Boston Braves announce they will move to Milwaukee (March 17, 1953)

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Image result for milwaukee bravesThe Braves’ spring training game on March 17, 1953,  against the Yankees in Bradenton, will prove to be the team’s last full one representing the city of Boston. During the sixth inning of the next day’s exhibition contest, the club learns the National League has approved its shift next month to Milwaukee.

That is in contrast to the Junior Circuit that two days ago before denied Bill Veeck permission to move his Browns to Baltimore, citing insurmountable problems due to the short amount of time left before Opening Day.

By 1952, it was clear that there could only be 1 team in Boston. For 50 years, Major League Baseball did not have a relocation and was the same for 50 straight years. After the rise of Ted Williams for the Red Sox, it was clear the Braves were no longer Boston’s #1 team, even after gaining the reputation that the Braves Field is more Family Friendly than Fenway was. The Boston Braves played their last home game Sept. 21, 1952, losing to the Brooklyn Dodgers 8-2 before 8,822 at Braves Field.

On March 13, 1953, owner Lou Perini said that he would seek permission from the National League to move the Braves to Milwaukee. After the franchise’s long history in Boston, the day became known as “Black Friday” in the city as fans mourned the team’s exit after eight decades. Perini, however, pointed to dwindling attendance as the main reason for the relocation. He also announced that he had recently bought out his original partners. He announced Milwaukee as that is where the Braves had their top farm club, the Brewers. Milwaukee had long been a possible target for relocation.

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Jackie Robinson breaks color barrier in first game against Boston Braves (April 15, 1947)

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Image result for jackie robinsonOn this day in 1947, Jackie Robinson, age 28, becomes the first African-American player in Major League Baseball when he steps onto Ebbets Field in Brooklyn to compete for the Brooklyn Dodgers against the Boston Braves. Robinson broke the color barrier in a sport that had been segregated for more than 50 years.

Exactly 50 years later, on April 15, 1997, Robinson’s groundbreaking career was honored and his uniform number, 42, was retired from Major League Baseball by Commissioner Bud Selig in a ceremony attended by over 50,000 fans at New York City’s Shea Stadium.

Robinson’s was the first-ever number retired by all teams in the league.

Source: Jackie Robinson breaks color barrier – Apr 15, 1947 – HISTORY.com

Mets’ fan Gregory Sweeney is arrested and charged with reckless endangerment — John Rocker started it! (July 2, 2000)

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Image result for john rockerAt Shea Stadium on July 2, 2000, Mets’ fan Gregory Sweeney is arrested and charged with reckless endangerment after he throws a ball which Braves reliever John Rocker had tossed into the stands back onto the field.

In a few day later, the 26 year-old Brooklyn man will be exonerated as Queens District Attorney Richard Brown concludes Mr. Sweeney had no criminal intent and was doing nothing more than following a baseball tradition of returning an unsolicited and unwanted souvenir.

At some level, I’m surprised they didn’t arrest John Rocker! 🙂

 

“I don’t want them to forget Ruth; I just want them to remember me.” ~Hank Aaron after number 715 (April 8,1974)

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On April 8,1974, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hits his 715th career home run, breaking Babe Ruth’s legendary record of 714 homers. A crowd of 53,775 people, the largest in the history of Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, was with Aaron that night to cheer when he hit a 4th inning pitch off the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Al Downing. However, as Aaron was an African American who had received death threats and racist hate mail during his pursuit of one of baseball’s most distinguished records, the achievement was bittersweet.

I don’t want them to forget Ruth; I just want them to remember me.

Henry Louis Aaron Jr., born in Mobile, Alabama, on February 5, 1934, made his Major League debut in 1954 with the Milwaukee Braves, just eight years after Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier and became the first African American to play in the majors. Aaron, known as hard working and quiet, was the last Negro league player to also compete in the Major Leagues. In 1957, with characteristically little fanfare, Aaron, who primarily played right field, was named the National League’s Most Valuable Player as the Milwaukee Braves won the pennant. A few weeks later, his three home runs in the World Series helped his team triumph over the heavily favored New York Yankees. Although “Hammerin’ Hank” specialized in home runs, he was also an extremely dependable batter, and by the end of his career he held baseball’s career record for most runs batted in: 2,297.

Aaron’s playing career spanned two teams and 23 years. He was with the Milwaukee Braves from 1954 to 1965, the Atlanta Braves from 1966 to 1974 and the Milwaukee Brewers from 1975 to 1976. He hung up his cleats in 1976 with 755 career home runs and went on to become one of baseball’s first African-American executives, with the Atlanta Braves, and a leading spokesperson for minority hiring. Hank Aaron was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.

 

Who was really the first black GM in baseball? Let’s remember Bill Lucas!

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On October 5, 1993, Bob Watson replaces Bill Wood as the general manager of the Astros, making the former Houston player the first black GM in baseball history. Bill Lucas had performed many similar duties for the Braves in the late 1970s, but he never officially held the title.

Mr. Lucas was a member of the Braves’ organization for 23 years, he was inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame in 2006.

Lucas was born in Jacksonville, Florida. A graduate of Florida A&M University, he served as an officer in the United States Army. He then signed as an infielder with the Milwaukee Braves in 1957 and played for six seasons in the club’s farm system, batting .273 in 655 games.

He joined the Braves’ front office in 1965, working in sales and promotions during the team’s relocation to Atlanta before he switched to the player development department in 1967. Lucas was named the director of the Braves’ farm system in 1972 and promoted to GM responsibilities on September 17, 1976. At the time, the Braves were in last place in the National League West Division, 3012 games out of the division lead. Lucas’ official title was vice president of player personnel, but owner Ted Turner gave him all the duties of a general manager.

With players like Dale Murphy coming up through Lucas’ minor league system, and the selection of Bob Horner as the top pick in the 1978 Major League Baseball Draft, the Braves began assembling the team that would win the 1982 division title.

But the job of rebuilding the Braves was compounded by Turner’s tempestuous behavior. On May 11, 1977, the owner appointed himself the Braves’ field manager during a losing streak. His dugout reign drew national headlines but lasted only one day before the president of the National League ruled that Turner, as an owner, could not appoint himself manager. Then, starting in 1978, Lucas found himself caught between Turner and players like rookie Horner and veteran pitcher Phil Niekro, a future Hall of Famer, during contentious contract negotiations.

On the evening of May 1, 1979, with the Braves on the road facing the Pittsburgh Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium, Lucas watched on television from his Atlanta home as Niekro won his 200th Major League game, 5–2. Hours after congratulating Niekro by phone, Lucas was stricken with cardiac arrest and a massive cerebral hemorrhage. He died three days later without regaining consciousness at age 43. At his passing, he was still the highest-ranking black executive in professional baseball.

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Knuckleballer Phil Niekro becomes 227th player elected to the Hall of Fame (January 6, 1997)

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Knuckleballer Phil Niekro, who compiled a 318-274 record during his 24 major league career, becomes 227th player elected to the Hall of Fame on January 6, 1997. ‘Knucksie’, who spent two-plus decades with the Braves, also had short stints with the Indians, Yankees, and Blue Jays.

Phil and his brother Joe Niekro amassed 539 wins between them, the most combined wins by brothers in baseball history, and Phil’s 121 career victories after the age of 40 is a major league record. His longevity is attributed to the knuckleball, which is a difficult pitch to master but is easy on the arm and often baffles hitters due to its unpredictable trajectory.

At the age of 48, Niekro was the oldest player in major league history to play regularly until Julio Franco played at age 49 in 2007. He set a major league record by playing 24 seasons in the major leagues without a World Series appearance. His total of 5,404⅓ innings pitched is the most by any pitcher in the post-1920 live-ball era.

He only appeared in the postseason twice, making a playoff start in 1969 and again in 1982, both for Braves teams that lost the series.

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Braves knock around Phils in 19-hit rout winning 15-2 (March 31, 2018)

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Though they generated power to fuel and cap their dramatic Opening Day comeback win, the Braves understand they will more consistently resemble the pesky squad they were on Saturday night, when they aggressively navigated the basepaths and battered a taxed pitching staff while rolling to a 15-2 win over the Phillies at SunTrust Park.

In one of the more bizarre things I’ve seen by a Manager, Gabe Kapler goes to the mound to pull starter Vince Velasquez, who had allowed seven runs — four earned — in 2⅔ innings. But, no one is warming up in the bull pen. So he stalled to compensate for the fact Hoby Milner was not warmed up and ready to replace Velasquez. Crew chief Jerry Layne’s decision to protect Milner by allowing him to throw five warmup pitches once he reached the mound drew the ire of Snitker, who drew his second ejection of the series.

“For whatever reason the pitcher wasn’t even getting ready,” Layne said. “Who got crossed up? I’m not placing blame on anybody because I don’t even know. He just wasn’t ready. He hadn’t thrown a pitch. The last thing I want to do is get somebody hurt. It’s already a messed up situation.”

Here is Snitker arguing. It was to no avail.

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Nick Markakis capped the Braves’ largest Opening Day comeback in modern history with a three-run walk-off homer – Opening Day (March 29, 2018)

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Now this was a great opening day. I got to see it on MLB TV. Go Braves!

Nick Markakis capped the Braves’ largest Opening Day comeback in modern history with a three-run walk-off homer that concluded an 8-5 win over the Phillies on Thursday at SunTrust Park.

What had the makings to be a pitching-dominated game started to turn into a survival of the bullpens during the Phillies’ four-run sixth inning, which began with Cesar Hernandez homering off Julio Teheran, who made his Atlanta-record fifth consecutive Opening Day start. After Knapp capped the top of the sixth with a two-run single off Dan Winkler, Freeman cut into the Phillies’ 5-0 lead with a two-run homer off Hoby Milner in the bottom half of the inning.

Ozzie Albies began the Braves’ three-run eighth inning with a homer off left-handed reliever Adam Morgan. Freeman drew a walk and scored from second following an errant throw from Andrew Knapp while attempting to advance to third base on a passed ball. Preston Tucker then highlighted his Atlanta debut with a game-tying single off Edubray Ramos.

Phillies starter Aaron Nola limited the Braves to two hits and allowed just four balls to leave the infield before his 68-pitch effort ended when Inciarte opened the bottom of the sixth with a double and Albies flied out to right. Freeman scored Inciarte with his two-run homer off Milner.

Charlie Culberson began the bottom of the ninth with an infield hit off Hector Neris and advanced to second base on Ender Inciarte’s sacrifice bunt. After Freddie Freeman was intentionally walked, Markakis drilled his first career walk-off home run.

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Chipper Jones interview: 19-year career with the Atlanta Braves with Mark DeRosa

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Mark DeRosa at Baseball Nation interviews Chipper. DeRosa was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 7th round (212th overall) of the 1996 Major League Baseball draft. He made his MLB debut on September 2, 1998 as a shortstop.

From 1998 through 2001, DeRosa spent much of his time as a backup utility player, playing both infield and outfield. In 2002, though still playing as a backup, DeRosa was starting to play more and more, and enjoyed a successful batting average of .297.

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MLB Opening Day 2018: Starting lineup for Atlanta Braves is announced. – Let’s play ball!

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So here it is, courtesy of: MLB Opening Day 2018: Starting lineup for Atlanta Braves | AL.com

With Major League Baseball’s Opening Day coming on Thurs., March 29, you may be wondering what teams’ starting lineups look like.

If you’re an Atlanta Braves fan, here’s what the lineup will look like as the season gets underway:

1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Ozzie Albies, 2B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Tyler Flowers, C
5. Nick Markakis, RF
6. Preston Tucker, LF
7. Rio Ruiz, 3B
8. Dansby Swanson, SS

Rotation and closer:
1. Julio Teheran, RHP
2. Mike Foltynewicz, RHP
3. Brandon McCarthy, RHP
4. Sean Newcomb, LHP
5. Anibal Sanchez, RHP
Closer: Arodys Vizcaino

(Note also that projected starting third baseman Johan Camargo will likely be out the first week of the season due to a back injury.)

Major League Baseball has a listing of every starting lineup in the league, and can be found on the organization’s website.

Source: MLB Opening Day 2018: Starting lineup for Atlanta Braves | AL.com

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Previewing Braves’ 2018 Opening Day lineup

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It is time to think about opening day.  at MLB.com. Previewing Braves’ 2018 Opening Day lineup

“Now that the Grapefruit League season has reached its end, it’s time for the Braves to get a better feel for where they are with their rebuilding process and possibly prove to be one of this season’s most surprising teams.

“This will be a transition season for the Braves, who have the potential to vie for their first winning season since 2013. Top prospects Ronald Acuna Jr. and Mike Soroka should join Atlanta’s roster at some point this year.

“But with Opening Day just three days away, here is a look at how the Braves will look during this season’s early stages.”

Projected Opening Day lineup
1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Ozzie Albies, 2B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Tyler Flowers, C
5. Nick Markakis, RF
6. Preston Tucker, LF
7. Dansby Swanson, SS
8. Rio Ruiz, 3B
9. Julio Teheran, P

Source: Previewing Braves’ 2018 Opening Day lineup

Atlanta Braves roster: Preview for 2018, outlook for 2019

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Are the Atlanta Braves ready to contend, now in the 4th year of their rebuild? I’m thinking not. The more I read and from what I’ve seen so far in spring training, they don’t seem to be there.

Consider this from Atlanta Braves roster: Preview for 2018, outlook for 2019 – Talking Chop

The 2018 season is shaping up as a pivotal one for the Atlanta Braves who are entering the fourth year of their rebuild. Much of that focus of that rebuild has centered on reviving a barren minor league system and transforming it into one of the best in baseball. With some of that top talent pushing its way towards the major league level, 2018 is year of evaluation where the team must figure out which prospects will make up its core with a hopeful return to contention.

That is the task facing new general manager Alex Anthopoulos who was brought on to replace John Coppolella following an embarrassing investigation by major league baseball into transgressions on the international free agent market. That investigation resulted in Coppolella receiving a lifetime ban and the loss of 13 prospects along with other sanctions. It was one of the darkest moments of this franchise and one they hope to distance themselves from quickly.

Anthopoulos arrived shortly before the winter meetings and has taken an otherwise patient approach to the offseason. His biggest move to date was unloading Matt Kemp to the Dodgers in a five-player trade that brought veteran pitchers Brandon McCarthy and Scott Kazmir to Atlanta along with utility man Charlie Culberson. The Braves accomplished two things with the move. One, it freed up a corner outfield spot for top prospect Ronald Acuna who is slated to arrive at some point in 2018. It also helped clear the deck from a salary perspective which allow Atlanta to potentially make a splash in free agency in 2019.

This year’s team figures to be a younger group and their could be more youth on the way. Ozzie Albies arrived late last season and was impressive in his debut. He is entering his first full season as the team’s full time second baseman. Acuna is slated to arrive sometime after opening day but should be a fixture in the team’s outfield upon his arrival.

Source: Atlanta Braves roster: Preview for 2018, outlook for 2019 – Talking Chop

Fredi Gonzalez has a roller coaster of a ride as a manager and coach. (2011 – 2016)

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Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria hires his fourth manager on October 3, 2006 since buying the team four years ago. Florida hires Braves third-base coach Fredi Gonzalez to replace first-year skipper Joe Girardi, who had a well-publicized feud with the owner during the season.

Fredi has a roller coaster of a ride as a manager and coach.

On October 13, 2010, González was officially named the new manager for the Atlanta Braves, succeeding the retiring Bobby Cox.

On October 5, 2012, González managed his first postseason game as a Major League manager. It was a 6-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2012 National League Wild Card Game at Turner Field. González put this game under protest after the Infield Fly Rule was called by umpire Sam Holbrook on a ball that fell in shallow left field in the bottom of the eighth inning. González earned his first major league postseason win on October 4, 2013, in a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Turner Field in Game 2 of the National League Division Series.

After a 9–28 start in 2016, González was fired by the Braves on May 17.

On November 7, 2016, the Miami Marlins hired González as their new third base coach.

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Max Surkont sets a couple of Braves records in Boston and Milwaukee (1950 to 1953)

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Boston starter Max Surkont matches goose eggs with Reds’ Ken Raffenberger during the first eight innings in a scoreless duel at Braves Field on August 1, 1952. The hard-luck right-hander will lose the game when he uncorks two wild pitches in the ninth inning that allows two unearned runs to score.

Max played for the Braves from 1950 to 1953. In 1953, the Boston Braves became the Milwaukee Braves. Against the Cincinnati Reds on May 25, 1953, he recorded eight consecutive strikeouts. Following his seventh straight strikeout, Surkont was forced to endure a thirty-five-minute rain delay. Afterward he struck out Andy Seminick to lead off the fifth inning. Surkont struck out thirteen batters in the game, a 10–3 Braves victory. He was 11–5 for the season and recorded a 61–76 career record. The record stood until Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, Tom Seaver, struck out ten in a row in 1970.

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The Cardinals, in the first NL one-game winner-take-all wild-card playoff, beat the hometown Braves, 6-3 ( October 6, 2012)

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The Cardinals, in the first NL one-game winner-take-all wild-card playoff on October 6, 2012, beat the hometown Braves, 6-3, in a game that will be best remembered for a disputed infield fly rule call in the eighth inning.

The irate Turner Field fans show their displeasure with the umpires’ decision on what appears to be a key Redbird error on a dropped pop fly in the outfield by littering the playing field with debris, causing a 19-minute delay while the ground crew cleans up the assorted trash.

Dan Uggla, always a home run threat, comes up representing the tying run with two outs in the ninth. Uggla fouls off Motte’s first offering. 0-1. Motte’s second pitch? Slider outside. 1-1. Motte throws a strike right at Uggla’s knees. 1-2. The Braves are down to their last strike again. Uggla hits a routine ground ball to first and it’s over!

It was Chipper’s last game.  Chipper didn’t want to go out this way. He made a crucial throwing error and never hit a ball out of the infield, his brilliant career ending with a 6-3 loss’

Don’t blame the umps, Jones said. “I’m the one to blame.” In the fourth inning, with the Braves leading 2-0 on David Ross’ homer, Carlos Beltran blooped a single to right for the first hit of the game off Kris Medlen. But the Braves got what they needed from Matt Holliday, a hard-hit grounder to third base that Jones fielded with a nifty backhanded grab.

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Mel Ott singles home a run in the Giants’ 3-2 victory over Boston Bees in the season finale at the Polo Grounds. (October 2, 1938)

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On October 2, 1938 at the Polo Grounds, Mel Ott singles home a run in the Giants’ 3-2 victory over Boston Bees (aka The Braves) in the season finale at the Polo Grounds. Sometimes the Braves are the foil for other teams to do great things. That is the way it is in baseball. Someone had to throw the pitch that allowed Hank Aaron to break Babe Ruth’s record.

The 29 year-old Giants’ right fielder, who will celebrate a birthday in the off season, establishes the record for the most games played before a 30th birthday with 1,739, more than Robin Yount’s 1,671 (Brewers, 1974-85) and Andruw Jones’s 1,625 (Braves, 1996-2007)

The season finale at the Polo Grounds, Bees (Braves) outfielder Vince DiMaggio strikes out four times, extending his major league record to a season total of 129.

It is something to be known as Joe’s older brother. During a 10-year baseball career, Vince played for the Boston Bees (1937–1938), Cincinnati Reds (1939–1940), Pittsburgh Pirates (1940–1945), Philadelphia Phillies (1945–1946), and New York Giants (1946). Vince was the older brother of Joe and Dom DiMaggio.

This was also Joe Stipp’s last game. “Jersey Joe” Stripp was the last major league batter to bat against a legally thrown spitball, at the end of the career of Burleigh Grimes in 1934. Grimes was one of 17 pitchers who were allowed to continue to throw the spitball, after it was banned in 1920.

Boston Bees Table
Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OBP
Vince DiMaggio CF 4 0 0 0 0 4 .228 .313
Joe Stripp 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 .280 .326
Debs Garms LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 .315 .371
Tony Cuccinello 2B 4 1 2 0 0 0 .265 .331
Max West RF 3 1 2 2 1 0 .234 .300
Elbie Fletcher 1B 3 0 1 0 1 1 .272 .351
Ray Mueller C 4 0 0 0 0 1 .237 .282
Rabbit Warstler SS 3 0 2 0 0 1 .231 .303
Jim Turner P 3 0 1 0 0 0 .229 .267
Team Totals 32 2 8 2 2 7 .250 .294
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/27/2018.

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Luke Walker singled off Atlanta Braves Cecil Upshaw to break an 0-for-39 drought at the plate.

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When you are 0-for-39, at some point you are going to break the streak. Unfortunately for the Atlanta Braves, it happened on July 19, 1972 at Three Rivers Stadium. Luke Walker singled off Cecil Upshaw to break an 0-for-39 drought at the plate.

The Pirates’ southpaw pitches three innings of one-hit shutout baseball to pick up a save in the 8-3 victory over the Braves.

Cecil Upshaw, the Braves pitcher that night, started having problems due to an unfortunate incident in 1970. He and two other Braves players were walking down an Atlanta sidewalk and one of the other players bet him he could not jump up and touch an overhead awning. He did reach the awning, but a ring on his pitching hand ring finger got caught on a projection off of the awning and tore ligaments in his hand. He never fully recovered, but was considered one of the better pitchers in major league baseball up to that time.

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Do the Braves Have a Future Hall of Famer in Ronald Acuna? 

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Okay, this is a lot of hype, but then again, stranger things have happened. Besides, I want to believe, at least at this time of year. It’s spring training and I want to see the Braves do better this year.

“More than 200 players have been voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Membership in the hall is a confirmation of baseball greatness, and when teams convene in late winter in warm climes to prepare for the new season, prospects who possess evident talent become subjects of fan enthusiasm, even speculation about how good, indeed how great their careers might be.

“This year the Atlanta Braves have such a prospect. He is a 20-year-old Venezuelan outfielder named Ronald Acuna. And here is a relevant set of facts: On April 4, 2017, Acuna was assigned to the Florida Fire Frogs (one of the team’s single-A affiliates); on May 9, 2017, to the Mississippi Braves (AA); and on July 13, 2017, to the Gwinnett Braves (AAA), where he finished the year. Acuna thus accomplished the rarity of advancing three levels in a single season.

“As for baseball statistics, an abiding fan interest, in 28 games with the Fire Frogs Acuna hit .287; in 57 games with Mississippi, .326; and in 54 games with Gwinnett, .344. Other important statistics—among them on-base percentage, extra-base hits, slugging, and stolen bases tell the same story of a baseball player upwardly bound. And on defense Acuna may be a real phenom. He is a natural right-fielder with a strong arm who can also patrol center field better than most who play the position now, say baseball scouts.

“Historically” means since 1990, and the Braves have had several No. 1 prospects who became top players (if not Hall of Famers). They include Andruw Jones, who was Baseball America’s top prospect for the consecutive years 1996-97, and had a great career (thanks to his defensive abilities). And Chipper Jones, Baseball America’s No. 1 in 1991 and the game’s second-best switch-hitter ever (behind only Mickey Mantle), who played mostly third base. Jones will enter the Hall of Fame this summer.

“Someone who has watched Acuna play and will see more of him this spring is Jones, who told Mark Bowman of MLB.com that he doesn’t “say much to Ronald” because “he does nothing I would change.”

“It appears that the Braves have a prospect ready to play every day at a high level. And if he plays at least most of the schedule, that would represent a remarkable achievement for prospect Acuna, who soon could add another name to the lengthening list of the game’s exceptional young players—among them Aaron Judge of the Yankees, Mike Trout of the Angels, Bryce Harper of the Nationals, Kris Bryant of the Cubs, and Corey Seager of the Dodgers.

“The new season cannot arrive too soon, and certainly not in Atlanta.”

Source: Do the Braves Have a Future Hall of Famer in Ronald Acuna? | The Weekly Standard

Braves have second best farm system according to MLB Pipeline

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Now here is some good news. We have all been waiting for the rebuilding of the Atlanta Braves to be complete. It still appears to a few years in the future but here is some good news to lighten my heart.

“It is no real surprise that the Braves’ farm system is highly regarded across baseball as well as with the national baseball media. The Braves have a really strong headline grabber in prospect wunderkind Ronald Acuna Jr., a ton of top 100 level talent with around 12 players that have reasonable cases to be on such lists, and a depth of talent that most teams could not even hope to compete with.”

Source: Braves have second best farm system according to MLB Pipeline – Talking Chop

Chipper Jones Opens Up About Legendary Career on “Outside The Lines”

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Atlanta Braves great Chipper Jones sits down with Bob Ley on OTL to discuss his career, relationship with Hall of Fame manager Bobby Cox, and Mickey Mantle’s influence and much more.

Chipper ended his career in 2012 with a .303 career batting average, 468 home runs, and 1,623 RBI. He has the most career RBI for a third baseman and holds the Braves team record for career on-base percentage (.402); he ranks third on the Braves career home run list. He spent his entire 19-year MLB career and all 23 years as a professional baseball player in the Atlanta organization.

 

 

Bill Bruton hits two triples to lead the Braves to victory of St. Louis (August 2, 1959)

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Bill Bruton accomplishes a rate feat on August 2, 1959. He was a triple hitting machine.

In both the first and the sixth inning of the nightcap of a twin bill at County Stadium, hits a three-run triple. The Milwaukee Braves center fielder’s pair of three-baggers with the bases loaded contributes to the team’s 11-5 victory over St. Louis.

In his twelve-year major league career, Bruton posted an overall .273 batting average with 94 home runs and 545 run batted in in 1,610 games. A line-drive hitter and a fleet-footed runner, Bruton led the National League in stolen bases for three consecutive seasons (1953 through 1955), twice in triples (1956 and 1960), and once in runs scored (1960). He led off a game with a home run twelve times.

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Billy Wagner come to terms on a $7 million, one-year deal for the southpaw to become the club’s closer. (December 2, 2009)

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The Braves and left-hander Billy Wagner come to terms on a $7 million, one-year deal for the southpaw to become the club’s closer, replacing Rafael Soriano and Mike Gonzalez on December 2, 2009. The Boston Red Sox claimed Wagner off waivers from the Mets. After initial reports suggested Wagner would invoke his no-trade clause to veto a trade, he agreed to be traded on August 25 for Chris Carter and Eddie Lora, with the added stipulation that the Red Sox could not exercise his $8 million option for 2010, but could offer him salary arbitration. The Red Sox did offer Wagner arbitration, but he declined so the Red Sox received the first-round draft pick from the team that signed Wagner (Atlanta Braves) and a sandwich pick in the 2010 rookie draft.

The six-time All-Star, who missed most of the 2009 season due to elbow surgery, was traded by the Mets to the Red Sox in late August after the reliever showed he still has a live fastball in his initial appearance off the disabled list in New York.

On April 30, 2010, Wagner revealed that he would retire at the end of the 2010 season to spend more time with his family. In a game against the Detroit Tigers on June 25, Wagner achieved his 400th career save. After the game, he told reporters that he still planned to retire after the 2010 season. On July 11, Wagner was selected as an injury replacement to the 2010 National League All Star roster, which he declined due to an ankle injury.

He played his final regular season game on October 3, 2010, and struck out the final four batters he faced – the last three of whom struck out looking. He concluded his final major league regular season with a career-best 1.43 ERA. Wagner made his final major league appearance on October 8 in Game 2 of the NLDS against the San Francisco Giants. Wagner suffered an injury to his left oblique and left the game after facing just two batters. The Braves eventually lost the series before Wagner could recover.

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Chipper Jones On his book “Ballplayer” (Hall of Fame – 2018)

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Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones—one of the greatest switch-hitters in baseball history—shares his remarkable story, while capturing the magic nostalgia that sets baseball apart from every other sport. His new book, “Ballplayer,” takes readers into the clubhouse of the Braves’ extraordinary dynasty, from the climax of the World Series championship in 1995 to the last-gasp division win by the 2005 “Baby Braves.”

The National League MVP also shares pitch-by-pitch dissections of clashes at the plate with some of the all-time great starters, such as Clemens and Johnson, while also delving into his relationships with Bobby Cox and his famous Braves brothers and opponents from Cal Ripken Jr. to Barry Bonds.

From his overnight rise to superstardom to the personal pitfalls that came with fame, “Ballplayer” immerses readers in the best of baseball. Interview at 692 Broadway in NYC for BUILD Series.

In my opinion, Chipper is the best switch hitter ever. You can buy the book here.

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Braves trade Hank Aaron to Milwaukee (November 2, 1974)

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On November 2, 1974, the Atlanta Braves trade Hank Aaron to the Brewers for Dave May and Roger Alexander. The move allows the all-time career home run champ to finish his career in Milwaukee, the city in which he started in the majors.

The new designated-hitter rule, enacted in 1973, made it possible, allowing Aaron, who along with Mathews and Warren Spahn led the Milwaukee Braves to a World Series championship in 1957, to hit the final 22 of his 755 home runs in a Brewers uniform.

Aaron played his final two seasons with the Brewers, posting a .686 OPS. He finished with 2,297 RBIs and 6,856 total bases, records that stand today.

The Brewers retired his No. 44 after the conclusion of the 1976 season, when Aaron’s playing career came to an end.

“He wasn’t the same Hank Aaron — we knew that,” said Bob Uecker, a teammate of Aaron’s with the Braves who was just beginning his broadcasting career when Aaron joined the Brewers. “But he was still a presence.”

Aaron hit his 755th and final home run on July 20, 1976, at County Stadium, a solo shot off California reliever Dick Drago. The baseball hooked just inside the left-field foul pole at County Stadium and landed in section 28 of the lower grandstand. Months passed before anyone realized it was the Home Run King’s final shot.

While I appreciate the nostalgia of this, I wish he would have finished in Atlanta.

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John Smoltz: ‘The Success Of The Atlanta Braves Won’t Be Duplicated’ 

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I am a big fan of the Atlanta Braves. What they did by winning 14 division championships is stunning. I agree with John Smoltz. I don’t think it will happen again.

This documentary sounds great.

“All these years later, it is still incredible to think that the Atlanta Braves won 14 straight division titles from 1991-2005. The Braves won the World Series in 1995, played in the Fall Classic five times in the 1990s and had a roster that featured four Hall of Fame players and a Hall of Fame manager. Yet this was a dynasty that was supposed to win multiple championships. The Braves lost in extra innings of Game 7 of the 1991 World Series and blew a 2-0 series lead against the New York Yankees in 1996.

“A new documentary “Atlanta Rules: The Story of the ’90s Braves,” produced by MLB Network, includes interviews with Hall of Famers Chipper Jones, John Smoltz, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Bobby Cox and several others who helped transform Atlanta from one of the worst teams in baseball into a perennial championship contender.”

Source: John Smoltz: ‘The Success Of The Atlanta Braves Won’t Be Duplicated’ « CBS Boston

Atlanta Braves pitchers and catchers report today (February 13, 2018)

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Source: Ten storylines to define Atlanta Braves 2018 spring training

The Giants set a modern record by stealing 11 bases, in one game, against the Braves. (1912)

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There was a lot new in 1912, including the new name, the Boston Braves. Having played for the Rustlers in 1911, Cy Young reported to spring training. He stayed for three weeks and then left admitting his arm was no good.

What wasn’t new was their record. They finished last, 52 games behind the leader.

It was pretty bad that year but June 20 would highlight the calamity. The Giants set a modern record by stealing 11 bases, in one game, against the Braves. New York was ahead 14-2 after the eighth inning. In the ninth, they added seven more runs. The Braves had a rally in the bottom of the ninth for 21-12 score. The 17 runs scored in the ninth set a record.

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Chipper Jones — Players to hit 40 percent above league average in 10,000-plus career plate appearances (Hall of Fame)

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Chipper Jones, Hall of Famer, is a power hitter with more walks than strikeouts in past 30 years (2018)

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Chipper is one of 35 Live-Ball Era players to reach base at least 40 percent of the time in 5,000 or more plate appearances (Hall of Fame)

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Hall of Famer Chipper Jones is one of a handful of players in Atlanta Braves history to win MVP Award

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Chipper Jones finished his career as one of 21 members in the 400 Homer-150 Steal Club — Hall of Fame (2018)

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Longtime Atlanta Braves exec John Schuerholz scores Atlanta Sports Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award 

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One of the biggest minds behind the Atlanta Braves will receive the Atlanta Sports Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 Atlanta Sports Awards.

Former Atlanta Braves general manager and National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee John Schuerholz will join other Atlanta legends who have received the award, including most recently Arthur Blank (2017), John Smoltz (2016), Tom Glavine (2015), Tommy Nobis (2014), Chipper Jones (2013), Dominque Wilkins (2012) and Bobby Cox (2011).

The ceremony, which is presented by The Coca-Cola Co. will be held June 7 at The Fairmont.

From 1990 to 2007, Schuerholz served as general manager of the Braves, turning the team’s six-year losing streak around within his first year. Following his 17 years as general manager, Schuerholz spent the next decade as the Braves president. Since 2016, he has served as the team’s vice chairman.

Widely considered one of the most successful and influential general managers in baseball history, John forever changed Atlanta Braves baseball. As both a community leader and a 50-year baseball veteran, John embodies all that the Lifetime Achievement Award stands for, and we look forward to recognizing his achievements on June 7.”

~ Atlanta Sports Council President Dan Corso

In addition to his influence on the diamond, Schuerholz made his mark on the local community as a board member of YES! Atlanta, a local nonprofit that provides mentorship to at-risk youth of Atlanta. A passionate advocate for Yes! Atlanta, Schuerholz donated his name to an annual golf tournament that benefitted the organization, according to the sports council.

As president of the Braves, Schuerholz oversaw the Atlanta Braves Foundation, which provides financial support to local organizations and strives to make a positive impact on the community.

The Baltimore-native began his front office baseball career in 1966 as a personal assistant to Lou Gorman, who was the director of player development for the Orioles at the time. Schuerholz was promoted to general manager of the Kansas City Royals in 1981, leading the team to its first World Series win in 1985. Following that season, he was named the Executive of the Year by Sporting News. Schuerholz was drawn to Atlanta in 1990, accepting the role of general manager for the Braves, a team that had finished last in its division that year.

Under Schuerholz, the Braves made MLB history, finishing first in their division for 14 consecutive seasons (1991-2005), securing five National League pennants and winning the 1995 World Series. Schuerholz was the first general manager to ever win a World Series in both the American League and National League – the Royals in 1985 and the Braves in 1995.

In August 2016, Schuerholz was inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame, and in July 2017, he was inducted to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

I am humbled and honored to be given this recognition by the Atlanta Sports Council, and it’s even more special given that this community has been our home for nearly 30 years and the relationships we have made here I truly cherish.It is with deep gratitude that I accept this honor on behalf of the players, coaches and front office team members of the Atlanta Braves who, working together, helped build a championship organization that achieved a level of success of which we are most proud.”

~John Schuerholz

The Atlanta Sports Awards will be held at The Fairmont in West Midtown for the first time in 2018. The awards, created by the Atlanta Sports Council in 2006, highlight the high school, collegiate and professional sports community in Atlanta.

Chipper Jones qualified as a switch-hitter to hit .300 from both sides of the plate (Hall of Fame)

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Games above .500 for Braves with Chipper Jones (Hall of Fame) in lineup (2018)

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Former No. 1 overall pick, Chipper Jones, in the Baseball Hall of Fame

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Chipper Jones (Hall of Fame) — one of the top seven third basemen in baseball history

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Chipper Jones (Hall of Fame) unquestionably finds himself among the top seven third basemen in baseball history — the order relies on debates over the accomplishments of Jones, Mike Schmidt, Eddie Mathews (a Brave), Wade Boggs, George Brett, Adrian Beltre and Brooks Robinson — but he’s also in the top tier of the sport’s switch-hitters.

His 468 career home runs are the most in National League history and rank third all-time behind only Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle and Eddie Murray. The only other switch-hitters to reach 400 homers? Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira.

Chipper is in the Hall of Fame — One of a kind (2018)

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Well … I never had any doubts. I am sure I will have much to say over the next few weeks. The most impressive thing about Chipper, in my mind is:

Zero trades as a prospect. Zero trades as a major-league star. Never bolted in free agency. Never tried the twilight-of-the-career cameo with another franchise.

Chipper Jones was drafted by Atlanta, played every game for Atlanta and retired in Atlanta. That’s rare for a superstar in the modern game. Fifty-one Hall of Famers played for a single team, largely due to the draconian reserve clause practically making athletes franchise property.

Once the reserve clause was struck down and the 1976 collective-bargaining agreement went into effect, however, only 16 Hall of Famers played for just one team (technically Brooks Robinson played his final season in the post-reserve clause era, which would make 17) in the modern free-agency era.

Jones will likely be the final installment in a run of Braves Hall of Fame announcements, but he’s the only one of the group — including John Schuerholz and Bobby Cox — who never donned another uniform.

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With a 10-4 victory over Colorado, the Braves win their Division Series (October 7, 1995)

With a 10-4 victory over Colorado on October 7, 1995, the Braves win their Division Series behind the solid pitching of Greg Maddux and the power provided by Fred McGriff’s two home runs.

Marquis Grissom went 5 – 5 for the evening.

They eventual World champs will sweep Cincinnati in the NLCS before beating Cleveland in the Fall Classic.

Atlanta Braves Table
Batting AB R H RBI BB SO PA BA OBP
Marquis Grissom CF 5 2 5 1 0 0 5 .524 .524
Mark Lemke 2B 5 2 2 1 0 1 5 .211 .250
Chipper Jones 3B 3 1 1 2 2 1 5 .389 .450
Fred McGriff 1B 5 2 3 5 0 0 5 .333 .400
David Justice RF 4 0 1 0 1 1 5 .231 .444
Ryan Klesko LF 4 1 1 0 0 0 4 .467 .467
   Mike Devereaux LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .200 .200
Charlie O’Brien C 3 0 1 0 1 0 4 .200 .333
Rafael Belliard SS 4 1 0 0 0 1 4 .000 .000
Greg Maddux P 3 1 1 0 0 0 3 .167 .167
   Dwight Smith PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .667 .667
   Alejandro Pena P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team Totals 38 10 15 9 4 4 42 .395 .452
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/9/2018.

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Alvin Dark ties rookie record for most consecutive hits and becomes rookie of the year (1948)

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In a 6-5 victory at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, on June 5, 1948 Phillies’ outfielder Richie Ashburn extends his consecutive hitting streak to 23 games, tying the major league rookie record. ‘Whitey’ establishes a 20th-century mark, which will be matched this season by Alvin Dark, an infielder with the Boston Braves. While Dark tied the record, I can’t find any reference to what date it happened.

On December 4, 1948 Dark, who hit .322 for the pennant-winning Braves, receives 27 of the possible 48 votes cast by the BBWAA to be named the major league rookie of the year. The 25 year-old shortstop easily outdistances his closest rivals, southpaw Gene Bearden, a twenty-game winner for the World Champion Indians, and outfielder Richie Ashburn, a .333 batter in 117 games for the Phillies before breaking his hand in August.

Four rookies in the National League all having 23-game streaks: Joe Rapp of the 1921 Phillies, Richie Ashburn of the 1948 Phillies, Alvin Dark of 1948 Boston Braves, and Mike Vail of the 1975 NY Mets.

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Alvin Dark, Boston Brave, Rookie of the Year

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Alvin Dark, Rookie of the Year, Boston Braves

Fred Toney sits out the season rather than play for the Boston Braves (1922)

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1922 was a disastrous year for the Boston Braves. It was Fred Mitchell second season as Manager. They finished eighth with a 53-100 record. They were 39 1/2 games behind the leader.

Fred Toney pitched for the NY Giants. On July 30, Toney was traded from the Giants to the Braves along with prospect Larry Benton and $100,000. They were traded for Braves right-hander Hugh McQuillan. Fred knew a bad team when he saw one. He refused to report to the Braves, who were headed for last, and sat out rest of the season.

As a Giants pitcher, Toney had seen his former teammates circling the bases for four inside the park home runs in April. That’s right, four. No way he wanted to pitch on a team that bad. And so he didn’t.

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Fred Mitchell would take over the reigns from George Stallings (1921)

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The Boston Braves would radically improve in 1921. Fred Mitchell would take over the reigns from George Stallings. They would finish fourth, 15 games behind, with a 79-74 record.

After so many horrible seasons, Mitchell might as well be known as “Miracle Man” rather than George Stallings. Not that fourth place is that great but it was remarkable improvement after the years 1917 to 1920, all sixth and seventh place finishes. 1922 and 1923 would be a different story.

Stallings had called Mitchell his “right eye”. One of the first things Stallings did when he was hired in 1913 was to bring on Mitchell. Mitchell was the pitching coach and the third base coach. In 1916 Mitchell left to coach Harvard, not that far down the road. From there he coached the Chicago Cubs from 1917 to 1921 when the Braves lured him back to Boston.

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Atlanta Braves rumors: Is Liberty Media preparing to sell the team?

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Now here is some interesting news. I want to believe it primarily because being a Braves fan, the last few years, has be extremely painful. I’ve always maintained that you can’t fire the owner but … a new owner can buy the team. Maybe that is the answer.

With skyrocketing team values, the recent events surrounding the Braves’ front office, and the recent sale of the Marlins, could these Atlanta Braves rumors be true, with Liberty Media be getting ready to pull the trigger on a deal?

Source: Atlanta Braves rumors: Liberty Media preparing to sell the team?

Jack Slattery doesn’t last long as manager (1928)

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The good news is that in 1928 the Braves did not finish last. The Philadelphia Phillies had that honor. The Boston Braves came in seventh with a 50-103 record finishing 44 1/2 games behind. Jack Slattery and Rogers Hornsby were managers.

Uh oh. Another ugly year.

With 103 loses, I would thought they would have clearly been in last place. Philadelphia certainly earned it losing 109 games. I can’t imagine.

The year didn’t start with great promise. Owner Judge Fuchs hired a college coach Jack Slattery to manage. Two days later he acquired the ever tumultuous Rogers Hornsby in a trade.

Slattery did have some pro experience. He had coached under George Stallings in 1918 and 1919. He had a great record with Tufts, Boston College and Harvard. Slattery was very popular with the Boston sports writers. Judge Fuchs listened to the writers a lot. So Slattery was in. He wouldn’t last long though. Going 11-20, he was out by May 23.

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Jack Slattery

 

The Reds beat the Braves at Riverfront Stadium, 6-1 (May 3, 1975)

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The Reds beat the Braves at Riverfront Stadium, 6-1 on May 3, 1975. This made Gary Nolan a winner for the first time in nearly two and half seasons. The right-hander’s last win came on October 3, 1972 when he beat the Astros by an identical score in Cincinnati.

Dusty Baker, playing right field for the Braves, had one hit and scored the only run off a two out RBI by Mike Lum. The Braves left 7 on base and were 0-6 with runners in scoring position.

Atlanta Braves Table
Batting AB R H RBI BB SO OPS
Ralph Garr LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 .647
Marty Perez 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 .587
Darrell Evans 3B 4 0 0 0 0 2 .839
Dusty Baker RF 3 1 1 0 1 0 .781
Mike Lum CF 4 0 1 1 0 1 .619
Earl Williams 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 .315
Johnny Oates C 3 0 0 0 1 1 .541
Larvell Blanks SS 3 0 2 0 1 0 .693
Roric Harrison P 2 0 0 0 0 1 .733
   Max Leon P 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Rowland Office PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 .691
   Mike Thompson P 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team Totals 32 1 5 1 3 6 .447
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Generated 12/22/2017.
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The Boston Braves drop from fifth place to seventh place, 22 games behind the leader (1926)

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It is Dave Bancroft’s 3rd year as manager. In 1926, the team is not heading in the right direction. The Boston Braves drop from fifth place to seventh place, 22 games behind the leader with a 66-86 record. Yikes! My oh my!

While they only lost 3 more games in 1926 than 1925, they managed to drop two places.

The Reds blasted the Braves pitching on July 22. They hit 11 runs in the second in a 13-3 game. And then 3 days later on the 25th, Cincinnati third baseman Babe Pinelli brushed up against Braves coach Art Devlin, who had been harassing him. Devlin took a swing at Pinelli and the benches cleared. The police get called in. Now that wasn’t a good thing. They ended up arresting the Braves outfielder Frank Wilson. Cops don’t appreciate getting punched.

It didn’t end there. The next inning Braves Jimmy Welsh collided with the Cincinnati catcher. Val Picinich took a swing at Welsh and got ejected. The benches cleared again. At least the Braves knew how to brawl.

Jason Heyward becomes the eleventh Braves player in franchise history to homer in his first at-bat (April 5, 2010)

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Jason Heyward becomes the eleventh Braves player in franchise history to homer in his first major league at-bat on April 5, 2010. The much touted 20 year-old rookie, with the hometown fans chanting, “Let’s go, Heyward!”, hits a three-run homer in the first inning off Chicago’s Carlos Zambrano at Turner Field.

After a rapid ascent through the minor leagues, the Braves invited Heyward to spring training in March 2010. There, his hitting continued to draw notice, as he routinely hit “rockets” all over the field and over the fences, compelling manager Bobby Cox to make him a regular in the lineup. He mentioned that he heard a different, more pronounced sound, of the balls hit off Heyward’s bat. Reggie Jackson, a New York Yankees special assistant, concurred, characterizing that sound as “stereo”, while everyone else was “in AM.” Heyward hit two notable batting practice home runs at the Champion Stadium training complex in the Lake Buena Vista, Florida. One damaged a Coca-Cola truck in the parking lot, and another broke the sunroof of Atlanta Braves’ assistant general manager Bruce Manno’s car. He was initially issued uniform number 71. At the end of spring training, he asked the team for, and received, number 22. He presented one of his jerseys with the number 22 to Ruston to show that he honored her son, which elicited an emotional reaction from her.

After making his MLB debut for Atlanta in 2010, Heyward was named to the National League (NL) All-Star team and finished second in the NL Rookie of the Year Award. Baseball America named him their MLB Rookie of the Year. Injuries limited his playing time in 2011 and 2013. With a breakout season in 2012, he hit 27 home runs with 82 RBI and 21 stolen bases while finishing tenth in the NL in runs scored with 93. Also recognized for his defense including coverage in the deepest parts of right field, he won both the Fielding Bible and NL Gold Glove Awards for right fielders in 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 and Wilson’s MLB Defensive Player of the Year in 2014. He is widely regarded as one of the best outfield defenders in baseball.

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Greg Maddux headed to Chicago to rejoin the Cubs (2004)

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Greg Maddux is another one of the most beloved Braves of all time, playing 11 total years in Atlanta, four of which were in the 2000’s.

During that time, Mad Dog went 68-37 with a 3.16 ERA and 605 strikeouts in 900 innings pitched. He also had a 1.123 WHIP and won three Gold Gloves.

In 2004, he signed as a free agent with the Chicago Cubs, rejoining the team he started his career with. Maddux returned to the Cubs as a free agent prior to the 2004 season, when he signed with them on February 18, 2004. Maddux got his first win on April 23 after losing 3 consecutive games at the beginning of the season. On August 7, Maddux defeated the San Francisco Giants, 8-4, to garner his 300th career victory.

Maddux was the jewel in the much-vaunted Braves trio of Maddux, Glavine, and Smoltz, who pitched together for over a decade as the core of one of the best pitching staffs in the history of the game. The three were the linchpin of a team that won its division (the National League West in 1993 and the East from then on) every year that Maddux was on the team (1994 had no division champions). The three pitchers were frequently augmented by other strong starters such as Steve Avery, Kevin Millwood, Denny Neagle, and Russ Ortiz. In 1995, they pitched the Braves to a World Series title. In 29 postseason games with Atlanta, Maddux had a 2.81 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP, but just an 11–13 record.

Greg Maddux – Hall of Fame

The 1920 Boston Braves came to the bottom of their slide (1920)

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The 1920 Boston Braves came to the bottom of their slide. In George Stallings 8th year, Boston had a record of 62-90 to finish seventh — 30 games behind the leader.

The “Miracle Man” had long ago run out of miracles. Stallings was a very frustrated man. He blamed the new owners for lack of support. He learned what many have learned … you can’t fire the owners.

Stallings was talented as his 1914 season showed. The 1920 version was a poor example of a baseball team. The team led the league in errors, scored fewer runs than any other team, and was seventh in staff ERA and total runs allowed.

Boston finished just a half game ahead of last-placed Philadelphia because the Phillies played one more game, a loss.

By the end of the season, Stallings would resign.

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