If you want tickets to the Braves' final game at Turner Field this season then you had better act quickly. Atlanta's season finale against the Detroit Tigers on October 2nd is already almost sold out according to Ticketmaster.
One of the best parts of spring training is Welcome To Chop County's annual Making the team Meter. This edition takes a look at the pitching staff for the first week of spring training and focuses on who has looks like the early favorites to capture rotation and bullpen spots.
Freddie Freeman is a very important piece of the puzzle for the Atlanta Braves and they will play it safe with him during the early parts of spring training. Freeman missed a large portion of the 2015 season with a wrist injury and the Braves want to make sure that doesn't linger into 2016.
Atlanta surprised everyone on Monday when they announced that Jeff Francoeur had signed a minor league deal with the team that also included an invite to spring training. Francoeur put up good numbers with the Phillies last season and will come to camp trying to earn a spot with the team he began his career with.
SB Nation's Grant Brisbee takes a look at Barry Bonds as the new hitting coach of the Miami Marlins.
Barry Bonds, hitting coach, was a concept everyone had thought of at least once after he was forced out of the game, but no one thought it would really happen. Probably because he was so beloved around baseball that he was forced out of the game. If teams didn't want to deal with his .480 on-base percentage because they thought he would be a distraction, how could they want to deal with him in middle management, working for thousands instead of millions? It was a hypothetical scenario that was fun for a few seconds -- "Imagine if ants were the size of poodles, man" -- but it was never realistic.
Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista has let the team know exactly what he is looking for in an extension and has no plans to negotiate.
"I didn't want to waste their time or their effort, so they can start planning ahead, and if it's not going to happen, they have plenty of time to [respond]. They asked me about two weeks ago, and I told them, that's it. There's no negotiation, I told them what I wanted. They either meet it, or it is what it is."