Atlanta Braves

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Braves Ditch Tomahawks After Pitcher Complains

Cardinals rookie Ryan Helsley is of Cherokee descent

(Newser) - Atlanta Braves fans cheering on their team against the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday night did not have a traditional tool to help: The team did not place foam tomahawks on seats before the game, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch . The reason? Cardinals pitcher Ryan Helsley, who is a member of... More »

Former Atlanta Braves Player Otis Nixon Is Missing

He disappeared after leaving home to play golf

(Newser) - Police in Georgia are looking for a former Atlanta Braves player who left his home to play golf Saturday morning and hasn't been seen since. Otis Nixon, 58, was reported missing by his girlfriend Sunday afternoon, a Woodstock Police Department rep tells CNN . He was driving a gray 2011... More »

31 Georgia Residents to Have Homes Demolished for Ballpark

County wants to build a 4-lane road to help with traffic

(Newser) - Cobb County, Ga., just told the residents of a neighborhood next to the new Atlanta Braves stadium to say goodbye to their homes. The county is using eminent domain to take over at least 16 Turnberry Lane homes, and likely 15 more, and bulldoze them in order to make room... More »

Former Star MLB Pitcher Dead at 29

Ex-Braves player Tommy Hanson suffered 'catastrophic organ failure': report

(Newser) - Tommy Hanson, the friendly pitcher known as "Big Red" whose MLB career was stalled by injuries and personal loss, died Monday night at the age of 29, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Hanson, who pitched four seasons for the Atlanta Braves and ended his major league stint with the Los... More »

This Might Be the Best Kiss Cam Moment Ever

Jimmy Carter kisses wife Rosalynn at Braves game

(Newser) - It's not every day you catch a former president on the Kiss Cam, but that's what happened last night at the Atlanta Braves game, USA Today reports. Jimmy Carter was attending with wife Rosalynn, and when the camera turned their way and popped their faces up on the... More »

Accident Makes Turner Field Baseball's Deadliest

There have been 3 fatal falls since 2008

(Newser) - The death of a Braves fan on Saturday at Turner Field was not only tragic, it was the third such death at the stadium since 2008, giving it the unwelcome title of baseball's deadliest, according to ballpark expert Robert Gorman. He tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the death of... More »

Baseball Fan Killed in Fall From Upper Deck

Older man was in Atlanta watching Braves play Yankees

(Newser) - Tragedy in Atlanta tonight as a baseball fan fell from the upper deck during the Braves-Yankees game and was killed, reports 11 Alive . The man, believed to be in his 60s, fell from the 400 level about 40 feet and landed on concrete on the stadium's first level, reports... More »

Braves Set US Flag on Fire

Fireworks were too close at home opener

(Newser) - A pretty inauspicious start to the season for the Atlanta Braves: At their home opener Tuesday night, a fireworks blunder ended up setting the American flag on fire in front of 50,000 fans, WXIA reports. For the first—and last—time, the team tried setting off fireworks from the... More »

Man Dies in 65-Foot Fall at Atlanta's Turner Field

It's believed to be the 2nd death at the stadium

(Newser) - Tragedy in Atlanta last night, where the Journal-Constitution reports a 29-year-old man died after falling from the upper deck at Turner Field. He tumbled some 65 feet and landed in a parking lot outside of the stadium. Still no word on what caused Ronald Homer to fall, but a police... More »

Crazy Call Creates Mayhem in Playoff Game

Disputed infield fly rule helps Cardinals beat Braves

(Newser) - The first wild-card playoff game in baseball history turned out to be just plain wild yesterday, thanks to a complicated rule that has long been part of baseball, even if many people don't know exactly what it is. The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Atlanta Braves 6-3, with help... More »

Baseball's New Fave Booze: Tequila

Five clubs sign sponsorship deals with distillers

(Newser) - Big-league baseball teams are hitting the hard stuff. After years of sponsorship from beer companies, five ball clubs this year have teamed up with liquor brands. The spirit of choice: tequila, which saw the biggest sales jump among spirits between 2001 and 2010. “Lots of people think of beer... More »

Braves Suspend Pitching Coach Over Gay Slurs, Threat

Also, pitcher Derek Lowe is charged with DUI

(Newser) - This turned out to be a banner week for the Atlanta Braves pitching staff. In the most high-profile event, the team today placed pitching coach Roger McDowell on administrative leave after he allegedly hurled gay slurs at heckling Giants fans ("Are you a homo couple or a threesome?"),... More »

Braves Coach Loses Eye to Rogue Foul

Minor league manager Luis Salazar will return to work this season

(Newser) - An Atlanta Braves coach has lost his left eye after a foul ball hit him in the face. Luis Salazar, a minor league manager, was watching a spring training game when a line drive off the bat of the Braves’ Brian McCann hit him in the dugout. He was knocked... More »

We Hate Vuvuzelas, But Condone Tomahawk Chop?

Sports spectators should apply their outrage elsewhere

(Newser) - The constant drone of vuvuzelas is annoying for people watching the World Cup, but Derrick Z. Jackson thinks American spectators should apply their "outrage to more serious sports matters." Specifically, the stereotypes about American Indians that still abound. Consider the tomahawk chop at Atlanta Braves and Florida State... More »

Best Ballpark Hot Dogs

Forget apple pie—nothing goes with baseball like these

(Newser) - Baseball season’s in full, ahem, swing, and in that spirit, Delish runs down the best ballpark hotdogs. Some highlights:
  • Georgia Dog, Turner Field, Atlanta. A blanket of cole slaw and some sautéed Vidalia onions make this a winner.
  • Arizona Dog, Chase Field, Phoenix. Southwest rules this foot-long—chorizo,
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Craigslist Sex Sting Snags Braves Minor Leaguer

Deunte Heath accused of offering money for sex

(Newser) - A Craigslist prostitution sting arranged by Florida police has netted, among several others, an Atlanta Braves minor league pitcher. Deunte R. Heath, 24, is accused of offering $75 for a “sex act,” the Orlando Sentinel reports. Cops posted fake ads on the Craigslist and Backpage websites and nabbed... More »

Spring Training in Full Swing

World champion Yankees get homer in ninth, win opener

(Newser) - The boys of summer are starting to shake off the rust, with today seeing the first (nearly) full slate of spring training baseball games in Florida and Arizona. The defending World Series champion New York Yankees were in action, getting a three-run home run in the ninth inning from unlikely-to-make-the-team-yet... More »

Halladay Stays; ChiSox Get Peavy

(Newser) - The biggest move on today’s baseball trading deadline looks to be one that wasn’t made, Fox Sports reports: Toronto kept ace right-hander Roy Halladay, who’d drawn interest from contenders in both leagues. The biggest name dealt was right-hander Jake Peavy, sent from San Diego to the Chicago... More »

Braves Prez Calls Furcal's Dealings 'Despicable'

(Newser) - Braves president John Schuerholz has vowed to never again do business with Rafael Furcal's agents, whom Schuerholz has accused of conducting "despicable" dealings with the team, the AP reports. Schuerholz and Braves general manager Frank Wren were quoted as saying the Wasserman Media Group negotiated dishonestly by taking the... More »

Angels Land Slugger Teixeira

American League's best send infielder Kotchman, minor leaguer to Atlanta

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Angels acquired slugging first baseman Mark Teixeira from the Atlanta Braves today, a trade that further bolsters the team with the best record in the major leagues. The Angels—who entered tonight's games with a whopping 11½-game lead in the American League West and are clearly... More »

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