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Hart sees major value in newly acquired prospects

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:04:43 EDT

Braves president of baseball operations John Hart made his latest big move on Friday when he sent Justin Upton and Aaron Northcraft to the Padres in exchange for left-handed pitcher Max Fried, infielder Jace Peterson, third baseman Dustin Peterson and outfielder Alex Smith. Hart took time early Friday evening to discuss the Upton deal and the direction he might take.

Gattis assumes spotlight as Braves chart new course

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:12:17 EDT

Now that the Braves have traded Jason Heyward and Justin Upton, they find themselves with a much-improved farm system and reason to wonder if they can indeed be competitive in 2015. They next have to decide whether they also want to trade Evan Gattis or take the risk that he will not be a detriment when he transitions from catcher to left fielder.

Braves send J-Up to Padres in six-player swap

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:11:41 EDT

Just when it seemed the Braves were running out of potential suitors for Justin Upton, the Padres stepped back into the picture and made Upton the latest addition to their significantly upgraded roster.

Breaking down the prospects acquired in Upton deal

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:24:55 EDT

No one can accuse new Padres general manager A.J. Preller of standing pat. News of the huge three-team, 11-player deal that netted him Wil Myers had just settled in when the Matt Kemp deal was finalized. The ink on that one had barely dried when Preller was at it again, this time sending young players to the Atlanta Braves in return for Justin Upton. Here's a closer look at who the Braves are getting in return for Upton.

Braves purchase land for SunTrust parking

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:13:53 EDT

The Braves have increased their SunTrust Park parking options by purchasing the land upon which the headquarters for Genuine Parts Company currently rests.

Kohn looking forward to fulfilling childhood dream

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:57:35 EDT

Right-handed reliever Michael Kohn has written verification that he gained a chance to fulfill a childhood dream when he signed a Minor League deal with the Braves earlier this month: a contract he made with his parents to play shortstop for "Altanta" when he was 10 years old.

Markakis has neck surgery to repair herniated disk

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:54:37 EDT

Nick Markakis underwent fusion surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck on Wednesday. The Braves expect the veteran outfielder to begin baseball-related activities before the start of Spring Training.

Braves trade Varvaro to Red Sox for Minors pitcher Kurcz

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:47:28 EDT

After spending the past month evaluating multiple options, the Braves finally found a suitor for right-handed reliever Anthony Varvaro. Varvaro was traded to the Red Sox on Wednesday in exchange for Minor League pitcher Aaron Kurcz and cash considerations.

Braves announce Minor League coaching staffs

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:16:10 EDT

The Braves' Minor League system will have a familiar feel in 2015, as five of the organization's six affiliates will be led by managers who were in the system last year.

Braves' patient approach on historic streak unmatched

Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:15:10 EDT

This offseason, many teams are attempting to duplicate the Giants' route to a championship. It's a funny contrast from a decade ago, when teams weren't buying into the Braves' approach, even if it did allow the franchise to set a record with 14 consecutive first-place finishes.

Braves give Cuban outfielder Toscano 4-year deal

Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:08:04 EDT

The Braves acknowledge that they will need to gather more data before gaining a better understanding of how successful Dian Toscano might be at the Major League level. But a recent workout impressed them enough to offer the Cuban outfielder $6 million over the next four years.

Braves feeling out the market for J-Up

Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:53:08 EDT

Though some anxious fans might have been disappointed when the Winter Meetings concluded last week without the completion of a trade involving Justin Upton, the Braves are still talking to a handful of clubs that are interested in the right-handed slugger.

Although quiet, Braves working on deals, seek value

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:36:00 EDT

Though the Braves did not make much noise before this year's Winter Meetings concluded on Thursday, they headed home feeling confident that the patience they showed this week might lead them toward the value they are truly seeking with deals that could be completed over the next couple of weeks.

With eye on future, Braves take Winkler in Rule 5 Draft

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:07:42 EDT

The Braves lost a former top prospect with shoulder concerns in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft, but they gained a reliever who could prove to be a future asset if he makes a successful return from Tommy John surgery.

Braves comfortable if Meetings don't produce trade

Wed, 10 Dec 2014 21:52:21 EDT

Though the past few days have produced constant speculation about potential trades involving Justin Upton and Evan Gattis, Braves president of baseball operations John Hart has gained a sense that he will likely exit this year's Winter Meetings with both of those sluggers still on his roster.

Veteran exec Hart still has the knack

Wed, 10 Dec 2014 21:30:52 EDT

The thing about John Hart is he's really good at what he does. Make that very good. The Braves president of baseball operations took some time out of his busy Winter Meetings schedule to discuss how baseball and the role of the general manager has changed since his tenure with Cleveland in the 1990s.

New renderings offer peek at area by SunTrust Park

Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:42:14 EDT

The Braves gave fans another glimpse of the mixed-use development that will surround SunTrust Park when it opens in 2017 by releasing four new conceptual renderings on Wednesday morning.

Braves will only deal J-Up, Gattis at right price

Tue, 9 Dec 2014 23:26:25 EDT

Justin Upton and Evan Gattis stand as attractive options to clubs looking to add some power to their lineup. But when they have expressed interest in these two sluggers, these clubs have quickly learned that the Braves are not willing to simply unload either of them without gaining a significant return.

Braves agree to deal with infielder Callaspo

Tue, 9 Dec 2014 22:05:29 EDT

The Braves are nearing a deal with veteran infielder Alberto Callaspo, who could satisfy Atlanta's search for a player who can handle the starting second-base duties until top prospect Jose Peraza is deemed Major League ready.

Despite moving pieces, Fredi likes makeup of Braves

Tue, 9 Dec 2014 20:17:07 EDT

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez understands why his club might make some moves that are aimed toward being a consistent postseason contender when SunTrust Park opens in 2017. But while such moves might be in the organization's best long-term interest, this mindset is not necessarily comforting for Gonzalez as he enters the final year of his contract.

Braves have 'limited discussions' with clubs on J-Up, Gattis

Mon, 8 Dec 2014 22:32:25 EDT

As media members and rival executives were discussing various hot topics, including potential trades involving Justin Upton and Evan Gattis, Braves president of baseball operations John Hart and his staff were discussing ways to fill out their 2015 roster and strengthen the organization's future.

Hart confirms pursuit of Cuban outfielder Toscano

Mon, 8 Dec 2014 20:52:44 EDT

Braves president of baseball operations John Hart confirmed that the Braves are negotiating with Cuban outfielder Dian Toscano. But as he spoke with reporters early Monday evening, he said an agreement has not been reached.

Braves honor Van Wieren with auction for LUNGevity

Mon, 8 Dec 2014 16:47:08 EDT

Now that members of the Braves organization find themselves back in San Diego for the Winter Meetings, the club will honor Pete Van Wieren's spirit by teaming with MLB's 29 other teams to continue the fight against various forms of cancer. Baseball's Winter Meetings this week include an MLB.com Auction to raise money for LUNGevity, which is the United States' largest national lung cancer-focused non-profit.

Hart putting his winning formula to work in Atlanta

Sun, 7 Dec 2014 21:30:00 EDT

John Hart is back at work this winter. With the assistance of GM-in-training John Coppolella, he is reshaping a Braves team that hasn't won a postseason series since 2001 and, frankly, needed some long-term guidance.

Simmons' sparkling defense nets GIBBY Award

Sat, 6 Dec 2014 22:20:59 EDT

Less than three full seasons into his Major League career, Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons has already compiled a collection of defensive honors that would make a veteran proud. Simmons added another honor to his portfolio, recognized as the Defensive Player of the Year when MLB.com's Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards (GIBBY) winners were revealed Saturday night on MLB.com and MLB Network.

Markakis ready to begin next chapter of career

Fri, 5 Dec 2014 15:59:24 EDT

Though he spent a significant portion of his childhood growing up in suburban Atlanta and closely following Braves legends of the 1990s, Nick Markakis did not view his entry into this year's free-agent market as a means to come home.

Markakis indicates neck surgery a possibility

Fri, 5 Dec 2014 14:51:13 EDT

If Nick Markakis does indeed opt to undergo neck surgery, it will not come as a surprise to his newest employer. The Braves were well aware of this possibility when they signed the free-agent outfielder to a four-year, $44 million contract earlier this week.

Prep shortstop Rodgers leads 2015 Draft class

Thu, 4 Dec 2014 21:26:59 EDT

Ten years after grabbing Justin Upton, the D-backs could follow a similar path in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft. Lake Mary (Fla.) High School shortstop Brendan Rodgers sits atop MLBPipeline.com's initial Draft Top 50 rankings, thanks to his three plus tools (bat, power, arm) complemented by two solid ones (speed, defense).

Inbox: How does Markakis measure up to Heyward?

Thu, 4 Dec 2014 18:58:37 EDT

In the latest Inbox, Mark Bowman addresses comparisons between Nick Markakis and Jason Heyward and what fans can expect from Mike Minor in 2015.

Braves invite reliever Kohn to Spring Training

Thu, 4 Dec 2014 16:44:59 EDT

Looking to add to their bullpen depth, the Braves on Thursday announced the signing of right-hander Michael Kohn to a Minor League contract that includes an invitation to Spring Training.

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


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.


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


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.



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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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