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Time To Get Over Your A.J. Pierzynski Hatred

Fans hate A.J. Pierzynski just a bit too much. I recently wrote this article: The Biggest A-Holes in Chicago Sports History. The article highlighted some of the biggest jerks in the history of Chicago sports.  Players featured in the article did things like: -Tried to run over teens with their car. -Cause segregation in baseball. -Throw the World Series. -Bash homosexuality. -Commit...
Via Sports Mockery
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Markakis hopes to be ready for Braves' opener

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Nick Markakis is looking forward to opening day in Atlanta. Crabcakes down south, that's another story. After nine years with Baltimore - and plenty of the Maryland delicacy - Markakis signed a four-year, $44 million contract with the Braves this offseason. ''It would be like trying to find a good lobster in Iowa,'' Markakis said. Recovering from December neck...
Via AP on Fox
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pierzynski brings experience behind plate to Braves

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) A.J. Pierzynski has been called a lot of things during his lengthy major league career, and not many of them are very nice. Pierzynski realizes that he is known for being an irritant, a pest, and quite a handful for any team wearing a different colored uniform. He's also one of the most respected players in baseball as far as his home clubhouse. He said that...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves Season Preview

As we work towards Opening Day, John Pielli will be previewing each team based on past performance, offseason moves, minor league system, and overall outlook for 2015. Today: the Atlanta Braves. The Atlanta Braves of 2014 needed some shaking up. Injuries to pitchers Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy and bad contracts given to Dan Uggla and B.J. Upton were a couple of the things that...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

B.J. Upton to miss all of spring training

Melvin Upton, formerly known as B.J., will miss all of spring training after being diagnosed with sesamoiditis in his left foot. Upton’s inflammation is occurring in the bone behind the ball of his foot. He will be in a cast for two weeks and a walking foot for the 4-6 weeks after that. This is not the start of the year that Upton needed after his first two seasons in Atlanta...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves Prospect Profile: Jose Peraza

Photo Credit: Mississippi Braves Are you a fan of players who can fly around the bases and put up some crazy good stolen base numbers? Then look no further. The Atlanta Braves second base prospect Jose Peraza has torn up the base paths in his minor league career. Currently just 20 years old, Peraza came to the Braves as an international signing and began his professional career...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves, MLB players takes sides on pace of play, replay changes

LAKE BUENA VISTA -- Long before this technologically advanced world of smartphones and tablets, Twitter and Instragram became commonplace with children of all ages, baseball was still a game played at a leisurely pace. And that was the charm for many fans, an open-ended affair, time-wise, that's typically enjoyed outside, amid brilliant sunshine or a blanket of evening stars from...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Engima That Is Andrelton Simmons

 Andrelton Simmons is known as major league baseball’s top defensive shortstop, and he is also one of the best overall defensive players. The 25-year-old, who made his MLB debut with the Atlanta Braves in June 2012, is a two-time Gold Glove winner. Andrelton Simmons earned the NL Platinum Glove Award in 2013, and he also won the Fielding Bible Award in 2013 and 2014. These...
Via TopSportsReport
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves shortstop Simmons slowed by oblique strain

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons has a slight left oblique strain. On the day of the team's first full-squad workout, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez couldn't give a date when Simmons will be ready for exhibition games but said the injury wasn't serious. Simmons fielded balls during workouts Thursday but didn't hit or throw. Gonzalez said Simmons tried...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cool, but driven Teheran may soon join elite class of MLB arms

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla -- The days of openly asking if Julio Teheran can make the National League All-Star team have passed. (Mission accomplished in 2014.) The days of speculating on whether Teheran -- heading into his third full season with the Braves -- can be the bankable workhorse pitcher who logs 30-plus starts annually have subsided. (Back-to-back 30-start campaigns for 2013...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
4 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Atlanta Braves

2014 started so well for the Atlanta Braves. They stormed out of the gate with a 17-8 start, and quickly took over first place in the NL East. But unlike in 2013, the Washington Nationals didn’t struggle early, and kept pace. The Braves never had a lead of more than 3.5 games. Less than a week after the All-Star Game, Atlanta fell out of first place, and they wouldn’t get back...
Via The Outside Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves' Markakis unsure if he'll be ready for Opening Day

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Craig Kimbrel leaned over and shook hands with Nick Markakis on the day position players reported to Braves' camp, one of a number of similar moments on a team with a revamped roster. "Craig, good to meet you," said Kimbrel, who now after five years, is the longest tenured Atlanta player. Of the organization's additions, it's Markakis that comes in with...
Via Fox Sports South
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves' cast of former closers bring experience, shared mentality to support Kimbrel

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Jim Johnson glanced across the clubhouse toward a locker at the back of the room where a No. 46 jersey hung. In the hierarchy of the Braves bullpen, there is no questioning who sits on the throne. "Obviously he's the best in the business," said Jim Johnson of closer Craig Kimbrel. "There's no doubt about it." Kimbrel, who has 26 more saves than anyone in...
Via Fox Sports South
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Wang must battle to earn huge opportunity with Braves

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Chien-Ming Wang will turn 35 just a few days prior to the Atlanta Braves breaking camp and head to regular-season action. If all goes well, Wang's birthday gift to himself will be a steady job. After Julio Teheran, Alex Wood, Shelby Miller and Mike Minor, the Braves need someone to emerge as the team's fifth starter. Atlanta packed its spring training roster...
Via Fox Sports South
6 days ago  |  Discuss

How Did They Get Here?: The Atlanta Braves

Last week, I wrote an article about how the Detroit Tigers are coming to the end of their renaissance period, and may experience a bit of a free fall after the 2015 season. As I explained this, I compared the Detroit Tigers to the Philadelphia Phillies in 2011. Seeing how the Phillies went from a 102 win team to a NL East bottom feeder in only 4 seasons, I decided to examine the...
Via Batting Leadoff
6 days ago  |  Discuss

B.J. Upton: Name change has nothing to do with new chapter

Atlanta Braves outfielder B.J. Upton — excuse me, Melvin Upton Jr. — will be looking to turn over a new leaf when the 2015 season begins. That is not why he is ditching the name B.J. Over the weekend, Upton announced that he would like to be referred to as Melvin Upton Jr. going forward....Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #48: Craig Kimbel | RP | ATL

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide is here! Get your copy for FREE! Editor’s Note: Kimbrel ranked 52nd overall in our 2015 Draft Guide and comes in as player number 48 in our Top 200 Countdown (rankings originally compiled in November). There’s very little mystery to Craig Kimbrel, both in real life and in fantasy. He’s a great closer who’s going to strike out a...
Via Baseball Professor
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves’ B.J. Upton Will Go By Melvin Upton Jr. During 2015 Season

B.J. Upton hasn’t fared too well for the Atlanta Braves, but maybe Melvin Upton Jr. will be able to hit above the Mendoza line. The struggling Braves outfielder will go by his birth name in 2015 — which his representatives confirmed to’s Mark Bowman — and will wear Upton Jr. on his jersey. The nickname B.J. is short for Bossman Jr., a nod...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

B.J. Upton ditching his nickname for the 2015 season

The Atlanta Braves would love to unload outfielder B.J. Upton in the wake of two horrendous seasons. Instead, the team will have to settle for a change in identity from the 30-year-old. Upton, who has batted an abysmal .196 since the Braves signed him in 2013, has announced that he will be going by his...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Clint Eastwood’s Baseball Movie A Disappointment

When many of us went to see Clint Eastwood’s baseball movie Trouble with the Curve in the fall of 2012, we just assumed it would be a winner at the box office because Eastwood had a big role in it. We assumed it would be a best seller. Not so. With a budget of $58-million, Trouble with the Curve experienced trouble and generated just under $49-million in worldwide sales. That’s...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

City of Atlanta doesn’t want Braves to take Aaron statue

The Atlanta Braves’ pending move to Cobb County has been a divisive issue for Braves fans and residents of both Cobb and Fulton counties. And now, a strange new wrinkle is getting inserted into the situation – the city of Atlanta doesn’t want the Braves to take a statue of Hank Aaron with them to SunTrust Park in 2017, claiming it was paid for by taxpayers. The Atlanta Journal...
Via The Outside Corner
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Julio Franco, 56, joining team in Japan as player-manager

The ageless one Julio Franco is continuing his baseball career, this time in Japan. Franco, at the spry age of 56, has agreed to be the player-manager for Ishikawa Million Stars in Japan, according to the team via the Wall Street Journal. Ishikawa Million Stars of the Japan’s independent Baseball Challenge League will begin their season in April. His last stint in baseball came...
Via Waiting For Next Year
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Chipper Jones apologizes for Sandy Hook tweet

Chipper Jones is the latest athlete to take the Twitter apology route after he jumped on the widely-debunked conspiracy bandwagon this weekend. Jones apparently learned of some new information regarding the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting (perhaps he saw this video?) and sent out a tweet Friday indicating he believed the shooting was a hoax: As you...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves: Projecting a starting lineup

With spring training right around the corner, the Atlanta Braves are preparing to start a season in which there exists a plethora of different directions this ball club could end up going in. The offseason moves have been well documented, and it has become clear that the organization wants to shape the roster in a more balanced style going forward, that might allow them to have more...
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Georgia Supreme Court Hears Legal Challenge to New Braves Stadium

When the Atlanta Braves announced 15 months ago that the team would be moving to a new stadium in nearby Cobb County in 2017, the news surprised a number of people. The announcement was unexpected in part because the Braves’ current stadium, Turner Field, is less than 20 years old. The news was also surprising, though, because […]
Via Fangraphs
25 days ago  |  Discuss

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