After a cold an snowy winter baseball, better known as "America's National Pastime", is officially back. There will be no more live BP for Atlanta Braves hitters off their own teammates as they will bring Grapefruit League to a start against the Detroit Tigers today at 1:05 p.m. at Champion Field. Starting on the hill for the Bravos will be Freddy Garcia who will go up against Drew Smyly. The game will not be televised but you can listen to it on radio at 1230 and 1340 AM in Atlanta. Click here to watch Mlb.com's season preview.
While the financial terms were not disclosed the notable players to sign a one-year contract are Evan Gattis, Christian Bethancourt, Luis Avila, David Carpenter, Tyler Pastornicky, and Joey Terdoslavich. As expected, Gattis will get the start behind the dish. The 27-year-old will look to continue his feel good story and fill in the shoes of departed seven-time All Star Brian McCann.
The smell of the fresh cut grass, the sunny skies, and the chance to watch young prospects get their shot at the major league level all make Spring Training games very enjoyable at Champion Field at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. These are some of the reasons why sports columnist Bill Shanks, writer for The Telegraph, considers ST to be very special to himself and die hard baseball fans.
With a minor set back to Mike Minor DOB of the AJC writes that Kris Medlen should be scheduled to be the Braves Opening Day starter on March 31 at Milwaukee if Fredi Gonzalez maintains the rotation order throughout Grapefruit League play. Medlen is scheduled to pitch this Thursday against the TIgers at Joker Marchant Stadium.
After a career season in his first year in a Braves uniform, third baseman Chris Johnson sits down with Bowman to talk about the upcoming 2014 season. Johnson neatly fills the third base spot according to Savannah Morning News' Kristie Rieken.
While at first many thought home plate collisions would be banned completely that has turned out to not be the case, instead the rule (7.13) states that the runner attempting to score can't deviate from his direct pathway to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher. These runners that do so will be called out and possibly face further discipline in severe cases. DOB reports that the team will discuss this rule further before their game today
On May 25, a Sunday game against the Colorado Rockies, the Atlanta Braves Hall Of Fame will add three more players. The three include former standout and 40 home run catcher Javy Lopez, trainer Dave Pursley, andRabbit Maranville who is already enshrined in Cooperstown.
Julio Teheran is not only an up-and-coming ace but he is also a master deceiver, as he finished first place in the BIGS last season with eight pickoffs. TC's very own Andrew Sisson breaks down why the fire-baller has such great success at taking opponents off the base paths on his own.
TC's Scott Coleman mentions how the Braves really didn't make any major moves this offseason in free agency, with Gavin Floyd the headliner, but the team accomplished what they needed the most by shoring up five young keys to the franchise over the past month. So far the score on the report card for the Braves offseason is an A-.
Inquirer columnist Bob Brookover paints the picture quite well for why the Philadelphia Phillies are declining and why the Atlanta Braves are on the rise. The Phillies in their first ST game today against Toronto will have a lineup with six players 33 years or older in it.
While Dan Uggla will be 34-years-old at the beginning of the season he still believes he has some solid years left with the bat. This ST he will be one to keep a close eye on as he tries to regain the confidence of his club that once upon a time gave him the largest contract in Braves history.
Bleacher Report featured columnist Joel Reuter says that the Braves odds of winning the World Series are 15:1.
League Wide News:
Mlb.com's Richard Justice talks about ten players we should look out for this Spring Training, one being B.J. Upton.
The "Wizard" wants the federal government to make the opening day of baseball season a national holiday. Baseball deserves to stand out as America's number one sport.
Jameis Winston went 0-for-2 in the exhibition game against the New York Yankees on Tuesday. Once again the Heisman winner acknowledged that he wants to play both sports professionally one day. See his thoughts after the game.
Another season is upon us and Miguel Cabrera is still thought as the AL's most prolific hitter and a triple crown threat again.
On Tuesday afternoon former two-time Cy Young award winner Johan Santana pitched for seven different teams. However, a comeback does not look likely as the New York Post reported that he topped out at 81 mph.
The San Diego Padres can take a deep breath of relief, as starting third baseman Chase Headley will most likely be ready for Opening Day despite recovering from a Grade 1 calf strain. He will try and regain his form from back in 2012 when he hit 31 home runs and drove in 115 runs.
Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal could not complete throwing live BP on Tuesday as he felt discomfort in his upper right leg that turned out to be a right groin strain. This is more bleak news for the Cardinals pitching staff, as Jaime Garcia will visit Dr. James Andrews again for an examination on his left shoulder.