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Kris Willis

Sunday open thread

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How a shortened season changes the landscape of the NL East

The current COVID-19 pandemic has already shaken things up for the Braves, as well as the rest of the majors. On Thursday — which would’ve been Opening Day of the 2020 season — we found out that MLB and the MLBPA had agreed on a wide variety of details, including service-time, salaries, and the upcoming draft (as well as the following international signing period). You can read our analysis on those issues here at SportsTalkATL… Braves: MLB announces plans in preparation for a...

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Top 5 starting pitching performances of the 2000s

There’s a long line of incredible pitching performances that have come from the Braves, and even in the early days (especially in those early days), the franchise was a powerhouse when it came to starting pitchers. Joe Osechger, Art Nehf, and Dana Fillingim — all pitchers from the 1920s — lead the way with the Braves top-3 all-time pitching performances (per Game Score). But baseball was a much different sport then. In those three outings alone, Osechger, Nehf, and Fillingim combined...

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Braves Flashback/Recap: March 29

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports A new, competitive era of Braves baseball started out with an explosive Opening Day finish in 2018 When the Braves suited up to open the 2018 season on March 29, it was, at that point, the earliest regular season game the franchise had played. (In 2019, Opening Day would come one day earlier.) It was also the first Opening Day to be played at SunTrust Park. (And also technically the last, given the change of the venue’s name to the horrendous “Truist Park”...

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Kris Willis

The Daily Chop: Looking back on Opening Day, MLB/MLBPA deal reaction and more

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We all miss baseball. In fact even baseball with a rotten result is better than no baseball at all. Flashback one year to March 28, 2019 and Opening Day in Philadelphia which was the earliest regular-season game for the Braves in team history. You remember it right? It started with an Andrew McCutchen leadoff homer and ended with a grand slam by Rhys Hoskins to cap off a 10-4 loss. Atlanta would go on to lose all three games of the opening series and a...

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Kris Willis

Saturday open thread

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A look at the latest service-time agreements between MLB and the MLBPA

In case you forgot, Thursday was supposed to be Opening Day for the 2020 MLB season, and the Braves were supposed to be in Phoenix to kick off a campaign against the Diamondbacks… where presumably Mike Soroka was poised to go seven clean innings in a shutout win as the Braves start strong in their quest for three straight NL East division titles… but, of course that didn’t happen. However, intriguing things did take place on Thursday, and it appears MLB and the player’s union have...

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Braves Flashback/Recap: March 28

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The earliest game on the calendar in Braves history happened as recently as last year, and it didn’t go well for Atlanta.

One of the great things about baseball is the steady way in which it marks the passage of time. There are games (almost) every day; if your team isn’t playing, it’s a little jarring, but some team, somewhere, still is. With the season indefinitely delayed and some pretty substantial upheavals in our day-to-day lives, it may hearten...

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Kris Willis

The Daily Chop: MLB sets parameters for potential return, Leo Mazzone and more

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More details of Major League Baseball’s agreement with the MLB Players Association emerged on Friday including parameters for when resumption of play might occur. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the season won’t begin until there are no longer bans on mass gatherings that limit the ability to play in front of fans, there are no travel restrictions and medical experts determine that games will not pose a risk to the health of teams and fans.

Passan also...

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Talking Chop Podcast Ep. 211: Social distancing and the new MLB/MLBPA agreement

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Good evening, friends. The sports world continues to be in limbo as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and, while there are other things that are (considerably) more important, the Talking Chop Podcast is back for another run.... while practicing proper social distancing.

TC’s own Scott Coleman joins the show for Episode 211 and topics include the following:

Checking in with Scott on life and the bizarre nature of the world we currently...

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Marcell Ozuna ready for bounce-back season in Atlanta

Marcell Ozuna on signing with Atlanta

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Atlanta Braves and the new service time agreement for 2020

The Atlanta Braves could be watching the clock if this new 2020 labor adjustment agreement between MLB owners and players is exploited for service time reasons. Today, there was peace in the business world of baseball.  Players and owners both agreed to terms on how to handle a shortened season.  The result could have some […] Atlanta Braves and the new service time agreement for 2020 - Tomahawk Take - Tomahawk Take - Atlanta Braves News & Fan Community

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Predicting a Braves’ expanded 29-Man roster

We still have no idea what is going to happen this season with the MLB other than that players will receive service time if no games are played, which means right now there is at least a chance we never see Cole Hamels or Marcell Ozuna play a game in a Braves uniform. Hopefully, baseball will resume, but it will undoubtedly take some creativity from MLB to maximize what is left to salvage the season. According to Bob Nightengale, teams are expected to be able to carry 29 players instead of...

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Kris Willis

Friday open thread

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Baseball will be back soon! Enjoy your weekend!

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MLB announces plans in preparation for a shortened season

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread across the US, the reality of the MLB playing a shortened season has become inevitable. Despite both sides wanting to complete the full 162-game slate — with the earliest potential start date being mid-May (although, that seems unlikely at this point) — something between a 100 and 140-game season appears much more fathomable. As a result, the league has begun to prepare for all possible outcomes, even the worst, and some of those details...

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What expanded playoffs in 2020 could mean for the Atlanta Braves

The run to the World Series for the Atlanta Braves could get a little trickier in a shortened 2020 season if Major League Baseball decides to expand the playoffs. These are certainly weird times — that’s the phrase that keeps popping in my mind. On a day when the Atlanta Braves should be playing their […] What expanded playoffs in 2020 could mean for the Atlanta Braves - Tomahawk Take - Tomahawk Take - Atlanta Braves News & Fan Community

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Braves prospect retrospect: Keeping up with the Joneses

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From 1992 to 1997, Chipper and Andruw Jones occupied the top prospect spot in the Atlanta Braves system. We think they turned out pretty good.

The Atlanta Braves had quite the farm system in the 1990s. Starting in 1992 and spanning to 1997, either Chipper Jones or Andruw Jones occupied the top spot on the farm. Three times — Chipper Jones in 1993 and Andruw in 1996 and 1997 — they were the top prospect in all of Major League Baseball.

Over two decades...

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Kris Willis

Braves Mailbag: A big season for Mike Foltynewicz, Dansby Swanson’s next step and more

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This week’s mailbag answers are here!

Happy Friday everyone! I wanted to first say thank you for a bunch of good questions. I couldn’t get to all of them but will try to include the ones that I passed over for the next one.

With the delay of the regular season, does the Marcell Ozuna signing now seem like a waste? Weren’t the Braves thinking Cristian Pache or Drew Waters would be ready by the summer?

Not really. When the Braves signed Ozuna, it...

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The Daily Chop: Bill Bartholomay passes away

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Braves say goodbye to a key figure in team history

Major League Baseball lost an important figure in the history of the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday when longtime team chairman Bill Bartholomay passed away. Bartholomay was responsible for moving the Braves from Milwaukee to Atlanta and later served as the team’s chairman after selling the club to Ted Turner. Bartholomay had been a fixture at team events over the past 40 years and was recently in...

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