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Atlanta Braves news and links: Braves won't have new spring training home by 2018

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The Braves will more-than-likely be staying at Lake Buena Vista for at least another season, as their goal of moving to a new spring training home has been pushed back a year.

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Reds score three in first inning and that’s enough to beat Braves

The headline says it all when it comes to what the Reds did on Tuesday night, as they quickly jumped on Julio Teheran. Meanwhile, the following tweet explains it all when it comes to the Braves’ chances in this game.

2016 Braves draft signing tracker

The Braves are now in the process of signing their 2016 draft picks to deals. If you want to keep up with the Braves as they sign/don't sign the selections from this year’s draft class, I’d suggest you bookmark this particular link.

Braves front office ranked 12th in baseball by Sporting News

Jesse Spector of the Sporting News decided to take a stab at ranking all 30 of baseball’s front offices. John Coppolella and the Braves’ front office was ranked 12th in all of baseball, which in my opinion is a pretty fair ranking. You can’t really put them at the top because the rebuild hasn’t really begun to bear fruit yet, but you can’t put them at the bottom either because the transformation of the minor league system has been amazing.

Braves won’t have new spring training home in time for 2018

Remember when it seemed like the Braves were on the cusp of finding themselves a new home for spring training? Well, that timeline has been pushed back by a full year after the team announced that talks with both Palm Beach County and Sarasota County weren’t going fast enough in order to make this a possibility. So, it looks like they’ll be staying at Disney’s Wide World of Sports for at least another season.

"We’re now focusing on 2019," Braves vice chairman John Schuerholz said. "It’s moving slowly enough that we have to adjust, and our target for a new facility is 2019."

The Braves’ lease at Disney’s Wide World of Sports near Orlando, where the team has trained since 1998, expires after next spring. But recent talks with officials in Palm Beach County and Sarasota County haven’t progressed fast enough to keep the timetable on track for a 2018 move. So the Braves have had a "substantive conversation" with Disney officials, Schuerholz said, about the possibility of a one-year extension that would keep the team training there in 2018.


Is Bartolo Colon haunting James Shields?

James Shields was recently traded from the Padres to the White Sox, and his first start for Chicago was an absolute train wreck. It was the third of three absolutely awful starts for Shields, and this string of bad starts had our friends at Beyond the Box Score wondering: Did the home run that Bartolo Colon hit (!!!) off of him ruin James Shields?

There is great joy in watching a lovable goofball do something incredible. There is little joy in being the one to make a pitch so bad that even Bartolo Colon could hook it down the left field line and into the seats in front of the Western Metal Supply Company. A pitcher’s job is to get outs, especially when that out is represented by the opposing pitcher, especially when that pitcher, again, looks like your delicatessen-owning uncle. Giving up a home run to Bartolo Colon hurts if you are James Shields, who is known as Big Game James Shields and once finished third in the Cy Young Award voting. Shields was traded for to lead the Royals to the promised land. He was the demi-ace of the Rays. He entered the year with 127 wins to his name.

A portly 43-year-old took him deep.