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Braves Flashback/Recap: March 28

Braves Flashback/Recap: March 28

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports The earliest game on the calendar in Braves history happened as recently as last year, and it didn’t go well for Atlanta. One of the great things about baseball is the steady way in which it marks the passage of time. There are games (almost) every day; if your team isn’t playing, it’s a little jarring, but some team, somewhere, still is. With the season indefinitely delayed and some pretty substantial upheavals in our day-to-day lives, it may hearten you to know that if you’re losing track of what day it is, you’re not alone — I definitely am....
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The Daily Chop: MLB sets parameters for potential return, Leo Mazzone and more

The Daily Chop: MLB sets parameters for potential return, Leo Mazzone and more

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports More details of Major League Baseball’s agreement with the MLB Players Association emerged on Friday including parameters for when resumption of play might occur. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the season won’t begin until there are no longer bans on mass gatherings that limit the ability to play in front of fans, there are no travel restrictions and medical experts determine that games will not pose a risk to the health of teams and fans. Passan also states that the players and the league will consider playing games at neutral sites and will also...
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Talking Chop Podcast Ep. 211: Social distancing and the new MLB/MLBPA agreement

Talking Chop Podcast Ep. 211: Social distancing and the new MLB/MLBPA agreement

Photo by Mary DeCicco/MLB Photos via Good evening, friends. The sports world continues to be in limbo as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and, while there are other things that are (considerably) more important, the Talking Chop Podcast is back for another run.... while practicing proper social distancing. TC’s own Scott Coleman joins the show for Episode 211 and topics include the following: Checking in with Scott on life and the bizarre nature of the world we currently live in How are we passing the time? What about getting a sports fix in these strange times? Diving into the...
Mar 27, 2020
Braves prospect retrospect: Keeping up with the Joneses

Braves prospect retrospect: Keeping up with the Joneses

Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports From 1992 to 1997, Chipper and Andruw Jones occupied the top prospect spot in the Atlanta Braves system. We think they turned out pretty good. The Atlanta Braves had quite the farm system in the 1990s. Starting in 1992 and spanning to 1997, either Chipper Jones or Andruw Jones occupied the top spot on the farm. Three times — Chipper Jones in 1993 and Andruw in 1996 and 1997 — they were the top prospect in all of Major League Baseball. Over two decades later, we think they turned out pretty darn good. We continue our look back at Braves prospects of...
Mar 27, 2020
Braves Mailbag: A big season for Mike Foltynewicz, Dansby Swanson’s next step and more

Braves Mailbag: A big season for Mike Foltynewicz, Dansby Swanson’s next step and more

Photo by Michael Reaves/ This week’s mailbag answers are here! Happy Friday everyone! I wanted to first say thank you for a bunch of good questions. I couldn’t get to all of them but will try to include the ones that I passed over for the next one. With the delay of the regular season, does the Marcell Ozuna signing now seem like a waste? Weren’t the Braves thinking Cristian Pache or Drew Waters would be ready by the summer? Not really. When the Braves signed Ozuna, it wasn’t about him being an outfielder but was about adding a right-handed power bat to the team’s lineup. I...
Mar 27, 2020
The Daily Chop: Bill Bartholomay passes away

The Daily Chop: Bill Bartholomay passes away

Photo by Pouya Dianat/MLB via Braves say goodbye to a key figure in team history Major League Baseball lost an important figure in the history of the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday when longtime team chairman Bill Bartholomay passed away. Bartholomay was responsible for moving the Braves from Milwaukee to Atlanta and later served as the team’s chairman after selling the club to Ted Turner. Bartholomay had been a fixture at team events over the past 40 years and was recently in attendance for the dedication of Hank Aaron Way at the Braves’ new spring training complex in North Port. The...
Mar 26, 2020
MLB, MLBPA reach deal over service time amid coronavirus outbreak, per report

MLB, MLBPA reach deal over service time amid coronavirus outbreak, per report

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports Whenever baseball happens, we at least know that there would be a labor war over the shortened season’s terms. It doesn’t look like actual baseball games with actual baseball being played with actual fans in the stands is happening anytime soon. Such is life during a pandemic that threatens the well-being, on multiple fronts, of the global populus. It is completely understandable and it also sucks. However, there has been the problem of what to do when/if baseball starts back up. It isn’t as simple as just flicking the light switches on all the...
Mar 26, 2020
Watch Game 3 of the 2018 NLDS between the Braves and the Dodgers

Watch Game 3 of the 2018 NLDS between the Braves and the Dodgers

Photo by Scott Cunningham/ MLB.com’s #OpeningDayAtHome schedule will feature Game 3 of the 2018 NLDS between the Braves and the Dodgers which will get underway at 3 p.m. ET. MLB.com is streaming one game for every team throughout the day on various platforms. You can see Ronald Acuna’s big grand slam at Braves.com or the @LasMayores Twitter feed.
Mar 26, 2020
MLB FanPulse: Voters still optimistic about 2020 regular season

MLB FanPulse: Voters still optimistic about 2020 regular season

Photo by Todd Kirkland/ How long the season will be and when it might start are still difficult to answer. Thursday should have been a day of celebration as the 2020 MLB Season was scheduled to get underway. Unfortunately, circumstances involving the coronavirus pandemic has forced a delay and at this point we can’t be sure when, if or what the 2020 MLB season will look like. The entire situation was the subject of this week’s FanPulse questions that went out earlier this week. The results show that most Major League Baseball fans remain optimistic with 77 percent of voters saying...
Mar 26, 2020
Starting Nine: Hank Aaron, Lonnie Smith’s inexplicable 1989 and the best season in Braves history at each position

Starting Nine: Hank Aaron, Lonnie Smith’s inexplicable 1989 and the best season in Braves history at each position

Chipper Jones authored one of the best seasons in Braves history at third base, while Hank Aaron earns three spots on this list. | Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports The Hammer dominates, while John Smoltz edges out his Big Three brethren This was supposed to be Opening Day. It hurts that it’s not, from the end of missing the game that we all love and for the pain — physical, emotional, even financial — that the current environment we’re all operating in has created. While there’s the uncertainty of when we’ll see real, live baseball again, what we have is a rich history to look...
Mar 26, 2020
Braves prospect retrospect: RHP Tyrell Jenkins

Braves prospect retrospect: RHP Tyrell Jenkins

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports The Atlanta Braves didn’t always have the depth on the farm in pitching they have the past two years. Once upon a time Tyrell Jenkins was one of the best they had to offer. We started our look back at some prospects that may have gone forgotten from yesteryear with Jose Peraza. We continue our stroll down memory lane with a look at one of the better pitching prospects in the system just a few years ago. A quick note on these prospects we’ll be looking at: Some will be highly touted and never pan out, some will go on to be All Stars, and some will go on...
Mar 26, 2020
The Daily Chop: Which Braves are you most anxious to watch?

The Daily Chop: Which Braves are you most anxious to watch?

Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports Without baseball, which player are you missing most? If you love baseball, then you miss baseball. Opening Day, under normal circumstances, would have been today. Pitchers would be pitching, hitters would be hitting, and fans would be pouring into baseball stadiums to watch their favorite teams. Instead we are left with the faint hope that baseball will resume in some form by mid-summer. With this sizable gap in play, which player(s) are you most anxious to watch when baseball does resume? Immediately, players like Ronald Acuña Jr., Ozzie Albies, and...
Mar 25, 2020
Braves Flashback: Andruw Jones hits 100th career home run

Braves Flashback: Andruw Jones hits 100th career home run

Jones launched home run No. 100 at age 23. While we eagerly await the start of the 2020 MLB season, let’s flash back to June 24, 2000, when Andruw Jones collected his 100th home run of his career with a first-inning blast off of Brewers’ right-hander Jamey Wright. This homer was his 20th of the season, and he would set a career-high with 36 in 2000. This homer came in Jones’ age-23 season. Jones would go on to hit 368 home runs in a Braves uniform and 434 in his 17-year Major League career. Jones’ homer would account for the Braves’ only run in a 2-1 loss to the Brewers. Greg...
Mar 25, 2020
Ask Talking Chop: Braves mailbag questions request

Ask Talking Chop: Braves mailbag questions request

Photo by Scott Taetsch/ When we sat down in January to plan for the 2020 season we certainly never dreamed that we would be facing a situation like this. While the pandemic has brought the world and Major League Baseball to a standstill, we all could use something to distract ourselves with. So hit us up with any of your Braves related or Major League Baseball at large questions. If I can’t answer them, I will find someone who can. If you have a question for this week’s mailbag you can leave them below in the form of a comment or you can email them to talkingchop [at] gmail [dot]...
Mar 25, 2020
MLB, Players Union working through variables for potential restart

MLB, Players Union working through variables for potential restart

Both sides have reportedly set a soft deadline for Wednesday. While baseball and much of the world remains paralyzed due to the coronavirus pandemic, there is plenty of activity going on behind the scenes with Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association working through a number of key issues that a shortened season would present. Overnight, ESPN’s Jeff Passan and Kiley McDaniel reported that both sides are working toward a potential agreement that would guarantee players a prorated salary that would depend on the number of games played. Several sources from the players’ side...