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  • Alex Anthopoulos: No Concern On Freddie Freeman’s Elbow

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos reiterated Wednesday that the team isn’t concerned with Freddie Freeman’s right elbow inflammation. The first baseman was scratched from Tuesday’s lineup because of the discomfort.  Freeman had offseason surgery on the..." February 27

  • Five MLB stars who could be traded this season

    Sportsnaut "The 2020 MLB offseason delivered plenty of trades for baseball fans to enjoy. While the trade chatter will quiet down for a few weeks, there could be even more movement with MLB stars getting dealt this season. After months of rumors floating about a blockbuster trade in the winter,..." February 27

  • MLB enforcing rule to stop use of foreign substances on balls

    SNY TV "MLB is cracking down on use of foreign substances in 2020, reportedly moving forward with stricter enforcement on a rule that has long been understood among players as a gentlemen's agreement. Senior vice president Chris Young has spent spring training at league-wide..." February 27

  • MLB Appoints Kerwin Danley as First African American Crew Chief

    Inside Hook "For the first time in history, Major League Baseball will have an African American umpire working as a crew chief when the 2020 season starts. Though the official announcement has not been made yet, MLB promoted umpire Kerwin Danley to crew chief this week, a person familiar with the..." February 27

  • MLB Teams Reportedly Pursuing Pre-Arb Extension Blitz

    MLB Trade Rumors "Pre-arbitration extensions aren’t exactly a new phenomenon. We’ve seen an increasing number of long-term deals with newer MLB players — and even pre-MLB players — over the past decade or so. (Way back in 2013, for instance, I referred to a “baseball-wide..." February 27

  • Here's 6 Potential Trade Targets For Yankees’ Rotation

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Yankees’ rotation took a beating Tuesday with the loss of ace-caliber right-hander Luis Severino, who will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the entire season. This will essentially end up as the second straight lost year for Severino, who starred from 2017-18 before..." February 27

  • Braves Report Club-Record 2019 Revenue

    MLB Trade Rumors "This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise given the organization’s recent on-field success and intense ballpark development efforts, but the Braves have announced a new club record in 2019 revenue. As Erick Jackson of the Atlanta Business Chronicle writes, the team’s..." February 26

  • Braves' Freddie Freeman used painkillers to play through 2019 elbow injury

    12 Up "Freddie Freeman was clearly not himself for the Atlanta Braves at the end of the 2019 season. It was known he was dealing with elbow pain, but the extent to how bad he was feeling was just revealed. Freeman was apparently taking two painkillers before every game at the..." February 26

  • Freddie Freeman is having elbow problems again

    Hardball Talk "Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman dealt with some pretty serious elbow issues late in the 2019 season. He never hit the injured list — and he didn’t get the sort of time off a lot of people felt he should have in the runup to the playoffs — and he was a shadow of..." February 25

  • 2021 World Baseball Classic dates, venues announced

    Yahoo! Sports "Major League Baseball just announced the dates and venues for the 2021 World Baseball Classic The fifth installment of the WBC, which will be played from March 9-23, 2021, will take place at the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan, Taoyuan International..." February 25

  • Predicting Each MLB Team's Most Valuable Player in 2020

    Bleacher Report "With spring training underway and Opening Day fast approaching, now is the perfect time for some predictions for the 2020 MLB season. Our goal this time around was to pinpoint each team's WAR leader during the upcoming campaign. While teams like the Los Angeles Angels..." February 24

  • Free Agent Market Still Stocked With Well-Known Players

    MLB Trade Rumors "As we all know, past performance — especially, long-past performance — is no guarantee of more in the future. Teams are looking at more than Baseball-Reference career totals. That said, track record does generally reflect a high degree of skill. And there’s always value in a..." February 24

  • How MLB Can Start to Regain Fan and Player Trust After Astros Scandal

    Bleacher Report "In case you're just now joining us, Major League Baseball is mired in its worst credibility crisis since the Steroid Era. Plenty of time has passed since the league investigated and punished the Houston Astros for a sign-stealing scheme that helped deliver the..." February 24

  • Andrew Cashner Being Marketed As Reliever

    MLB Trade Rumors "The 19 relief appearances that Andrew Cashner made with the Red Sox last year were his first bullpen outings since 2013, but it seems as though more could be in the offing. Cashner has been positioned as a bullpen option in recent conversations with teams, MLBTR has..." February 24

  • Felix Hernandez Dominated His First Inning in a Braves Uniform and it Felt Extremely Strange

    12 Up "Felix Hernandez was as synonymous with the Seattle Mariners as any player not named Ichiro over his 15-year career with them, but the six-time All-Star was let go after regressing in a pretty major fashion over the last two seasons. The Atlanta Braves picked him up and gave him a..." February 22

  • Wacky, weird, and confusing: The best photos from MLB spring training

    Sporting News "Some baseball players try to look serious and dignified in their photos, to convey the importance of the moment. Others might smile, or try to look menacing to intimidate the competition. And some just have too much fun with it. Here's a roundup of this year's..." February 22

  • Camp Battles: Braves’ Third Base Situation

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves had a better third base setup than the vast majority of major league teams a year ago. Josh Donaldson, whom they signed to a one-year, $23MM contract heading into 2019, finished as one of the most valuable players at his position. In his first (and maybe only) season in the..." February 22

  • Ronald Acuna’s versatility an asset in handling Braves outfield depth

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "In some ways, it’s hard to believe the Braves are entering Year 3 of the Ronald Acuna era.  Acuna, then baseball’s No. 1 prospect, was promoted in late April 2018 and has since captivated audiences with his power, speed and oozing charisma. The Braves have made the..." February 21

  • The Not-So-Secret Hangout Of MLB's Tightest Fraternity

    Bleacher Report "It was the Monday after the Country Music Association Awards last fall, and it felt as if the after-party had extended into the Vanderbilt baseball weight room. "It was like a block party," Chris Ham, the program's strength and conditioning coach, said. "There..." February 20

  • Kelsey Wingert Was Let Go By the Braves, and Fans Are Furious

    The Big Lead "Fox Sports South has decided to part ways with sideline reporter Kelsey Wingert, according to The Athletic. It's a move no one seems to understand, as Wingert was a popular part of Atlanta Braves broadcasts. The Braves make decisions when it comes to their broadcasts, so this..." February 19

  • Major League Baseball Is Getting Angrier and Rob Manfred is Losing Control

    The Big Lead "Fallout from the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal continues to dominate Major League Baseball. Each time commissioner Rob Manfred opens his mouth, he manages to make things slightly worse than they were before. Each time a non-Astros player opens his, it's clearer that the..." February 19

  • MLB tightening intentional HBP rules for 2020

    The Score "Major League Baseball has distributed a memo to all 30 teams detailing new protocols to try and curb incidences of intentional hit-by-pitches, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported Tuesday. Under the new guidelines, umpires will confer on the field to determine whether there..." February 19

  • Braves name North Port street at CoolToday after legend Hank Aaron

    Sarasota Herald-Tribune "Standing alongside the podium, backed by the 2020 version of the Atlanta Braves and a newly unveiled street sign that reads “Hank Aaron Way,” the greatest player ever to wear an Atlanta Braves uniform was gracious and humble as he addressed the crowd on Tuesday..." February 18

  • Braves' Nick Markakis says every Astro 'needs a beating' for sign stealing

    ESPN "Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis has joined the chorus blasting the Houston Astros over their sign-stealing scandal, telling reporters "every single guy over there needs a beating." "It's anger," Markakis told reporters of his..." February 18

  • With Rob Manfred, the buck stops nowhere

    Hardball Talk "Rob Manfred has completely and utterly stepped in it with respect to the Astros and the sign-stealing scandal. Everyone is mad, the highest profile players in the game are taking their turns raking him, the league, and the Astros over the coals, and the very integrity of the..." February 18

  • Former Blue Jays manager John Gibbons joining Braves as scout

    Sportsnet "Former Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons is joining the Atlanta Braves as a special assignment scout. Gibbons’s role with the Braves will begin with helping to evaluate draft prospects, according to Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi. " February 17

  • Braves Extend Alex Anthopoulos, Brian Snitker

    The Union Journal "The Braves introduced Monday early morning that they have actually advertised basic supervisor Alex Anthopoulos to head of state of baseball procedures as well as prolonged his agreement with the 2024 period. The Atlanta company additionally introduced agreement expansions for supervisor Brian..." February 17

  • Dusty Baker: MLB needs to stop talk of retaliation against Astros

    Houston Chronicle "As opponents continue to assail Astros players for their electronic sign-stealing scheme and subsequent apologies, manager Dusty Baker pleaded with Major League Baseball to somehow cease the comments and stop any “premeditated retaliation.” “I’m depending on..." February 15

  • MLB, MLBPA Reportedly Discussing New Rules to Prevent Electronic Sign-Stealing

    Bleacher Report "Cheating by the Houston Astros has prompted new discussions between Major League Baseball and the player's union to develop new rules to prevent electronic sign-stealing.  According to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, the two sides are not far apart on a deal, but..." February 14

  • MLB players are not happy with the Astros’ ‘weak’ apology and lack of punishment

    SB Nation "One of the central goals of punishment is to discourage the recurrence of the event in question. The early read on the Astros sign-stealing penalties is MLB wasn’t nearly harsh enough. Astros players were granted immunity by Major League Baseball during their..." February 14

  • MLB raising minimum salary for minor leaguers in 2021

    Lone Star Ball "Major League Baseball is raising the minimum salary for minor league players as of the 2021 season, per the AP. Short-season players will now be at $400 per week, A ball players will be at $500 per week, AA players will be at $600 per week, and AAA players will be at $700 per week, per the..." February 14

  • Braves sign veteran 1B Yonder Alonso to minor league contract

    ABC 7 Chicago "First baseman Yonder Alonso and the Atlanta Braves finalized their minor league contract on Friday, and he will report to major league spring training. READ MORE- Braves Re-Sign..." February 14

  • Three Problems with Major League Baseball's Playoff Proposal

    The Big Lead "In the midst of the fallout from the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal, Major League Baseball had another juicy story this week. The New York Post first reported on Major League Baseball's proposal to increase its postseason format from 10 teams to 14, as well as..." February 14

  • Why MLB’s greed-driven playoff plan is doomed to fail fans

    New York Post "It’s clear MLB remains under the spell of the Greek goddess Preposterous. The seductive twin sister of Ponzious, she controls the destiny of mortals blinded by greed, those who seek solutions by making bad worse. This latest postseason scheme, as revealed by The Post’s..." February 14

  • Braves Re-Sign Josh Tomlin

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves re-signed reliever Josh Tomlin to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training on Wednesday, when pitchers and catchers reported to camp at the organization’s new facilities at CoolToday Park. Tomlin, 35, was an important piece as a long reliever for..." February 13

  • Braves lefty Cole Hamels has shoulder discomfort

    ESPN "Atlanta Braves left-hander Cole Hamels irritated his pitching shoulder and will be reevaluated in three weeks, manager Brian Snitker told reporters on Wednesday. Hamels felt discomfort following a workout with a medicine ball. Hamels has not reported to the team and is..." February 12

  • MLB announces rule changes for 2020 season

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball today announced the rule changes that will be in place for its 2020 Championship Season: THREE-BATTER MINIMUM: The Official Baseball Rules have been amended to require the starting or any relief pitcher to pitch to a minimum of three batters, including..." February 12

  • Who Can Actually Compete with the Juggernaut Dodgers for NL Supremacy?

    Bleacher Report "The 2020 Los Angeles Dodgers look like a team that can't be reasoned or bargained with, much less stopped. They're coming off a season in which they won 50 more games than they lost, and they just acquired an MVP (Mookie Betts), a Cy Young Award winner..." February 12

  • Introducing the LBS Plan: A solution to fix MLB’s playoffs and regular season

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball is considering some radical changes to its existing playoff format in order to help increase interest in the sport, but we have a proposal that is much better than the one they are considering. THE PROBLEM One of the biggest issues plaguing..." February 12

  • Didi Gregorius Throws Shade at MLB for Rumored Playoff Format Changes

    12 Up "Major League Baseball is reportedly hoping to make a radical change to the playoff format. 14 teams would make the postseason and there would be byes, three-game opening series, and teams picking their opponents on live TV. This would serve as one of the more extreme..." February 12

  • Dodgers' Alex Wood Has Perfect Response to New MLB Playoff Format Helping Small Market Teams

    12 Up "To say that Major League Baseball's proposed playoff changes haven't sat well with players would be a comprehensive understatement. Cincinnati Reds hurler Trevor Bauer spearheaded the campaign to swiftly reject the proposition with a savage tweet directed..." February 11

  • The new postseason proposal would be terrible for fans and for the game

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday someone at Major League Baseball leaked a new postseason idea they have brewing for 2022. The upshot: wild cards would be eliminated, there would be seven playoff teams in each league, up from five, and from there the format of the postseason would radically..." February 11

  • Rob Manfred is once again trying to fix a problem that doesn't exist

    The Score "Since taking over as commissioner of Major League Baseball five years ago, Rob Manfred has worked tirelessly to create the illusion that he's doing The Important Things That Baseball Needs. The game is too long - and the pace of it too slow - so Manfred implemented a bunch of..." February 11

  • A Major League Baseball Selection Show Is a Cursed Idea

    The Big Lead "Major League Baseball floated a radical change to its postseason and it feels like a version of liquidating assets for a nice short-turn return without pause for what it will mean in the big picture. One of the motivating factors of expanded playoffs is to increase inventory for..." February 11

  • 4 Teams That Would Actually Benefit From Proposed New MLB Playoff Format

    12 Up "On Monday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred made perhaps the most absurd proposition in the history of the game, leaking the potential expansion of the playoff field to seven teams per league, and allowing the top seeds to choose their opponents. It's an interesting prospect, but one..." February 11

  • How young Braves pitchers project for 2020

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "You can make reasonably accurate predictions about MLB players with significant experience by looking at what they’ve done in the past. It’s possible to account for decreased skill as players age. The tricky part is projecting how inexperienced players will turn out, especially..." February 10

  • MLB could add four more playoff teams, make radical format changes

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball is considering the possibility of adding more playoff teams and making significant changes to its postseason format, and the new system could be in place as soon as 2022. According to a report from Joel Sherman of the New York Post, MLB is seriously weighing the..." February 10

  • Miguel Andujar, Luis Rojas among biggest MLB questions entering spring training

    New York Post "A year ago, a far-from finished Hot Stove League dominated our annual “30 teams, 30 questions” feature, always published around the time pitchers and catchers report. This year? The big names have signed. The dust has only begun to settle, however, from the illegal..." February 10

  • MLB Free Agent Tracker: Latest signings, top 50 ranking

    CBS Sports "For the sake of keeping you, the baseball enthusiast, informed of the latest hot stove moves, we present our 2019-20 MLB Free Agent Tracker. In this post we'll keep tabs on the top 50 free agents, as determined by our panel of MLB experts: R.J. Anderson, Katherine Acquavella, Mike..." February 09

  • A Kris Bryant blockbuster could fit for these 5 teams

    MLB.com "There has been a lot of talk all offseason about a superstar getting moved in a trade, and it wasn’t until this week that such a blockbuster was finally agreed to, with 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts (along with left-hander David Price) reportedly going from the Red Sox to the Dodgers..." February 07