Changes are coming to the Braves television broadcast in 2020. News broke on Wednesday that Fox Sports reporter Kelsey Wingert, who had grown into a fan favorite during her tenure in Atlanta, is no longer employed by Fox Sports South. The details of this separation have not been made clear as of Thursday morning, but the loss of Wingert has not been well-received by the fan base. She had become a staple of an otherwise underwhelming broadcast, and now she departs just weeks before the start of the regular season. Best of luck to Kelsey in her next venture as the Braves will now be forced to replace a household name for all those who tune in for nightly telecasts during the season.
Shane Greene is feeling confident heading into the season, echoing the sentiments of teammate Freddie Freeman, who noted that the Braves should be eyeing a World Series given the talent level on their roster. In addition, Felix Hernandez tossed live batting practice for the first time this spring. Unfortunately the right-hander has been throwing batting practice for much of the past three seasons, which is what led him to accept a non-roster invite to Braves Spring Training. Reports are that Hernandez looked to be in great shape during his first session, which is certainly encouraging as he looks to resurrect his career.
Johan Camargo enters camp in great shape as he looks to secure the starting third base job this spring.
Though he was reportedly under consideration from the outset of camp, news of Cole Hamels’ injury should give left-hander Sean Newcomb an inside track to a rotation spot to begin the season. As Demetrius writes, this could be a trial period for Newcomb to begin the season.
The question after that will be just how long he stays in the rotation. The obvious hope is that if he gets into the rotation, he can stay there this time and the return of a hopefully healthy and effective Cole Hamels would see Newcomb just bumped down to the fifth spot in the rotation instead of having to return to the bullpen for another stint as a reliever. The common string between spring and a potential return to the starting rotation during the regular season is that in both cases, Sean Newcomb has his destiny in his own hands.
Bryant has been the subject of trade rumors all offseason, but in camp it appears the Cubs may have plans to bat the young star in the leadoff spot.
Miguel Sano was apparently a large contributor to the Twins’ pitch to free agent Josh Donaldson, telling the veteran that he would “only play first base for you (Donaldson).” The money likely played a larger role, but this speaks to Donaldson’s standing around the league.
Ichiro is in Mariners camp, and is turning heads with his abilities on the mound. A comeback may be a premature notion, but the 46-year-old still has some semblance of the abilities that made him a likely first-ballot Hall of Famer.