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Two by two, managers and players are getting a taste of the new replay system and the extended home plate collision rules. Fredi Gonzalez used his first challenge less than a week before opening day—and didn’t get the verdict he wanted.
According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Andrelton Simmons was called out on a close play at first base to end the third inning. After review, umpires upheld their call.
As St. Bonaventure University’s baseball coach and an avid Cleveland Indians fan, Larry Sudbrook is torn on the new replay system. “As a coach, I would love the ability to get calls right, but this is just another delay in the game,” he said. Continue reading
May 29, 1995 is a day that not many people will remember specifically. Looking back, this is the day a legacy began.
On this day, the Atlanta Braves played the first game of a two game series against the Cubs in Chicago. The Braves walked away with a 2-1 win, out-hitting the Cubs by five hits. The only error charged that game was against the 23-year old Chipper Jones at third base.
The Braves continued their success to capture the World Series title in six games in 1995.
At this time, the Upton brothers resided in their home in Norfolk, Va., only 11 and eight years old.
– Caitlin McClare
As any baseball fan knows, the starting pitcher cannot always do it all himself. While Julio Teheran will open the 2014 season for the Atlanta Braves, the last spot in the rotation is still empty.
According to Braves reporter Mark Bowman, Gus Schlosser and David Hale both look good and will be provided equal opportunity to make their way into the rotation.
“Whichever of the two doesn’t gain a rotation spot will be placed in the bullpen,” says Bowman.
Hale’s advantage comes with the two starts he made for Atlanta last September. He has not stopped there, though. He has maintained a 6.62 ERA in his five starts during spring training.
On the other hand, Schlosser’s 2.03 ERA in 13 1/3 innings has caught the attention of many Braves fans this spring.
As of now, the competition is between the two right-handers, but who knows what could happen; baseball is just getting started.
– Caitlin McClare
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The Cindy Donald Dreams of Recovery Foundation and the Atlanta Braves are teaming up again in 2014 for Cindy’s Walks for Recovery.
Fans can donate any dollar amount they wish each time a Braves batter is walked during home games. Individuals can donate as little as ten cents and corporate partners can donate as little as ten dollars.
Donations go toward therapy programs and equipment for those suffering from spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries and are not covered by insurance.
According to the Atlanta Braves’ press release, the 2013 Walks for Recovery fundraising program provided the Cindy Donald Dreams of Recovery Foundation with a substantial amount of money for individuals and families.
Former cheerleader, Cindy Donald, created this foundation after a tragic accent left her paralyzed in 2005.
– Caitlin McClare
Finishing the 2013 season at the top of the National League East and extending contracts with Freddie Freeman and Jason Heyward in the offseason, expectations are high for the Atlanta Braves franchise.
On paper, the loss of two people does not seem groundbreaking, but Mark Zuckerman of Nationals Insider believes these losses will hurt. Brian McCann and Tim Hudson are big shoes to fill, and Evan Gattis and Mike Minor are still inexperienced.
The Braves listed Mike Minor as their number one pitcher in the 2014 season, but his month-long stretch of inactivity may hurt his chances. Minor’s urinary tract procedure prevented him from throwing before spring training began.
Despite Gattis and Minor’s potential hardships, the Braves’ contract extensions ensure a season much like 2013. Freddie Freeman, Jason Heyward and BJ and Justin Upton are expected to have a solid season and, so far, they have not shown anything less.
— Caitlin McClare
The Atlanta Braves have been reporting to Lake Buena Vista, Fla., for spring training since 1997, when Champion Stadium was built.
Located in Orange County, Lake Buena Vista is more popularly known for Walt Disney World. Families of all ages continue to add to their spring training experience by spending time at Typhoon Lagoon, Pleasure Island and DisneyQuest.
When Braves players are not on the field or in the gym, they spend their time at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill and Downtown Disney. The ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill serves burgers, sandwiches, salads, desserts, beverages and more. Players gravitate toward the full bar that is open during the restaurant hours. Downtown Disney is famous for its full bar and happy hour.
Lake Buena Vista’s population of ten people is strictly made up of Disney employees.
Champion Stadium is used for high school tournaments and games when the Braves are not there. Temple won the A10 tournament there in 2001.
Caitlin McClare is a sophomore Journalism/Mass Communication major at St. Bonaventure University. She is from a small town outside of Rochester, N.Y. She is unsure what field she will be working in in the future, but she hopes to work with sports.
Although she’s a die-hard New York Mets fan, she will be covering the Atlanta Braves.