If recent history has taught us anything, it’s that John Coppolella will trade anybody. I make this prediction knowing that, within 24 hours if not by Aug. 1, the Braves’ general manager could prove me as wrong as I’ve ever been, which would be saying something. But I make it nonetheless:
. Chipper Jones is back at Braves spring training, in uniform, and the former third baseman and future Hall of Famer was as candid as ever when he talked with reporters about the state of the rebuilding team and its emphasis on restocking the organization with young talent.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Julio Teheran will make a modest $3.3 million in this, the third year of a six-year, $32.4 million contract he signed before the 2014 season. While still being paid similar to what a back-end-of-the-rotation starter makes on some large-payroll teams, Teheran is the questioned ace of the Braves staff.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- There arguably weren't 15 more important pitches in the first two days of Braves camp than the ones thrown by Mike Foltynewicz Sunday morning in his first bullpen session of spring training.
We've entered the Year of Goodbye. The Braves and Falcons are set to depart their respective homes after their respective 2016 seasons. The Hawks may soon seek temporary housing while Philips Arena is reconfigured. Atlanta hasn't been very good at winning championships, but we lead the world in stadium-building.
A torn Achilles is nothing. Jason Grilli knows that to be truth. Coming back at the age of 39 to try to reclaim the Braves closer's job with a fresh scar on his left heel and a clubhouse full of young, live arms all around him? Nothing.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Glance around the crowded Braves spring-training clubhouse and you'll notice several lockers on the major league side of the room that are being shared by two prospects apiece, and the pairings and location of those lockers are anything but coincidence.
When he's not working at a ballpark or riding a bus in the Southern League, Garey Ingram loves to spend time on lakes casting lines or on the golf course. Other than his two years of playing at Middle Georgia, the baseball life is all Ingram has known since graduating from Columbus High in 1988.
Barring injuries or other unexpected developments, the Braves plan to have Freddie Freeman at first base and Nick Markakis in right field for almost every game in 2016 and have newcomer Ender Inciarte as the primary center fielder -- at least until prospect Mallex Smith is ready, at which point they could possibly share the duties.
The Men's Club of Midland United Methodist Church, who sponsors the Saturday morning market, uses the $5 vendor fee to make donations to charitable organizations. House of Heroes will use the money to kick start a campaign to raise funds earmarked to repair the home of Vietnam veterans in need of assistance.
Midland Farmers Market donates $1,200 to House of Heroes
High school brothers respond to the forum on race and policing
Discussions get lively at the race relations and policing forum in Columbus