Scott Pianowski is joined this week by Fred Zinkie to talk about shifting strategy in a likely shortened baseball season, veteran pitching targets and some infield sleepers.
Posted: April 6, 2020, 10:51 pm
Tinker reckons the Braves revenue would drops to $174 million from $438 million in 2019, as attendance drops to 630,000 from last year’s 2.65 million. The drop in attendance would cut revenue from gate and concessions to about $55 million in 2020 from $202 million the prior year, and halve the broadcast and sponsor revenue to $118 million from $236 million. Player expenses, meanwhile, were only lowered by 50%, to $86 million, and operating expenses and SG&A costs by 40%, to $146 million.
Posted: April 6, 2020, 10:49 pm
There are not too many cars on the road these days, thanks to stay-at-home orders issued because of the coronavirus. But a herd of deer caused an animal version of gridlock last week in a Michigan city, WOOD-TV reported. Aaron Geller was driving in his neighborhood just south of downtown Grand Rapids on Wednesday when he saw the herd move from a lawn to the street, and then through a side yard, WOOD reported.
Posted: April 6, 2020, 4:54 pm
I expect that the breakout will stick this time around; he’s getting stronger, he’s hitting more flyballs and he doesn’t strike out as often as his subpar batting averages might suggest. Still, I was more excited about him for fantasy purposes before the Marcell Ozuna signing settled the top half of the Braves order; I envisioned Swanson emerging as a cleanup man or perhaps a No. hitter, with Ozzie Albies sliding down to fourth.
Posted: April 6, 2020, 1:03 pm
Editor’s note: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution will spend the year looking back at the 25th anniversary of the 1995 World Series champion Atlanta Braves. In a season-long series that will run through October, we will capture all the key moments and hear from the participants as they share their memories. Today’s installment focuses on Marquis Grissom – the Atlanta native who caught the final out in the World Series clincher against the Indians.
Posted: April 6, 2020, 12:40 pm
While we were busy reliving Jason Heyward’s Opening Day arrival, there was another big event that took place on April 5 in Atlanta Braves history. Saturday was also the fifth anniversary of the Craig Kimbrel trade with the San Diego Padres. On the eve of Opening Day, Atlanta sent Kimbrel and outfielder B.J. Upton to the Padres for outfielders Cameron Maybin, Carlos Quentin, Jordan Paroubeck, RHP Matt Wisler and the 41st pick in the 2015 Draft.
Posted: April 6, 2020, 11:00 am
For the last week we have started to hear details of what Major League Baseball is considering in regards to the 2020 season. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal added another option on Saturday when he reported that MLB is considering playing games in empty spring training parks while quarantining all 30 teams. MLB is prioritizing public health as it examines all possibilities, sources say.
Posted: April 5, 2020, 11:00 am
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, fans are still desperately waiting for baseball to resume. On Opening Day for the Florida Marlins on this day 15 years ago, fans went home happy as the Fish teed off on a future Hall of Fame pitcher. After recording 144 saves over three seasons as the Atlanta Braves’ closer, John Smoltz was moved back to the rotation for the 2005 season.
Posted: April 5, 2020, 11:00 am
The 2020 MLB Draft will look quite different this season as a result of an agreement between the Major League Baseball and the Players Association in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Per the agreement, MLB will set the length of the draft from anywhere from five to 40 rounds. The expectation is that it will be shortened to five although a 10 round scenario has also been mentioned.
Posted: April 4, 2020, 11:00 am
I don’t want to make it bigger than what it is because there’s a lot of people who are feeling bad,” Snitker said. But you had a bunch of guys, it was almost like they were running into each other ’cause they didn’t know what to do. I felt bad because they’re sitting there looking at each other like, ‘God, what do we do now?
Posted: April 4, 2020, 12:13 am
During the Braves’ “At Home Opener” stream on Friday evening – when the team would’ve been playing its first game at Truist Park this season – general manager Alex Anthopoulos revealed an interesting nugget about the Braves’ third-base competition. Austin Riley and Johan Camargo were playing so well, it’s likely both would’ve made the initial roster. Camargo, Riley were playing unbelievably well,” Anthopoulos told Fox Sports broadcaster Chip Carey, who was conducting the pre-recorded interview.
Posted: April 3, 2020, 11:53 pm
Sid Bream has seen his famous slide thousands and thousands of times, but for the first time in years, maybe ever at his home, planned Friday to plop down in his living room, turn on the TV, and watch the entire baseball game. It will be hard to miss. Game 7 of the 1992 National League Championship Season between the Atlanta Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates is being televised three different times throughout the day Friday on MLB-TV as one of baseball’s classics, ranked as the fourth-best game in M…
Posted: April 3, 2020, 7:38 pm
While we can’t be sure when baseball will return if at all, Major League Baseball is reportedly putting a plan in place in case the window opens for a season to be played in 2020. Matt Spiegel of 670 AM The Score in Chicago has put together a possible outline while citing “a well informed source” that does business with MLB executives. Here is what it would look like as laid out by FanGraphs’ Jay Jaffe.
Posted: April 3, 2020, 11:00 am
It’s one of the great ironies in recent baseball history that of the many All-Star and future Hall-of-Fame pitchers who made their way through Atlanta in the 1990s and 2000s, the only one to pitch a no-hitter was a man who started a total of 54 games in eight seasons in a Braves uniform. Left-hander Kent Mercker no-hit the Dodgers in Los Angeles on April 8, 1994, 26 years ago this month (not to mention the 20th anniversary of another, more famous, moment in Atlanta’s baseball annals).
Posted: April 2, 2020, 4:00 pm
Nick Green was the prototypical Rays player before the Rays became the Rays. You could say, he pioneered the Rays Way. A 32nd round draft pick in 1998 by the Atlanta Braves, Green was an organization solider who never garnered much attention as a prospect.
Posted: April 1, 2020, 4:48 pm
ESPN replayed the game on Tuesday’s evening, accompanied by Instagram commentary from Jones — who was in left field that night — and Jon Sciambi. Jones went on Scott Van Pelt’s late-night SportsCenter and recounted that “magical” evening. It was something I’ll never forget,” he said.
Posted: April 1, 2020, 3:16 pm
Our stroll down Atlanta Braves memory lane continues with an arm from the early 1990s in Steve Avery. If you haven’t been following our prospect retrospect series, we’re taking a look back at some of the high draft picks, big trade pickups and other minor leaguers who may — or in most cases, may not — have reached our expectations. The list, so far, includes: Jose Peraza Tyrell Jenkins Andruw and Chipper Jones Today, we turn our attention to a young pitcher with so much promise who looked like h…
Posted: April 1, 2020, 2:00 pm
MLB.com’s Mark Bowman released his ranking of the five best first baseman in Atlanta Braves history on Tuesday and there is no surprise that Freddie Freeman tops the list. Freeman has been one of the best first baseman in the National League over the past several seasons and has easily cemented himself as the best in franchise history while producing a 130 OPS+ or better in seven of his nine full seasons in the majors. Bowman lists Joe Adcock second and Fred McGriff third.
Posted: April 1, 2020, 11:00 am
Article content His hobby, he’s proud to report, has yet to cause any beef on his block. As Mike Soroka, ace pitcher for the Atlanta Braves, waits out the sporting shutdown, the Calgary-raised righty has had extra time to try to perfect the sounds of Metallica, Volbeat, the Eagles and others on his PRS Custom 24 or 1972 Gibson Les Paul Custom guitars.
Posted: April 1, 2020, 1:40 am
It” was the Seattle Pilots franchise, which had been deemed bankrupt and sold to a group of local business owners led by Selig. Five long, painful years after the Milwaukee Braves left town for Atlanta, Major League Baseball was returning to Wisconsin. Few people took the Braves’ move harder than Selig, who mounted an effort to save the franchise.
Posted: April 1, 2020, 12:15 am
Andy Behrens joins host Scott Pianowski on the latest episode to discuss his recent Tout Wars auction and why we might see someone hit .400 this season.
Posted: March 31, 2020, 3:31 am