December 9th, 2013 at 11:27 AM
By David Batson
That National Baseball Hall of Fame has announced that former Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox has been elected by the Veterans Committee on his first ballot and will be officially inducted next July in Cooperstown.
Cox guided the Braves to a World Championship in 1995, highlighting a record string of 14 consecutive division titles. During 25 seasons with the Braves, Cox was a three-time manager of the year and ranks fourth on the all-time wins list for managers with 2,504 wins.
In addition to his successful managerial record, Cox also holds one of baseball's most ominous records. Although not known for his fiery temper, Cox was always willing to protect his players, often resulting in his ejection. He was tossed from 161 games during his career, surpassing John McGraw's previous record of 131.
Cox, 72, will be joined by fellow first-timers Tony La Russa and Joe Torre, all receiving unanimous votes for election. They are the first legends to be voted in in what promises to be a class for the ages.Read more... Join the Conversation...
December 8th, 2013 at 9:37 PM
By Cody Fields
Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla got married on Saturday, as confirmed by Jon Heyman and this photo on Twitter.
Congratulations to Uggs, who at least needed something to go his way after hitting .179 last season.
However, Heyman reports that the New York Yankees are officially not interested in Uggla to fill their second base hole left by Robinson Cano's departure for the Seattle Mariners.
So, for now, Uggla has tied the knot as a Brave.
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December 5th, 2013 at 11:14 PM
By Cody Fields
The Atlanta Braves hope Brandon Beachy can arrive for Spring Training fully recovered from his 2012 Tommy John surgery, and it seems he's confident he can pull that off.
Beachy's road back from Tommy John was stymied in June, when his first start back was pushed into July after experiencing elbow discomfort. After only making five starts, Beachy ended up having a clean-up procedure in his right elbow in September, but he is back into doing strength exercises and expects to start throwing again in January.
"I'm going to use some guidelines at first to help ease into throwing, but otherwise it's a normal offseason routine," Beachy said on braves.com.
Beachy was leading the Major Leagues with a 2.00 ERA when he was sidelined in July 2012 with Tommy John.
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December 4th, 2013 at 8:30 AM
By Cody Fields
It's just a fact. The Atlanta Braves are going to have a hard time finding a team that will take Dan Uggla in a trade.
Still, that won't stop Frank Wren from shopping him at the Winter Meetings next week, but he'll come at a steep price. The Braves are reported to be willing to pay $20 million of the $26 million Uggla is owed over the next two years, but there are already teams balking at wanting him.
For example, the Miami Marlins have already shot down the idea of bringing back Uggla. It's hard to blame them for that when his .179 average was the worst for a starting player since 1900. Uggla has also recorded more strikeouts than hits in all three years with the Braves, topping out at 171 last season.
The Braves can pretty much just hope teams become less picky once the likes of Robinson Cano and Omar Infante have cleared the free agent market. They may also attempt to land Brandon Phillips, who has severely strained relations with the Cincinnati Reds.
Until that happens though, the Braves will find it nearly impossible to move Uggs. He has just been too bad for anyone in their right mind to want him.Read more... Join the Conversation...
December 3rd, 2013 at 8:12 AM
By David Batson
Tom Glavine was never linked to performance enhancing drugs (PEDs). As a member of the Atlanta Braves, he was part of 11 of the Braves MLB record 14 consecutive division titles. And not counting PED users, he was one of only three pitchers of his era to win 300 games.
Those two stats alone, and the fact that Glavine never used PED's during the roid-filled decade of the 90's should indicate certain induction into the Hall Of Fame for Glavine on his first try. However, speculation still remains as to whether or not Glavine deserves first-ballot enshrinement into baseball's hallowed halls.
Baseball greatness has always been measured with statistics. And while the game's intangibles, such as leadership and character, certainly play a role in overall success, HOF worthiness is all about the stats.
If you are a numbers person, the vote should be an easy one. Glavine notched five 20-win seasons over his career, ranking him second, during his era, behind only accused PED user Roger Clemens, who achieved the feat six times. He led the league in wins five times, won two Cy Young awards, in 1991 and 1998, and was voted into the All-Star game 10 times.Read more... Join the Conversation...