwinnett Buttons, the Gwinnett Big Mouths, the Gwinnett Gobblers, Gwinnett Hush Puppies, Gwinnett Lambchops and the Gwinnett Sweet Teas.”

Those are some truly lousy choices for team name, save one.
There is only one real choice here: “Gwinnett Buttons”.
The name would honor Georgia signer of the Declaration of Independence, and county namesake, Button Gwinnett.

And it won’t sound so strange when Lin-Manuel Miranda & Stephen Colbert bring their hit, one-song musical “Button!” to the Broadway stage: https://youtu.be/uhFeQSBZUSk

Justin Turner Overdrive Posted: July 14, 2017 at 02:37 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, gwinnett, minor leagues

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Braves top prospect Ronald Acuna, 19, promoted to Triple-A

Would they really want to add him to the 40 this season?

Last week Acuna was named the No. 1 prospect in the Braves’ talent-rich minor league system and No. 10 overall by Baseball America in its midseason Top 100. He won’t turn 20 until December and it’s within the realm of possibility that Acuna could make his major league debut at some point this season if the Braves have an outfield need.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2017 at 06:40 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ronald acuna

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Acuna’s hot July continues with big blast | MiLB.com News

Click through to see the monster homer. Five-tool player.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 12, 2017 at 07:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, prospects, ronald acuna

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Mississippi’s Acuna continues stellar year | MiLB.com News

Glowing praise for the Braves prospect.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 08, 2017 at 07:23 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ronald acuna

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Gene Conley, Dual-Sport Threat With World Series and N.B.A. Titles, Dies at 86

Conley ... pitched for the World Series champion Milwaukee Braves in 1957. At 6 feet 8 inches — he was the tallest pitcher in the major leagues at the time — he also carved out a parallel career in professional basketball, playing during baseball’s off-season and winning three N.B.A. titles with the Boston Celtics

DanG Posted: July 05, 2017 at 10:22 PM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, gene conley, obituaries, red sox, tall players

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Braves Designate Bartolo Colon

The Braves announced that they have designated veteran righty Bartolo Colon for assignment. Atlanta selected the contract of southpaw Rex Brothers to take his roster spot.

It always hurts to drop a player who’s owed a big salary — in this case, $12.5MM on the year — but his performance left the team with little alternative. Colon, 44, carries an unsightly 8.14 ERA through 63 innings with 6.0 K/9 against 2.9 BB/9 and a 45.6% groundball rate.

Though a recent DL placement bought some time and afforded an opportunity for a reset, Colon struggled upon his return. He lasted only four innings against the Padres yesterday, coughing up six earned runs on eight hits and three walks.

So are there no more Expos?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 29, 2017 at 02:33 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, braves

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Freeze popular with MLB fans and players | MLB.com

Every superhero has a back story, of course, and so it is for The Freeze, who came to life on June 9, 2017, when Nigel Talton saw that guy celebrating.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2017 at 07:12 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, promotions, the freeze

Pitch command not a problem for Sean Newcomb

It still seems weird reading new fangled stats on mainstream publications.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2017 at 08:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, sean newcomb

Monday, June 26, 2017

Son of Keith Lockhart On Life Support

Jason Lockhart, son of infielder Keith Lockhart, was playing in a baseball tournament in South Carolina on June 17 when the catcher threw a ball back to the pitcher as Jason was crossing the plate and it hit him in the face, WXIA reports…

On Tuesday, Jason had surgery and the next day, doctors discovered there was an artery cut by the fracture, according to FOX 5. By Friday, he was put on life support and sedated in an attempt to stop the bleeding.

Jose is El Absurd Bronson Y Pollo Posted: June 26, 2017 at 10:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, high school baseball

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Column | Freddie Freeman Shouldn’t Play 3B To Accommodate Adams

What’s the downside to trying Freeman at third? I guess he could get hurt but he’s been hurt as a first baseman. If he can’t play there, they move him back.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 24, 2017 at 09:16 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, freddie freeman, matt adams

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Matt Adams is showing he can hit lefties | MLB.com

What’s going to happen to Adams when Freeman comes back?

“I know that I hit lefties all the way up through the [Minor League levels],” Adams said. “Up here, it’s just been about getting everyday [at-bats] against them. That’s the nice thing here, knowing I’m going to be in there against a lefty or a righty. That confidence helps big time for sure.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2017 at 09:24 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, matt adams

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Who is ‘The Freeze’? Meet the former college track star racing Braves fans between innings. - The Washington Post

The man behind the ski goggles and arctic-blue bodysuit — 26-year-old Nigel Talton of Fort Valley, Ga. — has been a member of the Braves’ grounds crew since 2012 and a track athlete since his junior year at Peach County High School, where he also played football.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2017 at 06:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, promotions

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Bartolo Colon (majors-worst 7.78 ERA) placed on disabled list

“Trade a player a year too early rather than a year too late.” ~ Branch Rickey

The Mets picked just the right time to let him go.

Mired in the worst stretch of his 20-year career, Bartolo Colon is now on the 10-day disabled list with what the Braves said was a left oblique strain.

The move was made Tuesday, a day after Colon (2-7) got rocked again for seven hits and eight earned runs in just 3 2/3 innings of an 11-4 loss to the Phillies, raising his majors-worst ERA to a staggering 7.78, nearly 1 1/2 runs higher than the next-worst among 88 qualified major league starters, and increasing his oppon

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2017 at 08:23 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, braves, mets

Friday, June 02, 2017

Braves Matt Kemp off to hot slugging start | MLB.com

In 2017, Kemp’s xwOBA is .399, and his actual wOBA is .416, and now you can see what we’re talking about. At .399, his combination of batted ball contact and strikeouts and walks has very truly been a big step up over last year, one of the 25 best in baseball, ahead of stars like Buster Posey or Francisco Lindor. But instead of underperforming as he had in the [ast two years, Kemp has overperformed this year by 17 points. You can see that in his .398 BABIP, which is 100 points higher than last year. He’s hitting better, and he’s also getting fortunate.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2017 at 06:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, matt kemp

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Here’s why the Atlanta Braves won’t trade Matt Kemp | Mark Bradley blog

Matt Kemp is teasing the Braves. What happens when he comes to camp next year with 20-30 extra pounds?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 01, 2017 at 12:06 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, matt kemp

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 | 11 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

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