John Smoltz

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... »

Will Braves Have Sense of Urgency in Playoffs?

Will Braves Have Sense of Urgency in Playoffs?

The Atlanta Braves were known throughout their 14-year division championship run as going about their business on the field with a tight-lipped, button-down, corporate approach.  Rarely did Braves players show emotion, particularly by leaders of the team. John Smoltz, Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, Chipper Jones, Fred McGriff… those players went about their business like robots, efficient in thei... »

Hudson’s Place in Atlanta Braves History

Hudson’s Place in Atlanta Braves History

One of the most beloved Braves, Tim Hudson saw his 2013 season come to a sudden and premature end Wednesday night at Citi Field just ten days after his 38th birthday.  Cruising through the Mets’ lineup in one of his most impressive performances of the season, the veteran right-hander suffered a fractured ankle after being stepped on while covering first base in the 8th inning.  The longest t... »

Could Braves Trade McCann and Hudson?

Could Braves Trade McCann and Hudson?

The major league baseball trade deadline is less than two weeks away and teams like the Atlanta Braves are assessing their needs and determining which assets they may make available. Looking at the Atlanta Braves, you can make a reasonable case that they don’t have a glaring weakness when they are healthy.  The Braves are third in the National League in runs scored and second in the NL in ea... »

Simmons Kimbrel

Is Andrelton Simmons for Real?

How ’bout Andrelton Simmons last night?  He went 3 for 4 with 2 home runs and 3 RBI and made a play at second base that still has me scratching my head.  If he makes that play in the seventh game of the World Series it would be legendary.  Check out the video at:  Andrelton Simmons Great Play With last night’s win the Braves equaled last season’s win total (one) against the Reds,... »