October 6, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (22) is congratulated by third base coach Brian Snitker (51) after hitting a two run home run in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game three of the National League divisional series playoff baseball game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Morning Chop: Atlanta Braves News 10/15



Doug Dascenzo joins Braves’ staff

Doug Dascenzo has been hired as the Atlanta Braves‘ third-base coach.

The 49-year-old replaces Brian Snitker, who was named manager of the Braves’ Triple-A Gwinnett farm team.

Snitker, Atlanta’s third-base coach for seven seasons, returns to the minor leagues after serving as Triple-A Richmond manager in 2006 and four seasons as manager at Double-A Greenville and Mississippi.

General manager Frank Wren said Monday that Dascenzo will fill a need on the staff coaching outfielders and baserunning. He was the Braves’ minor league roving outfield and baserunning instructor in 2013.



Atlanta Braves have interest in re-signing pitcher Tim Hudson

Although Tim Hudson is 38-years-old, you wouldn’t know it given his performances on the field. The aging veteran has thrown seven straight seasons with a sub 4.00 ERA and was coming off three consecutive seasons of at least sixteen wins or more.

Unfortunately for Hudson and the Braves, the Georgia native took a wrong step (literally) in a bizarre ankle injury when he stepped on the foot of New York Metsoutfielder Eric Young. Hudson broke his ankle and his season was over in late July, though, the impending free agent to be might not have to look far in regards to his next contract as the Braves still have interest in re-signing Hudson.

Per David O’Brien:

#Braves Wren indicated interest in re-signing Tim Hudson

Should the Atlanta and Gwinnett Braves Change Their Names?

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed recently said he wouldn’t be in favor of Atlanta’s MLB organization, which has gone by the nickname ‘Braves’ since 1912, changing names.

Jun 28, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves logo in the fourth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier this month, President Barack Obama chimed in on the controversy surrounding the nickname of Washington D.C.’s National Football League – the Redskins.

“I don’t think there are any Redskins fans that mean offense. I’ve got to say that if I were the owner of the team and I knew that there was a name of my team—even if it had a storied history—that was offending a sizeable group of people, I’d think about changing it.

“But I don’t want to detract from the wonderful Redskins fans that are here,” Obama told the Associated Press, according to Yahoo Sports. “They love their team, and rightly so—even though they’ve been having a pretty tough time this year. But I think—all these mascots and team names related to Native Americans, Native Americans feel pretty strongly about it. And I don’t know whether our attachment to a particular name should override the real, legitimate concerns that people have about these things.”

While the president thinks teams, such as Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves and its Triple-A affiliate, the Gwinnett Braves, should consider changing their names that are potentially offensive or racially insensitive, Atlanta’s mayor doesn’t quite see it that way.
In an interview with 11Alive’s Keith Whitney, Mayor Kasim Reed said he wouldn’t be in favor of Atlanta’s MLB organization, which has gone by the name Braves since 1912, changing names.

“I do not,” the mayor told the news outlet. “I think that the name the Atlanta Braves is a name that we should keep; and I have a number of friends who are Indians, and they haven’t shared any offense with me about it. So I go by my experiences.”



Atlanta Braves dig up pitching, sign two Miners

Signed to a minor league contract are Pete Perez (RHP), and Race Parmenter (RHP).

Perez, undrafted out of Tartleton State Universitywhere he went 5-2 with a 2.43 ERA in 10 starts, appeared in 28 games for the Miners, while starting one. He picked up four wins to go with a solid 3.03 ERA, and his 9.5 SO/9 ranked 7th on the team.

Parmenter, also undrafted out of the University of California, Irvine, saved seven games for the Anteaters before signing with the Miners after the completion of his collegiate season.

In 20 games, Parmenter saved six games in 20 appearances, but for unfortunate opponents, that’s the good news. He fanned 27 batters in 31.2 innings and surrendered only two runs, good for a 0.57 ERA. His WHIP was 0.853 and batters hit a paltry .154.

The Braves, always a stellar club with superb pitching, couldn’t have looked at a better team for reinforcements. According to the Miners’, Perez and Parmenter are the 28th and 29th players to sign a minor league contract with an MLB affiliate, and third and fourth this year (Tyler Stubblefield and Brandon Cunndiff).


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