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Atlanta Braves Start Spring Training Games Against Detroit Tigers
February 22nd, 2013 at 9:20 AM
Professional baseball is finally back. The Atlanta Braves will host the Detroit Tigers today at 1:05 p.m. at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., in the Grapefruit League opener, and it's not a moment too soon. "After a certain amount of time, you want to see somebody with a different-colored...

Atlanta Braves to Alternate Starts in Third Base Competition
February 21st, 2013 at 11:08 PM
Juan Francisco and Chris Johnson will compete in Spring Training to see who will fill the next Atlanta Braves third baseman. Manager Fredi Gonzalez will alternate the pair's stats every day in an even bout to determine the starter, braves.com reports. The Braves could end up platooning Johnson and Francisco if...

Atlanta Braves Pressure Christian Bethancourt to Improve Offense
February 20th, 2013 at 10:20 PM
At 21-years-old, the Atlanta Braves need catching prospect Christian Bethancourt to step up his game with his bat, and they're not handling this situation behind closed doors. Bethancourt is renowned for having a cannon of an arm, but as a potential replacement for Brian McCann should he leave via free agency...

A More Mature Jordan Schafer Ready to Impress at Spring Training for Atlanta Braves
February 19th, 2013 at 9:24 PM
Jordan Schafer went to Spring Training with the Atlanta Braves a little more humbled than in previous years. Schafer was a highly regarded prospect for the Braves when he worked his way through the minor leagues. He had confidence and cockiness when he first entered the big leagues, but the results...

Freddie Freeman Hopes to Stay Healthy Through 2013
February 18th, 2013 at 5:25 PM
Freddie Freeman arrived at Spring Training with the comfort of knowing that he was definitely entering the 2013 season healthy. After struggling through the final four months of 2012, Freeman believes he can truly live up to his potential with the Atlanta Braves. Freeman says that when he starting hitting with...

Brian McCann’s Shoulder Rehabilitation is Progressing Well
February 17th, 2013 at 7:35 PM
Brian McCann still probably won't play until mid-April, but Atlanta Braves orthopedic surgeon Dr. Xavier Duralde gave him a good report on his surgically repaired right shoulder Saturday, braves.com reports. McCann had been restricted to hitting off a tee recently, but he was finally cleared to hit soft toss on his long...

Atlanta Braves Clubhouse Takes More Reserved Tone
February 16th, 2013 at 7:44 PM
It's not secret that the 2013 Atlanta Braves have a lot of new faces, so the clubhouse culture has naturally shifted, Dave O'Brien reports, to a much more reserved tone. With the retirement of Chipper Jones, trade of Martin Prado and departure of Peter Moylan, Eric Hinske and David Ross via...

Dan Uggla Gets Chipper Jones’ Old Spring Training Locker
February 16th, 2013 at 3:05 PM
Dan Uggla has moved into Chipper Jones' old locker at the Atlanta Braves Spring Training complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Dave O'Brien reports. Uggla said he often felt lost or isolated in his old locker, which was only around eight feet away but just on the other side of a door to...

Chipper Jones a No-show at Atlanta Braves Camp
February 15th, 2013 at 5:31 PM
The fact that Chipper Jones is not at Spring Training with the Atlanta Braves yet shouldn't be surprising with the fact that he's finally retired, but had been expected to come and throw around a few pointers, only to not show up the first day of camp, braves.com reports. Alas, it...

Jose Constanza Having Visa Problems in Dominican Republic
February 15th, 2013 at 8:35 AM
Due to a difficult political situation in the Dominican Republic, Jose Constanza was still in the Caribbean country as opposed to report to Spring Training as of Thursday afternoon, braves.com reports. Dave O'Brien tweets that "things are different" in the Domincan Republic, implying the situation is not Constanza's fault. Out of the...

Fredi Gonzalez Unhappy with Jordan Schafer, Tyler Pastornicky
February 14th, 2013 at 7:56 AM
Arriving to Spring Training at least a day or two early has essentially become the culture in the Major Leagues, particularly with the Atlanta Braves. So when Jordan Schafer and Tyler Pastornicky hadn't arrived on Wednesday with the Braves starting full squad workouts Thursday, manager Fredi Gonzalez made sure he...

Jason Heyward Poised to Lead Atlanta Braves in 2013
February 13th, 2013 at 9:09 AM
With Brian McCann likely out for the first two weeks of the season, Jason Heyward will be the longest tenured position player for the Atlanta Braves on Opening Day. Particularly with Chipper Jones' retirement and the fact that Martin Prado, Eric Hinske and David Ross are no longer in Atlanta, that...

Uptons Arrive at Spring Training, Take Batting Practice
February 12th, 2013 at 10:49 PM
Atlanta Braves new acquisitions Justin Upton and B.J. Upton arrived at Spring Training in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Tuesday. There they got to meet their new team, get acquainted with their new surroundings and took batting practice with Jason Heyward. B.J. Upton arrives in the first year of a franchise record...

Three Atlanta Braves Pitchers Stuck in Domincan Republic with Visa Issues
February 12th, 2013 at 10:45 AM
Spring Training usually holds an air of excitement for players entering a new year of opportunity, but for three Atlanta Braves pitchers, it has come with nothing but frustration. Three minor leaguers in Wilfrin Obispo, Yohan Flande and Juan Jamie are still stuck in the Domincan Republic due to issues with...

Atlanta Braves Ditch Indian on Batting Practice Caps
February 11th, 2013 at 11:18 PM
That rumble you heard was Atlanta Braves fans collectively saying, "Lame" in their best Eric Cartman impersonation, as the Braves 2013 batting practice caps won't feature the "screaming Indian" after all. After public outcry by the politically correct police over the use of the "screaming Indian" logo, which really looks more...

John Schuerholz Speaks Out on Infield Fly Rule in Wild Card Game Versus St. Louis Cardinals
February 11th, 2013 at 10:58 PM
The Atlanta Braves are rarely known for sparking controversy or complaining when things don't go their way. However, as Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are a-Changin'" suggest, team president John Schuerholz is starting to change the old Braves' policy and is speaking out on the infamous infield fly call made...

Atlanta Braves Enter Spring Training with Some Questions About Pitching Staff and Health of Brian McCann
February 11th, 2013 at 3:52 PM
Pitchers and catchers from the Atlanta Braves reported to their first day of spring training in Lake Buena Vista, Florida The Braves have their rotation nearly set. With Brandon Beachy out until at least late June with Tommy John surgery, the rotation currently features Tim Hudson, Kris Medlen, Mike Minor and Paul Maholm. Julio Teheran...

Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz to Chair Replay Committee
February 10th, 2013 at 8:01 PM
Atlanta Braves president and former general manager John Schuerholz has been asked by commissioner Bud Selig to chair a committee on replay expansion, Schuerholz revealed in an mlb.com interview Sunday. Baseball fans may not even have any answers on whether replay will be expanded in the coming year though, as the committee...

Chipper Jones to Spend Time at Atlanta Braves Spring Training
February 9th, 2013 at 9:40 AM
Former Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones will be at Spring Training this season after all, as a guest, Mark Bowman reports. The Braves officially report to camp in Kissimmee, Fla., on Feb. 14, and Chipper, by team request, will spend five days at Spring Training starting Feb. 15. Instead of...

Atlanta Braves Early Arrivals Complete First Spring Training Workout
February 6th, 2013 at 10:46 PM
With the World Baseball Classic pushing up the start of Spring Training, the Atlanta Braves saw their first early arrivals complete their first workout of the new season. Though it's not clear how many Braves are at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee, Fla., but an obvious sense of...