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#347123 - 12/23/11 06:35 AM Shtting themselves in Atlanta
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Have Braves lost ground in ever-improving NL East?

by David O'Brien
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
5:40 pm December 22, 2011



The perception of many frustrated Braves fans is this: Their team went down in flames in September and hasn’t made any roster additions so far this winter, while the rest of the NL East has improved.

The first part is correct – the September collapse was epic, a 10-20 meltdown by the Braves that allowed St. Louis to erase a 10-1/2-game deficit and overtake Atlanta on the last day and win the wild card. And they’ve made no additions of note since.

But how many NL East teams have actually gotten better? Let’s examine.

Miami and Washington look significantly improved over last season. The Marlins went on a spending spree and the youthful Nationals get back ace Stephen Strasburg for a full season, recovered from elbow surgery. They traded on Thursday for starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez from Oakland, upping the ante.

The Braves’ only moves so far were the salary-dump trade of pitcher Derek Lowe to Cleveland; picking up a reliever in the Rule 5 draft; and not offering arbitration to free agent shortstop Alex Gonzalez or tendering contracts to arbitration-eligible reliever Peter Moylan and utility infielder Brooks Conrad. They might later try to re-sign Moylan, recovering from shoulder surgery.

The budget-conscious Braves continue to search for a left fielder or fourth outfielder and a backup shortstop, searches that general manager Frank Wren said could carry over into the spring.

The Braves haven’t said how much room they have left in their payroll, but it’s believed less than $10 million. They couldn’t or wouldn’t spend the money to pursue the likes of free agent outfielders Michael Cuddyer, Josh Willingham and Carlos Beltran, and a trade inquiry into Baltimore’s Adam Jones didn’t go far.

The Orioles asked for – according to differing reports – either Jair Jurrjens, Martin Prado AND a prospect, or any two of the Braves’ top young pitchers or prospects (Brandon Beachy, Mike Minor, Julio Teheran, Arodys Vizcaino, Randall Delgado).

“We continue to have some conversations,” said Wren, declining to discuss specifics about any possible targets or anything concerning trade rumors. “We’d have liked to have gotten something done in November in some areas, but just weren’t the matches. …

“We’re continuing to work different options. This was not a good free-agent year, not a lot of players that impacted teams, especially in the areas we would like to get better in.”

Wren has noted more than once that the Braves had baseball’s fourth-best record on Aug. 26, and said that leads the team’s front office to be careful not to make a trade just to satisfy those anxious to see them make a move. They think that with bounce-back seasons from Jason Heyward and others slowed by injuries in 2011, the Braves will be better. Brian McCann slumped badly in the second half after returning from an oblique strain.

What they want to be careful about is not making a trade that ends up hurting the team. For instance, if the Braves trade Martin Prado, their left fielder and backup third baseman, and he ends up having a season like those he had prior to 2011, while the Braves struggle to replace what he does moving from the outfield to fill in frequently for aging third baseman Chipper Jones.

Multiple teams have expressed trade interest in Prado and starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens. The Braves have entertained offers for each, but so far their asking price has been too high in the view of interested teams.

Jurrjens was a 2011 All-Star who missed about one-third of the past two seasons due to injuries, and Prado was a 2010 All-Star second baseman who moved to left field last season after the Braves got Dan Uggla. Prado missed five weeks with a lower-leg staph infection.

Prado might make about $4.5 million in arbitration, and Jurrjens could see his salary climb to more than $5 million.

The Braves have had a lot of conversations with Colorado involving Prado and Rockies corner outfiielder Seth Smith, but so far Colorado has refused to include a young center fielder in the deal. The Braves want one in case they can’t re-sign center fielder Michael Bourn, who is eligible for free agency after the 2012 season and represented by hard-driving agent Scott Boras.

. “The fact is we like our team,” said Wren, who said the Braves might be better off going to spring training and seeing how some of their own players do before addressing their priority needs and seeing who might become available to fill them.

The best of the free-agent shortstop/utility infielders have been signed, and the Braves might wait to see if others become available during spring training when teams decide that some aren’t good fits for their rosters and deem them expendable. The Braves want a strong defensive shortstop who can fill in for Tyler Pastornicky if the rookie struggles or needs some days off.

As things stand now, the Braves would likely still be picked by many or most prognosticators to finish second behind Philadelphia. The Phillies have back their elite trio of starting pitchers and added veteran closer Jonathan Papelbon, infielder Ty Wigginton and veteran first baseman/pinch-hitter Jim Thome. Slugger Ryan Howard will miss at least the early part of the season after surgery for a torn Achilles tendon, which he hurt while making the final out of the division-series loss.

“That’s a blow to them not having Howard from Day 1,” Wren said. “But they dealt with that last year with [second baseman Chase] Utley out.”

The Nationals, after finishing nine games behind second-place Atlanta in 2011, could be a legitimate threat to compete for a playoff spot. They just added Gonzalez, 25, who was 16-12 with a 3.12 ERA for Oakland and had 197 strikeouts in 202 innings.

“I think our division was very competitive last year,” Wren said. “The Marlins have gotten better. The Nationals – they haven’t done a lot, but just by some of their young guys getting better and Strasburg getting healthy — that’s huge.”

Wren made that assessment Wednesday, before the Nationals got Gonzalez. Washington had the fourth- and sixth-place finishers in the NL Rookie of the Year ballot, while the Braves’ Craig Kimbrel and Freddie Freeman were first and second.

The last-place Marlins finished 30 games behind Philadelphia and 17 behind Atlanta. They committed $191 million to free agents Jose Reyes and pitchers Mark Buerhle and closer Heath Bell, but the Marlins still have question marks.

They were 11th in the NL in runs scored, and it remains to be seen how mercurial star Hanley Ramirez will rebound from his injury-diminished season and after being switched – not happily — to third base to accommodate Reyes’ arrival.

There is a big dropoff after Buerhle and Josh Johnson in a rotation that ranked 12th in the league in ERA. Johnson is coming back from shoulder problems that limited him to just nine starts in 2011, and there are concerns about his durability.

Bell was an All-Star who converted 43 of 48 save opportunities for San Diego. But Leo Nunez was a good closer last season for the Marlins, converting 36 of 42 saves and slightly higher strikeout rate than Bell, albeit with an ERA that was 1-1/2 runs higher.

The fourth-place Mets shed payroll when their best player, Reyes, went to the Marlins. The Mets swapped center fielders with San Francisco, getting Andres Torres and reliever Ramon Martinez from the Giants in a trade for leadoff man Angel Pagan. They improved their bullpen further by signing free agents Frank Francisco (two years, $12 million) and Jon Rauch (one year, $3.5 million).

By the way, the Mets committed less to those two free agents than Reyes’ average salary in his six-year, $106 million deal with Florida.
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#347124 - 12/23/11 06:36 AM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: Washington Senator]
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Originally Posted By: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Washington looks significantly improved over last season.




Come in here dear boy, have a cigar, you're gonna go far,
You're gonna fly high, you're never gonna die,
You're gonna make it if you try,
They're gonna love you.

Everybody else is just green,
have you seen the chart?
It's a helluva start, it could be made into a monster
if we all pull together as a team.

And did we tell you the name of the game, boy?
We call it Riding the Gravy Train.
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#347138 - 12/23/11 08:44 AM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: Washington Senator]
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#347147 - 12/23/11 11:29 AM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: 08Cubs]
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Even Boo-dro is ready for Spring.

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#347159 - 12/23/11 12:22 PM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: Washington Senator]
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Originally Posted By: Washington Senator

Come in here dear boy, have a cigar


Please tell me you're not going to start posting pictures of Rizzo eating a green sandwich.
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#347162 - 12/23/11 01:42 PM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: NeedaNewNick]
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There's no guarantees in life.
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#347286 - 12/24/11 05:19 PM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: Washington Senator]
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Well, my meat stones are so bountiful
And my c0ck girth is quite delightful
If ya wanna try my dough
You're a ho you're a ho you're a ho
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#347288 - 12/24/11 05:31 PM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: Natsman**]
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When we finally get in a Y
I'll prepare my tapioca storm
but if I taste that sweet fur pie
On thy face I'll fire my warmth

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#347345 - 12/25/11 07:22 PM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: Natsman**]
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Been working on a version of "Come All Ye A Facefull", but haven't perfected it yet.
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#358435 - 03/12/12 10:02 PM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: hondo9]
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Chipper: “I don’t know if I can make it through this year”
6:54 pm March 12, 2012, by David O'Brien

JUPITER, Fla. – After Chipper Jones discussed encouraging signs he saw from the struggling Braves in a 4-3 loss to St. Louis Monday, the third baseman confided his most difficult spring training has him wondering how much more he can take.

“I’ve said it a million times, it’s hell getting old,” said Jones, who’ll be 40 next month and sounds as if he’s leaning increasingly toward retirement after this season.

His balky right knee is hurting even more than he thought it would. He went 0-for-3 on Monday and is 0-for-8 with three walks in four games this spring, having missed five games with leg soreness after playing the Grapefruit League opener.

“Tomorrow might be my last day,” he said “I don’t know. I don’t really focus on it that much. The body is starting to tell me every morning when I wake up that it’s getting close. I’m signed through the end of this year. If I play in a certain amount of games, I got an option for next year. I don’t know what next year entails.

“I don’t know if I can make it through this year.”
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#390889 - 09/04/12 11:14 PM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: 08Cubs]
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http://www.braves-nation.com/forums/showthread.php?t=29127&page=13

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Im worried. 2 ahead of the Cards. 2.5 ahead of LA.
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#390900 - 09/04/12 11:26 PM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: 08Cubs]
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Chipper Jones @RealCJ10 12m
Come on Atlanta! The Ted was a morgue tonite. We need you in full force. We feed off you guys. No excuse for the loss! Just sayin...
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#390920 - 09/05/12 12:20 AM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: 08Cubs]
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Originally Posted By: Chipper Jones
Come on Atlanta! The Ted was a morgue tonite. We need you in full force. We feed off you guys.


Larry would love it here.
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#390923 - 09/05/12 12:24 AM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: Washington Senator]
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Was going to head down there for the weekend series but doubt it will be all that important now.
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#392869 - 09/12/12 09:16 PM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: 08Cubs]
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David O'Brien @ajcbraves
six games at the moment RT @noleguy03: @ajcbraves: how many games are we in front of st Louis for the first wildcard spot?


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David O'Brien @ajcbraves
well said RT @gamecocksfhb: @ajcbraves I can feel the Phillies like a bad sunburn right now. Not a good scenario for a 1 game playoff.
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#419477 - 02/18/13 11:17 PM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: 08Cubs]
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"@ajcbraves: I'd say #Nats, but not by much. RT @thewaycaster: @ajcbraves Would you consider us the favorite to win the east? Or the Nats?"


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#419495 - 02/19/13 10:43 AM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: 08Cubs]
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#419533 - 02/19/13 04:42 PM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: Natsman**]
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Monday, February 18, 2013
Chipper Jones: 'No going back'

By Jayson Stark
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Chipper Jones hears the talk, the whispers, the rumblings out there that if the Atlanta Braves need him in June, he's a poetic comeback story waiting to happen. His response Monday to that kind of talk: "It's not gonna happen."

A few months after his farewell tour around the National League concluded with an emotional tribute in Atlanta, Jones is back in uniform this spring, that familiar No. 10 on his back -- but not to lay the groundwork for any midseason comebacks.

Jones is serving as a guest hitting instructor for a few days. And that, he said, will be the last time we see him put on a uniform this season -- in any role.

"I'm well-adjusted, and there's no going back," said Jones, who turns 41 in April. "I've had my time and I don't think people really realize what kind of preparation it takes to get yourself ready to play this game at this level."

Just over the last two seasons alone, Jones had surgeries on both knees and missed time because of issues with his back, thigh, legs, feet, groin and abdomen. He needed to spend hours in the trainer's room and gym, trying to get himself in condition to play. And he said on Monday, loud and clear, that he has no interest in going through any of that again.

"I'd have to start working out now to get ready for June," he said with a laugh, "and that's not gonna happen."


Cheepoor, come out of retirement? No way!

At the rate he's agin', Larry's gonna need a walker by the time he's voted into the HoF in 5 years...

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#460788 - 11/23/13 05:53 PM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: griff]
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"@Ken_Rosenthal: Source: McCann close with #Yankees on five-year deal for more than $80M."


AMF.
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#460791 - 11/23/13 06:20 PM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: 08Cubs]
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"@ajcbraves: Can confirm McCann deal w/ Yankees is done, pending physical. 5 yrs, $85M with vesting option that can take it to 6/$100M"
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#460847 - 11/24/13 11:58 AM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: 08Cubs]
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Him and Nay-Rod ought to do well together teaching the AL East about the proper way to play baseball.
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#460848 - 11/24/13 12:02 PM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: VladiHondo]
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#462975 - 12/16/13 05:50 PM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: Natsman**]
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"@ajcbraves: #Braves GM Frank Wren post Floyd signing today: "I don?t think that we?re going to be actively pursuing starters at this point.""


Braves very much out on starting pitching.
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#468575 - 02/19/14 11:23 AM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: 08Cubs]
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#468602 - 02/19/14 06:01 PM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: 08Cubs]
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"Dazz a lung fly ball, an' dat sheet eeze gunn. I's no bo liff what I's juss saw" - Manny Scully

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"Dare choo go o'gain" - Manny Reagan
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#468659 - 02/20/14 01:08 PM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: Natsman**]
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Originally Posted By: Natsman**
"Dazz a lung fly ball, an' dat sheet eeze gunn. I's no bo liff what I's juss saw" - Manny Scully

"Hokay, I's een chartch now" - Manny Haig

"Dare choo go o'gain" - Manny Reagan





"Ass not wha' jore cawntry can do's for joo, but wad joo can do's for jore cawntry." - Manny Kennedy

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#470133 - 03/12/14 12:12 AM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: hondo9]
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Braves? Medlen has elbow-ligament damage, will get more tests
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. ? A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam on Kris Medlen?s injured elbow showed ?some involvement in the ligament,? Braves general manager Frank Wren said, and the pitcher will have further tests and a second evaluation before determining whether he needs surgery.

Medlen, who had ligament-transplant elbow surgery ? aka Tommy John surgery ? in 2010 and missed most of the 2011 season for a 13-month rehab, left Sunday?s game against the Mets after grabbing his right elbow and hopping off the mound in pain following a fourth-inning pitch. The injury was intially diagnosed as forearm strain, but an MRI on Monday showed apparent ligament damage.

A day later, Braves starter Brandon Beachy lasted only two innings of a planned four-inning appearance because of biceps tightness. He?s coming back from two elbow surgeries in a 15-month span. Braves starter Mike Minor is also questionable for the first two weeks of the season after having shoulder soreness in the first week of camp.


Saddened.
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#470226 - 03/13/14 12:58 AM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: 08Cubs]
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Originally Posted By: mlb.com
The Braves are planning to begin the regular season with Julio Teheran, Alex Wood, Freddy Garcia and David Hale in their starting rotation. Santana and Minor could be ready when the club has to add a fifth starter by April 12. A little more than two weeks later, Gavin Floyd, who is attempting to return from Tommy John surgery, could be ready to join that quintet.


We now officially own your asses again. Suck on it and like it.
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#471072 - 03/24/14 02:09 PM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: hondo9]
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#Braves apparently going with Schlosser in rotation. Garcia would've made $1.25M guaranteed if on OD roster. Frankly, I don't get this one.


Jes.
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#471077 - 03/24/14 03:56 PM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: 08Cubs]
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#Braves apparently going with Schlosser .....


I hardly knew her.
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#471088 - 03/24/14 07:22 PM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: hondo9]
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I'd rather Fister than Schlosser.
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#472601 - 04/09/14 12:55 PM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: va_nats_fan]
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Damn secession is still at it.

Outraged.

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#492723 - 09/28/14 08:16 AM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: 08Cubs]
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Nice job for once, Philly.

http://wapc.mlb.com/cutfour/2014/09/28/9...reat-workout-in

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#492763 - 09/28/14 04:51 PM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: 08Cubs]
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They can be funny, those obnoxious bastards.
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#492777 - 09/28/14 08:10 PM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: Washington Senator]
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That's funny as hell, but it's Papelbon's trademark too.
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#497589 - 12/03/14 09:52 PM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: hondo9]
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"@DOBrienAJC: #Braves sign veteran right fielder Nick Markakis away from Orioles. Woodstock High graduate replaces Heyward on-ajc.com/1FQ7dGT"


Win-win for us as far as I'm concerned.

Baltimore can GTH.
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#500809 - 01/22/15 08:22 PM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: 08Cubs]
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"@mlbtraderumors: Braves To Sign Jonny?Gomes mlbtraderumors.com/?p=46280"


Hot Stove Rizzy better get with it. They made an acquisition, too.
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#500811 - 01/22/15 08:42 PM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: 08Cubs]
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#501207 - 01/30/15 12:28 PM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: hondo9]
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"@masnKolko: Former Nat, Flores, joins Braves. RT @MattEddyBA: #Braves sign journeyman catchers John Buck and Jesus Flores"


JHF.
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#502044 - 02/11/15 07:19 PM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: 08Cubs]
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The Braves have added a large group of veterans to their bullpen in recent days, two of whom are former Nationals. Matt Capps signed with Atlanta on Tuesday, while Todd Coffey reached agreement with the team on Wednesday.


If they're putting the 2010 Nats together again maybe they should hire Riggleman.

Also, outraged Bergmann hasn't been signed yet.
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#502688 - 02/22/15 01:15 PM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: 08Cubs]
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"@mlbbowman: B.J. Upton will go by the name Melvin Upton Jr. this year. Upton will explain his reasoning when he reports to #Braves camp."
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#502727 - 02/23/15 02:24 AM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: 08Cubs]
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"@mlbbowman: B.J. Upton will go by the name Melvin Upton Jr. this year. Upton will explain his reasoning when he reports to #Braves camp."


This should be interesting. I guess if you suck on a regular basis, you probably get tired of being called B.J., even if it's the name you've used all your life... Just a hunch on my part. I dunno.
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#502782 - 02/23/15 09:30 PM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: hondo9]
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Rizzo offered Uggla a minor-league contract with an invitation to big-league camp. Because Uggla technically remains under contract with the Braves ? they still owe him $13.2 million this season ? the Nationals are on the hook only for the major-league minimum ($507,500) if he makes the roster.


(muttley)
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#502785 - 02/23/15 10:20 PM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: 08Cubs]
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Rizzo offered Uggla a minor-league contract with an invitation to big-league camp. Because Uggla technically remains under contract with the Braves ? they still owe him $13.2 million this season ? the Nationals are on the hook only for the major-league minimum ($507,500) if he makes the roster.


(muttley)


Bigtime Muttley...At that price, he'll be closely watched for signs that he's got something left in the tank, but IMO he'll never be more than bop off the bench for us. If either Desmond or Escobar were to get hurt, Espinosa would play ahead of Uggla. Then there's the issue of if you keep him in a bench role, does he embrace the role or does he become a clubhouse cancer? Guy has a reputation for being a total d*ck IIRC.
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#502786 - 02/23/15 10:28 PM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: hondo9]
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That almost offsets Maggs Cherser's entire pay for a year.
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#502790 - 02/24/15 02:08 AM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: 08Cubs]
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"@mlbbowman: B.J. Upton will go by the name Melvin Upton Jr. this year. Upton will explain his reasoning when he reports to #Braves camp."


I finally found out what the BJ stood for: Bossman Junior

No wonder he wants to go by his real given name......
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#502845 - 02/25/15 12:39 AM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: WestCoasthabsfan]
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Originally Posted By: 08Cubs
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"@mlbbowman: B.J. Upton will go by the name Melvin Upton Jr. this year. Upton will explain his reasoning when he reports to #Braves camp."


I finally found out what the BJ stood for: Bossman Junior

No wonder he wants to go by his real given name......


I don't think it matters much what name he goes by. If the MF'er can't hit more than .200, no one is going to care. Meantime, in addition to having to pay Uggla out the wazoo, the Braves are on the hook for the ridiculous money they have to pay "Melvin", and I take great pleasure as a result.
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#502858 - 02/25/15 12:46 PM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: hondo9]
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"@DOBrienAJC: Jose Flores (visa issues) and Dian Toscano (gov't paperwork) are only two #Braves who've not reported"


Jose H. Flores.
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#502860 - 02/25/15 01:03 PM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: 08Cubs]
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Apparently the only people from Latin America who have difficulty entering the country are ballplayers.
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#541226 - 05/17/16 12:10 PM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: Washington Senator]
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David O'Brien@DOBrienAJC 55m55 minutes ago
The #Braves have fired manager Fredi Gonzalez
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#541234 - 05/17/16 01:05 PM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: 08Cubs]
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David O'Brien@DOBrienAJC 55m55 minutes ago
The #Braves have fired manager Fredi Gonzalez


AAA Gwinnett manager Brian Snitker takes over (on an interim basis.)

Bench coach Carlos Tosca also fired; Terry Pendleton takes over for him.

Darn, I was hoping they'd give the job to Bo.
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#541327 - 05/17/16 08:07 PM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: TBP]
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Finding out you?ve been fired is never easy, but imagine finding out the way that Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez did late Monday.

An hour or so after the Braves? 8-5 series-opening loss to the Pirates, a person familiar with the situation said Gonzalez received an email notifying him of his scheduled flight to Atlanta on Tuesday afternoon.

That was a bad sign, since the four-game series in Pittsburgh runs through Thursday.


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#541471 - 05/18/16 11:40 PM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: 08Cubs]
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Dumb move. Dude won't be out of a job for long. The rookies on that club are outplaying the veterans who've totally tanked..Aybar, Pierzynski, etc..
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#541519 - 05/19/16 02:42 PM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: hondo9]
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Very shabbily handled. It reminds me of when the Mets flew Willie Randolph to LA for a road trip, only to tell him he was fired when he arrived. They couldn't have told him beforehand and saved him the trip?
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#541607 - 05/19/16 10:59 PM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: TBP]
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Things have gone from bad to weird for the Atlanta Braves, who will be without shortstop Erick Aybar because of a throat injury.

Per David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Aybar was taken to a local doctor Thursday to have a bone removed from his throat.

Per Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan, Aybar was in the original lineup interim manager Brian Snitker posted for Thursday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Speaking to reporters, per MLB.com's Mark Bowman, Snitker said Aybar "looked OK when he left, but he wasn?t speaking real well. Let?s just hope everything works out all right.?


This is what he gets for swallowing a bone.

Not that Muttley thinks there's anything wrong with that.
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#541611 - 05/20/16 12:48 AM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: Deep Fried Screech]
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PMing the President for inclusion.
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#541614 - 05/20/16 01:11 AM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: 08Cubs]
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PMing the President for inclusion.


This is purely priceless.
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#541665 - 05/20/16 07:57 PM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: hondo9]
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Was listening to XM this morning and Braves GM John Coppolella was on. I tuned in after his interview began and I thought I was listening to a 14 year old kid who was a first time caller asking a question. He sounded so scared I think he peed himself.

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#575177 - 03/31/17 09:44 AM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: sonomaphil]
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#576589 - 04/20/17 07:39 AM Re: Shtting themselves in Atlanta [Re: 08Cubs]
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$672 million new ballpark.

First grand slam: Bryce Harper.

Second grand slam: Ryan Zimmerman.
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