Jul 2, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; General view of Rawlings major league baseballs on the field before the game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves: The Morning Chop


Rookies La Stella, Simmons give boost to Braves

Tomahawk Take Editor Notes:  The Braves are on a little bit of a roll after sweeping the Miami Marlins this past weekend and now head back to Turner Field to take on the Seattle Mariners.  The Mariners are 29-28 as the Braves are currently 31-25.  This should be a good series as the Braves will not see Felix Hernandez as he pitched Monday night against the Yankees

General manager Frank Wren said Simmons, 23, filled a void left with right-hander Jordan Walden on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring injury.

Walden “was exceptional in April,” Wren told The Associated Press on Monday. “He gives us that solid end of the game guy, to be able to bridge to Kimbrel, and we were missing that. We think Simmons can do some of that.”

Simmons left Miami with two game balls and valuable experience. He survived two hits and a walk to earn the save in Sunday’s 4-2 win over the Marlins.

“Now that it’s over with, I can kind of ease my mind,” Simmons said. “I got through my first couple of appearances OK. Hopefully I just continue to work and get better from here.”



Crains Detroit Business

Barton Malow one of 4 companies hired to build Atlanta Braves stadium


Tomahawk Take Editor Notes:  The American Builders company beat out three other bidders for this job. Len Moser, a Barton Malow vice president will American Builders’ project representative.  He is already familiar with the Atlanta Braves organization as he oversaw the construction of Gwinnett Stadium in 2009.

Southfield-based construction manager Barton Malow Co. is part of the four-company consortium hired to build a $622 million stadium for the Atlanta Braves.

The 41,500-seat ballpark is scheduled to open in 2017. The architect is Kansas City-basedPopulous.

Barton Malow is part of a joint venture for the project called American Builders 2017 that includes Kennesaw, Ga.-based Brasfield & Gorie LLC, Minneapolis-based M.A. Mortenson Construction Co., and Atlanta-based New South Construction.


GPB News

Braves Stadium Deal Part Of Southern History Of Handing Taxes To Private Enterprise

Tomahawk Take Editor Notes:  Adam Ragusea from GPB News goes in depth about the upcoming proposal of the new stadium.  He received quotes from James Cobb, a historian at the University of Georgia to help back his story.

Opponents of a deal to lure the Atlanta Braves to Cobb County say they are exploring their legal options after their defeat last week.

County commissioners agreed to contracts that will invest hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars in a new stadium complex.

A recent poll found most Georgians oppose public subsidies for professional sports teams.

But old habits die hard, and Southerners have been funneling taxes to private enterprise for a long time, said James Cobb, a historian at the University of Georgia.

An artist's rendering of a proposed new Atlanta Braves stadium complex in Cobb County, with downtown Atlanta shown in the distance. (Image: courtesy the Atlanta Braves)

An artist’s rendering of a proposed new Atlanta Braves stadium complex in Cobb County, with downtown Atlanta shown in the distance. (Image: courtesy the Atlanta Braves)


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