BRAVES RUMORS & GOSSIP

Braves end 8-game slide, beat Red Sox 5-3 behind Markakis

BOSTON (AP) The Atlanta Braves ended an eight-game losing streak, beating the Boston Red Sox 5-3 Thursday night as Nick Markakis had three singles, a double and three RBIs. Mallex Smith doubled twice and had an RBI single for the Braves, a big league-worst 5-17. Atlanta won for the first time since April 19 and avoided being swept by the Red Sox in the interleague series, which...
Via Associated Press
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves Roster Disaster

The 2016 Atlanta Braves Roster Has been a Disaster After the 2015 season Atlanta Braves General Manager John Coppolella and President of Baseball Operations John Hart said they were embarrassed by the post All Star Game collapse and vowed that it wouldn’t happen again.  It appears they were right, it’s impossible to collapse when you’re […] Atlanta Braves Roster Disaster...
Via Tomahawk Take
2 hours ago

Report: Atlanta Braves looking to ‘buy draft picks’

The Atlanta Braves are seeking out bad contracts throughout major league baseball in order to obtain draft pick compensation, according to Jeff Passan. Sources: Braves are desperately trying to "buy" tradable draft picks by offering to take on bad contracts if teams include picks as well. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 28, 2016 No takers for Braves draft-pick offers...
Via Today's Knuckleball
3 hours ago

The Braves' season is lost and their future is a big question mark

The Braves are 4-17. The season is lost. Manager Fredi Gonzalez will be fired. So much for the final season at Turner Field, which was never all that promising to begin with.The real question is what the Braves will look like in their first year at the new SunTrust Park next season, and in all the years to follow.The Braves will gain significant financial flexibility this offseason...
Via Fox Sports
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bud Norris could lose spot in rotation next week, per report

Bud Norris' spot in the rotation is in jeopardy after several, well, sub-par starts Things started off well enough for Bud Norris in an Atlanta Braves uniform with a 7 inning start where he gave up 3 earned runs. Not superb, but certainly not terrible and in line with the Braves expectations when they signed him to a one year, $2.5 million contract in the offseason as a pitcher who...
Via Talking Chop
6 hours ago

The Braves will get younger, just not yet

Many of the talking heads on the national stage are starting to come down heavy on the Atlanta Braves’ front office. Sandwiching four wins between nine- and eight-game losing streaks has a way of generating some big league criticism when such an eye-popping lack of success is displayed at baseball’s highest level. In between rants that the Braves’ front office should be embarrassed...
Via Today's Knuckleball
8 hours ago

Chacin, Braves look to avoid second 9-game skid

I don't know if a team has ever had two nine-game losing streaks in the same month, but I'd also rather not find out. Another day, another try for win number five on the season. The Braves have been clobbered by the Red Sox so far, being outscored 21-8 in their last three games, but anything can happen, including the Braves notching their second nine-game losing streak of April....
Via Talking Chop
9 hours ago

Tom Glavine revealed a horrible Greg Maddux locker room prank

One of the funniest secrets in baseball that may escape the casual fan is that Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux was also a legendary locker room prankster."I call him 'The Silent Scumbag,'" former Padres teammate David Wells once said. "You would perceive him to be Einstein because he's quiet and he's always sitting there at his locker with a crossword puzzle. But he's got a silent...
Via Fox Sports
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Mallex Smith: Atlanta’s Speedy Role Model Smells the Roses

Mallex Smith is a speed burner. He’s also a big leaguer. Atlanta called up the 22-year-old outfielder earlier this month when Ender Inciarte went on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. He’s off to a slow start — Smith has reached base just 12 times in 50 plate appearances — but a bright future lies ahead. The Braves’ 2015 Minor League Player of the Year is coming...
Via Fangraphs
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves News: The Morning Chop, Box Score, Nick Swisher’s Slap In The Face

Baseball Reference Tomahawk Take Editor’s Note: In a game where the pain of being an Atlanta Braves fan in 2016 started to hurt right after the words “play ball” were announced, things didn’t get any better until the final out.  Actually, we did end a 15 game no-homers drought when Freddie Freeman launched his second home […] Atlanta Braves News: The Morning Chop, Box...
Via Tomahawk Take
14 hours ago

Atlanta Braves Minor League Midweek Wrap Up: April 28

Atlanta Braves Minor League Midweek Wrap Up Transactions: April 25 – RHP Danny Burawa demoted from Gwinnett to Mississippi April 25 – RHP Joel De La Cruz promoted from Mississippi to Gwinnett April 25 – RHP Victor Mateo demoted from Mississippi to extended spring April 26 – LHP Michael O’Neal promoted from extended spring to […] Atlanta Braves Minor League Midweek Wrap...
Via Tomahawk Take
15 hours ago

Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Ricardo Sanchez dominates; Ruiz, Dansby continue hot hitting

The wins and the production were both plentiful in the Braves minor league system on this day. Gwinnett Braves 5 @ Toledo Mud Hens 1 Box Score Rio Ruiz, 3B: 2-5, 1 run, 2 K, .347/.402/.507 Reid Brignac, 2B: 3-5, 1 run, 2 RBI, .304/.398/.319 Matt Tuiasosopo, 1B: 1-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, .213/.326/.440 A ragtag collection of pitchers shut down Toledo while used 14 hits (13 singles...
Via Talking Chop
15 hours ago

Braves recall RHP Gant, options RHP Weber

BOSTON (AP) The Atlanta Braves have recalled right-hander John Gant from Triple-A Gwinnett for Wednesday night's game against the Boston Red Sox. To make room, they optioned right-hander Ryan Weber to Gwinnett. The 23-year-old Gant pitched in three games with the Braves earlier this season, giving up four runs. Weber, 25, went 1-0 with a 10.57 ERA in three games.
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Losses mount as Braves' home-run drought reaches 15 games

ATLANTA (AP) The message in the Braves clubhouse Tuesday night added a fitting final insult to a dismal homestand: ''Bus TBD. Issues with aircraft.'' It has been that kind of opening month for the Braves as they try to snap a 15-game home-run drought - the longest power outage in their Atlanta history. Even the Braves' charter flight out of town has difficulty getting off the...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Examining the Braves’ Disastrousness

Going all the way back to the turn of the previous century, the worst team wRC+ was posted by the 1920 Philadelphia Athletics, who finished at 67. The worst mark in more modern baseball came from the 1963 Mets, who finished at 69, and then if you look at the more recent era, the 2013 Marlins finished at 73. Terrifically bad offenses, all. This year’s Braves are sitting at 57. They...
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves shopping alleged domestic abuser Hector Olivera

We’ve picked on the Atlanta Braves just a bit this season, so what’s one more post critical of the team? On Sunday, Yahoo’s Jeff Passan reported that the Braves are shopping outfielder Hector Olivera, acquired last season from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Olivera is currently under MLB-sponsored administrative leave while allegations of domestic violence are being investigated...
Via The Comeback
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Fred McGriff talks about the future of the Atlanta Braves

Via FOX Sports South
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Braves have shown an appalling lack of power this season

Quick – which MLB team has the fewest home runs this season? Well, if you read the title of this post, you can presume the Atlanta Braves are the correct answer. And you’d be right! The Braves have homered just three times this year. The Pirates and Angels rank right above the Braves with seven homers apiece, while the Rockies lead baseball with 26. But just how absurd is this...
Via The Comeback
6 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Clayton Kershaw tosses an eephus pitch

Just when you think the Los Angeles Dodgers ace has shown everything in his amazing repertoire, Thursday afternoon’s outing against the Atlanta Braves brought about something brand new to Clayton Kershaw’s arsenal. Facing catcher Tyler Flowers with one out in the bottom of the fourth, Kershaw let loose on a pitch that did anything but break the radar gun. Watch out...
Via The Sports Daily
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves players unhappy with conditions of Turner Field, may file complaint to players’ union

Atlanta Braves players have become so unhappy with the conditions at Turner Field that they are considering contacting the players’ union to see if they can get the club to make improvements, a source within the organization told ESPN’s Doug Padilla Thursday. The source speculated that with the Braves leaving Turner Field for a new stadium after this season, the playing surface...
Via The Sports Daily
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Braves players unhappy with Turner Field infield

Members of the Atlanta Braves are reportedly considering appealing to the MLB players’ union over the poor conditions of the infield at Turner Field. According to ESPN’s Doug Padilla, there is a belief that, with the stadium in its final season of use, the field is not being treated with the same care as it has been in the past, with the grass being uneven and the turf meeting...
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Family of fan who fell to death at Turner Field sues Braves, MLB

Tragedy struck during an Atlanta Braves game against the New York Yankees last August when a fan fell from Section 401 and died. The family of that man is now suing the Braves and Major League Baseball, accusing the team and the league of negligence regarding the guard rail. The rail 60-year old Gregory Kent Murrey, who was medically claimed to be legally intoxicated at the time...
Via The Comeback
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves: Early season struggles

The Atlanta Braves weren’t predicted to win the World Series in 2016, let alone their division. But after the first 12 games of the season, the Braves are doing worse than many initially thought they would. The Braves are currently 3-9, but were 0-9 before sweeping the Marlins this weekend. Atlanta has struggled since losing their first game of the season in extra innings to the...
Via isportsweb.com
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Top Prospects that Never Were: Andy Marté, Atlanta Braves

The Atlanta Braves have been no stranger to scoring on top prospects. From Javy López, Chipper, and Andruw Jones back in the day to Freddie Freeman, Jason Heyward, and Julio Teherán more recently, they’ve routinely seen their decision-making rewarded. Such was not the case, however, with corner infielder Andy Marté. Signed as an amateur free agent back in 2000, Marté played...
Via The Sports Post
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Dusty Baker has funny quote about Stephen Strasburg illness

Dusty Baker had some funny comments about Stephen Strasburg pitching through an illness on Thursday. Strasburg was scratched from his scheduled start on Wednesday with the flu. He was able to make the start Thursday against the Atlanta Braves, but it wasn’t easy, apparently. Nationals manager Dusty Baker touched on how tough it was for Strasburg to suit up for the game. Dusty...
Via Larry Brown Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss
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