Braves Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Blue Jays, Reds, Braves interested in Kelly Johnson

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays are among the teams that have checked in with free-agent utility player Kelly Johnson on a non-roster deal, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Johnson played for the Blue Jays in 2011 and ’12, and has since moved around several organizations. He finished the 2016..." March 19

  • MVP, Cy Young odds: Oddsmakers release favorites for 2017 MLB season

    CBS Sports "The 2017 season approacheth! Mostly, that means our attention will be locked on the various playoff races from the very start. However, we’ll also make time to eyeball the individual awards derbies from time to time. So to get us in that mindset, let’s have a look at these preseason MVP and Cy..." March 16

  • If Braves want to win, they must trade for Evan Longoria right now

    ESPN "When you Google “Evan Longoria” and “trade rumors” you get 44,700 results, which doesn’t quite match the 584,000 results you get by Googling “Evan Longoria” and “wife,” but it does suggest that the Tampa Bay Rays third baseman isn’t exactly immune to trade gossip. During the offseason, he was..." March 13

  • ATL Braves Pitcher Allegedly Pulls a 'Cash Me Ousside' ... Cops Called to Chick-fil-A

    TMZ "Atlanta Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz got into it with a fan at a Chick-fil-A in Florida -- allegedly telling the guy to "meet me outside" ... this according to the police report obtained by TMZ Sports. Mike -- who's in Kissimmee for Braves Spring Training -- was chillin' at the chicken..." March 12

  • Braves, Pirates have made offers to Pagan

    Larry Brown Sports "Veteran outfielder Angel Pagan still remains unsigned for the 2017 season, but it’s not due to a lack of interest. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports Friday that the Atlanta Braves and the Pittsburgh Pirates are among many teams to make offers to Pagan. However, Pagan still has yet to find an..." March 10

  • MLB commish Rob Manfred admits it's unlikely MLB players will play in Olympics

    CBS Sports "The 2017 World Baseball Classic is underway and we’ve already seen some dramatic games. The tournament continues over the next two weeks and will culminate with the Championship Game on March 22 at Dodger Stadium. Here is the full WBC schedule . In three years, baseball and softball will return..." March 08

  • MLB teams focusing on improved rest to help their players perform better

    CBS Sports "Long before Moneyball came along, the game of baseball embraced numbers and statistical analysis. Every single team in baseball has a stats department. The ways and means have certainly changed, but the goal remains the same: use numbers to find a competitive advantage. These days..." March 08

  • MLB approves device to measure biometrics of players

    ESPN "Major League Baseball has approved the use of a continuous biometric monitor that can be worn by players during games. The device, made by a company called WHOOP, is the first of its kind approved by any of the major American sports leagues to be worn during competition. Teams cannot force..." March 06

  • Freeman excited to honor mother at WBC: 'I want to play well for Canada'

    MLB.com "Freddie Freeman playfully says he wants to perform well for Canada in the World Baseball Classic to avoid being booed when he and his Braves teammates play in Canada this year. But it's long been known his primary focus will be placed on honoring the memory of his late mother's native..." March 05

  • MLB and MLBPA announce modifications of some rules for 2017 season

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players’ Association jointly announced modifications of some rules effective for the 2017 regular season. As was announced last month, managers will signal to the home plate umpire that he wants to intentionally walk the current..." March 02

  • Braves lefty Jaime Garcia decides he won’t play in World Baseball Classic

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Braves left-hander Jaime Garcia has decided to skip the World Baseball Classic, ESPN.com reported Wednesday night. Garcia said earlier this spring he was considered playing in the international tournament. He declined to reveal his decision after pitching two innings against the Yankees..." March 02

  • What if the World Baseball Classic featured a team of Cuban players in MLB?

    CBS Sports "Next week, the 2017 edition of the World Baseball Classic will begin with pool play. The tournament starts March 6 and the championship game will be played March 22, at Dodger Stadium. Here is the full schedule and here are the full rosters . Once upon a time Cuba dominated international..." February 27

  • R.A. Dickey knows he's 'capable of a lot more'

    MLB.com "Though his final season with the Blue Jays was not as successful as he had wished, R.A. Dickey is approaching this season genuinely confident in his ability to give the Braves possibly more than they envisioned when they signed him to a one-year, $8 million contract in November. "I knew I was..." February 27

  • R.A. Dickey looks back on his time with Blue Jays ‘fondly’

    Sportsnet "The writing was on the wall last September when the Toronto Blue Jays gave R.A. Dickey just one start after Labour Day (he threw five shutout innings in Anaheim). With the acquisition of Francisco Liriano giving the Jays five quality starting pitchers under contract for 2017, there was no longer..." February 26

  • Braves agree to minor-league deal with former NFLer Commings

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves have agreed to sign former NFL defensive back Sanders Commings to a minor league contract, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter). Rosenthal wrote earlier this month that the former Kansas City Chiefs and University of Georgia corner had interest in pursuing a baseball career..." February 24

  • MLB views Las Vegas as 'viable market,' Rob Manfred says

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that Las Vegas might be considered for a franchise in the future, an about-face from his predecessor. “Las Vegas could be a viable market for us,” Manfred said during his Cactus League news conference in Phoenix. “… I don’t think that..." February 22

  • Report: MLB approves new rule allowing a dugout signal for an intentional walk

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Howard Bryant is reporting that Major League Baseball has approved a rule allowing for a dugout signal for an intentional walk. In other words, baseball is allowing automatic intentional walks. Bryant adds that this rule will be effective for the 2017 season. MLB has been trying,..." February 22

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred: No rule changes in 2017, many could come in 2018

    CBS Sports "All offseason long, there’s been talk about which new rules Major League Baseball would implement prior to the start of the season. Some of the ideas bounced around included limiting the amount of mound visits, adding a pitch clock and tweaking the strike zone. None are coming in time for the 2017..." February 21

  • Report: Facebook, MLB in talks to stream a game every week

    Fanrag Sports "After Twitter gained a foothold into the streaming game over the past two seasons by airing NFL games, Facebook looks to be stepping in via Major League Baseball. The preeminent social network is in talks with MLB about streaming one game per week, according to Jessica Toonkel of Reuters. The..." February 21

  • Braves Considering Kelly Johnson

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves are among the organizations considering a move for free-agent infielder/outfielder Kelly Johnson, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (via Twitter). At this stage, though, Johnson is holding out for a MLB roster spot, per the report. Presumably, Atlanta isn’t currently willing to..." February 21

  • Braves’ Rodriguez: ‘Grateful and blessed’ that family survived wreck

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "As his wife and their two young sons lay on the ground, Giselle in agony from multiple broken bones and one son’s face covered in blood, Braves newcomer Sean Rodriguez wasn’t thinking about baseball or his own health. That was just over three weeks ago, Jan. 28, a day that Rodriguez will never..." February 20

  • Rays' Smith jokes Mariners stint was 'best 77 minutes of my life'

    Tampa Bay Times "The first hint that new Rays outfielder Mallex Smith is a little bit different is the number on the back of his jersey: 0. After being traded to the Rays last month, the open-thinking, smooth-talking, fast-running Smith decided he wanted to distinguish himself by requesting the unusual digit,..." February 20

  • The Atlanta Braves Can Be NL Contenders in 2017

    The Sports Post "There is no down time around SunTrust Park. It’s crunch time. The soon-to-be new home to the Atlanta Braves is less than 50 days away from opening its doors. Inside the park, signage is being added to the stadium sections. And the dirt below the infield and outfield grass is awaiting the laying..." February 18

  • Ex-GM Dave Stewart wishes for redo on Shelby Miller deal

    USA Today "Former General Manager Dave Stewart said during a radio interview Wednesday that if he could have one mulligan from his time with the Diamondbacks, it would be the inclusion of shortstop Dansby Swanson in the Shelby Miller trade. “I would probably say,” Stewart told Sirius XM's MLB Network..." February 18

  • Braves’ Kurt Suzuki steps up big time for ill 3-year-old

    Fox Sports "The latest social media effort, the #TruckerToughChallenge, began Jan. 31. About four months earlier, the Dukes family had stopped radiation on their little Trucker, ending all of the conventional cancer treatment that his mother, Shauna, had labeled “soooo toxic.” Trucker, 3, had been..." February 17

  • 12-year MLB veteran Nick Swisher announces retirement

    Sportsnaut "“The dream is over, baby.” In a recent letter to The Players’ Tribune, 12-year MLB veteran Nick Swisher announced his retirement. After telling a story of a pick-up slow-pitch softball game, Swisher said it’s time to hang up his cleats. WHEW! That felt goooood. It’s like a weight has..." February 17

  • Braves infielder Sean Rodriguez to miss the entire 2017 season

    Hardball Talk "A tough, tough break for Sean Rodriguez and for the team which just signed him a couple of months ago. Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that Rodriguez underwent surgery for a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder on Tuesday. The surgery, performed by Dr. James Andrews, will put him on the shelf..." February 16

  • Braves' Rodriguez could miss 2017 season due to shoulder surgery

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "As pleased as the Braves were to trade for second baseman Brandon Phillips and pay such a relatively small price for the former All-Star, they felt awful about the reason they needed to make the move: to replace injured Sean Rodriguez. They had llooked forward to big things from Rodriguez..." February 13

  • Braves trade for Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves are welcoming home a former All-Star second baseman, Brandon Phillips, after getting the Atlanta-area native from the Reds in a Sunday trade for two minor league pitchers who weren’t prospects. So eager were the rebuilding Reds to trade Phillips, 35, they agreed to pay $13..." February 12

  • Braves' Sean Rodriguez: Set to undergo shoulder surgery

    CBS Sports "Rodriguez will have shoulder surgery next week due to injuries suffered during an automobile accident, according to a source, Ken Rosenthal of FOX reports. He is expected to miss between three and five months. Initial reports of the accident indicated Rodriguez was not hurt, but apparently..." February 12

  • Reds closer than ever to trading Brandon Phillips to Braves

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Reds are close to trading second baseman Brandon Phillips to the Braves, Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal reported Saturday night. A source told The Enquirer there is no deal in place and there are still hurdles to clear, but a deal of Phillips is closer than it has been in the past. Phillips would be..." February 12

  • Commissioner Manfred admits MLB is revisiting its view on sports betting

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred discussed sports gambling with Yahoo Finance on Wednesday and made some pretty salient points. Among them is becoming more open-minded about fans legally gambling on the sport in the United States. Manfred said that betting on games is a "form of..." February 09

  • Freddie Freeman has an admirable reason why he's playing for Canada in the WBC

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday night, we rolled out the rosters for the upcoming World Baseball Classic, which gets underway on March 6. While perusing these rosters, you may have noticed that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman will be playing for Canada in the WBC. This is despite the fact that Freeman was born..." February 09

  • MLB to test radical extra-inning rule change in Minors, WBC

    Sportsnaut "Lower levels of professional baseball, as well as the upcoming World Baseball Classic, will have a radical rule change. When games reach extra innings, teams will begin their at-bats with a man already on second base. If it works well, the rule could eventually work its way to MLB. “A..." February 09

  • Which players might surprise for clubs in '17?

    MLB.com "In the Major Leagues, big contributions often come from unexpected places. With Spring Training right around the corner, now is the time for some of the best stories of 2017 to begin. To catch you up on all that's taken place this offseason, MLB.com is taking a look at different aspects of each..." February 08

  • MLB win totals: How we see the 2017 season unfolding

    USA Today "First things first: Some team is lurking in the weeds to mess all this up. It always happens. With that out of the way, we present USA TODAY Sports’ projected win totals for the 2017 Major League Baseball season. For this, our second annual foray into forecasting all 30 teams’ records come Game..." February 07

  • 7 MLB veterans who surprisingly still are unsigned a week before spring training

    Fox Sports "At this time next week, pitchers and catchers from more than half of the majors’ teams will be going through their first spring training workouts. However, one prominent catcher – Matt Wieters – is among the most valuable free agents still on the market. And he isn’t alone. Here are seven..." February 07

  • Braun to Red Sox? Dozier to Braves? Five trades that should happen, but likely won't

    CBS Sports "In a little more than one week, pitchers and catchers will begin reporting to spring training and camps across Florida and Arizona will open. The first Grapefruit League and Cactus League games are roughly three weeks away. Teams are currently scrambling to fill out their rosters with spring..." February 04

  • Why it's time for MLB to rethink the outdated sacrifice fly rule

    Sporting News "Wade Boggs knows more about getting on base than anyone I've ever met. But the Hall of Famer's career .415 on-base percentage should've been higher. The reason it wasn't? The sacrifice fly. Boggs' 96 career sacrifice flies actually knocked his on-base percentage down four points — from a..." February 04

  • Wife of Sean Rodriguez shares updates after car crash

    Larry Brown Sports "Giselle Rodriguez, the wife of Atlanta Braves infielder Sean Rodriguez, shared some updates on Twitter Monday about the family’s status following a frightening car crash they were involved in on Saturday. The Rodriguez family was driving in their SUV on Saturday afternoon in Miami when they..." January 31

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