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Thursday, October 01, 2015

Coppolella promoted to GM by Braves

After watching John Coppolella do most of the heavy lifting that encompassed the massive reconstruction process their organization has undergone over the past year, the Braves will reward him by naming him their general manager.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Former President and Braves superfan Jimmy Carter ended up on the Turner Field kiss cam |

It’s nice to see President Carter at the ballpark. His kiss was just long enough to be uncomfortable.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 18, 2015 at 03:37 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

What to watch for: Blue Jays have opportunity vs. Braves -

Right now the Braves are just dreadful. Will the Blue Jays take full advantage?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2015 at 09:59 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, braves

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Braves road and bridge projects push public cost past $300m, still no one sure where money will come from

...because the state refused to pay for that delayed pedestrian and shuttle-bus bridge that is set to leave Braves fans walking along the side of a highway to get to games for at least the stadium’s first season. The bridge itself is projected to cost $9 million (though nobody apparently really thinks it can be built for that amount), plus another $3.5 million is needed to upgrade a parking deck that it would connect to. Right now nobody knows where the money will come from…

On the one hand, the Braves new stadium project continues to cluster all the fuggs that could ever be clustered. On the other hand, Cobb County has to pay for this, not me. #winning!

Thursday, September 03, 2015

The Race for Last Place

Who will win “The Biggest Loser”?

Miami (54-79, one game out). Other than Oakland and maybe Milwaukee, this was the team on this list that had the highest hopes for 2015 coming in, though, then again, this is Miami, so you never know. Regardless, once Giancarlo Stanton got hurt, this team became impossible to watch. I love Ichiro as much as anyone else, but seeing him play every day in an empty building with a fish statue would make anyone sad. The Marlins might have a little push left in them the rest of the year. Stanton could be back this weekend, and Jose Fernandez should return in mid-September. That’s a positive for Fish fans desperate for a reason to go to the ballpark … but it won’t do their Drive For Last efforts any favors.

Colorado (53-78, one game out). Everyone jumped ship when Troy Tulowitzki was traded, and with good reason. Maybe the saddest thing about this Rockies team that has the second-worst record is that it’s virtually indistinguishable from every other Rockies team of the past six years. It’s only missing Tulo. And they don’t even have LaTroy Hawkins anymore.

Philadelphia (53-80, “first” place). For all the frustrations with Ruben Amaro—and the fact that he’s likely going to be out of a job pretty soon—one must admit: He ended up doing rather well for himself and the franchise with that Cole Hamels trade. There’s some nice young talent in Philadelphia’s system right now. But most of it isn’t on the big league roster—and Aaron Nola is still figuring out how the bigs work—which means there are going to be a lot of Jeff Francoeur and Darin Ruf at-bats over the next month. This is as bad as it’s going to get for the Phillies. But have no doubt: It’s going to be very bad.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 03, 2015 at 06:09 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, braves, brewers, draft, marlins, phillies, reds, rockies

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Braves activate Banuelos, promote Olivera |

You probably won’t remember what you were doing today.

The Braves have reinstated left-hander Manny Banuelos from the disabled list and promoted infielder Hector Olivera. They also recalled right-handers Dan Burawa and Brandon Cunniff, as well as infielder Daniel Castro.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2015 at 04:39 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, hector olivera

Jonny Gomes headed to Royals in trade from Braves

The Royals have added one last piece for their playoff run, acquiring Braves outfielder Jonny Gomes in a trade just before the waiver trade deadline Monday night.

Fox Sports first reported the Royals’ acquisition of Gomes, who was hitting .223 for Atlanta, but with an .878 on-base plus slugging percentage against southpaws.

The Royals also acquired cash from Atlanta in the deal and traded minor-league infielder Luis Valenzuela, 22, who was hitting .339 in 47 games for Class A Lexington in 2015.

Zach Posted: September 01, 2015 at 01:57 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, jonny gomes, royals, trade

Miller’s Hard-Luck Streak Reaches 19 Starts Without a Win - The New York Times

I wonder which book he’s reading.

“Honestly I don’t know where all those stats sit,” Miller said. “I’m reading a book (pitching coach) Roger (McDowell) gave me. It’s all about how stats and all that stuff (don’t) really reflect on how you perform. You can make a good pitch and give up a hit. You want to be the best you can be, but it’s all about going out there and competing. The stats are a benefit on the side.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2015 at 07:06 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, shelby miller

Monday, August 31, 2015

Braves’ record, attendance both in decline since 42-42 |

The Braves haven’t been pretty to watch in the second half.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 31, 2015 at 01:37 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Fan dies in fall from upper deck at Turner Field |

A man who fell off the top deck at least 40 feet to the concrete on the first level below during the Braves’ game against the New York Yankees on Saturday night died, Atlanta police said.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 30, 2015 at 08:22 AM | 291 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Monday, August 24, 2015

Olivera might get a little more time in Triple-A |

It’s Olivera time, almost.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2015 at 08:25 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, hector olivera

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-19-2015

Milwaukee Sentinel, August 19, 1915:

The biggest crowd that ever saw a baseball game filled Braves’ field, the greatest ball park in the country to overflowing at its opening [yesterday]. Boston defeated St. Louis, 3 to 1.

According to official estimates, the crowd numbered between 46,000 and 47,000 persons.
The raising of last year’s championship pennant was participated in by President Tener of the National league and many of the club-owners, by members of both teams and by Mayor Curley.

I can’t imagine the Cardinals were excited by the idea of raising the Braves’ pennant.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 19, 2015 at 09:08 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dugout, history

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Braves’ pitching plan a throwback to their glory days

The Braves followed the old John Schuerholz-Paul Snyder-Bobby Cox model by focusing on athletic, “high upside” players in the June first-year player draft. They chose high school players with their first four selections, and invested 24 of their first 31 picks in pitchers. Assistant general manager John Coppolella calls the surplus of arms a “happy coincidence,” but acknowledges it is appropriate given the organization’s pitching-rich history.

“We see Max Scherzer getting $210 million on the free-agent market,” Coppolella said. “We believe free-agent pitching is one of the most inefficient uses of money, and we know how volatile pitching is in every sense of the word, so our goal was to load up on a quantity of quality and try to build our organization for long-lasting success. Nobody knows whether all of these pitchers will have major league success, or even if they will stay healthy, but we do know that they offered us the most upside of any other potential acquisitions.”

Rickey! something like a pipe-bomb ready to blow Posted: August 13, 2015 at 08:21 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Casella: Best MLB Rotations of Past 30 Years

Who would have guessed that all of the best pitching staffs came from the NL?  Have fun beating up on opposing pitchers while the real teams face line-ups with 9 guys who can hit.

Chris Fluit Posted: August 12, 2015 at 09:13 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, cardinals, cubs, dodgers, mets, nationals, phillies, roy halladay

Friday, August 07, 2015

Indians trade Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn to Braves for Chris Johnson

Trade Brohio for Brotlanta?

The Cleveland Indians have traded outfielder Michael Bourn and outfielder/first baseman Nick Swisher to the Braves in exchange for third baseman Chris Johnson. The Indians are sending money to the Braves as part of the trade….

Essentially, these are players who have fallen out of favor in their current situations swapped for each other. Problem for problem(s).

Where the money comes in would be here:

Bourn/Swisher: Due $29 million in 2016
Johnson: Due $16.5 million through 2017

Swisher might see time at first base with Freddie Freeman injured while it’s possible Bourn sees time as a starter on occasion at any of the three outfield spots, but this move wasn’t about upgrading the 2015 Braves..

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

SB Nation: Braves outfielder celebrates making a catch while the ball rolls 30 feet away

Eury Perez looks like he’ll fit right in with the participants at this weekend’s softball game.

He thought he had it. He knew he had it. Except he didn’t have it.

JE (Jason) Posted: August 05, 2015 at 09:09 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, playing the game the right way

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Deadspin: Kelby Tomlinson gets his first MLB hit in front of his wife and dad.

Despite the loss, Tiffany was still overjoyed. Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News caught up with Tiffany, who said she wanted to barf from excitement:

“I tried to keep it together the best I could. I couldn’t believe it. I don’t think I believed it until he got on deck and got ready to hit. Then it was, ‘My goodness, it’s actually going to happen.’

“I’m still in disbelief. It was all the emotions all at once. It was so exciting. I wanted to throw up. I’m just so proud of him.”

Baseball is awesome.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

10 Major Trades that Never Were

What about Omar Vizquel for Carl Yaztrzmski with the sideburns?

9. Albert Pujols to the Expos—2000

The St. Louis Cardinals found themselves in a pickle in 2000. Looking for young arms to add to the organization, St. Louis struck up a deal with the Montreal Expos to send Britt Reames and another player to Montreal for two pitchers. They just had to decide who to send: Fernando Tatis or Albert Pujols. Obviously, the Cards sent Tatis and the next season Pujols won NL Rookie of the Year before becoming one of the best players in Cardinals’ history during his stint with the organization.


Dodgers To Acquire Latos, Wood, Jim Johnson In 3-Team Deal; Olivera To Braves - MLB Trade Rumors

Another interesting late night deal.

JULY 30: The Dodgers will indeed pay the final two installments of Olivera’s signing bonus, tweets David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. That means the Braves are essentially taking on Olivera on a six-year, $32.5MM contract that began this season. He’s earning $2MM in 2015, of which about $754K remains, so their total financial commitment to him will be about $31.25MM over the course of five and a half years.

JULY 29: The Dodgers, Marlins and Braves have reportedly swung what appears to be one of the most complex three-team trades in recent history, though nothing will become official tonight. The “basic” structure of the deal (though there’s nothing basic about this move) is as follows: the Dodgers will receive right-hander Mat Latos and first baseman Michael Morse from the Marlins. They’ll also add top prospect Jose Peraza and pitchers Alex Wood, Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan from the Braves. Atlanta, in turn, will receive Cuban infielder Hector Olivera, lefty Paco Rodriguez and minor leaguer Zachary Bird from the Dodgers. The Braves are also picking up Miami’s Competitive Balance Round A pick in next year’s draft (No. 35 overall). The Marlins will come out of this deal with three minor league pitchers — Kevin Guzman, Jeff Brigham and Victor Araujo — plus the financial relief of shedding the remaining $14.3MM that is owed to Latos and Morse.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2015 at 08:57 AM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dodgers, giants

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Braves Take Unorthodox Approach to Overhaul

A year after Arizona gave Toussaint a $2.7 million bonus as the 16th overall pick in the 2014 draft, the Braves assumed about $10 million owed to Arroyo to get Toussaint for themselves.

Arroyo is unlikely to throw a pitch for the Braves; Gosselin was included so the Diamondbacks would get something, besides financial relief, in return.

Clearly, the Braves believe it is more than $10 million. And it should be no surprise that Hart found a way, within the system, essentially to buy a prospect.


Late in spring training, the Braves acquired Trevor Cahill, a fading and overpaid right-hander, from Arizona for a prospect. The Braves assumed $5.5 million in that deal and then made a separate move with the Diamondbacks on April 6, sending away another prospect in exchange for the 75th pick in the draft.

Some in the industry believe those moves were related because draft picks can be traded only during the season, but the Braves have denied the link. In any case, Cahill has since been released, and the Braves drafted a college pitcher, A. J. Minter, at No. 75.


Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: July 28, 2015 at 02:54 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, prospects

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Mets get Braves’ Juan Uribe, Kelly Johnson |

Mets get some help. The Braves save some cash and add more pitching depth to their minor league system.

Stuck among the National League’s worst offensive teams for most of this summer, the Mets on Friday saw their season-long hunt for offense finally bear fruit. The club announced late Friday that it has acquired third baseman Juan Uribe, utility man Kelly Johnson and cash from the Braves, in exchange for pitching prospects John Gant and Rob Whalen.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2015 at 07:48 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, mets, trades

Thursday, July 16, 2015

 John Hart: ‘I never made promises we were built to win’ |

Nice interview with John Hart.

Q: So it’s not as if you expected a better record.

A: I’ve never made any false promises that we were built to win this year. We felt we had an energy and a good makeup. But you don’t trade your closer opening day, trade for draft picks, trade middle-of-the-order bats and expect to win. I won’t lie to fans.

Bad news on Freddy Freeman.

Q: Freeman was supposed to be back a while ago. What happened?

A: It’s more serious than we expected. I’m hoping he’ll be back before the first of August but he may not be. He’s working hard to get back but it’s a slow-healing injury and it still gives him pain when he swings. He dinged it, played four or five days with it, and we have him a few days off. We gave him an injection and thought he would be back in two or three days but it was no better. We did further tests and found it was more serious than we thought.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 16, 2015 at 10:58 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, interview, john hart

Monday, July 13, 2015

Albies showcases talents at Futures Game |

If he’s not already on your prospect radar, it’s time to put him there. ranks Albies as the Braves’ fifth-best prospect and considered him to be the top speed prospect on the World Team roster that was assembled for the Futures Game. The 18-year-old shortstop has played just 137 games at the professional level, but in the course of doing so, he has given the Braves reason to believe he has special talent.

Albies has batted .343 with a .410 on-base percentage and 47 stolen bases (60 attempts) through his first 137 games at the professional level. Despite being one of the youngest players in the South Atlantic League, he has hit .331, compiled an .812 OPS and proven successful with 25 of 33 stolen-base attempts with Class A Rome this year.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2015 at 08:50 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ozhaino albies, prospects

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Klapisch: Mets’ 16-13 win over Braves in 1985 an instant classic

Thirty years ago today (and tomorrow morning), announcer John Sterling was well on his way to being beyond insufferable…

The voice on the other end of the phone was tense. The message was a newspaper editor’s equivalent of a naked threat.

“Need that story.”

It was 30 years ago today. More importantly, it was past 4 a.m. and I was on deadline in the press box at Atlanta’s Fulton County Stadium, trying to find language that would capture the history I’d just witnessed.

The Mets and Braves had staggered to the finish line of a 19-inning game that’s remembered as one of the longest and craziest ever played. The Mets won, 16-13, but the NFL-like score leaves out the incredible details – like the 43 players used by both teams, the 46 hits, the 37 runners left on base, the 22 walks, Keith Hernandez hitting for the cycle (albeit in 10 at-bats) and Gary Carter catching the whole way.

And me? I was a beat reporter at the New York Post, back when the tabloid had seven editions, including its sports final at 1:45 a.m. designed to include West Coast results. But the edict came down when the Mets and Braves blew past the last deadline – they would hold for the final score.

Little did my editor know what he’d gotten himself into. Already, because of rain, the game was delayed by nearly two hours – first pitch wasn’t delivered until 9:04 p.m.

JE (Jason) Posted: July 04, 2015 at 09:37 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, extra innings, mets, pitchers hitting, rain delays

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Braves have one eye on present, two on future |

“When we get to the Trade Deadline, we won’t look to ship out everyone who is on a free-agent contract or everybody who is over the age of 30,” Coppolella said. “We’re going to look to make good solid baseball trades that will be made in the best interest of this franchise. I don’t know if we’ll be as active as we have been previously. We’ll see what comes up at the Deadline, but by no means will we totally gut this team.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 30, 2015 at 06:42 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

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