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  • Ronald Acuña set for follow-up tests after injury "The Braves will have to wait until Monday to learn whether Ronald Acuña Jr. will need to be placed on the injured list. Acuña suffered an abdominal strain that forced him to exit after he scored in the fourth inning of the Braves' 13-4 win over..." April 19

  • Braves’ Sean Kazmar Jr. reflects on his epic MLB return after over 12 years away

    The Athletic "Sean Kazmar Jr. has been married 11 and a half years to his wife Jennifer, the woman he calls the rock of the family, a former Arizona State University softball player who’s had his two children and who switched jobs from school principal to a full-time online job in order to help..." April 19

  • Braves' Ronald Acuna escapes with day-to-day injury

    CBS Sports "Losing Acuna, who left Sunday's game against the Cubs with the injury, would be a massive blow for Atlanta, as he's hitting .419 with seven homers and three steals through his first 16 games. Thankfully, he's avoided any serious injury, though it's not yet clear if he'll be..." April 19

  • Every MLB Team's Most Pleasant Surprise Early in 2021

    Bleacher Report "The 2021 MLB season has been underway for a few weeks now, so enough time has passed and enough games have been played to identify some players who are beginning to put together big seasons. Whether it's an emerging young player, a candidate for a breakout season or a..." April 19

  • Ronald Acuña Could Bring the 40-40 Club Back

    The Big Lead "Ronald Acuña is on his own level right now and his legend grows by the day. It seems the only thing that can stop him is injury and it was hearts-in-throats time late Sunday when he left the Braves' rout over the Cubs with an abdominal issue. An MRI revealed only a mild strain and..." April 19

  • Challenges continue for MLB as the virus persists

    The Athletic "Right before Opening Day, I was all set to write a mea culpa. Major League Baseball had sailed through spring training with virtually no disruption from COVID-19. So, regarding my position in late January that the league and union should delay the season by one month if they..." April 19

  • The Atlanta Braves' Ronald Acuña Jr. and Ozzie Albies are having a good time

    ESPN "Ronald Acuña Jr. owns any baseball stage he inhabits these days, with his defense, his strong arm, the "crazy speed," Braves manager Brian Snitker said Saturday. "I'd love to be a third-base coach with him running." And, of course, there is the power...." April 19

  • MLB Overreactions to 2021 Season Thus Far

    Bleacher Report "The 2021 baseball season is young, but that doesn't mean fans aren't already starting to overreact to small sample sizes, bad performances and bloated ERAs. A few bad starts is all it takes to declare a pitcher done or a hitter a bust. But the reality is that no team..." April 18

  • Braves get a win but more injuries loom; could Tyler Flowers be back this season?

    The Athletic "On a Friday that began with Drew Smyly going on the injured list – the second Braves’ starting pitcher to land on the IL in three days – and later saw center fielder Ender Inciarte leave a series opener against the Cubs with a hamstring injury..." April 17

  • Atlanta Braves call up Sean Kazmar, who last played in majors in 2008

    Sportsnaut "A 36-year-old infielder who hasn’t played in the major leagues in nearly 13 years has a new home. Sean Kazmar Jr., who most recently played in the majors on Sept. 23, 2008, with the San Diego Padres, was placed on the Atlanta Braves’ active roster on Saturday before the..." April 17

  • Latest On Tyler Flowers, Braves

    MLB Trade Rumors "There was very little reported interest in free agent Tyler Flowers over the winter. The Mets were linked to the veteran backstop last month, but his market has otherwise been quiet. David O’Brien of the Athletic sheds some light on the situation,..." April 17

  • Braves Place Drew Smyly On Injured List

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves announced Friday morning that lefty Drew Smyly is headed to the 10-day injured list due to inflammation in his left forearm. They’ve recalled right-hander Kyle Wright from their alternate training site to take his place on the roster and start today’s..." April 16

  • Top Free Agents Who Can Help Needy MLB Teams

    Bleacher Report "For some players, free agency never ended. Some big names are still looking for employment with the 2021 season underway. These players remain unsigned for any number of reasons, whether it's age, health or a recent decline in production. While it's early in the..." April 16

  • Baseball Hall of Fame president Tim Mead resigns

    Sportsnaut "Tim Mead, president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, announced his resignation on Friday. He will remain on the job for about another month. He didn’t provide a specific reason for his pending departure. Before assuming the position in Cooperstown,..." April 16

  • Braves' Ian Anderson: When's Ronald Acuna getting called up to the next league?

    The Score "Atlanta Braves right-hander Ian Anderson is so impressed by what teammate Ronald Acuna Jr. is doing with the bat, he thinks there must be better competition for him elsewhere. "When is he gonna get called up to the next league, that's what I'm..." April 16

  • Offseason In Review: Atlanta Braves

    MLB Trade Rumors "After winning their third straight NL East title and falling one victory shy of a World Series berth in 2020, the Braves made a few notable moves in free agency. Major League Signings Marcell Ozuna, OF: Four years, $65MM (includes $16MM option or $1MM buyout..." April 16

  • Braves: Mike Soroka and Chris Martin still have no timetable for return

    Sports Talk Atlanta "According to David O’Brien of The Athletic, Mike Soroka and Chris Martin — who are both on the IL with shoulder soreness — are rehabbing but haven’t begun throwing and have no timetable for return. If there is a bright side to this, at least Mike..." April 15

  • 2020 Rule 5 MLB Draft Update

    MLB Trade Rumors "An abnormal number of picks from the 2020 Rule 5 Draft survived Spring Training and made the Opening Day rosters with their new clubs. The Orioles and Marlins both broke camp with a pair of Rule 5 picks on the active roster, while the Pirates opened the season with one Rule 5 pick on the roster..." April 15

  • A handshake from a white teammate signaled Jackie Robinson’s arrival in America’s game

    The Undefeated "The letter from St. Christine School to Mike Shuba’s parents said their son had teased another kid in his kindergarten class for being overweight. When Mike got home, his father, George “Shotgun” Shuba, pointed at the wall above his recliner to the only memento..." April 15

  • How would an extra foot from mound to plate affect MLB's current trends?

    The Score "Major League Baseball will test the most radical potential change to its playing dimensions in more than a century this summer on minor-league fields in small towns like Gastonia, North Carolina; Lexington, Kentucky; and Lancaster, Pennsylvania. MLB announced Wednesday it will partner..." April 15

  • Max Fried To Undergo MRI; Braves Place Cristian Pache On 10-Day IL

    Yardbarker "The Braves received some troubling injury news Tuesday: Left-hander Max Fried will undergo an MRI on his right hamstring, while center fielder Cristian Pache is headed to the 10-day injured list with a left groin issue (Twitter links via Mark Bowman of..." April 14

  • 100+ MLB Players to Donate Pay to Jackie Robinson Foundation

    Bleacher Report "More than 100 MLB players will donate their game-day salaries on Jackie Robinson Day to the Players Alliance's Breaking Barriers campaign, the nonprofit organization announced Wednesday. Led by David Price, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Jason Heyward, the donations will help launch the..." April 14

  • MLB to experiment with new DH rule, mound distance during 2021 Atlantic League season

    Yardbarker "Major League Baseball announced Tuesday that it will experiment with a pair of new rules during the 2021 Atlantic League season: a “double-hook” implementation of the designated hitter and moving the pitching rubber back one foot. MLB and the Atlantic League began a partnership back..." April 14

  • The new ball the MLB uses is having bewildering, unexpected impacts on the game

    The Athletic "It seems like every year since we’ve had the ability to measure exactly how the baseball is spinning, flying, and landing, we’ve had revelations about how different the ball is. That isn’t to say that things weren’t a little different this year — because this year,..." April 14

  • Early Gaffes Highlight Must-Fix Gaps in MLB's Replay Review System

    Bleacher Report "There are many good things about Major League Baseball's return, but it hasn't taken long for one of the lesser aspects of the sport to come to the forefront. Yes, replay reviews are also back. And yes, they're still often frustrating. Mind you,..." April 13

  • What is the MLB antitrust exemption? Baseball's century-old golden goose becomes political cudgel

    USA Today "For a century, Major League Baseball’s golden goose has been its antitrust exemption, a gift from Congress and the Supreme Court that allows it to operate, in essence, as a monopoly. On May 29, 2022, the exemption will mark its 100th anniversary – though don’t expect..." April 13

  • 2021 MLB trade deadline moved up a day to July 30

    Yardbarker "This year’s trade deadline will be slightly earlier than usual, with Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reporting that it’ll fall on July 30 rather than the customary July 31. Major League Baseball preferred to have the 4 p.m. ET deadline fall on a day where afternoon games..." April 13

  • Real cancel culture isn't moving MLB All-Star Game, it's the erasing of Black lives

    USA Today "After Major League Baseball's All-Star Game was pulled out of Georgia because of the state's voter suppression efforts, the governor, Brian Kemp, declared it was an act of cancel culture. “Cancel culture and partisan actions are coming for your business,” he..." April 13

  • Cracking the MLB superstar code: These 24 players will rule baseball in 2021

    ESPN "When I was a kid, our elementary school used to have these book fairs, run by Scholastic book publishers. The company set up a display in the lobby outside the library, their various books for sale, and each spring I would spend a dollar or two on the latest edition of "All-Pro Baseball..." April 13

  • The player with best start to season for each team, from Braves’ Ronald Acuña Jr. to Rays’ Tyler Glasnow

    The Athletic "At the beginning of the season, players’ performance gets blown out of proportion — the good, the bad and yes, even the ugly. It’s early. You can’t get carried away with such a small sample, but it’s still fascinating to see how players fare out of the gate and..." April 13

  • Braves' Dansby Swanson: Fans' reaction over controversial call 'embarrassing'

    The Score "Dansby Swanson was upset after Atlanta Braves fans shouted expletives and threw bottles on the field following a controversial ninth-inning play against the Philadelphia Phillies during Sunday's game. Spectators at Truist Park were angry when the..." April 12

  • It is past time for MLB to address its umpiring problem

    Talking Chop "Well, well, well. It looks like Major League Baseball’s umpires are back on their [redacted] once again! This past weekend has seen MLB’s umpires provide multiple embarrassing displays on the field, and I’m not even talking about the regular misses on balls-and-strikes...." April 12

  • Each MLB team's most likely award winner in 2021

    Yardbarker "Whether it be a big debut for a rookie, an inspirational comeback or season for the history books at the plate or on the mound, or shot caller that makes all of the right moves off of it, there is a potential award winner waiting within every franchise. So, who is the most likely award winner..." April 12

  • Phillies' winning run vs. Braves upheld despite Alec Bohm appearing to miss plate

    The Athletic "The Philadelphia Phillies scored the winning run against the Atlanta Braves Sunday on a controversial ninth-inning play at the plate involving sophomore Alec Bohm. After aggressively tagging up from third on a shallow flyball to left, Bohm decided to sprint..." April 12

  • Updating and ranking the 50 greatest MLB players of all time

    Clutch Points "Top 50 lists are a common thing within the sports world, but it is particularly fascinating in baseball. MLB has been around longer than any other American professional sport. The amount of time the sport has been around makes the amount of players to choose from expansive. These 50 players are..." April 12

  • Freddie Freeman had awesome gift for young Phillies fan who gave HR ball away

    Larry Brown Sports "A young Philadelphia Phillies fan went viral on Friday night after he gave a Freddie Freeman home run ball away to another fan, and the Atlanta Braves star took note of the gesture. The Phillies fan, whose name is Joshua, was also at the series finale between Philly and Atlanta on..." April 12

  • Fluke or for Real? Breaking Down the Most Stunning MLB Starts to New Season

    Bleacher Report "The old adage goes something like, "Baseball is a marathon, not a sprint."  Indeed, a 162-game season ensures players will go through peaks and valleys, slumps and hitting streaks. Finishing strong is more important for both players and teams; just ask anyone on the..." April 11

  • Breaking Down the Most Stunning MLB Starts to New Season

    Bleacher Report "The old adage goes something like, "Baseball is a marathon, not a sprint."  Indeed, a 162-game season ensures players will go through peaks and valleys, slumps and hitting streaks. Finishing strong is more important for both players and teams; just ask anyone on the..." April 11

  • Braves Place Chris Martin On 10-Day Injured List

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves announced that right-hander Chris Martin has been placed on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to April 7) due to inflammation in his throwing shoulder.  Righty Jacob Webb was called up from the alternate site to take Martin’s 26-man roster..." April 10

  • Bryce Harper Yells Back At Fan Who Said He’d Never Be Better Than Ronald Acuna Jr.

    Total Pro Sports "You know fans are back in the stands when the heckling returns and the players are actually responding back to them. During a matchup between the Atlanta and Philadelphia on Friday night, one Braves fan decided to call out Phillies star right fielder Bryce..." April 10

  • Ranking the Best Home Run Hitters Since 2000

    Bleacher Report "No matter how Major League Baseball evolves, home runs will remain one of the most entertaining parts of the game. Players can be signed and re-signed solely because of their long-ball power. There simply is no substitute for driving home yourself—and everyone else on..." April 10

  • There Are Still a Lot of “Names” in MLB Free Agency

    Bleacher Nation "Because of the way the Cubs’ offseason played out (we knew there wouldn’t be a ton of spending, we knew there were very specific slots from a very specific tier of free agency that were going to get filled and then that was that), I didn’t pay as much attention to the big..." April 09

  • MLB Trades Teams Should Be Considering ASAP

    Bleacher Report "In an ordinary Major League Baseball season, early April would be a tad too soon for trade speculation. But in 2021, it feels like it's never too early to start considering trades teams might make. There have already been two trades of note, with the New York..." April 09

  • Braves Acquire Edgar Santana From Pirates

    Talking Chop "Sorry, internet yellers....this isn’t the Shane Greene deal that you have been shouting about (that guy must be asking for crazy money to still be unemployed). One would be excused if you thought that the Braves were largely done with moves at least until we get closer to the..." April 09

  • Five teams that could take down the Dodgers this season

    ESPN "The reigning 2020 World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers enter the 2021 season as a favorite to repeat. In fact, the best-case scenario for this year's L.A. squad is downright scary. But that doesn't mean the rest of the league is just going to lie down and watch the Dodgers..." April 09

  • Two decades after Alex Rodriguez's historic 10-year, $252 million deal, big paydays flourish for stars

    USA Today "In the 20 years since the Texas Rangers gave Alex Rodriguez his historic 10-year, $252 million deal, wins and championships have come at a price. USA TODAY Sports has tracked Major League Baseball salaries since 1989 when the Los Angeles Dodgers made Orel Hershiser the..." April 09

  • Sorry, Purists: MLB's New Extra-Inning Rule Is Great and Should Be Here to Stay

    Bleacher Report "There is a certain group of baseball fans that love the traditional aspect of the game. It's America's pastime, it has a human element and it needs to be left alone. There are too many replays, the advanced metrics are clouding the game and the rules were made for a reason and are not..." April 09

  • Braves' Mike Soroka shut down for 2 weeks with shoulder inflammation

    The Score "Atlanta Braves right-hander Mike Soroka has been shut down from his throwing program for the next two weeks due to right shoulder inflammation, manager Brian Snitker said Wednesday, according to David O'Brien of The Athletic. Soroka was removed from his..." April 08

  • MLB’s Home Run Derby is returning to Coors Field, and the Rockies have some tips for how to put on a show

    The Athletic "Players peppered Vinny Castilla with questions that day at Coors Field, wondering how far the ball might fly. The tall tales of extra-terrestrial home runs in Colorado had already grown to outsized proportions back in 1998, just five years into the Rockies’ existence, as if Paul Bunyan..." April 08

  • 1 Iconic baseball card for every MLB team

    Sports Create "As part of the celebration of the 70th anniversary of Topps baseball cards, we’ve asked fans (as well as our staff) to submit their all-time favorite baseball cards, and we’ve broken them down by team. We’ll be revealing submissions regularly throughout the season, ranging..." April 08