The Braves are clearly going in the direction of more contact in the lineup.
They’ve dealt away impact talent like Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Evan Gattis, all serious producers but hitters who don’t make consistent contact within the strike zone or avoid strikeouts. The three were obviously dealt for bigger reasons than contact ability, but it’s worth noting all three fit that mold.
No Braves hitter's swing has been put under the microscope more over the past couple years than B.J. Upton's. The 30-year-old has made multiple swing tweaks since signing a five-year contract that runs through 2017, and I've profiled them here and here, not to mention so much time spent watching him on video.
The Braves signed Jonny Gomes to a one-year deal Thursday night, and president of baseball operations John Hart immediately went to words such as "intangibles," "makeup," "passion" and "example."
Then, by default, came negative responses to those terms, such as "empty," "horrible," "a dodge" and not as important, whatever, etc.
More than 100 SEC baseball games will be aired across television networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and SEC Network) during the 2015 season, according to an announcement Tuesday by the SEC.
The SEC Network's inaugural baseball season will quadruple coverage over last season's schedule. More than 80 games will air on the network, with plenty more airing across the ESPN networks. Also, more than 350 games will be digitally exclusive at SECNetwork.com and WatchESPN, totaling more than 450 SEC baseball games that will be available to watch this season.
After trading Evan Gattis to the Astros on Wednesday, the Braves found themselves without a left fielder.
They could go the route of revolving door between Zoilo Almonte, Todd Cunningham and the like, or sign/trade for a cheap plug. They’re reportedly feeling the market for the latter option, so they’ve been linked to players with skill sets like Nori Aoki’s.
With Division II baseball set to begin next weekend, it's time to put the notes package in full gear as we wrap up preseason rankings for both levels and take a look at some schedule changes.
D1Baseball.com launched its redesign Monday, which will be a boon for college baseball. Before, the website was a good resource for polls, scores and schedules. Now, it combines all of those with tremendous coverage from some of the best college baseball writers in the business.
With high school and college baseball around the corner and pro players preparing for spring camps, former pro pitcher Matt Childers held a camp at his indoor facility in Evans on Monday for youth instruction.
Childers' camp at his Complete Game facility featured area pros Josh Whitaker, Caleb Smith and Jake Smith, as well as area coaches. The camp included hitting and pitching instruction, such as swing reps and drills in the four indoor cages.
It was time for Evan Gattis to go.
Nothing against Gattis. He has a tremendous life story. He hit 22 home runs and slugged nearly .500 in only 401 plate appearances last season. He's a solid hitter.
When polling some sources earlier this off-season regarding Gattis' future in Atlanta, the answer was almost always the same: He's an American League player. It was time for him to go while his stock was at its highest.
Urban Meyer entered rare company by winning his third national championship as a head coach Monday night, as his Ohio State Buckeyes beat Oregon 42-20. With the win, Meyer further cemented his status as one of the more successful college football coaches.
Many might not know that Meyer once toiled in another sport, resulting in a very brief career. They also might not know he did this for their favorite team.