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  • Dodgers, Rockies competing to (likely) face Braves in NLDS

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Braves manager Brian Snitker and his team subscribe to the “one day at a time” mantra, but that’s not what we’re going to do in this exercise. The Rockies and Dodgers are meeting in Los Angeles this week, a series that carries significant weight in the National..." September 18

  • Braves Activate Arodys Vizcaino, Place Luiz Gohara On 60-Day DL

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves announced Friday that they’ve activated right-hander Arodys Vizcainofrom the 60-day disabled list. In order to open a spot on the 40-man roster, Atlanta reinstated lefty Luiz Gohara from the minor league disabled list, called him up to the Majors, and placed him..." September 14

  • Brandon McCarthy Will Retire With The Nicest Stats In Baseball

    Deadspin "Pitcher Brandon McCarthy, who has played for seven teams over 13 major-league seasons, said in August that this year with the Atlanta Braves would be his last. He will retire on a high note. McCarthy hasn’t pitched since June because of right knee tendinitis, but after..." September 14

  • MLB Must End Teams Purposely Keeping Out Baseball's Biggest Phenoms

    Bleacher Report "One of Major League Baseball's latest controversies calls to mind a bit from the 2009 Star Trek, in which Dr. McCoy offers words of wisdom to Mr. Spock. "You know, back home we have a saying: 'If you're gonna ride in the Kentucky Derby, you don't leave your..." September 14

  • Atlanta Braves Giving Free Tickets To Hurricane Florence Victims

    TMZ "Forced to flee to Atlanta to escape Hurricane Florence?  The Atlanta Braves know that must suck ... so they're offering free tix to anyone displaced by the storm.  The club says they're happy to host anyone who had to flee from N. Carolina, S...." September 14

  • Could Acuna win NL MVP Award as rookie? "A reader wanted to know what I thought of Braves rookie wonder Ronald Acuna Jr.'s case for the National League Most Valuable Player Award. My brain quickly jumped from one thought to another. 1. "That's crazy. Acuna has played less than 100 games and probably won't..." September 12

  • Ozzie Albies reminds us he’s still pretty dangerous, too

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Ozzie Albies might be the Braves’ secret weapon, which sounds absurd when revisiting his first half. The second baseman was April’s MVP, setting a franchise record with 22 extra-base hits. He was the Braves’ mini-superman, packing punch exceeding his smaller..." September 11

  • Which MLB contender has the best postseason starting rotation?

    USA Today "Here’s a thing I made for you to argue about online: Trying to predict the outcome of any short MLB postseason series is a fool’s errand. As noted frequently in this space around this time of year every year, it would take a best-of-269-game series to determine, with..." September 11

  • Lesson (should be) learned: Don’t bet against these Braves

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "If you’re betting against these Braves, you haven’t been watching. They’ve taken punch after punch only to reiterate with a bang. Remember the Colorado four-game sweep? They swept Pittsburgh on the road in response. Their latest demonstration of resiliency: Losing..." September 10

  • MLB, MLBPA announce Japan All-Star Series participants

    Hardball Talk "For over 100 years, off and on — more off than on, actually — major leaguers have traveled to Japan for all-star barnstorming series of one form or another. The tradition will continue this November and this morning MLB and the MLBPA announced many of the participants in the series,..." September 10

  • MLB Rumors: Angels' Mike Trout to Braves or Phillies?

    Newark Star-Ledger "We could be getting closer and closer to an unprecedented baseball moment: The sport's best player, Mike Trout, possibly on the trade block this coming winter. If you go by the word of the Los Angeles Angels, Trout isn't going anywhere. But thanks to Ken..." September 07

  • The Braves are, quite rudely, demanding nearly $5 million more from Cobb County taxpayers

    Hardball Talk "The taxpayers of Cobb County, Georgia are already on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars for the Atlanta Braves’ shiny new stadium, Sun Trust Park. Now the Braves want close to $5 million more. You’d think that, given the taxpayers’ gratuitous generosity..." September 07

  • Dansby Swanson ‘feels OK’ but not in lineup after being hit on head

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson, hit on the head by a pitch during Tuesday night’s game, was held out of the lineup for Wednesday’s homestand finale, but he appeared to be doing fine.  “He’s good,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said Wednesday..." September 05

  • Braves Designate Dustin Peterson

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves have designated outfielder Dustin Peterson for assignment, the team announced via Twitter.  The move creates a 40-man roster spot for outfielder Preston Tucker, who Atlanta re-acquired from the Reds in a trade earlier today. A second-round pick for the Padres in the..." September 03

  • Braves Promote Kyle Wright

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves announced several roster moves Saturday, including the promotion of right-handed pitching prospect Kyle Wright, whom they selected from Triple-A Gwinnett. The club also transferred closer Arodys Vizcaino to the 60-day disabled list and selected outfielder Lane Adams’ contract..." September 02

  • Braves Acquire Preston Tucker

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves have brought back a familiar face in Preston Tucker, re-acquiring the outfielder from the Reds in exchange for cash considerations (as per the Braves’ official Twitter feed). Atlanta previously traded Tucker to Cincinnati as part of the teams’ July deal..." September 02

  • Ronald Acuña continues to amaze, ties Atlanta record for leadoff HR in a season

    Sportsnaut "Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. is simply unstoppable. On Sunday, the rookie outfielder tied a club record with his seventh leadoff home run of the season.. On a 1-0 pitch in the bottom of the first inning, Acuña Jr. drilled a fastball to the second..." September 02

  • Diamondbacks acquire Chris Stewart from Braves for cash considerations

    Arizona Sports "The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired catcher Chris Stewart from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for cash considerations, according to 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s John Gambadoro. He will likely be a September call-up, Gambadoro added in a..." August 30

  • Backlash rightfully growing over service time manipulation by MLB teams

    CBS Sports "The subject of service time manipulation is one we've been talking about for years. The biggest case in recent memory was Kris Bryant with the Cubs in 2015. Remember? Bryant was sent to Triple-A Iowa to start the 2015 season, despite all the evidence in the..." August 30

  • Braves acquire Lucas Duda from Royals

    CBS Sports "Duda was traded from the Royals to the Braves in exchange for cash, Jeffrey Flanagan of reports. Duda slashed .242/.311/.415 with 13 homers across 86 games with the Royals prior to be traded. " August 29

  • Braves To Acquire Rene Rivera

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves have acquired catcher Rene Rivera from the Angels, per an announcement from the Los Angeles organization (h/t Jon Morosi of, via Twitter). The Halos allowed Rivera to depart via a straight waiver claim. " August 29

  • Braves extend catcher Tyler Flowers

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves re-signed catcher Tyler Flowers to a one-year deal with a club option for 2020.vFlowers will earn $4 million in 2019, while the Braves hold a $6 million option for 2020 with a $2 million buyout. Flowers has slashed .225/.357/.335 in 61 games this season. He’s highly..." August 28

  • After long winter, slow starts, MLB's frozen-out free agents still mad: 'It was ridiculous'

    USA Today "Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn are well-paid Major League Baseball players, a group that prides itself on accountability and generally loathes excuse-making. Yet the two right-handed starting pitchers also are unwilling members of a fraternity formed last winter, when baseball’s free..." August 28

  • MLB power shift has managers' salaries in free fall

    USA Today "Joe Maddon helped lead the Chicago Cubs to the Holy Grail of sports, with a consistent level of success they haven’t seen in a century, but there are whispers his job could be in jeopardy if they don’t play deep into October.  Houston..." August 27

  • Braves Designate Chris Stewart

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves have designated catcher Chris Stewart for assignment, Gabe Burns of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweets. To take Stewart’s 25-man roster spot, the team recalled infielder Rio Ruiz from Triple-A Gwinnett. This is the second time this year the Braves have designated..." August 26

  • Posey drew interest from Braves

    MLB Trade Rumors "Giants catcher Buster Posey drew trade interest from the Braves prior to the July 31 non-waiver deadline, Cafardo reports. Moreover, “there was talk” Boston was interested in Posey, but a team source shot down that, Cafardo adds. Regardless, it’s no surprise the..." August 26

  • Ronald Acuna in elite company, continues surge toward ROY

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Ronald Acuna hammered his 20th homer of the season Wednesday, becoming the 14th player in MLB history to achieve such before turning 21. He wasted no time planting No. 21 in the stands Thursday against his favorite sacrificial lamb, the Miami Marlins. Since the second half began,..." August 24

  • Braves Outright Ryan Flaherty

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves outrighted Ryan Flaherty after he cleared waivers, as Gabe Burns of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution was among those to tweet. The veteran infielder has accepted the assignment, but can still choose to elect free agency at season’s end. Flaherty, 32,..." August 23

  • Kurt Suzuki avoids fractured elbow after hit by pitch

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves breathed a sign of relief Wednesday when tests on catcher Kurt Suzuki’s elbow came back negative. He’s day-to-day with a left triceps contusion. Suzuki was hit by a pitch in the eighth inning of the Braves’ 6-1 win over the Pirates on Tuesday. He stayed on..." August 22

  • Braves Select Chris Stewart

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves announced today that they’ve selected the contract of veteran backstop Chris Stewart. Gabe Burns of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution first indicated that the veteran backstop was returning to the Majors (via Twitter). Stewart has been playing at Triple-A since being outrighted..." August 22

  • Braves Select Contract Of Bryse Wilson

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves have selected the contract of right-hander Bryse Wilson from Triple-A Gwinnett, tweets David O’Brien of The Athletic. He’s already in the team’s clubhouse, though it’s not clear what the corresponding move to accommodate his addition will..." August 20

  • Marlins' Urena 'glad and thankful' Acuna is not injured

    The Score "Miami Marlins starter Jose Urena was handed a six-game suspension for hitting Ronald Acuna Jr. with a pitch during Wednesday's contest against the Atlanta Braves, and the right-hander feels some remorse. "While pitching against the Braves, my intentions were not to hurt..." August 18

  • Marlins’ Urena appealing suspension for hitting Acuna Jr. with pitch

    Miami Herald "It’s been a trying season for Jose Urena, from the very first pitch he threw to the Chicago Cubs’ Ian Happ, which was belted for a home run, to the one and only pitch he threw Wednesday to the Atlanta Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr., which found exposed flesh. Urena stood..." August 17

  • Why Juan Soto and Ronald Acuña Jr. both deserve Rookie of the Year

    Sportsnaut "On a yearly basis, award races in MLB fluctuate between being extremely competitive to landslides. This season’s Rookie of the Year race in the National League between Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto and Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. is extremely..." August 17

  • Rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. is fueling the Braves’ playoff run

    Washington Post "Expectations were high for Atlanta Braves left fielder Ronald Acuña Jr. The 20-year-old bashed his way through three levels of the minors in 2017, batting .325 with 21 home runs and 44 stolen bases combined between stops at Florida (Class-A Advanced), Mississippi..." August 17

  • Why Mookie Betts deserves the AL MVP amidst a crowded field packed with deserving

    CBS Sports "We here at CBS Sports have spent the week analyzing all of baseball's award races. Today, we'll conclude our series by dissecting the American League Most Valuable Player Award. As you probably know, there a a lot of capable candidates. Let's get to it. Mookie..." August 17

  • Braves' Acuna in lineup after HBP, melee

    The Score "Everything appears to be fine with Ronald Acuna Jr.. One day after he was hit by Miami Marlins starter Jose Urena on the first pitch of Wednesday's game - causing both benches to clear - the Braves' rookie phenom is leading off for the Braves against the Colorado Rockies on..." August 16

  • Ronald Acuna Jr. day-to-day as CT scan on elbow normal

    ESPN "A CT scan performed Wednesday night on Ronald Acuna Jr.'s left elbow came back normal and the rookie outfielder is considered day-to-day, the Atlanta Braves announced Thursday. Acuna was hit by the first pitch thrown by Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Urena on Wednesday night,..." August 16

  • Mets broadcaster says Marlins did right thing by drilling Ronald Acuna

    New York Daily News "Keith Hernandez went all Keith Hernandez Wednesday night, and Twitter didn’t care for it one bit. The former Met and current SNY broadcaster gave a typical old-school baseball take on the Marlins drilling the Braves’ scorching hot rookie Ronald Acuna. Acuna, who..." August 16

  • Mattingly unhappy Urena hit Acuna: 'This is not something that we represent'

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Atlanta Braves and their manager had plenty of reasons to be unhappy even after completing their first four-game sweep of the Miami Marlins since 2006. Seeing slugging rookie Ronald Acuna Jr., who had been on a home-run streak, hit by Jose Urena's first pitch led to two melees..." August 16

  • Freeman calls Urena gutless for going after Acuna Jr.

    The Score "In the aftermath of Miami Marlins starter Jose Urena plunking Atlanta Braves phenom Ronald Acuna Jr. with his first pitch Wednesday night, Freddie Freeman, the longest-serving member of the Braves, came to the defense of his teammate. Acuna was scorching hot entering Wednesday's..." August 16

  • Acuna drilled by 1st pitch, benches clear "Ronald Acuna Jr.'s bid for yet another leadoff homer quickly evaporated as Jose Urena hit him with a first-pitch fastball, creating a benches-clearing confrontation during the first inning of Wednesday night's game between the Braves and Marlins at SunTrust Park. Urena hit..." August 15

  • Brandon McCarthy to retire after 2018 season "Brandon McCarthy has decided to retire at the conclusion of this season. But before calling it quits, the veteran hurler will spend the next couple of weeks evaluating whether his bothersome right knee will be receptive to the mechanical adjustments he has made in an attempt to possibly..." August 15

  • Braves Release Fernando Salas

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves have released veteran right-hander Fernando Salas from their Triple-A club in Gwinnett, as was first reflected on the Triple-A International League transactions page. His tenure with the organization will last just under a month in total. Atlanta signed..." August 13

  • Braves prospect Austin Riley heating up at the plate

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Gwinnett Stripers lost 8-1 to the Syracuse Chiefs Sunday in Triple-A play but Braves prospect Austin Riley continued his hot weekend for the Stripers. Riley was 1-for-3 and finished the three-game road series 8-for-12 with two doubles, a homer, two runs and one RBI.  " August 13

  • Ronald Acuña is on fire

    Hardball Talk "Ronald Acuña got a late start to the season as the Braves manipulated his service time and then got an unscheduled break in the middle of the season after being sidelined with an injury. That might have kept him from finding a groove for a time, but he’s certainly found it now...." August 13

  • Braves pitching prospect Touki Toussaint to start Monday

    ESPN "The Atlanta Braves have promoted pitching prospect Touki Toussaint to make his major league debut in the opener of a day-night doubleheader Monday against the Miami Marlins. Toussaint, 22, is 6-6 with a 2.68 ERA in 21 combined starts at Triple-A Gwinnett and Double-A..." August 13

  • Touki Toussaint to make major league debut on Monday

    Hardball Talk "The Braves will play two against the Marlins on Monday, making up the game that was postponed due to inclement weather on August 1. Pitching prospect Touki Toussaint will start the first game, per Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Mike Foltynewicz will start the second..." August 12

  • Braves Outright Jason Hursh

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves announced today that they have outrighted righty Jason Hursh. He has already cleared waivers and been assigned to Double-A, leaving two openings on the club’s 40-man roster. Hursh, 26, came to the club with the 31st pick of the 2013 draft. " August 08

  • Mike Rizzo confronted Braves announcer for implying Juan Soto isn’t really 19

    Washington Post "During the seventh inning of the first game of Tuesday’s Nationals-Braves doubleheader at Nationals Park, Fox Sports South analyst Joe Simpson implied that 19-year-old Nationals outfielder Juan Soto was lying about his age. “He is — if he’s 19, he has..." August 08