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Author: Paul Harvey

Tampa Bay Rays Place Kevin Kiermaier on DL

NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 04: Kevin Kiermaier #39 of the Tampa Bay Rays in action against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on April 4, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the Rays 7-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) The Tampa Bay Rays are off to a 3-12 start, but that is not the worst news of the week for the franchise. The team announced Monday that star OF Kevin Kiermaier is headed to the DL with a torn ligament in his right thumb. Tampa Bay indicated he will indeed need surgery. Marc...

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Washington Nationals Slow Start a Cause for Concern

WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 11: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals flips his bat after hitting into a double play against the Atlanta Braves in the sixth inning at Nationals Park on April 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) The Washington Nationals were widely picked to win the NL East heading into the 2018 season, and that was not a huge surprise. They won back-to-back division titles in 2016-2017 and have captured the division three out of the past four seasons. Led by a strong rotation and arguably the best player in baseball not...

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Atlanta Braves Bullpen Off to Surprising Start

DENVER, CO – APRIL 08: Pitcher Sam Freeman #39 of the Atlanta Braves throws in the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on April 8, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) With a win over the Colorado Rockies Sunday, the Atlanta Braves have begun the 2018 season with three straight series victories. That streak is in jeopardy after dropping the opener of a three-game series against the Washington Nationals, but there’s no denying Atlanta is off to a surprising start. While the offense has received a lot of attention (and rightfully so), one...

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Atlanta Braves Prospect Profile – Drew Lugbauer

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 25: An Atlanta Braves batting helmet in dugout before a game against the New York Mets at Citi Field on September 25, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) The Atlanta Braves are off to a surprisingly positive start, going 4-2 through the first week of action. While fans wait to see if those results will last, the MiLB season officially kicked off on Thursday. Fans of Atlanta will be closely tuned in this year as the rebuild marches on with a number...

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Colorado Rockies Sign Charlie Blackmon to Six-Year Extension

PHOENIX, AZ – MARCH 31: Charlie Blackmon #19 of the Colorado Rockies is congratulated by Nolan Arenado #28 after hitting a solo home run in the eighth inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on March 31, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) The Colorado Rockies have made a deal with one of their core members, signing CF Charlie Blackmon to a six-year extension Wednesday. According to NBC Sports lead baseball writer Craig Calcaterra, the deal is for $108 million with escalators that could earn Blackmon a total of $116 million. Calcaterra also...

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Philadelphia Phillies Manager Gabe Kapler Off to an Interesting Start

CLEARWATER, FL – MARCH 13: Phillies Manager Gabe Kapler meets with the umpires at home plate before the spring training game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Philadelphia Phillies on March 13, 2018, at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, FL. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Let’s be honest: managing an MLB team is likely a lot tougher than it looks. Deciding on what players to use, when to use them, and how to manage a bullpen are decisions that appear easy from the safety of a sofa or recliner. Making the decisions – and standing by...

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Cristian Pache Steals the Show in Atlanta’s Preseason Finale

19 JUL 2016: Cristian Pache of the Braves during the Gulf Coast League (GCL) game between the GCL Braves and the GCL Phillies at the Carpenter Complex in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) While fans get excited for Opening Day of the Atlanta Braves season, a number of Braves prospects received an opportunity to play at SunTrust Park in the preseason finale. The finale featured an exhibition game between current Braves players and some of the franchise’s elite prospects for the future. A number of prospects performed well, but it was OF Cristian Pache who stole...

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Atlanta Signs Peter Bourjos, Ryan Flaherty to One-Year Deals

WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 13: Gloves and hats of the Atlanta Braves sit on the steps of the dugout against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) As the Atlanta Braves are winding down Spring Training, the team announced the addition of two veteran players on Monday. The team announced the signings of OF Peter Bourjos and INF/OF Ryan Flaherty to one-year deals. Each player signed a major league deal with the Braves, likely as a result of their strong showings in Spring Training. Here is the tweet and press release...

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Ronald Acuna, Austin Riley Bring Hope to a Starving Fanbase

TAMPA, FL – MARCH 02: Atlanta Braves center fielder Ronald Acuna (82) at bat during the MLB Spring training game between the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees on March 02, 2018 at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, FL. (Photo by /Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) The Atlanta Braves may still be rebuilding, but the future is beginning to look brighter and brighter. The farm system has been replenished, and multiple prospects are likely to debut in Atlanta this season. Two of those prospects are OF Ronald Acuna and 3B Austin Riley. Rated as the No. 1 and No. 8 prospects...

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Revisiting the Mark Teixeira Trade

ANAHEIM, CA – JUNE 15: Mark Teixeira of the Atlanta Braves plays first base during the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California on June 15, 2008. The Angels defeated the Braves 2-0. (Photo by Rob Leiter/MLB Photos via Getty Images) The year is 2007. The Atlanta Braves, fresh off their first losing season since 1990, sit with a record of 55-51 towards the end of July. The team is undeniably talented, led by future HOF players in Chipper Jones and John Smoltz, but it is clear a change is needed. Eager to return to...

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Three Injuries That Forced the Atlanta Braves Rebuild

ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 27: Kris Medlen #54 of the Atlanta Braves pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies at Turner Field on September 27, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Braves won 1-0. (Photo by Pouya Dianat/Atlanta Braves) In a recent article, we took a look at where the 2013 season all went wrong for the Atlanta Braves. A strong regular season showing was ultimately wasted with a lackluster performance against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS. While Atlanta would head home early, the future still looked quite bright for the franchise. Despite dealing with poor contracts handed out to Dan...

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