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  1. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2014

    Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    This year’s annual free agents column has expanded to a top 150, though I’m writing up just the top 55 (it was going to be 50, but I couldn’t help myself). The rest are presented in a list. Not included are players whose contract options are sure to be exercised. Players are ranked based not…

  2. Heyman: Brian McCann to be heavily pursued by some of MLB’s richest teams

    Oct 20, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Atlanta Braves

    Last week, we learned that some in the business think long time Braves catcher Brian McCann could earn as much as $100 million in free agency this off-season. That could come to fruition as many of the teams that will be in hot pursuit of McCann’s services rank among baseball’s richest teams. Jon Heyman of…

  3. Are the Yankees preparing for a shopping spree?

    Oct 18, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Sources close to ESPN’s Andrew Marchand tell him that the Yankees are preparing for a shopping spree that could total as much as $300 million. Marchand recalls that the last time the Yankees unloaded that much money in a single off-season came after the 2008 season, when the Yankees committed a total of $423 million…

  4. Tim McCarver tries to have fun with the “unwritten rules,” fails

    Oct 17, 2013, 8:30 AM EDT

    Hunter Mahan

    The other night golfer Hunter Mahan, obviously a baseball fan, tweeted something about the unwritten rules hubbub involving Yasiel Puig: If players are so upset at Puig celebrating a triple or clutch hits then get him out. I’m tired of hearing about baseball’s unwritten rules — Hunter Mahan (@HunterMahan) October 15, 2013   That’s the…

  5. One GM’s guess: Brian McCann could get a $100 million deal

    Oct 15, 2013, 4:22 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    Been nice knowin’ ya on the Braves, Brian, but if this is true you ain’t coming back to Atlanta: Brian McCann could receive a deal for six years and $100 million, an MLB GM told ESPN New York on Tuesday. The GM reasoned that McCann is a top-five catcher and could transition to first and DH…

  6. Don’t blame Fredi Gonzalez for last night’s loss. Blame the Braves culture.

    Oct 8, 2013, 8:11 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game Four

    I got a lot of emails asking me if I had a heart attack and died after last night’s game. Folks: I’ve been watching the Braves woof themselves out of the playoffs early for many-a-year now. So, yes, it sucked, but any Braves fan claiming their heart was unexpectedly ripped out last night is either…

  7. Braves tie it up against Dodgers in Game 4 of NLDS

    Oct 7, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

    Evan Gattis AP

    The Dodgers stormed out to an early 2-0 lead against Freddy Garcia behind a pair of solo homers from Carl Crawford, but the Braves are fighting back against Clayton Kershaw. With an assist from the Dodgers’ defense, anyway. After Freddie Freeman singled to lead off the top of the fourth inning, Adrian Gonzalez made a…

  8. NLDS Game 4: Braves-Dodgers lineups

    Oct 7, 2013, 6:50 PM EDT

    Dodgers Braves Getty

    With the Dodgers holding a 2-1 lead in the series, below are the lineups for Game 4 of the NLDS. First pitch is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. ET while the game will be broadcast on TBS… Braves: CF Jason Heyward RF Justin Upton 1B Freddie Freeman LF Evan Gattis C Brian McCann 3B Chris Johnson…

  9. Dodgers rout Braves to take 2-1 lead in NLDS

    Oct 7, 2013, 12:11 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game Three

    It was a close back-and-forth affair between the Braves and Dodgers for the first three and a half innings in Game 3 of the NLDS in Los Angeles tonight. The game was tied at four-all, then the Dodger offense woke up, building a lead as large as nine runs entering the bottom of the ninth.…

  10. Sloppy defense allows Braves to tie, but Dodgers quickly retake lead in third

    Oct 6, 2013, 9:46 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game Three

    Carl Crawford delivered a gut-punch to the Braves in the bottom of the second, sending a three-run home run over the fence in right field to put the Dodgers up 4-2, but starter Hyun-Jin Ryu and some sloppy defense allowed the Braves to quickly tie the game at four apiece in the top of the…

  11. Braves get to Hyun-Jin Ryu early, take 2-0 lead in NLDS Game 3 after one

    Oct 6, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

    Division Series - Los Angeles Dodgers v Atlanta Braves - Game Two

    The Braves got the offense going early. Outfielder Justin Upton doubled with one out in the top of the first inning against Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu. Evan Gattis promptly knocked him in with a line drive single to center, putting the Braves up 1-0. After getting ahead in the count 0-2 to Brian McCann, Ryu…

  12. NLDS Game 3 lineups: Braves vs. Dodgers

    Oct 6, 2013, 4:19 PM EDT

    hyun-jin ryu

    Listed below are the starting lineups for Sunday evening’s NLDS Game 3 between the Braves and Dodgers. This best-of-five series is currently tied 1-1. First pitch is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET at Dodger Stadium. The game will be broadcast by TBS. Atlanta Braves CF Jason Heyward RF Justin Upton 1B Freddie Freeman LF Evan…

  13. NLDS Game 2: Dodgers vs. Braves lineups

    Oct 4, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Things went so well for the Dodgers last night that they decided to use the same lineup in Game 2 that they used in Game 1. Things went so poorly for the Braves last night that they decided to use the same lineup in Game 2 that they used in Game 1. Er, never mind.…

  14. The Braves score one off Clayton Kershaw in the fourth

    Oct 3, 2013, 10:21 PM EDT

    NLDS Dodgers Braves Baseball

    The Braves got on the board against Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw in the fourth inning, but they were unable to make it a big inning. Freddie Freeman reached on a one-out single to right field before Evan Gattis worked out a walk. The next batter Brian McCann came very close to a three-run homer, but…

  15. Dodgers-Braves lineups announced for tonight’s game

    Oct 3, 2013, 4:31 PM EDT

    McCann Gonzalez

    Gosh, I hope Don Mattingly filled out his lineup card properly or else he’ll have to answer to Brian McCann: Dodgers: Carl Crawford LF Mark Ellis 2B Hanley Ramirez SS Adrian Gonzalez 1B Yasiel Puig RF Juan Uribe 3B Skip Schumaker CF A.J. Ellis C Clayton Kershaw P Skip Schumaker in center, starting is not…

  16. Latino players vs. The Old Guard

    Oct 3, 2013, 11:36 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

    There’s been a lot of talk about Yasiel Puig‘s alleged hot dogging and the Dodgers jumping into the Diamondbacks’ pool. There has been a lot of talk about Brian McCann: Baseball Sheriff and the Braves’ multiple run-ins this year with players they perceived to be acting unprofessionally. Against that backdrop Jorge Arangure writes in Sports…

  17. And That Happened: Sunday’s Scores and Highlights

    Sep 30, 2013, 5:00 AM EDT

    Henderson Alvarez

    Marlins 1, Tigers 0: It’s not often a 100-loss team ends the year with a beer shower celebration. But it’s not often a guy on a 100-loss team — or any team for that matter — tosses a no-hitter on the final day while winning via a walkoff wild pitch. Congratulations Henderson Alvarez. Sorry about…

  18. Brandon Phillips names his All-Swag Team

    Sep 27, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

    brandon phillips

    Jon Morosi of FOX Sports spoke with Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, mostly about swag. Phillips says that baseball needs more of it, saying, “That’s exactly why African-Americans don’t play baseball. [There’s] no passion in the game. You’ve got to be like a robot. Look at basketball. Look at football. When you make an exciting…

  19. Jarrod Saltalamacchia collects rare 40-double season for catcher

    Sep 27, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia originally thought he hit his 15th homer in the third inning Friday against the Orioles. When the call was correctly overturned and ruled a double instead, he accomplished a much more interesting feat. Saltalamacchia became just the 15th catcher (13th different) to put together a 40-double season since 1901. The other active catchers…

  20. A curious definition of “old school”

    Sep 27, 2013, 2:09 PM EDT

    Crols Gomez Brian McCann

    Dave O’Brien’s column about the McCann-Gomez thing is kinda hilarious. It extolls Brian McCann‘s “old school” mentality of getting up in Gomez’s face. He then added this: I heard Billy Wagner interviewed on the radio today, and he was asked about what happened. Wagner said if it had happened when he played for the Astros,…

  21. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 27, 2013, 6:32 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    Rangers 6, Angels 5: They were up then down then bang! Jurickson Profar with the walkoff blast. This one would’ve been way easier, however, if Mitch Moreland, Ian Kinsler and Adrian Beltre all hadn’t committed errors in the second inning, allowing three unearned runs. But it was a must-win game and the Rangers won. Indians 6, Twins 5: A win,…

  22. Brian McCann leaves game with right adductor strain

    Sep 26, 2013, 9:27 PM EDT

    Brian McCann AP

    David O’Brien of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports that Brian McCann left tonight’s game against the Phillies with a right adductor strain. While an injury is the last thing the Braves need with the playoffs just days away, McCann has been listed as day-to-day. No word on who will enforce baseball’s unwritten rules during his absence,…

  23. Carlos Gomez suspended, Brian McCann goes unpunished

    Sep 26, 2013, 4:40 PM EDT

    Crols Gomez Brian McCann

    MLB apparently felt that Carlos Gomez‘s postgame Twitter apology wasn’t enough following his incident with the Braves last night, so they’ve suspended the Brewers center fielder for tonight’s game against the Mets. Gomez homered off Paul Maholm–continuing what has been a longtime quasi-feud–and took his sweet time going around the bases. He then started yelling…

  24. Mariano Rivera has the most popular jersey in baseball

    Sep 26, 2013, 11:34 AM EDT

    mariano rivera getty

    Major League Baseball just announced the most popular jerseys sold and Mariano Rivera is at the top of the list: 1.    Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees 2.    Matt Harvey, New York Mets 3.    Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers 4.    Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles 5.    Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants 6.    Clayton Kershaw,  Los Angeles Dodgers 7.    Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals 8.    Andrew McCutchen,…

  25. Stop being slaves to baseball’s stupid macho orthodoxy

    Sep 26, 2013, 8:56 AM EDT

    Brewers Braves Baseball

    Just to review, my take on the Braves-Brewers thing last night is that while Carlos Gomez was certainly out of line, Brian McCann and the Braves were too and that they are the ones responsible for what should have been a minor thing turning into a fight that caused punches to be thrown and a…

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