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  • • Atlanta Hawks statement on Hank Aaron, who has passed away
    The Atlanta Hawks released the following statement on the passing of MLB and Atlanta Braves legend Hank Aaron: “The Atlanta Hawks organization is deeply saddened by the passing of Atlanta Braves legend Henry “Hank” Aaron. His greatness transcended sports. “Hammerin’ Hank” was the epitome of class and grace, breaking barriers and records with the swing … Continue reading "Atlanta Hawks statem...2021
  • • Hank Aaron death: Why the Atlanta Braves should change their name to honor the late 'Hammerin' Hank'
    Aaron's death at the age of 86 was announced on Friday...2021
  • Hall of Fame knuckleballer Phil Niekro dies at 81
    • Hall of Fame knuckleballer Phil Niekro dies at 81
    Phil Niekro, a pitcher who used his signature knuckleball to fool generations of hitters as well as craft a Hall of Fame career, died Saturday night in his sleep, the Atlanta Braves announced Sunday. He was 81....2020
  • Report: Rays sign Michael Wacha to one-year, $3 million deal
    • Report: Rays sign Michael Wacha to one-year, $3 million deal
    Tampa Bay's signing of the 29-year-old veteran was important following the departure of Morton to the Atlanta Braves and the injuries of Yonny Chirinos, Brendan McKay and Jalen Beeks....2020
  • Freeman, Bauer, Bieber top '20 All-MLB 1st team
    • Freeman, Bauer, Bieber top '20 All-MLB 1st team
    NL MVP Freddie Freeman was one of three Atlanta Braves selected to the All-MLB first team on Wednesday night. Cy Young Award winners Trevor Bauer of the Cincinnati Reds and Shane Bieber of the Cleveland Indians also made the first team....2020
  • Morton 'excited' to return to Braves decade later
    • Morton 'excited' to return to Braves decade later
    Charlie Morton, who returned to the Atlanta Braves on a one-year, $15 million deal, says he doesn't remember a lot from his brief stint with the team 12 years ago....2020
  • • Braves Sign Drew Smyly
    The Atlanta Braves announced the signing of southpaw Drew Smyly to a one-year, $11MM deal, per a team release (via Twitter). Smyly is represented by Frontline Athlete Management. The 31-year-old Smyly has appeared in the Majors for the Tigers, Rays, Rangers, Phillies, and Giants, accumulating a 4.13 ERA/4.15 FIP across 188 games (111 starts) totaling…...2020
  • Source: Braves' Minasian favored for Angels' GM
    • Source: Braves' Minasian favored for Angels' GM
    Perry Minasian, the Atlanta Braves' assistant general manager, has emerged as the favorite to become the Los Angeles' Angels' GM, a source told ESPN....2020
  • • Offseason Outlook: Atlanta Braves
    The Braves won the National League East for the third straight year in 2020, but they fell to the eventual World Series champion Dodgers in the LCS. Atlanta is now at risk of losing some important contributors to free agency. Guaranteed Contracts Ronald Acuna Jr., OF: $98MM through 2026 (including $10MM buyout for 2027) Ozzie…...2020
  • Cruz, Freeman winners at Players Choice Awards
    • Cruz, Freeman winners at Players Choice Awards
    Minnesota Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz has been voted Marvin Miller Man of the Year and Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has been picked as Player of the Year in annual Players Choice award voting....2020

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Atlanta Braves injury and suspension

  • • Report: Rays sign Michael Wacha to one-year, $3 million deal
    Tampa Bay's signing of the 29-year-old veteran was important following the departure of Morton to the Atlanta Braves and the injuries of Yonny Chirinos, Brendan McKay and Jalen Beeks....2020
  • • Yankees reinstate Aaron Judge from injured list
    The 28-year-old has twice completed stints on IL due to a right calf strain. Judge hasn't played since he aggravated the injury during an Aug. 26 game against the Atlanta Braves....2020
  • • Mike Soroka has torn right Achilles tendon
    Mike Soroka is facing a lengthy recovery due to a serious injury suffered on Monday night. Soroka exited the Atlanta Braves’ 7-2 loss to the New York Mets in the third inning after getting hurt while trying to cover first base after a grounder....2020
  • • Yoenis Cespedes opting out of season over coronavirus concerns
    Yoenis Cespedes was unexpectedly absent from the New York Mets’ game against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday, and that is because the veteran slugger has decided he no longer wants to play this season....2020
  • • Watch: Cubs' Willson Contreras finds unique way to take BP during quarantine
    The 2020 MLB season is suspended, and with teams shutting down their facilities, athletes are forced to find ways to train on their own. Chicago Cubs star Willson Contreras did just that on Friday, finding a unique way to get in some batting practice. The All-Star catcher and his brother William Contreras, a top catching prospect in the Atlanta Braves organization, went out to their driveway and s...2020
  • • Cubs RF Jason Heyward to donate $200K for coronavirus relief effort in Chicago
    At a time when many athletes aren’t able to make an impact on the field due to the coronavirus epidemic, they’re finding a way to make contributions off it. Chicago Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward is pledging $200,000 to help Chicago in its efforts to fight COVID-19. The donation will be split up with $100,000 going to MASK, which provides supplies and meals to families impacted by the virus, and an...2020
  • • Report: Cole Hamels could be out through April
    One of the Atlanta Braves’ key offseason acquisitions may not be on the mound for a while with an injury. Cole Hamels, who has been dealing with left shoulder irritation, still has no timetable to begin throwing. He’s like to miss Opening Day and possibly more than that. The Braves are paying Hamels $18 million to anchor their rotation this year, but that’s off to a bad start. Hamels hasn’t thrown...2020
  • • Freeman: Elbow OK, hopes to play next week
    Freddie Freeman hopes to return to the Atlanta Braves lineup next week after his surgically repaired right elbow swelled and forced him out of action a few days ago....2020
  • • Freeman says he often had to take painkillers before games last season
    Freddie Freeman apparently went through a lot just to get on the field during the 2019 campaign. The Atlanta Braves first baseman told Jeff Schultz of The Athletic this week that he often had to take painkillers before games last season due to ongoing issues with his elbow. Specifically, Freeman said that he took two pills before almost every game for six weeks and also dabbled in cortisone inject...2020
  • • Josh Donaldson, Twins reportedly agree to 4-year deal
    The Minnesota Twins reportedly have added a huge piece in their quest to repeat as AL Central champs. The Twins and former AL MVP Josh Donaldson have agreed to a four-year deal, Mark Feinsand first reported on Tuesday. Ken Rosenthal says the deal is for $92 million over four years, with a fifth-year option that could make the contract increase to $100 million. Donaldson reportedly had four-year co...2020

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Atlanta Braves trade, contract, salary rumors

  • • NL East Trade Deadline Recap
    With the deadline in the rearview mirror, we’ll look back at each NL East team’s trade activity over the past month. Atlanta Braves Acquired cash considerations from Padres for 1B Yonder Alonso Acquired LHP Tommy Milone from Orioles for two players to be named later Miami Marlins Acquired RHP James Hoyt from Indians for cash considerations Acquired RHP Jesús Tinoco from Rockies for RHP Chad…...2020
  • • Sources: Braves acquire lefty Milone from Orioles
    The Atlanta Braves have agreed to acquire Baltimore Orioles left-hander Tommy Milone in a trade that could bolster their struggling rotation, according to ESPN and multiple reports....2020
  • • Phillies add trio of relievers to roster; Bruce to IL
    Newly acquired relievers Brandon Workman, Heath Hembree and David Hale were active for Philadelphia's game against the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night. The Phillies acquired the three via a pair of trades Friday....2020
  • • Yasiel Puig will sign with Atlanta Braves for shortened 2020 MLB season, per report
    Puig's long stay on the free agent market appears to be over...2020
  • • 2020 St. Louis Cardinals: How much higher can these redbirds soar?
    After a successful run back to the postseason in 2019, the St. Louis Cardinals are looking to soar higher in 2020 with largely the same group. The big picture: With the President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak largely standing pat this offseason, the Cardinals are hoping that internal development can help them stay atop the NL Central. Did the Birds strike Gold: After acquiring Paul Goldschm...2020
  • • Extension candidates: NL East
    We're not sure to what extent extension talks will continue during the coronavirus hiatus for Major League Baseball. But as we wrote earlier today,  it seems reasonable to think contract talks will be explored to some  extent. Some talks may have advanced nearly to completion before the  global pandemic intervened. While we may have to wait to  learn who the targets are and see what deals get done...2020
  • • Offseason In Review: Atlanta Braves
    It was a busy offseason for the Braves, the back-to-back National League East champions, but maybe not an ideal one. While the Braves signed nine players to major league contracts, they lost their top free agent, third baseman Josh Donaldson. Major League Signings Will Smith, LHP: Three years, $40MM Marcell Ozuna, OF: One year, $18MM…...2020
  • • Atlanta Braves offseason review
    It was a busy offseason for the Braves, the back-to-back National League East champions, but maybe not an ideal one. While the Braves signed nine players to major league contracts, they lost their top free agent, third baseman Josh Donaldson. Major League Signings Will Smith, LHP: Three years, $40M Marcell Ozuna, OF: One year, $18M Cole Hamels, LHP: One year, $18M Travis d’Arnaud, C: Two years, $1...2020
  • • Braves' Marcell Ozuna: 'I thought the Cardinals were going to offer something'
    Left fielder Marcell Ozuna signed a one-year, $18M deal with the Atlanta Braves in January, after an offseason that saw him connected to multiple teams, including a potential reunion with the Cardinals.  Though he turned down the Cards’ one-year, $17.8M qualifying offer, “if I knew before it was going to happen like this, I would have taken it,” Ozuna told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispa...2020
  • • Braves promote Alex Anthopoulos, extend Brian Snitker, coaching staff
    The Braves announced Monday morning that they’ve promoted general manager Alex Anthopoulos to president of baseball operations and extended his contract through the 2024 season. The Atlanta organization also announced contract extensions for manager Brian Snitker and his entire coaching staff; they’ll now be in place through the 2021 season. Anthopoulos had previously been under contract through t...2020

Atlanta Braves stats

  • • Ben Zobrist believes batting average is an ‘outdated stat’
    Chicago Cubs slugger Ben Zobrist won’t allow being in the hunt for the National League batting title alter his apathetic perception of the statistic that would deliver it to him.After going 2-for-4 and raising his batting average to .314 in Thursday’s 5-4 win over the Atlanta Braves, Zobrist stands a minuscule amount behind Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich (.316) for the NL lead. “Of ...2018

Atlanta Braves kids, wife/husband, girlfriend/boyfriend, father/mother

  • • Watch: Freddie Freeman blasts HR off son in backyard baseball
    At least Freddie Freeman is having some fun amid the coronavirus outbreak.  While the MLB season is delayed due to growing COVID-19 concerns, the Atlanta Braves first baseman is enjoying some backyard baseball with his son. Although his son is quite young, Freeman didn't hold back in launching a home run off a fastball right down the center of the plate.  His son didn't seem too happy that his fat...2020
  • • MLB great Tim Hudson named pitching coach at Auburn
    The Auburn Tigers baseball program have added one heck of a figure to lead their pitching staff. The program announced on Tuesday that it has hired four-time All-Star Tim Hudson to its staff as the pitching coach. Hudson’s wife, Kim, made the announcement that her husband was returning to the college he pitched for before the Oakland Athletics made him a sixth-round pick back in 1997. Hudson, 44, ...2020
  • • Ozzie Albies explains why he chose to sign contract extension
    Ozzie Albies and his representation took heat on Thursday when news of the second baseman’s contract extension with the Atlanta Braves was revealed. Albies, an All-Star in 2018, signed a seven-year, $35 million extension that can max out at $45 million over nine years thanks to two options for the Braves. The extension was panned by many and even called the “worst contract ever” by some because of...2019
  • • Report: Hall of Fame manager Bobby Cox suffers apparent stroke
    One of the greatest managers in recent Major League Baseball history, former Atlanta Braves top dog Bobby Cox, is currently suffering through a major health scare. According to Zach Klein of WSB in Atlanta, Cox was rushed to the hospital Tuesday after suffering an apparent stroke. pic.twitter.com/1MaXqtlkFJ— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) April 3, 2019 There are no more details currently available as ...2019
  • • Hall of Fame manager Bobby Cox suffers apparent stroke
    One of the greatest managers in recent Major League Baseball history, former Atlanta Braves top dog Bobby Cox, is currently suffering through a major health scare. According to Zach Klein of WSB in Atlanta, Cox was rushed to the hospital Tuesday after suffering an apparent stroke. pic.twitter.com/1MaXqtlkFJ— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) April 3, 2019 There are no more details currently available as ...2019
  • • 21-month-old girl hospitalized after being struck by Bryce Harper foul ball
    During Sunday night’s game between the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies in Philadelphia, a 21-month-old girl was struck in the face by a Bryce Harper foul ball. The girl’s mother, Angelica DiWilliams, told Eyewitness News that “in the bottom of the fifth inning, little Lily was hit on the right side of her head with a foul ball.” Lily was immediately rushed to a local children’s hospital i...2019
  • • Watch: Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg have heated moment in dugout
    Stephen Strasburg’s return from the disabled list did not go well at all.Strasburg was charged with six runs on eight hits over 4.2 innings in an 8-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Friday. It was Strasburg’s first start since June 8 and the most runs he’s allowed all season.After entering the dugout following his start, Strasburg mostly ignored his teammates, and that didn’t sit well with Max Scher...2018

Top Atlanta Braves news

  • • Atlanta Braves appear unlikely to consider name change
    The team did not address its 'tomahawk chop' in a statement...2020
  • • King Felix gets minor league deal with Braves
    Longtime Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez reached a minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves on Monday that includes an invite to big league spring training....2020
  • • Braves not changing name, looking at 'chop'
    The Atlanta Braves said they will not change their name but are considering whether the tomahawk chop is appropriate....2020
  • • Yasiel Puig will sign with Atlanta Braves for shortened 2020 MLB season, per report
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  • • Freddie Freeman, Three Other Braves Test Positive For COVID-19
    A quartet of Atlanta Braves tested positive for COVID-19: Freddie Freeman, Pete Kozma, Touki Toussaint, and Will Smith, per Sportscaster Kelly Crull. Though the teams do not have to release the names of the players who test positive for coronavirus, in this case, the players consented to have their names released in order to spread…...2020
  • • Braves give Ozuna $18 million contract for 2020
    Outfielder Marcell Ozuna, who hit 29 home runs for the Cardinals last season, will play for the Atlanta Braves in 2020 on a one-year contract worth $18 million....2020
  • • Atlanta Braves all-time team: Aaron and two Joneses in lineup; Maddux the ace; Acuna on bench ... for now
    We're picking a 'Baseball Stars' lineup for each team during April...2020
  • • Braves remove 'Chop On' sign; no call on chant
    The Atlanta Braves have removed a "Chop On" sign that sat near an entrance to Truist Park and are still considering their stance on the tomahawk chop chant....2020
  • • Braves extend manager Snitker, GM Anthopoulos
    The Atlanta Braves on Monday announced the promotion of general manager Alex Anthopoulos and a contract extension for manager Brian Snitker....2020
  • • Report: ESPN interested in Chipper Jones as baseball analyst
    Hall of Famer Chipper Jones could be coming to a television near you if ESPN has its way. The network has interest in hiring the former Atlanta Braves star as a game analyst, according to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post. This comes after Jones partnered with play-by-play man Boog Sciambi for a game last year, which impressed ESPN executives. Jones has also been courted by FOX in the past. It’...2020
  • • Marcell Ozuna signs with Atlanta Braves on one-year, $18 million contract
    Ozuna gives the Braves a source of right-handed power...2020
  • • Braves Place Max Fried On IL, DFA Charlie Culberson, And Other Roster Moves
    The Atlanta Braves announced a number of roster moves this morning, the most consequential of which was placing ace Max Fried on the injured list, retroactive to September 6th, the team announced. Also, Kyle Wright was recalled and Jacob Webb reinstated from the injured list. Fan favorite utility man Charlie Culberson was designated for assignment.…...2020
  • • Braves Designate Robbie Erlin, Recall Sean Newcomb
    The Atlanta Braves have designated starter Robbie Erlin for assignment, per the team. Sean Newcomb has been added to the active roster to take his place. Erlin’s tenure in Atlanta was short, in the grand scheme of things. He made 7 appearances, 5 starts, for a 8.49 ERA/6.75 FIP while allowing 8 home runs over…...2020
  • • NL Notes: Braves, Acuna, Brewers, Urias, Nationals, Zimmerman, Payroll
    Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker has no intention of moving Ronald Acuna Jr. to the cleanup spot, per The Athletic’s David O’Brien (via Twitter). Even before the Marcell Ozuna signing, Snitker wasn’t entertaining removing Acuna from leadoff, where he excelled last season after a short stint in the middle of the order. Acuna has 15 leadoff…...2020

Atlanta Braves fantasy rankings and news

  • • Fantasy Insights: Who will get the bullpen saves for Braves?
    Eric Karabell's thoughts on the Atlanta Braves' fantasy outlook for 2020: players he likes and doesn't, and storylines that could impact playing time and performances....2020

Atlanta Braves schedule, game

  • Dodgers pondering NLCS Game 7 starter options
    • Dodgers pondering NLCS Game 7 starter options
    While rookie Tony Gonsolin is on schedule to pitch Sunday, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says he's still considering all options before naming his starting pitcher for Game 7 of the NLCS against the Atlanta Braves....2020
  • Dodgers' Taylor (ankle) out of Game 6 lineup
    • Dodgers' Taylor (ankle) out of Game 6 lineup
    Chris Taylor wasn't in the Los Angeles Dodgers' starting lineup for Game 6 of the National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves on Saturday, a day after injuring his right ankle....2020
  • • Marlins set rotation for first three games of NLDS
    The Marlins are preparing to kick off their NLDS against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday. This series is non-conventional for a postseason set in that the best-of-five will play out over 5 consecutive days (and of course, because it’s being played in a playoff bubble at a neutral site during a pandemic)....2020
  • • Marlins Set Rotation For First Three Games Of NLDS
    The Marlins are preparing to kick off their NLDS against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday. This series is non-conventional for a postseason set in that the best-of-five will play out over 5 consecutive days (and of course, because it’s being played in a playoff bubble at a neutral site during a pandemic). No days off…...2020
  • • Braves' Acuña out of lineup with wrist soreness
    Ronald Acuna Jr. has been removed from the Atlanta Braves' lineup in their regular-season finale due to irritation in his left wrist....2020
  • • Braves activate Sandoval for playoff bench role
    The Atlanta Braves activated Pablo Sandoval on Sunday, the final day of the regular season....2020
  • • Report: Ex-Giants star Sandoval joins Braves
    Veteran infielder Pablo Sandoval signed a minor league deal Monday with the Atlanta Braves and will report to their alternate training site in Gwinnett, Georgia, MLB Network reported....2020
  • • Braves Recall Chad Sobotka, Option Huascar Ynoa
    The Atlanta Braves optioned right-hander Huascar Ynoa to their alternate training site after yesterday’s doubleheader. Chad Sobotka has been recalled to take his place on the roster. This could be a bit of roster management for the Braves, as Ynoa started the second game of yesterday’s doubleheader and Atlanta may simply want a fresh arm…...2020
  • • Atlanta Braves all-time team: Aaron and two Joneses in lineup; Maddux the ace; Acuna on bench ... for now
    2020
  • • Watch: Cubs' Willson Contreras finds unique way to take BP during quarantine
    2020

Atlanta Braves rumors, scandals

  • • Extension candidates: NL East
    2020
  • • Astros continue to take the heat from fans during spring training
    The only thing that’s going to stop the Houston Astros from being trolled at a record level this season is the possibility that teams will have to play in empty stadiums. We continue to see the defending AL champs receive flack during spring training in Florida after the sign-stealing scandal. This did not stop during Tuesday’s Grapefruit League action against another World Series contender, the A...2020
  • • Braves star Nick Markakis says Astros players need a ‘beating’
    Rival MLB players continue to speak out against the Houston Astros after it was concluded they cheated during their 2017 title season. By now, Houston’s sign-stealing scandal is well known. With MLB teams reporting to spring training over the past week, players have come out of the woodwork in criticizing the team. That includes Atlanta Braves All-Star outfielder Nick Markakis, who said in no unce...2020
  • • Getaway Day: Does anybody want to win the NL East?
    Do any of you want to win the National League East? The others teams in the division don’t seem to want it. Going into Wednesday night, the Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets, Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals were separated by 3.5 games. The Phillies and the Mets were the only teams with winning records and each team has glaring holes that could easily be fixed. The NL East (except for th...2019
  • • Brian McCann reportedly returning to Braves
    Brian McCann is returning to the franchise where he played the first nine seasons of his career. McCann has reportedly agreed to terms with the Atlanta Braves, the franchise that drafted and developed him, on a free agent deal, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com. Bowman further reports that McCann took less money to return to Atlanta. In addition to coming up with the Braves organization, McCann ...2018
  • • Braves announced SS Dansby Swanson has torn ligament in hand
    This is not the way the NL East champion Atlanta Braves wanted to close out what has been a shocking regular season.The team announced on Wednesday that star young shortstop Dansby Swanson has a partially torn ligament in his left hand and will undergo treatment. This obviously puts Swanson’s availability for the playoffs in question. Swanson left Tuesday’s game against the Mets with discomfort in...2018
  • • Rival GM believes Bryce Harper will sign with Phillies
    Bryce Harper’s impending free agency not surprisingly continues to dominate the Major League Baseball rumor mill. With that in mind, the latest batch of speculation comes courtesy of Fancred Sports’ Jon Heyman, who relays that one rival MLB general manager has a good inkling where the Washington Nationals slugger will land.“I think Harper winds up with the Phillies,” the anonymous GM told Heyman.T...2018
  • • Ronald Acuna day-to-day after hit-by-pitch
    Good news, Atlanta Braves fans. It looks like Ronald Acuña Jr. is going to be okay.Wednesday night, Miami Marlins pitcher José Ureña started his evening with the fastest pitch he’s ever thrown to open a game (97.5 mph). Unfortunately, he did so with every intention of drilling the 20-year-old Acuña. The very next inning, Acuña would leave the game due to forearm/elbow tightness.Mission accomplishe...2018
  • • Twitter reacts to Sean Newcomb brutally losing no-hit bid
    Atlanta Braves starter Sean Newcomb was mere seconds away from throwing a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday. With two outs and two strikes in the ninth, Los Angeles’ Chris Taylor singled to left, narrowly hitting the ball passed the outstretched arm of Johan Camargo.The near-miss certainly had the attention of the baseball world, even against the Hall of Fame ceremony. Twitter wa...2018

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