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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 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....
Feb 17, 2020
The Daily Chop: Marcell Ozuna arrives in camp, Charlie Culberson and more

The Daily Chop: Marcell Ozuna arrives in camp, Charlie Culberson and more

Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports Braves position players will report to camp on Monday with the first full squad workout scheduled for Tuesday. Position players are set to report to Spring Training on Monday for the Atlanta Braves but many are already in camp or showed up on Sunday. Atlanta’s newest addition, outfielder Marcell Ozuna, was among the group that arrived on Sunday where he made his first public comments since joining the team. While Ozuna should slot into Atlanta’s lineup nicely behind Freddie Freeman, the Braves are optimistic that they can get the most out of Ozuna...
Feb 16, 2020
The Daily Chop: A.J. Minter looking to rebound, Sean Newcomb and more

The Daily Chop: A.J. Minter looking to rebound, Sean Newcomb and more

Photo by Scott Taetsch/ When the Braves began spring training in 2019, the thought was that reliever A.J. Minter would likely be ready to takeover the closer role from Arodys Vizcaino at some point during the season. However, Minter aggravated his shoulder during a fender bender shortly after reporting to spring and made just one appearance during the exhibition season. He began the year on the injured list but rushed back and was never able to find himself. Minter talked about his lost 2019 season with MLB.com’s Mark Bowman and acknowledged that he rushed back and never was able to...
Feb 15, 2020
The Daily Chop: Brian Snitker discusses Atlanta’s bullpen additions

The Daily Chop: Brian Snitker discusses Atlanta’s bullpen additions

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports Brian Snitker discussed the depth of the Atlanta Braves’ bullpen on Friday and said that he is looking forward to having multiple closer options to deploy this season. The Braves have maintained that Mark Melancon will remain in the traditional closer’s role this season despite the addition of Will Smith this offseason. Snitker talked about how Smith and possibly Shane Greene could all draw some save opportunities. Snitker also talked about several of Atlanta’s young pitchers who are in camp for the first time. More Braves News The College Baseball...
Feb 14, 2020
The Daily Chop: Spring updates, Mike Soroka’s focus and more

The Daily Chop: Spring updates, Mike Soroka’s focus and more

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports Mike Soroka came to camp hoping to improve his fastball. Thursday was a less eventful day for the Atlanta Braves as they held their first official workout with pitchers and catchers. The team announced on Wednesday that veteran starter Cole Hamels would miss the first three weeks of camp which will cause him to not be ready for the start of the season. There was some good news on the injury front as reliever Jacob Webb is in camp and throwing without any restrictions. The team was forced to shut Webb down during the second half of the 2019 season due to...
Feb 13, 2020
Jacob Webb throwing without restriction, Felix Hernandez ready to compete for roster spot

Jacob Webb throwing without restriction, Felix Hernandez ready to compete for roster spot

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports News and notes from Braves camp on Thursday. The Atlanta Braves completed their first spring workout with pitchers and catchers on Thursday as the team begins its preparations for the 2020 season. While their wasn’t any big news to come out of the first workout, there was some encouraging news on a couple of players who are competing for a roster spot. Jacob Webb made an impact in the Braves’ bullpen early on in the 2019 season before an elbow injury forced the team to shut him down late in the season. He has apparently put that injury behind him...
Feb 13, 2020
Thursday open thread

Thursday open thread

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Feb 12, 2020
Atlanta Braves Spring Training Preview: Bullpen

Atlanta Braves Spring Training Preview: Bullpen

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports The Braves spent big in hopes of solidifying their bullpen for 2020. The Atlanta Braves won 97 games in 2019 but did so largely with a bullpen that could be described as inconsistent. Alex Anthopoulos tried to address those issues at the trade deadline with the additions of Chris Martin, Shane Greene and Mark Melancon. He set out again early this offseason in hopes that he could transform Atlanta’s bullpen from a question mark into a strength. While it is worth mentioning the volatility of relievers in general, this group of Braves relievers does look like a...
Feb 12, 2020
The Daily Chop: The offseason officially ends as pitchers and catchers report

The Daily Chop: The offseason officially ends as pitchers and catchers report

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports We made it! The offseason is officially over. Pitchers and catchers for the Atlanta Braves will report to their new North Port facility on Wednesday to begin preparations for the upcoming 2020 season. It has been an eventful offseason for the league to say the least. We saw the free agent market come back to life as teams pursued big name players more aggressively than any of the past two seasons. Of course, the sign stealing scandal involving the Houston Astros and the dismissal of GM Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch and the continued fall out dominated...
Feb 11, 2020
Tuesday open thread

Tuesday open thread

Photo by Julio Aguilar/ Soon! Pitchers and catchers report tomorrow!
Feb 11, 2020
Five storylines to watch as the Braves get set for Spring Training

Five storylines to watch as the Braves get set for Spring Training

Photo by Sean M. Haffey/ Here is a look at five storylines for the Atlanta Braves as they get ready to open spring camp. Pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training on Wednesday for the Atlanta Braves, who have enjoyed an eventful offseason. Alex Anthopoulos acted quickly in trying to fortify a bullpen that was shaky at times in 2019, added catcher Travis d’Arnaud to replace the retiring Brian McCann, and pivoted to outfielder Marcell Ozuna after Josh Donaldson left for Minnesota. It was a busy offseason for sure but several questions remain as the Braves look toward the 2020...
Feb 11, 2020
Atlanta Braves Spring Training Preview: Starting Rotation

Atlanta Braves Spring Training Preview: Starting Rotation

Photo by Jamie Squire/ Will the Braves have another young pitcher take a step forward in 2020? For each of the past several offseasons, we have heard a stated goal by the Atlanta Braves’ front office to add a top of the rotation arm. That happens to be a stated goal by many teams and isn’t an easy task to check off the to-do list. The Braves were never going to be an option for Gerrit Cole and fallback options like Madison Bumgarner, Zack Wheeler and others did well in a surprisingly robust market. Atlanta’s lone rotation addition was veteran Cole Hamels, who was looking for an...
Feb 11, 2020
2020 Atlanta Braves Spring Training Preview

2020 Atlanta Braves Spring Training Preview

Photo by Julio Aguilar/ Pitchers and catchers for the Atlanta Braves report to Spring Training on Wednesday. We have put together a preview for every player that will be in camp sorted by positions which you can find below. Here are some other additional resources that you may find handy over the next six weeks. Atlanta Braves Spring Training Schedule with Broadcast info Atlanta Braves Spring Training Roster Atlanta Braves Payroll Worksheet The Talking Chop Podcast
Feb 10, 2020
Monday open thread

Monday open thread

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