Evan Gattis or Christian Bethancourt. This is the question Braves fans, media, coaches and front office members alike will be asking themselves as the offseason creeps up on us. Many believe that 23-year-old Bethancourt is indeed the starting catcher of the future for Atlanta, meaning slugger Evan Gattis is set for a change of position - or a change of scenery altogether. Bethancourt is clearly the better defensive catcher, but his bat is a few steps behind (although it is improving).Regardless of which school of thought you sit in, you and the Braves alike will have a full Winter to ponder what the future of the catching position holds.
Times are changing, and with that, a new stadium is set to come. While the physical building process is still in the planning stages, work has been made to lock down a design, construction, and program management firm to oversee the project (Heery International). Cobb Commission chairman Tim Lee shared his thoughts:
Braves' All-Star first-baseman and franchise cornerstone Freddie Freeman turns 25-years-old on Friday, September 12th. Freddie, Jason Heyward, Craig Kimbrel, and Justin Upton all went out on Wednesday night (the team's off-day) to celebrate Freeman's day-of-birth. Yay for team bonding!
Nothing is scarier than seeing a player go down with injury due to being hit by a pitch. It's even worse when the injury involves anything in the face area. Unfortunately for Marlins' star and NL MVP candidate Giancarlo Stanton, this scenario was all too real for him last night, when a Mike Fiers fastball hit him in the face on a check-swing. Stanton reportedly has a facial laceration.
Tampa Bay Rays' pitcher Alex Cobb took a no-no bid into the eighth inning against the Yankees on Thursday night, until it was broken up by Chris Young. So, you broke up a no-hitter, good for you, but is that all you can do? Apparently not, as the 31-year-old outfielder smashed a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to give the boys in pinstripes a 5-4 win over the division rival Rays.