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Braves News: MLB, MLBPA Meet Today, The Legend of Joan Joyce, Plus More

Braves News: MLB, MLBPA Meet Today, The Legend of Joan Joyce, Plus More

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports The MLBPA is expected to make its official counter to MLB’s offer from earlier this month. While the path to the MLB Lockout ending and Major League Baseball returning to business as usual has no official timetable, actual “efforts” will be made today to figure out those details. The MLBPA will meet face-to-face with MLB to provide its counter offer to the offer MLB made as negotiations started back earlier this month. Despite the hope that significant progress may be achieved soon, it still feels as if both sides are posturing than...
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Braves Potential Free Agent Target: Nelson Cruz

Braves Potential Free Agent Target: Nelson Cruz

Photo by Julio Aguilar/ The Braves would need the Universal DH to be implemented and other moves would need to be made but Cruz would be a potentially fun addition. The Atlanta Braves are riding high after the World Series title, but now are looking to run it back in 2022. When baseball returns, the team will have to make a ton of critical decisions to put their final roster together. The biggest question is obviously at first base and whether Freddie Freeman returns or they have figure out how to replace him? In addition, there are questions in the outfield where...
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This Day in Braves History: 1914 Miracle Braves recognized for greatest sports upset

This Day in Braves History: 1914 Miracle Braves recognized for greatest sports upset

Photo by Transcendental Graphics/ The 1914 Braves swept the Philadelphia Athletics in the World Series Braves Franchise History 1950 - The Associated Press picks the 1914 Miracle Braves as the greatest sports upsets in the 20th century. Boston became the first team to be in last place on July 4 before catching fire and winning the National League with a 94-59 record. They swept the Connie Mack’s heavily favored Philadelphia Athletics in the World Series. They wouldn’t win another pennant until 1948. 1951 - Guido Rujo sells his interest in the Boston Braves to...
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Talking Chop Open Thread - 1/23/22

Talking Chop Open Thread - 1/23/22

Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Dreaming of spring Good morning everyone! We are trying a bit of a new format with the open threads by publishing them early in the morning. Feel free to use this thread to discuss the Braves, Major League Baseball or anything you please throughout the day. I am not holding my breath, but hopefully we will get some positive news in regards to the lockout Monday. The fact that it is almost the end of January and that there has been no progress and very few meaningful discussions is disappointing. Still, we are going to try and...
Jan 23, 2022
Braves News: Celebrating Hank Aaron, Buck Showalter on Deion Sanders and more

Braves News: Celebrating Hank Aaron, Buck Showalter on Deion Sanders and more

News and notes for the Braves and the rest of Major League Baseball from Saturday. Saturday was the unfortunate one-year anniversary of Braves and MLB legend Hank Aaron’s passing. MLB.com put together a touching tribute with a variety of articles that are well worth your time. Hank Aaron’s most memorable moments 13 stats that show Hank Aaron’s significance Timeline of Hammerin’ Hank’s legendary career The thing that stopped Aaron-Mays OF? $50 More Braves News New Mets manager Buck Showalter managed former Braves and Falcons great Deion Sanders while he was in...
Jan 22, 2022
Braves Potential Free Agent Target: Carlos Correa

Braves Potential Free Agent Target: Carlos Correa

Photo by Elsa/ Would one of the offseason’s biggest free agents be a fit for Atlanta? While Atlanta has not signed a free agent on Carlos Correa’s level of late, there was a report of interest back in December. Despite the report of interest, this still seems unlikely, just on the basis of everything we’ve seen from this front office. With that being said, Correa is very good and could be seen as a better investment than Freddie Freeman, given how much younger Correa is, only entering his age 27 season. Correa was widely expected to get the biggest free agent...
Jan 22, 2022
Braves News: One Year Since Passing of Hank Aaron

Braves News: One Year Since Passing of Hank Aaron

A year without Hammerin’ Hank. January 22, 2021 was a somber day for Braves country, after legendary outfielder Hank Aaron passed away at 86 years old. Aaron capped a remarkable career with 755 homers and a .305 average. Not only is Aaron remembered for his talents on the field, but he can be credited for Brian Snitker’s hire, who first acted as a front office manager. 40 years after the hire, he led his team to the World Series and ended Atlanta’s championship drought. Aaron was able to be honored briefly before Game 3 of the 2021 World Series in Truist Park. It was a...
Jan 21, 2022
Braves Potential Free Agency Target: Seiya Suzuki

Braves Potential Free Agency Target: Seiya Suzuki

Photo by Steph Chambers/ The Braves have a potential need for another outfielder. Is Japanese star Seiya Suzuki a fit? The Atlanta Braves are in a strange position with their outfield right now in that with the injury to Ronald Acuna Jr. and the contract status of, well, the rest of their outfield means that nothing is certain about who will be out there on Opening Day 2022. Fans’ preferred options seem to including bringing back at least one of Eddie Rosario or Jorge Soler who were both instrumental during the Braves’ run to the World Series title, but one name...
Jan 21, 2022
Braves Potential Free Agent Target: Michael Conforto

Braves Potential Free Agent Target: Michael Conforto

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports With the Braves’ outfield situation so up in the air, should take a look at a high upside player like Conforto? Far and away the biggest question for the Braves this off-season is Freddie Freeman. Getting the first-base situation solved is priority one for Alex Anthopolous. But after that, you could argue the second biggest question for the Braves this off-season is the outfield. With Ronald Acuna Jr coming off a serious knee injury, Marcell Ozone coming off a lost season with a domestic violence charge, the trio of Jorge Soler, Eddie...
Jan 21, 2022
Talking Chop 2022 Preseason Top 30 Braves Prospects: 1-6

Talking Chop 2022 Preseason Top 30 Braves Prospects: 1-6

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports We have reached the summit of our 2022 preseason Braves prospect rankings. Welcome back to the final installment of our Atlanta Braves 2022 Preseason Top 30 Prospect List! We appreciate all of the support on the list so far. If you happened to miss the first few articles, fear not...here are some links to get you caught up. If you are unclear on how we create our list and want some general tips on how to digest our thinking, the 25-30 article has an extensive explanation right at the top. Talking Chop 2022 Preseason Top 30 Braves Prospects:...
Jan 21, 2022
Braves News: New lockout meeting scheduled

Braves News: New lockout meeting scheduled

Photo by David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire via Another meeting will be held this Monday by the MLB and the MLBPA to discuss a new deal. The last meeting held the previous week ended unsuccessfully, much to many’s disappointment. Kris goes into more detail about the upcoming meeting here. Braves News The Talking Chop team has gone into detail about the 2022 top 30 preseason Braves prospects. Catch up on who we’ve covered here: Honorable Mentions Prospects 25-30 Prospects 19-24 Prospects 13-18 Prospects 7-12 MLB News The Washington Nationals sign Rusney Castillo...
Jan 20, 2022
Robot umpires to be used in Triple-A for 2022, per report

Robot umpires to be used in Triple-A for 2022, per report

Photo by Hunter Martin/ The exact method of usage remains unclear According to the Associated Press, robot umpires will be used in at least one division in Triple-A in 2022. Robot umpires have been given a promotion and will be just one step from the major leagues this season: Major League Baseball is expanding its automated strike zone experiment to Triple-A, the highest level of the minor leagues. https://t.co/E1YLNisC88— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) January 20, 2022 This report appears to be on the basis of a job posting on MLB’s website, seeking Automated Ball...
Jan 20, 2022
MLB, MLBPA to hold another bargaining session Monday

MLB, MLBPA to hold another bargaining session Monday

Photo by Bob Levey/ The union is expected to present a counteroffer to the league’s most recent proposal. Representatives from Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are planning to meet Monday for just the second time in 54 days. The two sides met virtually last week where the league presented an offer that was viewed negatively by the union. The two sides will meet in person and the union is expected to present a counteroffer to the league’s most recent proposal per ESPN’s Jeff Passan. Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association plan...
Jan 20, 2022
Starting Nine: Rafael Furcal, a Very Good Brave

Starting Nine: Rafael Furcal, a Very Good Brave

Rafael Furcal’s 189 steals in a Braves uniform are the most of any player in franchise history through their first 817 games.  | Photo by Chris Trotman/ How old was he? That was part of the story during his run in Atlanta, but the switch-hitting shortstop brought hardware and impressive numbers as well Rafael Furcal would spend 14 seasons in the majors, winning a World Series with the Cardinals in 2011. Signed by the Braves for a mere $5,000 on Nov. 9, 1996 Fourteen days after the Braves lost the 1996 World Series, they’d land one of their best international...
Jan 20, 2022
Talking Chop 2022 Preseason Top 30 Braves Prospects: 7-12

Talking Chop 2022 Preseason Top 30 Braves Prospects: 7-12

Mills Fitzner Rocketing into the Top 10. Welcome back to the fourth installment of our Atlanta Braves 2022 Preseason Top 30 Prospect List! We appreciate all of the support on the list so far. If you happened to miss the first few articles, fear not...here are some links to get you caught up. If you are unclear on how we create our list and want some general tips on how to digest our thinking, the 25-30 article has an extensive explanation right at the top. Talking Chop 2022 Preseason Top 30 Braves Prospects: Honorable Mentions Talking Chop 2022 Preseason Top 30 Braves...