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Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons makes a play on Diamondbacks Cody Ross and turns it for the out during the seventh inning of their MLB game on Sunday, July 6, 2014, in Atlanta.  CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Simmons, Heyward, J. Upton are Gold Glove finalists

Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons, right fielder Jason Heyward and left fielder Justin Upton are each among the three National League Gold Glove finalists at their respective positions announced Thursday by Rawlings, which conducts the balloting among coaches. Simmons and Heyward are strong favorites to win what would be the second ...

John Hart (left, with Bobby Cox and John Schuerholz) is the Braves' new president of baseball operations.

No more ‘interim’ — Hart takes reins on Braves baseball operations

After further consideration and a lot of John Schuerholz persuasion, John Hart decided he was ready, willing and able to run the baseball operations for the Braves. And most important, that he genuinely wanted the job.Hart, a 66-year-old former Indians and Rangers general manager, thought about it for a month ...

John Hart has been involved in baseball for more than three decades as a player, coach, manager, scout and general manager.

Hart says ‘yes’ to Braves, will head baseball operations

John Hart decided he was ready to go all-in with the Braves, and was named Thursday to run their baseball operations.The 66-year-old former Indians and Rangers general manager thought about it for a month while serving as interim GM, and decided to take team president John Schuerholz up on an ...

Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt, who only turned 23 last month but has already spent most of seven seasons in the minor leagues.

Braves catcher in ’15: Bethancourt, Gattis — or both?

The Braves have a slugger of a catcher, Evan Gattis, whose unusual background, splendid nickname – El Oso Blanco — and circuitous path to the majors made him a budding folk hero to many fans before he played his first major league game. A catcher whose 43 homers in 723 ...

Braves catching in ’15: Bethancourt, Gattis, or both?

The Braves have a slugger of a catcher, Evan Gattis, whose unusual background, splendid nickname – El Oso Blanco — and circuitous path to the majors made him a budding folk hero to many fans before he played his first major league game. A catcher whose 43 homers in 723 ...

Braves catcher in ’15: Bethancourt, Gattis, or both?

The Braves have a slugger of a catcher, Evan Gattis, whose unusual background, splendid nickname – El Oso Blanco — and circuitous path to the majors made him a budding folk hero to many fans before he played his first major league game. A catcher whose 43 homers in 723 ...

There's a chance either B.J. Upton (left) or Jason Heyward may not be on the Braves roster to start the season.

Braves outfield: Who stays among Uptons, Heyward?

Editor’s Note: This is the first in an occasional series looking at the Braves by position. Today: Outfield The Braves outfield that many expected to be one of baseball’s best has been far from it in two seasons that Jason Heyward and the Upton brothers have manned it. And now ...

Braves outfield: Who stays among Uptons, Heyward?

  The Braves outfield that many expected to be one of baseball’s best has been far from it in two seasons that Jason Heyward and the Upton brothers have manned it, and now the question is whether the trio has already played its last game together. With Justin Upton and ...

The Giants celebrate their third National League pennant in five seasons after closing out St. Louis. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Is this World Series a sign that Small Ball is back?

If you hated the the 2014 Braves, you might love the 2014 World Series. The Braves drove us to distraction and brought “termination” to Frank Wren, the general manager who built them, by swinging big, missing big and spitting the bit in September. The World Series matches teams that are ...

Chipper Jones watches B.J. Upton taking batting practice during a spring training workout in February 2013 at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (HYOSUB SHIN/HSHIN@AJC.COM)

Chipper tells Braves: ‘Not ready’ to be hitting coach

One of the most logical places for the Braves to look for their new hitting coach was the Double Dime Ranch in Texas, and they did, Chipper Jones told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The former Braves third baseman said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez contacted him recently to gauge his interest in ...

Former Braves slugger Chipper Jones has served as an instructor during the spring training.

Chipper Jones Q&A: ‘Not ready’ to be Braves hitting coach

One of the most logical places for the Braves to look for their new hitting coach was the Double Dime Ranch in Texas and they did, Chipper Jones said. The former Braves third baseman said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez contacted him recently to gauge his interest in the Braves’ hitting ...

Braves president John Schuerholz (right) tapped John Hart (left) as interim general manager John Hart after the dismissal of Frank Wren.

Schuerholz on report of Hart declining GM job: “Not accurate”

Braves president John Schuerholz read a Yahoo Sports report that said interim general manager John Hart has turned down the Braves’ offer to take the job full-time, prompting the team to focus on assistant GM John Coppolella and Royals GM Dayton Moore as its primary targets for the position. “At ...

Walter J. Victor was honored by the Braves for his 40 years of service as their official photographer. Victor came to the Braves after fighting in World War II in a military career that earned him eight Combat Stars.

Walter Victor, World War II vet and Braves photographer, dead at 97

The Braves family lost one of its most beloved and esteemed members Tuesday with the death of longtime former team photographer Walter Victor, a decorated World War II veteran who fought in the D-Day invasion of Nazi-occupied Normandy on June 6, 1944. He was 97. Victor became the Braves’ official ...

Another October, another San Francisco feat. (Eric Risberg/AP photo)

The Giants and Cards rule October. Why never the Braves?

Over the past five seasons, the Braves have won 13 more games than San Francisco and two fewer than St. Louis. The Braves have made the playoffs three times, same as the Giants; the Cardinals have made it four years running, though they have the Braves’ Epic Collapse of 2011 ...

Braves brass moving forward quickly, decisively

They don’t have a hitting coach and, oh yeah, they don’t have a GM, at least not officially. But the Braves are undoubtedly moving forward and shaking things up, having realigned their front office so rapidly and extensively that it’s clear the old-guard trio assigned to guide this overhaul was ...

Prominent changes in Braves front office; Schuerholz’s son joins staff

Braves officials said on Sept. 22, the day that general manager Frank Wren and two of his top assistants were fired, that they would evaluate all parts of the organization and particularly focus on scouting and player development. They weren’t kidding. Barely two weeks later, the Braves unveiled their revamped ...

Former longtime Braves scouting chief Roy Clark helped the team draft the likes of former Braves Brian McCann, Jeff Francouer, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Adam Wainwright.

Braves bringing back former scouting chief Roy Clark

An aggressive reshaping of the Braves front office continues with the return of longtime former scouting chief Roy Clark and the promotion of highly regarded scout Brian Bridges to scouting director. The Braves haven’t announced the moves yet because major league baseball asks teams not to make news during the ...

Braves interim general manager John Hart answers questions at a Sept. 22 news conference after the baseball team fired general manager Frank Wren following a mid-summer collapse that caused the franchise to miss the playoffs. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

Can Hart now pump new life into Braves?

Cleveland Indians President Mark Shapiro claimed his branch of the John Hart tree in 1992, after a memorable interview in the quaint rot of old Cleveland Stadium. A Princeton man, just 25 and ready to remake the world, Shapiro was after a job in the player development department. Hart sat ...

Former Astros manager Bo Porter served as Fredi Gonzalez's third-base coach while with the Marlins.

Bo Porter hired as Braves third-base coach

The Braves injected some new blood into their coaching staff and made it a little younger with the hiring of former Astros manager Bo Porter as third-base coach on Friday.Porter, 42, played for Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez when he managed the Triple-A Richmond Braves in 2002, and later served as ...

The Braves went 79-83 this year, only their third losing season since 1990, under manager Fredi Gonzalez.

Braves bringing back Gonzalez as manager for 2015

The Braves are bringing back manager Fredi Gonzalez for 2015, deciding that his body of work over four seasons as Atlanta manager outweighed a second September collapse that kept Atlanta out of the postseason this year.“I’m glad I got the opportunity to come back and take another shot at getting ...

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