Braves GM Anthopoulos has COVID-19, misses Series clincher
NLDS Brewers Braves Baseball Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Max Fried, left speaks with Atlanta Braves General Manager Alex Anthopoulos after Game 4 of a baseball National League Division Series against the Milwaukee Brewers, Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, in Atlanta. The Atlanta Braves won 5-4 to advance to the NLCS. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) (John Bazemore)HOUSTON — (AP) — Atlanta Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos tested positive for COVID-19 and wasn’t with the team when it clinched the World Series championship Tuesday night. “He’s such a big part of this.”The 44-year-old Anthopoulos has been the Braves’ general manager since November 2017. He rejoined the team in time for the World Series and wound up winning the MVP award.wftv.com
Fab Four of July acquisitions lead Braves to World Series
NLCS Braves Dodgers Baseball Atlanta Braves' Eddie Rosario, right, is congratulated by Atlanta Braves' Joc Pederson after hitting a two-run home run in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 4 of baseball's National League Championship Series Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, in Los Angeles. “This isn’t going to define our season, this series,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said that night at New York’s Citi Field. Rosario, Duvall and Pederson combined to drive in 17 of Atlanta’s 28 runs in its six-game NL Championship Series win over the defending champion Los Angeles Dodgers. Rosario was selected MVP as the Braves advanced to a World Series matchup against the Houston Astros starting Tuesday night. Rosario made his Braves debut on Aug. 28, and hit .271 with seven homers and 16 RBIs in 96 at-bats.wftv.com
Deal 'em up! Scherzer, Turner, Bryant, Báez and Berríos move
(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) (Jack Dempsey)Max Scherzer and Trea Turner wearing Dodger blue, Kris Bryant heading to the Golden Gate. From contenders boosting their roster to the also-ran Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals gutting theirs, this was a monster day for moves. The Los Angeles Dodgers made the biggest noise, getting Scherzer and Turner for a talented quartet of young prospects. “I want to personally thank Anthony Rizzo, Javy Báez and Kris Bryant,” Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said in a statement. They traded away Scherzer and Turner, keys to their 2019 title, along with Lester, Yan Gomes and Josh Harrison.wftv.com
3-time NL East champ Braves extend manager Snitker thru 2023
(Kevin D. Liles/Atlanta Braves via AP Pool)ATLANTA – It took a while for Brian Snitker to get his shot at being a big league manager. The Atlanta Braves announced Friday they have extended Snitker's contract through the 2023 season, with a club option for 2024. AdWhen Fredi Gonzalez was fired early in the 2016 season, Snitker became one of the oldest first-time managers in big league history. But, after going 72-90 in his first full season, Atlanta won the first of its three straight division titles in 2018. Snitker was voted NL Manager of the Year in 2018.
LHP Cole Hamels done for year after just 1 start for Braves
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Cole Hamels heads to the dugout after being pulled from the mound during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)ATLANTA – After making just one start for the Atlanta Braves, Cole Hamels went back on the 10-day injured list Monday and is done for the season. He was scheduled to make his second start Tuesday after struggling throughout the year to overcome shoulder and triceps issues. The Braves were hoping Hamels, who signed an $18 million, one-year contract last fall, would return in time to provide a boost for the playoffs. Now, Hamels is done for the year, his Braves' career possibly ending after he made that one appearance last week in Baltimore.
Braves' rotation takes another hit as Max Fried placed on IL
Atlanta Braves' Max Fried pitches against the Washington Nationals during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)The Atlanta Braves' season-long rotation woes continued Tuesday when Max Fried, the top healthy starter, was placed on the 10-day injured list. Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Fried has a left-side muscle spasm in his lumbar spine. Anthopoulos said he hopes Fried can return from the IL as soon as he is eligible on Sept. 16. Anthopoulos said he hopes Culberson can be added to the team's camp at its alternate training site at Triple-A Gwinnett.