Tomahawk Chops: Daily Atlanta Braves News Clippings For Thursday, March 8th

Can Brain McCann be an MVP candidate this season?

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

Beachy willing to learn from early mistakes | News
"At this point last year, if I go out and do this, I'm at a totally different place in my mind," Beachy said. "Today, I felt good. I think that is the number one thing when you go out there the first time."

Freeman feeling fine after return to action | News
Freeman singled, walked and struck out during his three plate appearances on Wednesday. More importantly, he had a chance to stretch to pick a low throw at first base. This was the action he was performing on Feb. 28, when his right kneecap briefly popped out of place. "That was the last thing on the agenda," Freeman said. "I came up and everything was fine."

Braves aren't counting Heyward's spring numbers | News
The Braves entered Spring Training knowing that it would likely take Heyward some time to gain comfort while facing live pitching again, and attempting to utilize the adjustments he made this winter. This seems to be proving true as he has just one hit in his first 11 at-bats of the Grapefruit League season. "I see good at-bats and I see good swings at times," Gonzalez said. "It's just something he's going to have to keep working at. He's almost there. Hopefully he doesn't worry about the numbers."

Braves are happy to have Eric Hinske as their leader | News
"From Day One, he was a perfect fit for this team," Braves catcher Brian McCann said. "I don't think it was any coincidence that the teams he has been with have gone to the World Series and won."

Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann hoping to replicate first-half success | News
The Braun-MVP issue might not have developed in the first place if Brian McCann had performed during the second half of last season as he did in the first. MVP ballots are not cast in July. If they were, McCann certainly would have been an MVC -- most viable candidate. He was atop the list of National League players I created at the All-Star break.

MLB - Chipper Jones on the Braves epic collapse - ESPN The Magazine - ESPN
Driving his truck down Victory Way, Chipper Jones arrives at the ballpark for his 22nd, and perhaps final, Atlanta Braves training camp. It's in the middle of Disney World, 20-some miles from another amusement park, now long gone, where Jones suffered the first soul-stomping defeat of his baseball career.

The Atlanta Braves must resign Brian McCann soon, but their payroll is lagging - MLB - ESPN
The Braves' payroll is not growing. All around baseball, new TV contracts are filling the bankrolls of the Los Angeles Angels, Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres, etc. But Atlanta's television contract is locked into place for the next generation, and its payroll has remained stagnant.

Holland hopes to impress in first full season with Atlanta Braves | Atlantic County
A call from acclaimed Atlanta scout Gene Kerns came during a dinner Holland isn’t likely to forget. Surrounded by family, he was dining on fresh salmon in Alaska, where he played with the Mat-Su Miners of the Alaskan Baseball League, when his phone rang. "Honestly, it was already one of the best meals of my life before I received the news," Holland recalled. "It got a whole lot better from there." The Braves selected Holland in the 16th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

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