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Matt Diaz retires

What a great guy. Thanks for the memories, Matty D!

Jason Heyward and Braves agree to 2 year deal

Jason Heyward and Braves agree to 2 year deal

Joe Pos gets to his first Brave: Chipper at 56

Joe Posnanski is currently ranking his top 100 baseball players of all-time. He featured Kid Nichols previously, but this is his first "Brave." It's a pretty good story, despite the recounting of the '96 World Series in the middle. I really liked the ending.

Farm Hands Mejia, Buchter & Vazquez shine in Winter ball; Bethancourt doesn't

Ryan Buchter, who turns 27 on 2/13, was actually pretty dominant w/ 26 K (8 BB though) in 13 IP, allowed only five hits, had a 0.60 ERA and notched 4 S in 4 opportunities.

Braves close on 57.1-acre purchase & plan to close on another 25-acre property in early May.

Guess the local Tea Party lady's threatened lawsuit was nothing but hot air. Shocker.

An interesting small town article re David Hale

Rookie pitcher gives good interview, discusses being called up last fall, expresses confidence.

JoePos on Kid Nichols

Joe Pos is currently ranking his top 100 players. I'm sure many of us are aware that Kid Nichols played for the Boston Beaneaters (who would eventually change their name to the Braves and move to Atlanta) many years ago. But if you're like me, you don't know much about him.

SB Nation article about Braves + O'Flaherty

Confirms what we already know, that O'Flaherty very well might be back with Braves

MLB to block Tanaka from donating money to his former team. Is this legal?

MLB wants to prohibit Tanaka from donating money to his former Japanese baseball team. According to the article, Tanaka would like to donate the money in order to help his former team re-build and improve their stadium. Is this legal? Can the higher ups for the MLB really stop Tanaka from helping out his former team's stadium? All the kid wants to do is help them add a dome, and improve the overall experience for the fans and for the current players. Or is this just a ploy, by Tanaka's ex-team to get more money out of the now lowered posting fee? I guess MLB is seeing this as the reasoning behind Tanaka's supposed generous "donation." What do you guys think about this mess??

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