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Atlanta Braves blog by David O'Brien, baseball writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Snow postpones Braves Caravan event; go to AJC.com for weather updates

  • 1:23 pm Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 by David O'Brien

The Braves’ scheduled Caravan event Tuesday afternoon at the Town Center at Cobb was postponed due to snow.  There has been no word on if or when it will be rescheduled, but the team referred to it as a postponement rather than a cancellation.

To keep up with weather-related updates on traffic, closings and everything else, go to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution home page at http://www.ajc.com/

Will Braves’ Doumit catch, or won’t he?

  • 8:08 pm Sunday, January 26th, 2014 by David O'Brien
Ryan Doumit spent seven seasons for the Pirates before playing the past two with Minnesota in the AL.

Braves GM Frank Wren was presumably enjoying a coffee and reading the Sunday paper when this AJC writer contacted him to ask if Wren had heard about the comment by Twins infielder Brian Dozier at a weekend FanFest in Minneapolis.

Dozier had casually mentioned to a Twins reporter that ex-teammate Ryan Doumit had decided not to catch anymore after an August concussion, which wasn’t the first concussion that Doumit suffered in his career.

Now, if true about him not catching, this would be problematic for the Braves, who traded for Doumit on Dec. 18 primarily because of the catcher part of [More]

For now, Wren and Fredi G not signed beyond 2014

  • 5:34 pm Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 by David O'Brien
Gonzalez and Wren are currently not signed beyond the 2014 season.

With just over three weeks until Braves pitchers and catchers report for spring training, the team’s two most important decision-makers in baseball matters, general manager Frank Wren and manager Fredi Gonzalez, are signed only through the 2014 season.

Now, maybe there is something in the works with one or both  that the Braves won’t divulge (I know that’s hard to imagine, the Braves keeping big plans private). Maybe before long, one or both of them will have a new contract. But at this writing, Jan. 21, both the GM and manager are the proverbial lame ducks.

Or maybe that’s a bit strong, [More]

The daunting task: Get B.J. and Uggla back on track

  • 6:08 pm Friday, January 10th, 2014 by David O'Brien
B.J. Upton (left) and Dan Uggla had career-worst performances in 2013.

In the past 100 years there have been just eight times when a major league hitter batted below .185 in a season in which he had at least 350 at-bats. Remarkably, the NL East champion Braves had two of those eight cases last year in Dan Uggla and B.J. Upton, who also happened to be the team’s highest-paid players, with two and four years remaining on their respective contracts.

To repeat, those two Braves accounted for fully one quarter of the past century’s case studies in which a big leaguer batted .185 or lower in 350 or more at-bats. Think about [More]

Maddux, Glavine on cusp of Cooperstown with Cox

  • 6:14 pm Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 by David O'Brien
John Smoltz is flanked by Tom Glavine (left) and Greg Maddux.

  Neither of the two were physically imposing off the mound or overpowering on it. And so, the mild-mannered Braves pitching duo of unassuming Greg Maddux and eloquent Tom Glavine didn’t project nastiness that made first-ballot Hall of Famers like Nolan Ryan or Bob Gibson so revered.

But those who played alongside Maddux and Glavine in Atlanta saw sides of their personalities not often revealed publicly. Toughness and intensity to go with all that keen intellect. Traits that helped make each a multiple Cy Young Award winner and will surely make each a first-ballot inductee at Cooperstown when the next Hall of [More]