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No One Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
January 9th, 2013 at 2:30 PM
In what seems to not be a surprise to anyone, no one will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, in 2013, also dashing Dale Murphy's hopes in his final year on the ballot. It is the first time no one has been elected to the...

Atlanta Braves, Brian McCann Put Contract Talks on Hold
January 6th, 2013 at 7:46 PM
The Atlanta Braves and Brian McCann have agreed to hold off until the end of the 2013 season to discuss a possible contract extension, Jim Duquette reports. The Braves exercised their $12 million option on McCann for 2013, but his career-worst .230 batting average and lingering shoulder issues obviously played into...

Evan Gattis not Returning to Venezuela for Playoffs
January 2nd, 2013 at 4:08 PM
Atlanta Braves prospect Evan Gattis will not be returning to the Venezuelan winter league for their playoffs, Dave O'Brien reports. Gattis and the Braves had agreed that Gattis would not return after the holidays for the playoffs, though his team, Zulia, requested that he come back. Their first game is Thursday against...

Controversial “Screaming Indian” Logo to Be Used on New Atlanta Braves Batting Practice Caps
December 28th, 2012 at 9:05 AM
Every few years, Major League Baseball pushes new batting practice cap designs down the retail shoot to push merchandise sales. The new 2013 designs have the Atlanta Braves getting gobs of attention for their controversial "screaming Indian" logo's comeback. The image of the new BP cap first appeared at Uni Watch,...

Update: Former Atlanta Brave Andruw Jones Arrested After Threatening to Kill Wife
December 27th, 2012 at 1:33 AM
Andruw Jones was arrested early Christmas morning on a battery charge. Nicole Jones, the wife of the former Atlanta Braves center fielder, said her husband dragged her down a staircase, grabbed her neck, and said he wanted to kill her. Andruw Jones was heavily intoxicated, allowing his wife to push him away...

Atlanta Braves Minor Leaguer Billy Bullock Suspended for Drugs
December 21st, 2012 at 9:20 PM
Atlanta Braves minor league pitcher Billy Bullock has been suspended 50 games for a repeated violation of baseballs drug program for a "drug of abuse," Dave O'Brien reports. The commissioner's office announced the suspension Friday, and while it didn't name a specific drug, this certain portion of the drug abuse program...

Frank Wren Ranked Among Sexiest General Managers by Yahoo!
December 21st, 2012 at 8:51 AM
In what should have been a sign of the apocalypse, Yahoo! Sports recently put out a ranking of the sexiest general managers in baseball. Atlanta Braves GM Frank Wren cracked no. 12 on the list. The list was compiled in response to new Oakland A's shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima calling Billy Beane "extremely...

Atlanta Braves Prospects Ernesto Mejia and Evan Gattis Star in Winter League
December 17th, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Atlanta Braves prospects Ernesto Mejia and Evan Gattis are both showcasing some power in the Venezuelan Winter League. Mejia hit two home runs tonight to push his league-leading total to 14 homers. Gattis also added another long ball to his stat line, giving him 12 on the season. This power surge is not...

Atlanta Braves Eyeing Mark Trumbo Trade
December 14th, 2012 at 11:14 PM
With the Los Angeles Angels' recent acquisition of Josh Hamilton, they have a surplus of outfielders. It just happens that the Atlanta Braves are in need of a left fielder, and they looking into the possibility of acquiring Mark Trumbo, Dave O'Brien tweeted. Danny Knobler reports that the Angels are "very likely"...

Atlanta Braves May Pursure Emilio Bonafacio
December 7th, 2012 at 9:39 PM
The Atlanta Braves left the Winter Meetings this week still without a lead-off caliber left fielder. That could change, as they were previously interested in Toronto Blue Jays outfielder/second baseman Emilio Bonafacio before he was traded from the Miami Marlins, Dave O'Brien tweets. That interest may have carried over, particularly with...

Fredi Gonzalez Has Contract Extended Through 2014
December 6th, 2012 at 12:44 AM
The Atlanta Braves expressed their confidence in manager Fredi Gonzalez by picking up his option, extending his contract through 2014. After the Braves' collapse in September 2011, Gonzalez guided them to a National League Wild Card berth before being downed by the St. Louis Cardinals in a controversial play-in game. Regardless,...

Atlanta Braves Sign Catcher Matt Pagnozzi to Minor League Deal
December 5th, 2012 at 2:39 PM
The Atlanta Braves continue to add to their catching depth by signing journeyman Matt Pagnozzi to a minor league deal. The team expects him to serve as Gerald Laird's backup until Brian McCann returns from off-season shoulder surgery. McCann is slated to miss anywhere from the first two-weeks to a...

Justin Upton Will not Be Traded to Atlanta Braves
December 4th, 2012 at 10:25 PM
For someone who was the talk of the trading town in Atlanta Braves organization, Justin Upton will officially not being coming to Georgia, Jayson Stark tweets. Trade talks with the Arizona Diamondbacks broke down with both sides concluding there is "not going to be a fit." The Diamondbacks had their eyes...

Atlanta Braves Divide Shares from Wild Card Appearance
November 26th, 2012 at 11:14 PM
They only lasted one game in the playoffs, but Atlanta Braves players received nearly $20,000 each for their postseason participation, Dave O'Brien reports. For their National League Wild Card game against the St. Louis Cardinals, the Braves accumulated $980,452.04 from ticket sales. They divvied out 46 full shares of $19,609 as well as...

Atlanta Braves Add Christian Bethancourt, Four Others to 40-Man Roster
November 20th, 2012 at 6:56 PM
The Atlanta Braves protected five prospects today by adding them to the 40-man roster. Among them was prized catching prospect Christian Bethancourt and right-handed pitchers Zeke Spruill, Cory Rasmus, David Hale and Aaron Northcraft. The move, which brings the total to 36 players on their 40-man roster, has a deadline of Tuesday...

Atlanta Braves Close to Agreement with Catcher Gerald Laird
November 15th, 2012 at 11:50 AM
The Atlanta Braves didn't waste a lot of time finding their replacement for backup catcher David Ross.  According to Mark Bowman, the former Detroit Tiger, Gerald Laird, is close to signing with the Braves. The Tigers held the door open for a Laird return but they weren't prepared to offer him...

Atlanta Braves Decline to Trade Andrelton Simmons to Texas Rangers
November 13th, 2012 at 7:25 PM
The Atlanta Braves declined a trade offer from the Texas Rangers over the weekend for Andrelton Simmons, USA Today reports, and Danny Knobler tweeted that the Rangers were willing to give up their top prospect in the deal. The Braves weren't about to part with Simmons and send yet another shortstop...

Atlanta Braves Hire Randy Ready as Triple-A Manager
November 12th, 2012 at 9:29 PM
The Atlanta Braves have hired Randy Ready to manage Triple-A Gwinnett, braves.com reports. He replaces Dave Brundage. The 52-year-old Ready played 13 seasons in the Major Leagues before managing for eight seasons in the Detroit Tigers and San Diego Padres organizations. He spent last season as the minor league hitting coordinator...

Atlanta Braves Lose Backup Catcher David Ross to Boston Red Sox
November 10th, 2012 at 11:50 AM
The Atlanta Braves will be searching for a new backup catcher. David Ross will sign a two-year deal, worth $6.2 million with the Boston Red Sox according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Ross was the backup to Braves catcher Brian McCann for the past four seasons.  This will be David Ross'...

Atlanta Braves Dream of Moving Class-A Team to N.C. is Denied
November 8th, 2012 at 1:07 PM
The Atlanta Braves had hopes of moving its Class-A affiliate, currently operating in Lynchburg, Virginia to Wilmington, North Carolina in time for the 2015 season. However, N.C. voters overwhelmingly voted "no" during Tuesday's election to raise property taxes to pay for a proposed ballpark. Without the $37 million in taxes...