Tomahawk Chops: Daily Atlanta Braves News Clippings For Friday, July 29th

Jerry Meals made one last bad call before he leaves town.

Your one-page daily morning overview of Atlanta Braves news:

Braves quotes after Thursday loss to Pirates | Atlanta Braves
"You’re asking me if the delay did anything? I don’t think so. He was fine, really. His pitch count got little high, but other than that… He gave us five innings, if it wasn’t for the delay he might be going six, seven innings. We just didn’t swing the bats. We had some opportunities. They made a great play on Chipper’s ball, to turn that into a double play. That’s just the way it goes sometimes."

Fredi on Freddie: Rookie in Gold Glove race | News
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez is starting to become a broken record when he talks about first baseman Freddie Freeman. Deservedly so. Gonzalez continued his praise for the 21-year-old rookie on Wednesday when he said Freeman should be in the race for a Gold Glove by season's end.

Chipper to continue pinch-hitting in interim | News
Braves third baseman Chipper Jones will continue to serve in a pinch-hit role over the next several days as he recovers from a strained right quadriceps. "Probably a couple more days that way, and see how that helps him out," said manager Fredi Gonzalez.

Outfielder Ryan Ludwick atop Braves' wish list at Trade Deadline | News
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez is glad his club is not in a position where it has to serve as sellers before Sunday's non-waiver Trade Deadline. He would seemingly be even happier if a right-handed hitter is added to his club within the next couple of days.

Joe Posnanski " Posts Meals and Squeals "
I saw people make the entirely unfair and vicious charge that Meals called the runner safe because he wanted to go home — one thing that is absolutely clear from the video is that Meals was about to call him out, felt confident that McKenry missed the tag, and then called him safe. It was the gutsy call if the wrong one. Blame Meals for missing it. But there is absolutely no doubt whatsoever that he had the power of his conviction.

Turner Field vendors file suit against the city over right to sell  |
Two vendors, with 60 years of experience selling souvenirs outside of Atlanta Braves’ baseball stadiums, have filed a lawsuit in Fulton County Superior Court against the city of Atlanta in objection to new vending laws.

Mississippi Choctaw Sponsorship of Atlanta Braves Not Paying Off - Indian Country Today Media
The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians has spent millions to sponsor the Atlanta Braves since 2008, reported The Clarion-Ledger. And the payoff has proven minimal: less than 4 percent of customers are making the trip from Atlanta, Georgia to play their luck at the tribal casinos in northern Mississippi.

Clint Wright signs with Braves
"This is a great opportunity for my family and I," said Wright upon signing. " I'm looking forward to improving as a pitcher in this great organization. The Braves are known for their pitching development and I believe it was a great decision for my career." Wright is now in Orlando (Fla.) playing with the Gulf Coast Braves at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World.

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