Frank Wren

Braves Feeling 2014 Pressure?

The Atlanta Braves have not won a playoff series since 2001, which is hard to believe when you think about all the good teams they have had since that win over the Houston Astros in the ’01 NLDS. When appearing on radio shows lately, I’ve been asked how much pressure is on the Braves and particularly manager Fredi Gonzalez and general manager Frank Wren, to not only make the playoffs t... »

Braves Fans College Football Mentality

A big challenge in covering the Atlanta Braves is having to deal with the “college football mentality.”  College7 football is king in the south, and fans take that mentality into the football season.  I think I wrote a similar article before last season and I feel compelled to do the same again as a reminder. As a recovering college football fanatic, I feel compelled to help others, so... »

Wren Could Face Major Dilemna

Braves general manager Frank Wren could face a very complicated decision within the next two years. When Frank Wren signed center fielder B.J. Upton to a 5-year $75 million deal last off-season, he not only made a huge financial commitment to Upton.  He also committed the Braves to giving Upton absolutely every opportunity to play center field. The Dan Uggla situation has shown us what happens whe... »

Braves Lock Up Kimbrel

The Atlanta Braves have made another big financial commitment, locking up All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel, with a four-year contract and an option year in 2017.  Financial terms have not been announced by the Braves.  The signing helps the Braves and Kimbrel avoid a potential nasty arbitration hearing. “We are very excited to agree to terms with Craig, who we feel is the best closer in Maj... »

Braves Unsung Carpenter Carving Them Up

Braves Unsung Carpenter Carving Them Up

Traded three different times since August 2010 then designated for assignment by Boston last fall, the Braves picked up reliever David Carpenter off of waivers on November 30.  The move seemed to be fairly inconsequential at the time, as there was little room in the loaded Atlanta bullpen.  The former West Virginia Mountaineer seemed destined for Gwinnett for the duration of the 2013 season. With ... »

Could Braves Acquire Padres Reliever?

Could Braves Acquire Padres Reliever?

The Atlanta Braves are interested in San Diego Padres’ lefty reliever, Joe Thatcher, FoxSports’ Jon Morosi is reporting.  The Braves have been looking to acquire a left-handed reliever since Eric O’Flaherty went on the disabled list, May 18. The 31-year old Thatcher has pitched 28 innings this season, compiling a 2.25 ERA.  He has struck out 28, while walking only 4.  Braves GM F... »

Could Braves Terdoslavich Be Trade Bait?

Could Braves Terdoslavich Be Trade Bait?

Following Jordan Schafer’s placement on the disalbled list, the Atlanta Braves’ rookie power-hitter, Joey Terdoslavich, was granted his freedom from the confines of AAA on July 4th.    With injuries shortening the depth of the 25-man roster, the Braves found themselves in dire need of a utility man off the bench.  Experience at both corner infield and outfield spots made the former 6th... »

Alex Wood Braves Start

Alex Wood Sharp In First Triple-A Start

Atlanta Braves pitcher, Alex Wood, pitched well Thursday night for the Gwinnett Braves.  Wood started and went five strong innings, giving up one run, while walking two and striking out five, in his first Triple-A appearance. Wood got the win as Gwinnett crushed Indianapolis, 10-3. Cody Martin, who usually starts for Gwinnett, came on in the sixth inning and pitched the final four innings to save ... »