Braves Rumors & News

  • Phillies beat Braves on Franco's hit in 10th

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco said jokingly Saturday night that his body was hurting. He had his teammates to blame. Down to their final out and trailing the Atlanta Braves by a run with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th inning, the Phillies..." April 23

  • Nationals defeat Braves to earn three-game sweep

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- Not even facing R.A. Dickey's dancing knuckleball could disrupt the grooved swing of Washington's Ryan Zimmerman as the Nationals completed a three-game series sweep of the Atlanta Braves. Zimmerman, who had hit a grand slam the night before, connected for a two-run homer off..." April 21

  • Hellickson, Phillies hold off Braves

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Phillies manager Pete Mackanin admitted he was a bit uncomfortable when the grounds crew brought the tarp out to the field in the ninth inning Friday night with a heavy rain pouring down at Citizens Bank Park. Hector Neris had just given up a home run to cut the..." April 21

  • Seven most impressive young cornerstone players in MLB today

    Sportsnaut "The future of baseball is already in front of us. This isn’t in reference to a timeline. The players who represent the future of Major League Baseball are playing in front of us as you read this article. Some are nearing free agency, while others were so special their organizations paid top..." April 21

  • Harper's slam, homer power Nationals past Braves

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- Washington slugger Bryce Harper owns Atlanta pitcher Julio Teheran and the same could be said about the Nationals against the Braves. Harper smashed a grand slam in the second inning after a solo homer in the first off Teheran and finished 4-for-4 with an intentional walk as the..." April 20

  • Braves activate Matt Kemp from 10-day disabled list

    Fanrag Sports "According to an official statement released by MLB Roster Moves on Thursday afternoon, the Atlanta Braves have made a series of roster moves ahead of the weekend slate. In doing so, the club has most notably activated veteran outfielder Matt Kemp from their 10-day disabled list. In addition,..." April 20

  • Braves' Freddie Freeman is the MVP nobody seems to talk about

    Sporting News "It seems odd to say that a two-time All-Star on one of baseball's more popular teams could be a super-underrated commodity, but that's where we are with Freddie Freeman. Ignore for a moment that it's early. Ignore that looks are sometimes deceiving. Ignore that it's silly to jump to..." April 20

  • Major League Baseball in Las Vegas? Commissioner says it's an option

    Chicago Tribune "Major League Baseball would be open to having a team in Las Vegas, Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday. With two existing franchises — the Oakland A’s and the Tampa Bay Rays — struggling to secure financing for new stadiums, the option of relocating a team to Las Vegas is very much on the..." April 20

  • Scherzer, Nats hand Braves first loss at new stadium

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- With Max Scherzer's pitch count already over 100, Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker was prepared to remove his right-hander from the Tuesday game after six innings. Scherzer had other ideas. "Max wanted to go out in the seventh," Baker said. "He knows we've been..." April 19

  • CB Bucknor shows how bad an umpire he is with calls in Nationals-Braves game

    Sporting News "Rotten umpiring is often excused by people who say, "Well, at least he was bad for both sides." Well, no, that just means the ump was bad. And to hear both sides tell it, CB Bucknor was rotten Tuesday night. Bucknor had the plate for the Nationals-Braves game in Atlanta. Let's just say his..." April 19

  • Umpires may begin using microphones to explain replay decisions to the crowd

    CBS Sports "Instant replay decision explanations may soon be coming to a ballpark near you. According to the Associated Press, MLB and the umpires will soon begin discussing a plan that will allow crew chiefs to use a microphone to explain replay decisions to the crowd. The NFL and NHL currently have..." April 18

  • Swanson's walk-off hit caps Braves' 5th straight win

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- Dansby Swanson was one of the few Atlanta Braves who had failed to feast on San Diego pitching during the homestand that opened Sun Trust Park. Swanson was 1-for-16 in the series, but when he got an opportunity with the game on the line Monday, the former No. 1 overall draft..." April 17

  • Colon masterful as streaking Braves beat Padres

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves, who opened the season with a 2-6 road trip, are definitely enjoying finally getting to play at their new ballpark. Bartolo Colon was masterful for seven innings, with the only hit the 43-year-old gave up a homer, and the Braves improved to 3-0 at SunTrust Park..." April 16

  • Braves beat Padres in debut at new stadium

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- Ender Inciarte matched his homer total for all of last season with his third in two games and the Atlanta Braves made the opening of SunTrust Park a winning one Friday night. Inciarte, who had homered twice at Miami on Wednesday, connected for a two-run blast against San Diego..." April 15

  • Phillips powers Braves by Padres

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- Brandon Phillips, who grew up outside Atlanta rooting for the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field, didn't have to wait long for his first home run at his new team's new home. Phillips, acquired from Cincinnati before spring training, led off the sixth inning with a tiebreaking homer..." April 15

  • Manfred: SunTrust Park is 'a model for other organizations'

    MLB.com "The Atlanta Braves did more than just build a beautiful ballpark, although they've certainly done that. Beyond the achievement, Commissioner Rob Manfred believes they've drawn up a blueprint for what's ahead. "The ballpark itself is beautiful," Manfred said Friday night as Atlanta prepared to..." April 15

  • Five MLB managers on the hot seat early in 2017

    Sportsnaut "It’s barely the third week of regular season play of 2017 so take some of these discussions with a grain of salt. Disregarding the small sample size introduced to us so far, there are still some concerns surfacing for teams around the MLB world. From a team that should easily dominate its..." April 14

  • Inciarte's two HRs help Braves past Marlins

    The Sports Xchange "MIAMI -- Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton hit one homer routinely over the fence and a second one that landed in the Clevelander bar's swimming pool, where a fan jumped in to retrieve the souvenir. Stanton is 6 feet 6, 250 pounds and has 210 career home runs. Depositing home runs in..." April 12

  • Braves foam tomahawks spill onto Atlanta highway, blocking traffic

    Sporting News "Clean-up on I-75. Chop, chop. Traffic near the Braves' new suburban stadium — a mess in the best of times — ground to a halt around midday Wednesday when a truck spilled a shipment of foam tomahawks. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the tomahawks were blocking the two left..." April 12

  • MLB revenue crosses $9 billion, average team’s value up 19%

    The Comeback "It’s never been better to be an owner of a Major League Baseball team. According to the annual valuation rankings from Forbes, the average value of an MLB franchise jumped 19% in the past year thanks to local TV deals, rising profits and MLB’s expanded focus on branching out with new..." April 12

  • Ozuna slugs Marlins past Braves

    The Sports Xchange "MIAMI -- Marcell Ozuna is no fan of cats, but maybe the charcoal-gray feline that scampered onto the field Tuesday night at Marlins Park will bring his team good luck. "I detest cats," Ozuna said. "I don't like them ... at all. "That cat made me a little worried, a little scared. First..." April 11

  • The World Baseball Classic Injury Effect

    The Ringer "This year’s World Baseball Classic was a massive spectator success. For the first time in the tournament’s short history, which has spanned four events over 11 years, the games were streamed on MLB.TV, which made them more accessible. In another, on-field first, the United States went all the way,..." April 11

  • Braves Place Matt Kemp On 10-Day DL, Promote Johan Camargo

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves have announced that outfielder Matt Kemp is headed to the 10-day DL. He’ll be replaced on the active roster by infielder Johan Camargo, as David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution first tweeted. Kemp, who last played on Friday, has been bothered by a hamstring injury...." April 11

  • Former MLB player reported missing by police in Georgia

    Sportsnaut "Former Major League Baseball outfielder Otis Nixon has been reported as missing by police in Woodstock, Ga. According to WSB-TV 2 in Atlanta, Ga., police said Nixon was on his way out the door Saturday morning to play golf but never arrived at the course for his scheduled tee time. Nixon is..." April 10

  • Ex-MLB player Otis Nixon turns up after missing-person report

    CNN "Former Atlanta Braves baseball player Otis Nixon -- who was reported missing over the weekend -- has been located and is safe, police in an Atlanta suburb said Monday on Twitter. Nixon, 58, was last seen leaving his home in Woodstock, Georgia, Saturday morning to play golf, authorities..." April 10

  • The Braves' new ballpark will offer a beer that's been brewed with baseball bats

    CBS Sports "That’s really cool. I was able to get hooked up with a growler and try the new brew. Here’s the color: My verdict is that it’s very good. It’s a lighter IPA with a great flavor. That was the goal, per brewmaster Brian “Spike” Buckowski, as he wanted to create something much lighter than..." April 10

  • Polanco carries Pirates past Braves

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Manager Clint Hurdle made a couple of minor adjustments to his lineup Saturday night specifically because the Pittsburgh Pirates were facing veteran knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Left fielder Gregory Polanco wasn't among those adjustments. In fact, Hurdle decided on a hunch to bat..." April 09

  • Marte's walk-off homer in 10th lifts Pirates over Braves

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Behind by the third pitch of the game and by two runs twice, the Pittsburgh Pirates had to scramble. It's something they take almost in stride. "If you want to be an elite team, you've got to come back and win games," Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said Sunday after his club..." April 09

  • Freese, Cervelli homer as Pirates edge Braves

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Maybe the Pittsburgh Pirates were just waiting to get home, to get a chance to bang the ball around in their own ballpark. It worked. David Freese and Francicso Cervelli hit home runs in the fifth inning as the Pirates found their offense Friday in their home opener, a 5-4 win..." April 07

  • Starter Money is the pitching stat all baseball bettors should know

    Covers.com "2016 was a pretty good year, all things considered, for Jake Arrieta. He got a healthy salary raise, was his team’s Opening Day starter, he earned an All-Star appearance and finished the year with a 18-8 win-loss record and a 3.21 earned run average. He became a World Series winner and helped..." April 07

  • Kemp's two-run double gives Braves 12-inning win

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Bartolo Colon thoroughly enjoyed everything about his return to New York, from the video tribute while he was warming up, the creative signs and the reactions to his two at-bats. So did the rest of the Atlanta Braves. The Braves also derived excitement out of watching Matt..." April 06

  • Braves encouraged by progress from relievers Cabrera, Minter

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Hard-throwing Braves reliever Mauricio Cabrera has resumed throwing and shouldn’t require a lengthy period of re-strengthening before he can rejoin the major league team. Cabrera missed the last 10 days of spring training with elbow soreness. Tests showed no structural damage and he played..." April 06

  • Mets' Harvey beats Braves in return to mound

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Travis d'Arnaud wore the crown Thursday night. More important for the New York Mets, Matt Harvey took a big step toward earning his comic book nickname. Harvey tossed 6 2/3 strong innings in his first regular-season start since undergoing surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome as..." April 06

  • Braves agree to minor-league deal with Ryan Howard

    CBS Sports "According to multiple reports, the Braves have signed veteran slugger Ryan Howard to a minor-league contract. Mark Bowman tweets that Howard will likely report to Triple-A Gwinnett. Howard, 37, had been a lifelong member of the Phillies organization. Last season, he batted .196/.257/.453 with..." April 06

  • How the Mets plan to treat Bartolo Colon’s return as Brave

    New York Post "Bartolo Colon got a hero’s welcome at Citi Field on Opening Day and will receive more of the same treatment Wednesday. On tap is a pregame video tribute for the 43-year-old right-hander, who is scheduled to face the Mets, with whom he spent the previous three seasons. The Braves signed Colon..." April 05

  • Colon 'excited' to make Braves debut in New York

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Bartolo Colon got a standing ovation from Mets fans Monday when introduced along with the Braves on opening day at Citi Field, and no one was surprised. They loved “Big Sexy” for the past three seasons in Queens, where Colon’s blue-collar mentality and beer-league-softball body were accompanied..." April 05

  • Ten MLB players who will make new teams proud in 2017

    Yardbarker "There were a lot of crazy moves made this offseason. The free agency pond was full of talent which sounds great, but sometimes too much of a good thing can be frustrating. Still, guys found new homes. Some were reunited with old teams and hope to repeat a power-surged season and a few guys may..." April 05

  • Pitching questions arise after Mets blank Braves

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- On Monday morning, a promising young starting pitcher for the New York Mets revealed he was injured more seriously than first believed. On Monday afternoon, another one of those promising young starting pitchers threw six shutout innings before exiting due to a blister just..." April 03

  • Braves leaning toward 7-man bullpen

    MLB.com "After removing left-handed reliever Kevin Chapman from the Opening Day roster, the Braves revealed that they are now leaning toward beginning the season with a seven-man bullpen. This would allow them to extend their options for what currently projects to be an offensively limited..." April 01

  • Chipper Jones and Scott Boras disagree a great deal about their first meeting

    Hardball Talk "Chipper Jones has a book coming out about his life and career. In it, he talks about meeting with Scott Boras before the 1990 draft, in which Jones would be the number one overall pick. Jones and his family passed on having Boras represent him. Which, hey, a lot of prospects do. Both Boras and..." March 31

  • Chipper Jones Explained How Greg Maddux Used To Get Away With Peeing On Players

    Uproxx "Now that the wonderful World Baseball Classic is over, the next time we’ll see a competitive baseball game in a non-Spring Training setting will be when the 2017 season begins on April 2. But before we get to that, let’s all learn about how Greg Maddux used to get away with peeing on Chipper..." March 29

  • A.J. Pierzynski retires, joins FOX as full-time analyst

    CSN Chicago "Former White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski officially retired from MLB on Tuesday. Pierzynski will join FOX as a full-time analyst, according to a press release from FOX Sports. "We love having A.J. on the FOX Sports team," Fox Sports President John Entz said. "He’s confident in his opinions..." March 28

  • Braves' Dansby Swanson not thinking about 'outside expectations' for 2017

    Sporting News "Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson would seem to have a lot of pressure on his young shoulders heading into 2017, but he quickly brushes away any such notion. Though he played just 39 games at the big-league level last season, expectations are high for him this year. That might be considered..." March 28

  • Why MLB will likely not join the NHL and NFL and move a team to Las Vegas

    CBS Sports "On Monday afternoon, National Football League owners approved the relocation of the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas. The move is at least two years away, possibly three, but it has been agreed to. Owners voted 31-1 in favor of the move . Whenever the Raiders do move, they will become the second..." March 27

  • Rob Manfred Wants MLB to 'Own the Next Generation' of Sports Fans

    Bleacher Report "Long before the first batter stepped into the box at the start of his tenure as the 10th commissioner in baseball history, Rob Manfred threw out his own first pitch: Chief among his priorities would be to captivate the next generation of sports fans in a way that he was captivated when his parents..." March 27

  • The Braves are banning outside food. And they’re probably lying about why they’re doing it.

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Atlanta Braves have changed the policy regarding food and beverages that fans are permitted to bring into the new SunTrust Park. Beginning this season, ticketholders will not be allowed to bring in outside food. Exceptions will be made for infant food and for special dietary restriction..." March 24

  • Study: MLB broadcast booths lack diversity

    Hardball Talk "At SB Nation’s Phillies blog The Good Phight, David S. Cohen compiled the demographics of the broadcast booths across baseball and found that it does not reflect the population of baseball nor of the United States. Of 164 announcers in 30 teams’ booths, 148 (90.2 percent) are white men. Only..." March 22

  • Braves to release John Danks

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The trimmed three more from the camp roster Monday when they optioned reliever Luke Jackson and catcher Anthony Recker to Triple-A Gwinnett and released left-hander John Danks. The team hoped that Danks would accept their offer to go to Triple-A Gwinnett, but the veteran wanted to pitch in the..." March 20

  • Braves’ young arms will determine timetable for contention

    Sportsnet "There’s now reason to believe that the Braves, owners of an elite farm system, will again return to prominence. And in the meantime, at least their fans get to watch some promising players in a new stadium. As we approach the 2017 season, we’re previewing what’s ahead for each of the 30 MLB..." March 19

  • Julio Teheran to start 4th consecutive Opening Day for Braves

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "There were no surprises when the Braves announced their season-opening starting rotation Sunday, beginning with Julio Teheran in his fourth consecutive opening day start April 3 against the Mets. He’ll be followed by Braves veteran newcomers Bartolo Colon, Jaime Garcia and R.A. Dickey, with..." March 19

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