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Braves News: Realmuto trade unlikely, Rule 5 Draft and more

Braves News: Realmuto trade unlikely, Rule 5 Draft and more

Atlanta Braves News Inbox: How much would it cost for Realmuto? In his weekly mailbag, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman writes that the asking price for Marlins’ catcher J.T. Realmuto is sky high and it doesn’t appear as though Miami is interested in dealing him to Atlanta. Decision time: Which prospects get 40-man spots? Teams have until Tuesday to protect Rule 5 Draft eligible players by placing them on the 40-man roster. The Braves have six Top 30 prospects that they will have to make a decision on according to MLB Pipeline. Huascar Ynoa, RHPPatrick Weigel, RHPTravis Demeritte, OFAlex...
19 hours ago
Friday open thread

Friday open thread

Happy Friday everyone!
Nov 16, 2018
Braves News: SunTrust Park a candidate for 2021 All-Star Game

Braves News: SunTrust Park a candidate for 2021 All-Star Game

Atlanta Braves News Freddie Freeman finishes fourth in MVP voting Awards week wrapped up Thursday night with the Most Valuable Player announcement. Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich took home the NL’s MVP Award while Boston’s Mookie Betts won the AL honor. Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman finished fourth in the NL voting garnering eight third place votes from the writers. Ronald Acuna Jr. finished 12th while Nick Markakis also received votes. MLB commissioner: SunTrust Park a candidate for 2021 All-Star game SunTrust Park is among candidates to host the 2021 MLB All-Star game according MLB...
Nov 15, 2018
Freddie Freeman finishes fourth in MVP voting

Freddie Freeman finishes fourth in MVP voting

Christian Yelich takes home the award for the NL. Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich was named 2018 Most Valuable Player for the National League by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America Thursday night. Yelich captured 29 of 30 first place votes while securing the award. Chicago’s Javier Baez finished second while Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado finished third. Yelich broke out in his first season in Milwaukee hitting .326 with 36 home runs and was worth 7.6 fWAR per FanGraphs. Freddie Freeman finished fourth in the voting garnering eight third place and eight...
Nov 15, 2018
Talking Chop open thread - 11/15/18

Talking Chop open thread - 11/15/18

Who is MVP? Awards week concludes Thursday night with the Most Valuable Player award announcement at 6 p.m. ET on the MLB Network. The finalists for the award in the National League are Milwaukee outfielder Christian Yelich, Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado and Cubs infielder Javier Baez. Yelich was seen as the favorite at the end of the season as he helped the Brewers surge to the top of the AL Central standings. Will that be enough to hold off Arenado, who seems to be a candidate every year at this time? Boston outfielder Mookie Betts is the favorite over in the American League....
Nov 15, 2018
Braves News: Cy Young Award winners announced

Braves News: Cy Young Award winners announced

The Braves finally did not win an award, but did have a pitcher who received votes for the NL Cy Young Award. BRAVES NEWS Relievers the Braves should target for 2019 The Braves are in need of relief help for 2019, and beat writer Mark Bowman lays out some options both internally and externally, including three free agents that could make sense for Atlanta. Cristian Pache might be next Braves star, but they’re willing to wait The Braves have another rising star in the outfield, but as Gabe Burns of the AJC writes, the club is willing to wait for him to develop further. Comparing Acuna and...
Nov 14, 2018
Jacob deGrom, Blake Snell win Cy Young Awards

Jacob deGrom, Blake Snell win Cy Young Awards

Awards week continued Wednesday night with the Cy Young Award announcement. New York Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom and Tampa Bay Rays lefty Blake Snell were named as winners by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. DeGrom beat out Washington’s Max Scherzer and Philadelphia’s Aaron Nola for the honor. He earned 29 of 30 first place votes. Snell received 17 of 30 first place votes to best Houston’s Justin Verlander for the award in the American League. Cleveland’s Corey Kluber finished second. Atlanta’s Mike Foltynewicz finished eighth in the voting receiving one fourth...
Nov 14, 2018
Wednesday open thread

Wednesday open thread

Awards week continues on Wednesday with the Cy Young award announcement for the American and National League. There is some intrigue to this award given the number of solid pitching performances we saw during the 2018 season. Finalists in the National League are Mets right-handed Jacob deGrom, the Phillies Aaron Nola and the Nationals’ Max Scherzer. DeGrom is the favorite but we will have to wait until tonight to find out if he actually wins. Things are less clear in the American League where the finalists are Corey Kluber, Blake Snell and Justin Verlander. There figures to be a lot of...
Nov 14, 2018
Braves News: Brian Snitker is the National League’s Manager of the Year

Braves News: Brian Snitker is the National League’s Manager of the Year

Snitker gets rewarded for Braves’ impressive season. Atlanta Braves News Brian Snitker named NL Manager of the Year The 2018 season has been a special one for the Atlanta Braves and they added another award to the trophy case on Tuesday when Brian Snitker was named National League Manager of the Year. Snitker received 17 of 30 first place votes by the writers. Milwaukee’s Craig Counsell finished second in the voting. Acuna ‘honored’ to be named Rookie of the Year Ronald Acuña Jr was named Rookie of the Year on Monday and spoke with the media from Japan where he is taking part in...
Nov 13, 2018
Brian Snitker named NL Manager of the Year

Brian Snitker named NL Manager of the Year

Snitker earns nod over Milwaukee’s Craig Counsell and Colorado’s Bud Black. The Atlanta Braves came out of nowhere to win the NL East in 2018 and in similar fashion, Brian Snitker was named as Manager of the Year for the National League Tuesday night by the BBWAA. Snitker was one of three finalists for the award along with Milwaukee’s Craig Counsell and Colorado’s Bud Black. Atlanta improved by 18 wins in 2018 going from a 72-90 in 2017 to a 90-72 mark and their first division championship since 2013. While many thought initially that the team might be a year away from being a...
Nov 13, 2018
Monday open thread

Monday open thread

Manager of the Year announcement coming up on Tuesday. Ronald Acuna Jr took home the Rookie of the Year Award on Monday, will Brian Snitker make the Braves 2-for-2 on Tuesday? The NL and AL Manager of the Year Awards will be announced Tuesday night at 6 p.m. on the MLB Network. Snitker is a finalist along with Milwaukee’s Craig Counsell and Colorado’s Bud Black. Who will win? Who should win and why?
Nov 13, 2018
Braves News: Acuña Jr. named NL Rookie of the Year

Braves News: Acuña Jr. named NL Rookie of the Year

The Braves phenom capped off an incredible season by winning the prestigious Rookie of the Year Award. BRAVES NEWS Ronald Acuña Jr. wins NL Rookie of the Year award An incredible season from Ronald Acuña Jr. helped propel the Braves into the playoffs, and that playoff berth helped cement the young outfielder as the 2018 National League Rookie of the Year. Acuña finished ahead of Juan Soto of the Nationals by a wide margin, capturing 27 of 30 first-place votes. Comparing Ronald Acuña Jr. to other young stars historically When a player wins the Rookie of the Year award for either league...
Nov 12, 2018
Ronald Acuña Jr. wins NL Rookie of the Year award

Ronald Acuña Jr. wins NL Rookie of the Year award

Rookie of the Year Award caps off magnificent season for Acuña. The votes are in, the announcement has been made and Ronald Acuña Jr. is the 2018 Rookie of the Year in the National League. Nationals’ outfielder Juan Soto and Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler were also finalists. The Braves’ delayed Acuña’s arrival until the end of April and he overcame a month-long stint on the disabled list due to a knee injury but put up an incredible second half to help lead Atlanta to the NL East title. Acuna received 27 of the 30 first-place votes. Soto got two first-place votes and 26...
Nov 12, 2018
Looking back on Alex Anthopoulos’s first year as Braves GM

Looking back on Alex Anthopoulos’s first year as Braves GM

Let’s take a look back on Anthopoulos’s first season running the Braves. The Braves hired Alex Anthopoulos one year ago today. Time flies when the team goes from 72-90 and in the midst of an international spending scandal to 90-72 and National League East champions. To be fair, Anthopoulos does not deserve all the credit for the Braves’ sudden turnaround. Ronald Acuña, Ozzie Albies and Johan Camargo were signed by Frank Wren’s front office. Mike Foltynewicz, Ender Inciarte, Sean Newcomb and Dansby Swanson were acquired during John Coppolella’s tenure. Anthopoulos said from the...
Nov 12, 2018
Debating the great rookie campaigns of Ronald Acuna Jr. and Juan Soto

Debating the great rookie campaigns of Ronald Acuna Jr. and Juan Soto

One of Ronald Acuna Jr. or Juan Soto will win rookie of the year this evening. Which young phenom had the better year? Lets get a few things out of the way. First, Walker Buehler had a legitimately great rookie campaign and I don’t want to discount that. In posting a 2.62 ERA and 3.04 FIP while striking out 9.9 batters per nine on his way to a 3.3 fWAR season, Buehler established himself as one of the better young pitchers in the entire league last season. In almost any other year, he would likely run away with the NL Rookie of the Year title. Big kudos to him. Second, this article is...