Bill Shanks’ column in the Macon Telegraph on why the Atlanta Braves should bring back their old mascot Chief Noc-A-Homa—a caricature of an Native American chief with a name that appears to be a baseball pun mashed together with what someone thought sounded like an “Indian name”—begins thusly:
A.J. Pierzynski definitely moved his body in a way that was indicative of effort after Jhoulys Chacin’s pitch went by him. But none of it worked.
Atlanta Braves outfielder Hector Olivera was arrested this morning in connection with a domestic dispute at a hotel in Arlington, Va. WJLA reported the news first.
It’s not easy managing a team as bereft of talent as the Atlanta Braves, so my first impulse is to feel bad for Fredi Gonzalez, who has steered his garbage team to an 0-7 start. But the Braves have been in some very winnable games, and Gonzalez hasn’t been doing much but tripping over his own feet in the early going.
Braves outfielder Mallex Smith, who has an excellent first name, made his MLB debut in Monday’s game against the Nationals, and was bloody by the fourth inning.
Atlanta Braves reliever Daniel Winkler fractured his elbow during Sunday’s game against the Cardinals. The video doesn’t show any graphic detail. All you see is a man who knows something is definitely wrong with his arm.
Braves rookie John Gant, a 23-year-old relief pitcher, made his major league debut in the ninth inning of last night’s game against the Nationals. Why is this something worth mentioning? Because get a load of how this dude pitches:
The Atlanta Braves picked lefty Evan Rutckyj in the Rule 5 draft in December, taking him from the New York Yankees’ organization. The pitcher was happy for a change of scenery. Too bad for Rutckyj: The 24-year-old’s going back to the Yankees.
Freddie Freeman and his wife Chelsea made the drive to Braves spring training yesterday, and they brought along Nala, the chillest cat who ever chilled. Nala is uncomfortably chill.
After days of rumors that the Atlanta Braves were looking to make a deal, they finally struck. According to multiple reports, they traded Andrelton Simmons and minor leaguer Jose Briceno to the Los Angeles Angels for Erick Aybar, pitching prospects Sean Newcomb and Chris Ellis, and $3 million cash.
MLB pitcher Tommy Hanson died late Monday night after suffering catastrophic organ failure and falling into a coma. The news was first reported by Zach Klein, sports director of Atlanta’s ABC affiliate, and later confirmed by the Braves.
Mets third baseman and lunch policeman David Wright was fired up after tying the game with an RBI single in the seventh inning of Wednesday night’s game. This was right after Freddie Freeman gave the Braves a 3-2 lead in the top half of the inning with his pinch-hit two-RBI double. When Wright reached first base, he…
For those who wanted an opportunity to remember former MLB pitcher Paul Byrd, here’s a crucial update. Byrd’s a Fox Sports sideline reporter for the Braves, and yesterday, he did a segment in the stands while a dog ate food off his head. When the team’s 60-90, anything goes.
An Atlanta-area hot dog committed an act of cannibalism at today’s Bark in the Park event at Turner Field. You may remember a different dog at a different Bark in the Park who also wanted a hot dog. Unlike that unfortunate pup, our friend here succeeded. Good for him.
On Saturday night, a man at Turner Field fell from the upper deck during the seventh inning of the Atlanta Braves 3-1 loss to the New York Yankees. He was transferred to the Grady Memorial Hospital and pronounced dead a little after 11 p.m. The man was later identified as Gregory Murrey of Alpharetta, Ga. by the…
Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski is getting good at this—though he hasn’t made it work quite yet. Keep at it!http://deadspin.com/a-j-pierzynski...
This is ostensibly a highlight reel of the four home runs the Giants hit against the Braves last night. For my money, however, the real star of this show is Braves left fielder Eury Perez:
The Braves took a wild 9-8 victory from the Giants with a two-run, 12th-inning walkoff shot from 30-year-old rookie Adonis Garcia, and they wouldn’t have made it that far without catcher A.J. Pierzynski’s ninth-inning, two-out, two-run bomb. But nothing was more fun than Pierzynski trying to frame a pitch that bounced…