Braves Rumors & News

  • Walt Weiss could join Braves coaching staff

    Fanrag Sports "There are rumors that former Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss will be joining the Atlanta Braves coaching staff under manager Brian Snitker, possibly as the club’s bench coach, league sources have informed FanRag Sports. Nothing is official and there are believed to be other candidates in mind,..." October 17

  • Major League Baseball considering expansion, radical realignment

    Hardball Talk "Tracy Ringolsby of Baseball America wrote yesterday about a “growing consensus” within baseball that expansion and realignment are inevitable. The likely expansion cities: Portland and Montreal. The 32-team league would then undergo a radical realignment that would also involve reducing the season..." October 17

  • Report: Former Braves GM Considering Legal Action Against Team

    12 Up "​The separation of John Coppolella from the Atlanta Braves was a bit of an ugly one. ​Coppolella was forced out after he allegedly broke MLB rules regarding international signees. It was a messy firing, but the Braves allegedly offered Coppolella a severance package, which he then turned down...." October 16

  • Major League Baseball should amend replay review for on/off base disputes

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs won Thursday’s NLDS Game 5 by a 9-8 score over the Nationals and were aided in part by replay review in the eighth inning, helping Wade Davis escape a jam. The Nationals had scored a run on a Michael Taylor RBI single, cutting their deficit to one run. Lobaton kept the rally going with a..." October 13

  • MLB Sets 2017-18 Qualifying Offer At $17.4MM

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the qualifying offer for the upcoming offseason at $17.4MM, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes reports (Twitter link). With the news, teams can now make full assessments of whether to issue qualifying offers to pending free agents. Offers are due five days after the World Series..." October 13

  • REPORT: Braves' Rules Violations Deemed 'Unprecedented'

    12 Up "​The Atlanta Braves have found themselves in a lot of trouble in regards to their actions in the international market. General manager John Coppolella was forced to resign, along with special assistant Gordon Blakeley, due to their dealings on the international market and dealing with free..." October 13

  • Embroiled in scandal, Braves must make right moves

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Do you realize it’s been 16 years since the Braves won a postseason series? That means they’ve gone longer without a postseason series win than the Braves’ unprecedented run of 14 consecutive division titles lasted over 15 completed seasons during 1991-2005. Think about that. I point this out..." October 10

  • Braves pick up manager Brian Snitker's 2018 contract option

    Sporting News "In search of stability with the front office in disarray, the Braves announced Thursday they have picked up manager Brian Snitker's option for 2018. That decision will buy some time for president of baseball operations John Hart and team president John Schuerholz to focus on finding a..." October 05

  • Sources say there are several possible violations by Braves in latest international signing scandal

    The Athletic "In March, ESPN the Magazine featured a 14-year-old shortstop named Robert Puason in an article detailing the difficulties ethnic Haitians in the Dominican Republic face trying to produce the documentation necessary to sign with major-league clubs. The article, describing Puason as 6-foot-3 and..." October 03

  • Braves to keep Brian Snitker as manager

    Hardball Talk "Mark Bowman of reports that Brian Snitker is likely to remain the Braves manager. Snitker’s contract expired at the end of the season, but the Braves are going to give him another year. It’s a questionable call, coming at an awkward time for Atlanta, given that their front office blew..." October 03

  • Draft: First-Round Order For 2018

    Real GM Baseball "The regular season is over, so the order of the first round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft has been solidified. 1. Detroit Tigers 2. San Francisco Giants 3. Philadelphia Phillies 4. Chicago White Sox 5. Cincinnati Reds 6. New York Mets 7. San Diego Padres 8...." October 02

  • John Coppolella resigns as MLB investigates whether Braves broke international signing rules

    ESPN "Atlanta Braves general manager John Coppolella has resigned as Major League Baseball investigates whether the team broke rules regarding the international player market. The Braves released a statement Monday, saying that MLB continues to investigate the matter. John Hart, the Braves' president..." October 02

  • MLB names World Series MVP Award in Honor of Willie Mays

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball just announced that it has renamed the World Series Most Valuable Player Award in honor of Willie Mays. Beginning with the 2017 World Series, the MVP of the Fall Classic will now be recognized as the “Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player.” The announcement comes..." September 29

  • 'Concussion' doctor Bennet Omalu says MLB's seven-day DL is 'a joke'

    CBS Sports "The San Diego Padres have had a rough season when it comes to catcher concussions. Backup Hector Sanchez missed a week in April after taking a ball off the mask. Meanwhile, starter Austin Hedges missed closer to two weeks due to his own concussion -- one that required vision training before he..." September 28

  • The time two umpires almost got blackmailed over a hookup with strippers

    Hardball Talk "I didn’t put “must-click link” in the headline because there wasn’t room, but I kinda doubt I need to tell you that you need to click on this link, which takes you to a wonderful story by William Ryczek over at The National Pastime Museum. The short version: in 1960 two big league umpires, Ed..." September 27

  • Dodgers Acquire Connor Joe From Braves

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Dodgers have acquired infielder/outfielder Connor Joe from the Braves for international bonus pool space, according to Dodger Insider (Twitter link). This is the second trade of the year involving Joe, a 2014 first-round pick who went from Pittsburgh to Atlanta for utilityman Sean Rodriguez..." September 25

  • Major League Baseball wants you to look at a screen while you’re at the ballpark

    Hardball Talk "During the debate last week involving expanded netting at major league ballparks, the familiar refrain from the anti-netting crowd rung out: “hey, netting wouldn’t be necessary if you simply paid attention!” These folks get particularly upset at the idea of people looking at their phones or..." September 25

  • The Braves in 2018: Snitker could return, but much will change

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "First things first: The Braves are believed to be leaning toward keeping Brian Snitker as manager for next season. No final decision has been made, but Saturday’s luncheon meeting between Snitker and upper management generated, in general manager John Coppolella’s description, “productive..." September 25

  • Braves sign Suzuki to 1-year extension

    Fanrag Sports "Due to be a free agent at the end of the 2017 season, catcher Kurt Suzuki has agreed to a one-year extension with the Atlanta Braves, sources confirmed to FanRag Sports. News of his extension, which will be worth $3.5 million, was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Suzuki has..." September 23

  • Braves knuckleballer R.A. Dickey hints at retirement after beating Nationals

    CBS Sports "Thursday night, veteran knuckleballer R.A. Dickey twirled a gem against the Nationals, holding them to two runs in eight innings. The Braves held on to win the series finale against Washington (ATL 3, WAS 2). The win improved Dickey to 10-10 with a 4.32 ERA in 183 1/3 innings this season. And,..." September 22

  • Major League Baseball claims it will “redouble its efforts” on expanded netting

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday, during the Minnesota Twins-New York Yankees game at Yankee Stadium, a young girl was injured after a foul ball flew off the bat of Todd Frazier and into the stands along the third base line where she was sitting. In some parks that ball would be stopped because of netting down the..." September 21

  • Top five Cy Young contenders in each league

    Larry Brown Sports "Both the American and National League have clear contenders for their respective Cy Young Awards this season, but the outcome of each race is still murky as we head into the final weeks of the season. There’s a lot to consider in the races for both leagues. Here’s a look at the top five..." September 20

  • Final vote today on Braves spring training facility; cost tops $100M

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The cost has risen for the Braves’ planned new spring-training facility, which will be a done deal if city commissioners in North Port, Fla., vote to approve the final development agreement today. The project now carries a price tag of $100.56 million, according to the latest financing..." September 19

  • MLB league-wide single season home run record set to fall Tuesday

    Hardball Talk "Giancarlo Stanton‘s smacks, Aaron Judge‘s jolts and all those dizzying long balls helped Major League Baseball move another poke closer to the inevitable. Nearly two decades after the height of the Steroids Era, the sports is on track to break its season record for home runs on Tuesday – and..." September 18

  • NL MVP: Sorting out the crowded field won't be easy

    Sporting News "If you happen to run into a baseball writer who has a 2017 NL MVP vote, give that person a hug. They’ll need it. Trying to sort out this year’s crowded NL MVP race is a nearly impossible task. As many as six players have had seasons worthy of first-place votes, which means you’re going to see..." September 18

  • 2017 MLB season might not feature a 20-win pitcher for first time in nearly 10 years

    CBS Sports "With just two weeks left in the 2017 Major League Baseball season, we can start to take a look at some of the stats and have a good idea where things will end up. On that front, let's glance at the MLB leaderboard for pitcher wins. As noted by Twitter friend Matt Harvey (@halladayfan32), the..." September 18

  • Teams seeking Miguel Sano-like talent at age 13

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins, like most MLB teams, will send scouts to a showcase in the Caribbean this week for Venezuelan prospects, a chance to measure and evaluate players who will eventually sign contracts to play professionally. But this gathering of baseball talent is unusual — though it reflects the new..." September 18

  • Major League Baseball: still flailing at front office diversity

    Hardball Talk "We’ve written many times about how Major League Baseball has a diversity problem in its front office and executive ranks. General managers are almost all youngish white dudes from Ivy League institutions and they have hired people in their own image for years. That, combined with astoundingly low..." September 15

  • Braves expected to shop veteran outfielders

    Fanrag Sports "With Ronald Acuna, perhaps baseball’s best prospect, seen as primed to make the leap sometime in 2018, the Atlanta Braves are expected to shop at least one of two veteran outfielders — Nick Markakis or Matt Kemp – or quite possibly both of them, as Mark Bowman of first suggested. The..." September 14

  • 2018 will feature the earliest Opening Day in baseball history

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball announced its master schedule for the 2018 season. Opening Day will be Thursday, March 29. It’s the earliest Opening Day in baseball history, with the exception of special international openers like the ones in Japan and Australia. Until now, the earliest opening date for a..." September 12

  • Braves close to signing Korean shortstop

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves were working to finalize a contract with an 18-year-old Korean shortstop whom scouts believe could be the best amateur player from his country in many years. A person familiar with the situation said the Braves are close to signing Jihwan Bae, who turned 18 in July and was projected..." September 12

  • Shohei Otani is coveted by MLB teams and this filthy slider might explain why

    CBS Sports "We take you to Japan, where Shohei Otani of the Nippon Ham Fighters is about to uncork one of the nastiest slide-pieces you've ever beheld ... And the people say: Larduhmercy. If Allen Iverson's crossover were somehow made into a breaking ball, it would look like that, probably. Otani in..." September 12

  • Foltynewicz righting ship, adjusting to heavier workload

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Facebook Twitter Share 0 Mike Foltynewicz is 144 innings into what he and Braves manager Brian Snitker consider his first complete season in the majors. His second-best start of the season came against Friday’s opponent. In Foltynewicz’s last start against Miami Aug. 5, he struck out 11..." September 08

  • Braves hope to reactivate Tyler Flowers this weekend

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves are hopeful catcher Tyler Flowers will be activated from the disabled list this weekend. Flowers was placed on the DL Aug. 30 after taking a foul ball off the wrist during a game in Philadelphia. Flowers was baseball’s best pitch-framer, and paired with Kurt Suzuki to form one of..." September 08

  • Ronald Acuna wins Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year Award

    Baseball America "Twenty-one years ago, Andruw Jones steamrolled from high Class A through Double-A and Triple-A and won his second Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year Award before starring for the Braves in the 1996 World Series as a 19-year-old. Ronald Acuña won't have the World Series echo, but his..." September 08

  • Braves play Rock You Like a Hurricane against Marlins

    Fanrag Sports "The Miami Marlins are on the road against the Atlanta Braves this weekend while their city is threatened by the impending Hurricane Irma that is projected to make landfall over the weekend. On Thursday night, in the series opener between the two clubs, the Braves made the mistake of playing..." September 08

  • Minor League Player of the Year: Braves prospect Ronald Acuna improves at every level

    USA Today "It used to be the only way into the Venezuelan fishing village of La Sabana was by four-wheel-drive vehicle. Rolando Petit, a Venezuelan native who has scouted Latin America for the Atlanta Braves for 26 years, knew the way, though. He would slog back through the thickets to La Sabana years ago to..." September 06

  • Freeman’s wrist weak, but no way he’s going to ‘shut it down’

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Freddie Freeman divulges that the left wrist he fractured in May is weak and that he feels like he’s swinging a “wet newspaper,” and the response from much of Braves Country is that he should be shut down for the rest of the season or at least a few days. To which Freeman has a simple reply:..." September 04

  • Freeman losing strength in wrist: 'I'm swinging a wet newspaper'

    12 Up "Freddie Freeman showed exactly how brave he is when he elected to return to the diamond ​three weeks earlier than slated by initial projections after injuring his wrist. Freeman had success upon his return, but has since leveled off. Now that they dust has had time to settle, Freeman insists..." September 03

  • 'Miscommunication' by Braves front office leads to awkward situation on Twitter

    CBS Sports "For a fleeting moment, Braves minor-league infielder (who is on the 40-man roster) Micah Johnson thought he had been designated for assignment. You see, Friday is September 1 and with teams being able to expand their rosters, there was some shuffling going on all day. If a team wanted to bring..." September 02

  • Braves trade Brandon Phillips to Angels for minor league catcher

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves traded veteran Brandon Phillips to the Angels for journeyman minor league catcher Tony Sanchez, a deal that Phillips had to approve and did so only after talking with his mother, brother and other family members for hours while the Braves were playing the Cubs. Phillips, 36, has..." September 01

  • Braves reportedly rearrange front office amid rumors of a power struggle

    CBS Sports "The Atlanta Braves entered Tuesday in third place in the National League East with a 57-72 record -- a disappointing mark, given this is Atlanta's first season in SunTrust Park and that this would represent a fourth consecutive losing season. Predictably, it appears the Braves are making some..." August 30

  • Freeman: Wrist only 80-85 percent, has sapped his power

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "He’s still the Braves’ best hitter, but Freddie Freeman hasn’t been nearly the formidable force since returning from a seven-week stint on the disabled list that he was before fracturing his left wrist May 17. And it’s not about timing or being able to get back into a hitting rhythm or groove...." August 29

  • Questions arise for disappointing Braves amidst organizational changes

    The Athletic "The changes, in the view of some Braves’ officials, amount to nothing more than a minor restructuring of the front office. Different roles for some. Different titles but the same roles for others. Promotions in some cases, too. Others within the organization, however, perceive the moves as the..." August 29

  • Kemp returns from DL after 19-game absence

    CBS Sports "Kemp (hamstring) was activated from the 10-day disabled list and is starting in left field for Saturday's game against the Reds. Kemp tested his hamstring out Friday, and apparently everything felt fine as he's now back in the lineup for the Braves, batting cleanup." August 20

  • Rob Manfred not in favor of electronic strike zone, says technology isn’t good enough yet

    New York Daily News "Despite increasing calls to use technology to determine balls and strikes, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t in favor of such a change, according to’s Anthony Castrovince. “The fact of the matter is they (umpires) get them right well over 90 percent of the time,” Manfred said, adding..." August 20

  • Mariners acquire Andrew Albers from Braves

    Hardball Talk "On the heels of James Paxton‘s latest disabled list assignment, the Mariners added some left-handed depth to their farm system with 31-year-old lefty Andrew Albers, whom they reportedly acquired from the Braves for cash considerations on Friday (via David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal..." August 12

  • Braves infielder exits game after suffering a freak injury taking the field

    CBS Sports "Braves shortstop Johan Camargo was taking the field on Tuesday for the first inning of his team's game against the Phillies (PHI-ATL GameTracker) and fell injured as he went to hop over the first-base line." August 09

  • Braves recall Dansby Swanson from Triple-A Gwinnett

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Dansby Swanson’s sooner-than-expected return to the majors Wednesday won’t be nearly the headline-grabbing event that his demotion was two weeks ago. The rookie shortstop was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett following Johan Camargo’s knee injury Tuesday night. Swanson will be in uniform for the..." August 09

  • MLB players will be allowed to wear nickname jerseys Aug. 25-27

    ESPN "Major League Baseball will look anything but uniform for a newly created Players Weekend later this month. MLB, together with the MLB Players Association, announced Wednesday a group of initiatives aimed letting players express themselves while connecting with their past in youth..." August 09

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