Thursday, May 9, 2013
The outfielder will begin a rehab stint Thursday morning at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville.
Goodbye Brian McCann, hello Jason Heyward. The Gwinnett Braves announced Heyward, a starting outfielder for several years with the Atlanta Braves, will begin an injury rehab stint at Coolray Field beginning Thursday (May 9). Heyward, 23, underwent an appendectomy in April and was placed on Atlanta's disabled list. He is hitting .121 (7-for-58) in 2013. For his career, he is hitting .256 with 61 home runs. He is expected to be the designated hitter and bat second in Thursday's morning game (10:35 a.m.) vs. Pawtucket. Heyward also is expected to travel to Scranton (Pa.) with the G-Braves for a weekend series, and then be re-evaluated, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The G-Braves need a spark, for sure. The team (12-22) has …
Monday, April 1, 2013
Chipper Jones is gone, and there are many new faces in the lineup for the season opener April 1. Is the team on the way to playoffs this time around? Share your predictions.
The Atlanta Braves have been winners the past two seasons. However, they have not been to the playoffs either season, although the playoffs once were routine for them. And when the Braves open their 2013 season Monday (April 1) at Turner Field, there will still be challenges. Gone is team icon Chipper Jones, who retired after the 2012 season. Also, the Braves will be without All Star catcher Brian McCann (Duluth High) for at least the first couple of weeks. Replacing Jones' bat and presence in the lineup will be a large challenge. Also gone is utility player Martin Prado, who was traded to Arizona in the deal that brought outfielder Justin Upton and third baseman Chris Johnson to Atlanta. Another key addition was free agent outfielder B.J…
Friday, January 25, 2013
The caravan will make its way to Academy Sports + Outdoors Jan. 25 at 3 p.m.
The Atlanta Braves Country Caravan, presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, will continue its roll through the Southeast with an Anti-Bullying Rally planned at DeKalb PATH Academy and a free and public signing at the Academy Sports + Outdoors in Snellville. Braves players, coaches and broadcasters will sign a declaration of “No Place For Hate” and meet with students for Q&As. Freddie Freeman, Tyler Pastornicky, Fredi Gonzalez, Randy Ready, Brian Snitker and Don Sutton. Kris Medlen will be in attendance at the autograph signing at Academy Sports + Outdoors. What: Autograph signing When: 3:30 - 5 p.m. Where: Academy Sports + Outdoors, 1585 Scenic Highway, Snellville, GA 30078 For additional information and a full list of Braves Country …
Sunday, January 6, 2013
The major league team will take its 'Future Stars' game to Mississippi this year.
Despite a sold-out crowd at Coolray Field last April, the Atlanta Braves won't return to Gwinnett for an encore in 2013. The major league team, which played an exhibition game vs. its "Future Stars" as a warmup for the 2012 season, will do the same in Mississippi this year. On Saturday, March 30, Atlanta will take on its minor-league stars in Pearl, Miss., home of the Class AA Mississippi Braves. -- Are you looking forward to the Gwinnett Braves' 2013 season? Share your thoughts in the comments below. In the 2012 game, the Future Stars were managed by former Atlanta manager Bobby Cox. And they gave the big club fits, forcing Atlanta to come from behind for a rain-shortened, 4-3 victory. Gwinnett Braves spokesperson Dave Lezotte said Friday…
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Atlanta clinches a playoff spot Tuesday in dramatic style. Share your thoughts.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
What a difference a year makes. The Atlanta Braves are in the 2012 baseball playoffs. A year ago, the Braves endured one of the biggest collapses in baseball history, blowing an 8 1/2 game lead in September to miss the playoffs. But not so in 2012. The Braves defeated Miami, 4-3, Tuesday on a walk-off homer by former Gwinnett Braves player Freddie Freeman to clinch a playoff spot. At this point, Atlanta has clinched a spot in a possible wild-card playoff spot. And they still have a chance at the NL East title, as they trail Washington by four games. The 2012 playoff appearance also is special, in that it marks the final postseason appearance for team icon Chipper Jones, who is retiring. Jones is the only remaining player from Atlanta's …
Friday, June 8, 2012
Star pitcher Lucas Sims received a $1.65 signing bonus, according to reports.
Friday, June 8, 2012
Lucas Sims, who led Brookwood High School to the state Class AAAAA baseball finals, has signed a contract with his favorite team, the Atlanta Braves. According to a report on SI.com, the right-handed pitcher received a $1.65-million signing bonus. He is expected to join the Braves’ Gulf Coast League team next week. Sims was the 21st selection overall in the Major League Baseball Draft earlier this week. Sims has a fastball pitch clocked in the low 90s, according to published reports. He has said that John Smoltz was his favorite player growing up. "My whole pitching career was patterned after John Smoltz," Sims was quoted in a Braves tweet as saying. "It's an honor to be mentioned in the same breath as him." Sims had originally committed …
Monday, June 4, 2012
Lucas Sims, a recent graduate of Brookwood High, was the 21st pick on Monday in the Major League Baseball first-year player draft.
Just days ago Lucas Sims was pitching for Brookwood High's basball team. Now, he's destined to be a hometown hero as a first-round draft pick for the Atlanta Braves. "This is a dream come true, I've been a Braves fan all my life," said Sims, who was quoted on Twitter by the Braves. Sims, who recently graduated from the Snellville high school, was the 21st pick for Major League Baseball during Monday's first-year player draft. The Atlanta Braves picked up the powerhouse pitcher, who is known as having "one of the best arms among available high school products," according to MLB.com. He has a fastball pitch that hovers in the low 90s, according to published reports. Sims has said that John Smoltz was his favorite player growing up. "My …
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Hopeful major league players took on the Atlanta Braves Tuesday evening at Coolray Field. The team of Future All-Stars was managed by Bobby Cox.
Today is opening day for the Atlanta Braves in a game against the New York Mets, and earlier this week Patch caught some of major leaguers as they particpated in a game against future all-star players. Check out the photos, and get ready to root on the home team this season!
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
In a video you'll only see on Patch, current Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez and former manager Bobby Cox said they both enjoyed playing in this matchup between the Braves All-Stars and Future All-Stars.
Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez got a look at the future. Baseball fans got a chance to watch their major league favorites play in their own backyard. A record-setting crowd of 10,568 came to Coolray Field Tuesday night to watch The Atlanta Braves take on the Future All-Stars -- a team made up of the best talent from the major league team's farm clubs. The future looks bright for many of the up-and-coming players, Gonzalez said. "They've got some good young position players there and some of those arms that came out of the bullpen, it was pretty impressive to see," said Gonzalez. "If I ever get fired, I'm gonna go out there and manage the Lynchburg Hillcats this year," he joked. "It's a pretty good club they've got out there!" The …
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Record Coolray Field crowd of 10,568 sees parent club survive Future Stars, 4-3. Rain halts play in seventh.
Updated April 4 "We're not pretty," Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said of his team before Tuesday's exhibition game at Coolray Field. "We're like hyenas -- they hunt in packs." Not pretty would describe Atlanta's 4-3 victory Tuesday. The parent club, which opens its season Thursday in New York, had to come from behind to lead the Future Stars team of minor leaguers. Then the rain that had been falling intensified in the seventh, forcing play to be called. A record Coolray Field crowd of 10,568 watched the game, which included legendary former Manager Bobby Cox leading the Future Stars. A double by All Star Brian McCann, a Duluth High grad, scored pinch-runner Luis Durango to put Atlanta ahead 4-3 in the fifth. McCann struck out in …