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Former reliever Meyer hired as rehab coordinator

Tue, 3 Mar 2015 17:38:21 EDT

A little more than 10 years after trading him to the A's in the deal that brought Tim Hudson to Atlanta, the Braves have given Dan Meyer the responsibility of monitoring the progress made by many of their pitchers who are sidelined for extended periods.

Multiple southpaws vying for spot in Braves' bullpen

Tue, 3 Mar 2015 16:37:50 EDT

When Luis Avilan concluded his successful 2013 season, it appeared he was positioned to extend his role as one of Atlanta's valuable late-inning relievers. But after enduring routine frustration and a second-half demotion to the Minors last year, he finds himself as just one of the left-handers -- along with the likes of James Russell and Josh Outman -- competing for a spot in the Braves' bullpen.

Fredi: Spring competitions beneficial to club's growth

Tue, 3 Mar 2015 16:11:02 EDT

Though he is not among the many players in Braves camp fighting for a roster spot, Jonny Gomes will not simply be going through the motions as he collects plate appearances and reunites himself to the left-field position during the Grapefruit League season.

Peraza set to showcase talent in bid for roster spot

Tue, 3 Mar 2015 15:09:03 EDT

Now that the Braves' coaching staff has had a chance to watch Jose Peraza progress through the early days of his first big league camp, they find themselves among those debating when the heralded top prospect should make his Major League debut.

No regrets: Ruiz happy choosing baseball over football

Tue, 3 Mar 2015 14:54:59 EDT

Tyrell Jenkins did not know that he and Rio Ruiz shared the distinction of having passed on the opportunity to be a quarterback for one of college football's elite programs. But he was well aware of Ruiz's baseball prowess long before the two were united as part of the impressive prospect crop the Braves brought to this year's Spring Training.

Courageous teenager works out with Wood, Braves

Mon, 2 Mar 2015 20:55:00 EDT

As he has undergone multiple surgeries to remove a foot-long tumor from his spine and continued to play high school sports with titanium rods in his back, Thompson Ritter has maintained a passion for baseball that was enriched when he accepted Alex Wood's invitation to work out with the Braves during Monday's practice.

Brave words: Monday, March 2

Mon, 2 Mar 2015 17:40:00 EDT

Though Andrelton Simmons has shown steady improvement since reporting to Spring Training with a sore left oblique muscle, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he plans to take the precautionary route by not playing Simmons during the first few games of Spring Training.

Miller, Wood among 23 Braves to sign 1-year deals

Mon, 2 Mar 2015 17:20:00 EDT

Starting pitchers Shelby Miller and Alex Wood both received slight raises, as the Braves agreed to terms on one-year deals with each of the 23 previously-unsigned members of their 40-man roster who have not yet gained arbitration-eligible status.

'Eager' prospect Jenkins grabs front office's attention

Mon, 2 Mar 2015 17:00:00 EDT

Braves president of baseball operations John Hart and manager Fredi Gonzalez were among the many members of the organization who seemingly made a point to watch Tyrell Jenkins complete his live batting practice session on Monday.

Spring pitching order offers hint at Braves' rotation plan

Mon, 2 Mar 2015 16:47:56 EDT

Less than a year after Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy suffered season-ending elbow injuries approximately 24 hours apart, the Braves are not going to announce their rotation plans during the first week of March. But the club indicated their plans when they announced who will serve as starters through the first five days of the Grapefruit League season.

Brave words: Sunday, March 1

Sun, 1 Mar 2015 18:18:29 EDT

A collection of notable quotes from the Atlanta Braves following Sunday's workout.

Youngster Murphy impressing behind the plate

Sun, 1 Mar 2015 17:54:23 EDT

Eddie Perez has a knack for picking out diamonds in the rough during Spring Training. This year, he picked catcher Tanner Murphy as his player to watch this spring.

Cunningham confident in ability to compete for CF job

Sun, 1 Mar 2015 17:29:11 EDT

Todd Cunningham accepts that he was not given the gift to impress scouts with his speed or power, but has the confidence to be fundamentally sound if chosen to fill the center-field void in Melvin Upton Jr.'s absence.

Rodriguez to make start in Braves' spring opener

Sun, 1 Mar 2015 16:59:53 EDT

The battle for the fifth spot in the Braves' starting rotation will pick up when Wandy Rodriguez makes the start in the team's Spring Training opener Wednesday against the New York Mets.

Johnson working on regaining old form

Sun, 1 Mar 2015 14:23:35 EDT

Chris Johnson is hoping to forget last season's frustrations and regain his 2013 form when he contended for the batting title by making a mechanical adjustment to his swing.

Brave words: Saturday, Feb. 28

Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:50:21 EDT

Interesting quotes from Atlanta's Spring Training on Saturday, Feb. 28.

Kimbrel creates introductory T-shirts

Sat, 28 Feb 2015 16:30:00 EDT

As the Braves completed their aggressive roster reconstruction process this winter, the popular joke was they would need to adorn their players with name tags during Spring Training. Craig Kimbrel opted to take a lighthearted approach by designing a T-shirt he and his teammates can wear throughout Spring Training.

Quartet vying to fill in for Upton in center field

Sat, 28 Feb 2015 16:00:00 EDT

With Braves center fielder Melvin Upton Jr. set to miss at least the first month of the upcoming regular season with a left foot injury, Eury Perez, Todd Cunningham, Eric Young Jr. and Zolio Almonte are the top candidates to fill Upton's spot.

Upton tries to take positive out of latest setback

Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:45:00 EDT

Supported by crutches and burdened by a cast that runs halfway up his left shin, Melvin Upton Jr. returned to Braves camp on Saturday morning to begin a rehab process that will delay his attempt to prove he is capable of rebounding from the two consecutive miserable seasons he has experienced with the Braves.

Upton to miss rest of spring with inflammation in left foot

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:57:43 EDT

After undergoing an MRI on Friday afternoon, Braves center fielder Melvin Upton Jr. learned that a left foot injury will sideline him throughout Spring Training and likely force him to spend the first few weeks of the regular season on the disabled list.

Brave words: Friday, Feb. 27

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:50:21 EDT

Before learning Melvin Upton Jr. will miss the remainder of Spring Training because of a left foot injury, the Braves created some encouraging health-related news when they cleared shortstop Andrelton Simmons to resume all throwing activities. Simmons' return provided manager Fredi Gonzalez a chance to add an entry to one of the more interesting thoughts expressed recently in Braves camp.

Fredi excited about Braves' improved farm system

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:28:38 EDT

As Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has watched Jose Peraza, Mike Foltynewicz, Rio Ruiz and some of his other top prospects during the early days of Spring Training, he has gained a better understanding of why the Braves' Minor League system went from being much maligned to highly respected during the hectic offseason.

Kohn keeping Hamilton in his thoughts

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:15:34 EDT

As Braves reliever Michael Kohn has spent the past couple of days digesting reports that have suggested Josh Hamilton might have had a drug relapse that could lead to a suspension, he has kept his focus on his former Angels teammate's long-term well being.

Kimbrel uses changeup to keep mechanics in check

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:35:30 EDT

While catcher A.J. Pierzynski and opposing batters might have been impressed with the changeups Craig Kimbrel threw during Thursday's live batting-practice session, Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell chose to playfully jab his closer about this pitch that will likely not be used during the regular season.

Brave words: Thursday, Feb. 26

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:04:26 EDT

The Braves held their first full-squad workout and players discussed various topics, including Andrelton Simmons talking about the many changes during the offseason.

Kimbrel stands out in live batting-practice session

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:59:52 EDT

As the Braves completed their first full-squad workout on Thursday, Freddie Freeman was one of the position players who drew the unenviable task of facing Julio Teheran and Craig Kimbrel in a live batting-practice session.

Veras confident in ability to win bullpen job

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:32:32 EDT

While Jason Grilli and Jim Johnson received guaranteed contracts after experiencing rough 2014 seasons, Jose Veras had to settle for a Minor League contract. But like Grilli and Johnson, Veras is a former closer who has come to Spring Training more than willing to accept the role to serve as a setup man for Braves closer Craig Kimbrel.

Keystone competition one to monitor in camp

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:02:29 EDT

Jose Peraza will likely establish himself as Atlanta's starting second baseman and leadoff hitter at some point this season. But until the highly-regarded prospect is deemed Major League-ready, the Braves will have to determine how to best fill that second-base role.

Andrelton playing it safe with sore oblique

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:39:46 EDT

When Andrelton Simmons entered Fredi Gonzalez's office on Thursday morning to inform him that he has been recently dealing with a sore left oblique, the Braves' manager viewed this as a sign that his high-energy shortstop is starting to understand the importance of keeping minor ailments minor.

Cleared for action, Markakis targeting Opening Day

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:06:09 EDT

Nick Markakis hopes to be in the Braves' Opening Day lineup. But as he eases his way back from neck surgery, the veteran outfielder will not accelerate his preseason preparations to the point where he might jeopardize realizing this goal.

  
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Reunion Weekend - Friday & Saturday - November 6 & 7, 2009 - Friday, September 18, 2009

GOLF-DINNER / PROGRAM LEGENDS-----BASEBALL GAME

Make your plans now to attend the Auburn Baseball Lettermen and Associates Club annual get together.  The last three have been super fellowship and fun. This year the Club salutes the 1963 SEC Championship Team along with the Auburn All-Americans of the 1960's decade.

The golf on Friday will be a shotgun start and will have similar playing rules to last year. Coach Pawlowski and members of his staff will participate in some fashion along with the 2010 senior / junior baseball players by hitting some tee shots and putt on designated holes. This will be a super time to meet the coaches individually including David Mines, Associate AD and new coach Link Jarrett, a Florida State baseball alumnus, who came to Auburn from a successful program at East Carolina. Also, it will be good time to tell the seniors / juniors how much we support them and their efforts in Auburn baseball program.

Saturday morning brings the Reunion Baseball Game. Details are enumerated on the attached Reunion game registration form. We have had some really good games in the past with young and old former players participating and we see no reason to expect anything less this year. Call your teammates and prod them to plan to attend and join in the fun. Commissioner Buz Walsh promises an even more competitive and better game this year with more participants including the older guys playing the early innings and the young studs playing the late innings. Since we are having our activities later this year, we anticipate more of our Major and Minor League players being available to attend all of our functions this year.

Since the year’s events are taking place on a football weekend, we have not attempted to make provisions for rooms to be set aside for participants needing accommodations. Also, you may want to allow extra time for travel to Auburn and getting around campus for the Club’s functions. I have included lodging lists for your consideration. The Athletic Department will attempt to provide assigned parking and transportation to Plainsman Park for the Reunion Game participants on Saturday. Particulars will be forthcoming at a time closer to that week end and you will be notified.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6th

GOLF - Noon tee time at the Auburn University Club @ Yarborough Farms
            Modified Scramble, white tees for wood bat guys, blue tees for the young guys

DINNER – 6:00 pm social hour followed by Dinner Program & Introductions of honorees and participants, 7:30 pm buffet dinner

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7th

Game activities will be similar to last year.  Please read the detailed schedule on the download "2009 Legends Game Letter & Registration"  Please keep in mind the response deadline for planning purposes.

 

Downloads:

2009 Legends Game Letter & Reg

Golf & Dinner Agenda

Golf Registration Form

Activities Notice

Club Registration

Auburn Area Hotel List & Accommodations

Auburn & Opelika Lodging List

 

Auburn University "Inside the Auburn Clubhouse" - Thursday, September 17, 2009
New Website Launched - Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Yesterday, after months of planning, we signed a contract with Productive I.T., L.L.C. to build and develop a full-featured website for our club.  As you can see, the site is already up and most of the features are in place. A few of these features include Membership Management, Discussion Forums, Event Calendar, and the ability to make changes to the site ourselves using a web-based control panel.  If you haven't yet, please Register for the site so you'll have full access to pages only available to Auburn Baseball Lettermen & Associates Club members.

 

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