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Tomahawk Chops: Daily Atlanta Braves News Clippings For Wednesday, February 22nd

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

Catching prospects catch Gonzalez’s attention | Atlanta Braves
"I was joking with [roving catching instructor] Joe Breeden," said Gonzalez, also a former minor league catcher. "I said ‘Man, we’ve finally got some guys that look like catchers.’ They’re all 6-2, 240. Gattis is a monster. And Bethancourt looks like he could put some weight on him."

Former Brave Lopez in camp as instructor | News
Eight seasons have passed since Javy Lopez ended his reign as Atlanta's starting catcher. But everything seemed normal as he strolled through the Braves' clubhouse wearing his familiar No. 8 jersey on Tuesday morning. "Every year, this is like home," Lopez said. "It is fun to be around the players, hang out with them and try to bring back the memories. It's always good to be here."

Atlanta Braves' Brian McCann much more than just 'offensive catcher' | News
"The guy who throws everybody out, hits for power, hits for average, calls a great game, blocks every ball ... those guys aren't around," Braves backup catcher David Ross said. "Who would you rather have on your team than Brian McCann? Yadier Molina is a great catcher. Buster Posey is a great catcher. Joe Mauer is a great catcher. For me, you've got three guys out of 29 other teams that you would put in the same conversation as Mac. We've got him here. That's pretty special."

Uggla more comfortable entering Year 2 with Braves |
"I already know where my place is on this team," said Uggla, who had a career-low .233 average, but a career-high 36 homers and an Atlanta Braves-record 33-game hitting streak. "I already know that everybody here respects me as a ballplayer, the way I go about my business. Now it’s not like trying to set the stage."

Council approves feasibility study for ballpark |
The Wilmington City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved spending up to $123,500 to study the feasibility of building a baseball stadium that could bring an Atlanta Braves minor league team to the Port City. The money will be used to hire an outside firm to help with the negotiating process involving the Braves and Mandalay Baseball through June. The city is in exclusive talks with both companies about the possibility of the city building a stadium in exchange for the Braves bringing a minor league team here and leasing the facility for 20 years.

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