March 26, 2013; Lakeland, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (22) is congratulated by center fielder B.J. Upton (2) after he scored a run during the fourth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Morning Chop: Braves News 3/28

March Madness Bracket: Greatest Player in Atlanta Braves History

Championship Round

No. 1 Hank Aaron vs. No. 2 Chipper Jones

We’ve had upsets and close calls, but finally we get down to the question many people may have guessed from the start: Aaron or Jones?

Sep 28, 2011; Atlanta, GA, USA; Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

One is arguably the greatest switch-hitter of all-time, while the other could simply be the greatest hitter of all-time.

On one hand, Chipper played his entire career with the Atlanta Braves, so he may be supremely qualified to be called “Greatest Player in Braves’ History.” But, then again, Aaron played 20 years with the Braves, which was one more than Jones. Does the two years Aaron spent with the Milwaukee Brewers really supersede the 20 that came before it? He did get his number retired by the Brewers, but many could argue that they were just trying to steal a little bit of his legendary image to lend some credibility to their franchise.

I can’t choose. I’ve tried everything. Chipper won two out of three in Rock-paper-scissors, but Aaron beat him in “One Potato, Two Potato,” and their Candy Land battle is currently neck and neck.

Alright, I’m casting the final vote. The answer was really starring me in the face this whole time. Which player has transcended the game of baseball? Hank Aaron received the Presidential Medal of Freedomfrom President George W. Bush in 2002. But the deciding factor is that Turner Field is located at 755 Hank Aaron Drive. Winner: Hank Aaron


SB Nation Talking Chop

Braves Announce Exhibition Roster For Future Starts Team

Mar 14, 2013; Jupiter, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves pitcher Alex Wood (82) delivers a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Braves 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

The Future Stars team includes 10 players that are expected to begin the 2013 season with the Mississippi Braves. Returning players include right-handed pitchers J.R. GrahamMark Lamm, and Chasen Shreve. CatchersChristian Bethancourt and Braeden Schlehuber along with second-baseman Phil Gosselin are also expected to return.

New faces likely to begin the season with Double-A Mississippi are right-handers Ryne Harper and Gus Schlosser along with lefty Alex Wood. Third baseman Edward Salcedoshould also start the season at Trustmark Park.

Former M-Braves lefty Sean Gilmartin is the lone Gwinnett representative on the Future Stars pitching staff. The team also includes outfielders Todd Cunningham and Joe Terdoslavich from Gwinnett.


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NL East Preview: The Nationals and the Braves are battling for first, can the Phillies keep up?


Order of Finish
Mike Oz:
1. Nationals
2. Braves
3. Phillies
4. Mets
5. Marlins


Mar 7, 2013; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran (49) against the Detroit Tigers during a spring training game at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

David Brown:
1. Nationals
2. Braves
3. Phillies
4. Mets
5. Marlins

Oz: Bryce Harper (Nationals)
DB: Bryce Harper (Nationals)

NL East Cy Young
Oz: Stephen Strasburg (Nationals)
DB: Stephen Strasburg (Nationals)

NL East Rookie of the Year:
Oz: Andrelton Simmons (Braves)
DB: Julio Teheran (Braves)

Projected Opening Day lineups for all 30 clubs

March 26, 2013; Lakeland, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves left fielder Justin Upton (left) and center fielder B.J. Upton (right) run back to the dugout after the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves
1. SS: Andrelton Simmons
2. RF: Jason Heyward
3. LF: Justin Upton
4. 1B: Freddie Freeman
5. CF: B.J. Upton
6. 2B: Dan Uggla
7. 3B: Juan Francisco
8. C: Gerald Laird
9. SP: Tim Hudson


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  • fireboss

    The only lineup question is whether they flip flop Laird /Francisco or play Johnson instead of Juan. The rest is exactly how I expected and I think wrote it would be once the J-Up deal was done.

    • Jeff Schafer

      I thought Gattis may just hit his way into the opening day lineup but he hasn’t caught Tim Hudson at all so I expect to see Laird in there. Because they are up against Cole Hamels I think Fredi will go with Chris Johnson. I know the splits are about the same and Johnson doesn’t his as good against lefties as you would think but I’m leaning into Johnson’s corner for the opener.

      I’m ok with Johnson 7th and Laird 8th

      • fireboss

        I don’t think it’s so much Hudson and Gattis never working together as it is Laird is the guy they hired to be that guy so he gets the start. Later it wouldn’t surprise me to see Gattis catch Hudson, Teheran and Maholm while Laird catches Minor and Medlen. Minor and Gattis don’t seem to be a working pair

        • Jeff Schafer

          Hate to disagree with you but I don’t think just because we signed Laird he should be penciled in to play. Gattis has played all spring training and continues to swing the bat like no other while Laird has been injured for half of the spring and seems to have a hole in his bat except for yesterdays game.

          Even better, where the “experts” said Gattis would struggle at was catching a game, he has done everything right so far and is exceeding expectations.

          Jump one board the TeamGattis, we’ll accept you!!

          • fireboss

            You overlook the loyalty factor. When they signed Laird they promised him he would get significant playing time. That was one of the reasons he didn’t stay in Detroit. They expected Mac to miss a month and then they wanted to rest him more the next month. Laird will get the start unless the calf strain acts up before then. Laird will likely be Minor’s catcher until Mac returns anyway. Minor was eager to say how much Laird had helped him get a groove. When Laird was injured and Gattis caught two games Minor’s groove was missing. Even Minor’s interview was I thought couched in he’s not MY catcher. “I just threw what he put down. . . We never talked about a plan. . . ” etc. I like Gattis but really think playing every day is better than sitting and watching and I don;t see him getting many outfield games barring injury. Now if he could play first as well then we’d be talking .. .

  • Graham Waldrop

    Gattis has caught well. Went to 3 ST games and saw him catch twice I think. But he was very sound fundamentally. Quick for a big guy. Scooping pitches in the dirt/blocking them as well. Learning to call a game more effectively too.

    Laird will start opening day, because he’s the “veteran”, but I’m thinking for every five days, it’ll be Gattis 3 to Laird 2. Gattis may stumble a bit, but his offensive potential is insane. He will play more as long as he doesn’t stumble defensively or in game calling/prep.