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Felix Hernandez will start Braves’ Grapefruit League opener Saturday

Felix Hernandez will start Braves’ Grapefruit League opener Saturday

Photo by Michael Reaves/ The rotation competition gets underway in the spring opener The Atlanta Braves will start veteran Felix Hernandez in Saturday’s Grapefruit League opener against the Baltimore Orioles according to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman. Hernandez is one of several pitchers who is competing for one of the final spots in the Braves’ starting rotation. Felix Hernandez will start tomorrow’s Grapefruit League opener. Hamels will also arrive in camp tomorrow.— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) February 21, 2020 Hernandez signed a minor-league deal with the Braves this offseason...
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The Daily Chop: Spring lineups, Behind The Braves and more

The Daily Chop: Spring lineups, Behind The Braves and more

Photo by Michael Reaves/ The Grapefruit League season gets underway on Saturday. When the Atlanta Braves open the Grapefruit League season on Saturday, don’t expect to see many of the team’s veterans in the lineup. Brian Snitker told MLB.com’s Mark Bowman on Thursday that he plans to ease veterans Marcell Ozuna, Nick Markakis along with both of his primary catchers in Tyler Flowers and Travis d’Arnaud into the lineup. However, the team’s third base competition is expected to begin right away with Johan Camargo and Austin Riley expected to alternate starts on an every-other-day...
Feb 20, 2020
Make the right choice in 2020! Introducing the Acuña/Albies shirt from BreakingT

Make the right choice in 2020! Introducing the Acuña/Albies shirt from BreakingT

The only right choice for 2020! Spring Training is here and the 2020 MLB season is right around the corner. The Atlanta Braves are retooled for another playoff run and who better to carry the torch than their dynamic duo of Ronald Acuña Jr. and Ozzie Albies? The Atlanta Ticket is the only winning choice this election season. The shirt is our latest addition to the Atlanta Collection at Breaking T. It is an officially licensed product by the Major League Player’s Association and is available in a variety of sizes. Don’t wait! Get your’s now. Click Here...
Feb 20, 2020
Atlanta Braves premiere video series ‘Behind The Braves’

Atlanta Braves premiere video series ‘Behind The Braves’

Watch the first episode here. The Atlanta Braves the first episode of “Behind The Braves” on their YouTube channel Thursday night. The series will chronicle 2020 Spring Training and the first episode doesn’t disappoint with a behind the scenes look as pitchers and catchers report to North Port. New episodes will be released weekly and if this doesn’t get you excited for the upcoming season then I am not sure what will.
Feb 20, 2020
Braves Throwback Thursday: The curious case of Tom Seaver

Braves Throwback Thursday: The curious case of Tom Seaver

Tom Seaver led the New York Mets to a World Series title in 1969 and won three Cy Young Awards with the club. But for some draft-related misfortune, he might have been an Atlanta Brave instead. | Photo by Focus On Sport/ Atlanta ‘illegally’ signed future a Hall of Famer, 54 years ago this month The Atlanta Braves didn’t lack for stars in the early years after the franchise moved from Milwaukee. Hank Aaron was already established as an MVP and perennial All-Star by the time the Braves arrived in Atlanta prior to the 1966 season. Phil Niekro had his first big year as a Brave in 1969,...
Feb 20, 2020
The Daily Chop: Sideline reporter Kelsey Wingert departs from Braves broadcast

The Daily Chop: Sideline reporter Kelsey Wingert departs from Braves broadcast

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports The Braves are making a change to their broadcast team this season. Changes are coming to the Braves television broadcast in 2020. News broke on Wednesday that Fox Sports reporter Kelsey Wingert, who had grown into a fan favorite during her tenure in Atlanta, is no longer employed by Fox Sports South. The details of this separation have not been made clear as of Thursday morning, but the loss of Wingert has not been well-received by the fan base. She had become a staple of an otherwise underwhelming broadcast, and now she departs just weeks before the...
Feb 19, 2020
A Short Story About Martin Prado, Bonding and a Baseball That Almost Killed Me

A Short Story About Martin Prado, Bonding and a Baseball That Almost Killed Me

Martin Prado was the Talking Chop readers’ choice for 2010 Braves MVP. | Scott Coleman A shorty story about me and my wife bonding over the Atlanta Braves and baseball. My wife and I both love baseball,...
Feb 19, 2020
Sean Newcomb may have the inside track to a rotation spot

Sean Newcomb may have the inside track to a rotation spot

Photo by Mike Zarrilli/ With Cole Hamels getting injured and throwing what seemed like a certain situation into flux, Sean Newcomb may be in prime position for a return to the rotation. The first week of spring training for the Atlanta Braves was eventful because it took maybe an hour or two before we got the first gloom and doom moment of the entire season. That was when Cole Hamels walked into the door for his first official day at his new gig with shoulder soreness after he hurt himself tossing around a medicine ball. The shoulder ailment is enough to basically wipe out all of his...
Feb 19, 2020
The Daily Chop: Nick Markakis’ role, Hank Aaron and more

The Daily Chop: Nick Markakis’ role, Hank Aaron and more

Photo by Jennifer Stewart/ Markakis expected to take on a bench role this season. Nick Markakis’ role with the Atlanta Braves for 2020 became unclear the moment the team signed Marcell Ozuna. While Ozuna and Ronald Acuña Jr. will occupy two of Atlanta’s three outfield spots on an everyday basis, Markakis was left to compete for playing time with Ender Inciarte and Adam Duvall. While things can certainly change, the initial alignment will be Ozuna in left, Acuña in right with Inciarte manning centerfield according to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman. Duvall would likely draw starts in right...
Feb 18, 2020
Nick Markakis sounds off Astros’ sign-stealing scandal

Nick Markakis sounds off Astros’ sign-stealing scandal

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports Markakis didn’t pull any punches. Nick Markakis has historically been a man of few words but he opened up Tuesday morning at Atlanta Braves Spring Training when asked about the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal that has dominated the offseason. Markakis didn’t pull any punches saying that he was hurt by it and that he had spent his entire career trying to play the game the right way. He also had some words for MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred saying that he thought the situation was handled wrong. Markakis is the latest player to sound off on...
Feb 18, 2020
The Daily Chop: Extensions, Gibbons, Expectations, and more

The Daily Chop: Extensions, Gibbons, Expectations, and more

Photo by Mary DeCicco/MLB Photos via Two vital members of the organization were given contract extensions on Monday. The Braves announced two key extensions on Monday, securing the services of newly-minted president of baseball operations Alex Anthopoulos thru 2024 and manager Brian Snitker thru 2021. Along with Snitker, the club will retain all current members of the major league coaching staff. Since he was hired in November 2017, Anthopoulos has commandeered the franchise to two division titles. His risk-averse courses of action may leave fans wanting more during the offseason, but...
Feb 17, 2020
Braves stay on positive course with contract extensions for Snitker and Anthopoulos

Braves stay on positive course with contract extensions for Snitker and Anthopoulos

Photo by Todd Kirkland/ The Braves have a pretty good thing going with Alex Anthopoulos and Brian Snitker. They’ve both been given a bit more time to turn this from a good thing to a great thing. Hidden under the massive cloud of spiciness surrounding players across baseball chirping at either each other or a commissioner who is looking more and more in over his head by the day, the Braves had themselves a bit of a busy morning today. If you’re a fan of keeping the status quo going, then you got a lot of good news from the Braves today as they announced that they’re keeping both...
Feb 17, 2020
Braves MLB draft watch: 3 Georgia Tech junior bats to watch

Braves MLB draft watch: 3 Georgia Tech junior bats to watch

Wayne Cavadi | Talking Chop The Atlanta Braves have some intriguing draft prospects right down the road at Georgia Tech. Here are three that stand out. ATLANTA, GA — Spring training is just about ready to open, but the college baseball season is in full swing. Georgia Tech opened the weekend at home, hosting three different teams in the Atlanta Challenge. I caught Sunday’s game against St. John’s, one which the Jackets picked up their first loss of the season, 11-1. While there is a lot of youth in the lineup this season, including exciting freshman first baseman Drew Compton,...
Feb 17, 2020
Braves sign former Blue Jays manager John Gibbons as a national crosschecker, per report

Braves sign former Blue Jays manager John Gibbons as a national crosschecker, per report

Photo by Julio Aguilar/ The Braves continued their scouting department overhaul on Monday. One of the more undersung developments under general manager Alex Anthopoulos has been the complete reworking of the Braves’ scouting department. After firing longtime scouting director Brian Bridges who was very well liked, the front office has re-invented the Braves’ scouting operations under the watchful eye of Dana Brown who AA hired to replace Bridges. The difference in draft strategy was already pretty stark given the Braves’ picks in the 2019 draft, but it is clear that one thing that...
Feb 17, 2020
Braves extend contracts of Alex Anthopoulos, Brian Snitker

Braves extend contracts of Alex Anthopoulos, Brian Snitker

Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports The team also promoted Anthopoulos to President of Baseball Operations. The Atlanta Braves announced Monday morning that they have extended the contracts of general manager Alex Anthopoulos and manager Brian Snitker along with his coaching staff. Anthopoulos was also promoted to president of baseball operations. Anthopoulos’ contract was extended through 2024 and he will continue to report directly to Chairman Terry McGuirk. “I am very pleased that Alex will be leading the Atlanta Braves’ baseball operations for years to come,” McGuirk said....