Jul 12, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Atlanta Braves center fielder B.J. Upton (2) leaps and misses a double off the bat of Chicago Cubs catcher Welington Castillo (not pictured) during the third inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves News: The Morning Chop


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Commission OKs zoning for new Atlanta Braves stadium development

Tomahawk Take Editor Notes:  The Atlanta Journal Constitution has been on-top of this facility upgrade for the Atlanta Braves since the beginning.  On Tuesday, the zoning change necessary for the Braves to proceed with their planned mixed-use development just outside the future ballpark was unanimously approved.  This is exciting news as this new entertainment hub will be a one-stop place. 

The Braves have said they will spend $400 million on building a mixture of shops, restaurants, offices, residential and hotel units, along with a 100,000-square-foot entertainment venue.

Mike Plant, the Braves executive vice president of business operations, said the team expects to announce the developers for the mixed use portion of the development “within days.”

“This was a big step in our continuing process to build a … legacy generational opportunity for the people of Cobb,” Plant said after the vote. “This is a huge compliment to the ballpark plan that we’ve had. All of this was part of the master plan, and this was the culmination of it today.

 

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Braves need a leader

Tomahawk Take Editor Notes:  After Dan Uggla reported late to the ballpark last Saturday, the Braves suspended him for one game.  After that, there were reports that one Braves player was supposedly upset when he saw the story on ESPN’s Bottom crawl.  That player was upset that the story leaked and now upset at Uggla for disrespecting the organization and his teammates by showing up an hour before the game?

Where are the leaders on this team? Or, maybe the more appropriate question is, “Are there any leaders on this team?” I don’t think so, and that may be the biggest problem the Braves have as we start the second part of the season Friday.

Last year’s leaders are gone. Tim Hudson is in San Francisco. Brian McCann is in New York with the Yankees. After Chipper Jones retired two years ago, Hudson and McCann took over. They were the veterans respected in the clubhouse by the younger players.

But the Braves decided they couldn’t afford either player. Hudson was coming off the bad ankle injury, while McCann was turning 30 and was just too big of a risk to sign to a long-term contract. But will the decisions to allow those veterans to walk away cost the Braves in the long run?

 

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Selig: Braves, Indians should make decisions locally

Tomahawk Take Editor Notes:  Major League Baseball Commissioner, Bud Selig, addressed the media about the speculations with the ongoing Washington Redskins story.  His quote was “I know that for years, the Indians did polls and studies, and they kept telling me they had no problem.  The Atlanta Braves told me the same thing.  The local club will have to make a judgment call.”

The Atlanta Braves’ long-time mascot, Chief Noc-A-Homa, came with the team from Milwaukee in 1966, and was predominantly featured as part of the team’s logo through the 1980s, when it was replaced by the tomahawk logo that the Braves and its minor league affiliates use today. Plans to bring back the Chief Noc-A-Homa image on the Braves’ batting practice hats in 2013 met with wide-spread criticism. The Braves eventually backed away from those plans, sticking with the “script-A” image that has been the team’s primary cap logo since the late 80s.

Some current criticism includes demands that the Indians and Braves change their teams names and remove all measure of Native American symbolism from the team’s uniforms and graphic image. No formal statement has been issued by the Braves thus far regarding the commissioner’s comments Tuesday.

 

 

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  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    I am going to disagree with Bill Shanks on the ‘Leader’ article.

    His premise was based on a snippet of an overheard comment in the clubhouse, and there’s no certainty at all that this comment represents the mindset of the clubhouse as a whole – nor does it necessarily indicate that the players have given Uggla a ‘pass’ on his lateness.

    > No one is on record complaining about the suspension.
    > No one is on record supporting Uggla.
    > The team went out Sunday and thumped the Cubs again…as if nothing had happened.

    The only thing pointed out was that somebody was annoyed that the story broke on ESPN’s ticker – the same annoyance I’d probably feel if I saw (for instance) the mugshot of a relative on TV, knowing I’d be asked to explain the situation by those who know me.

    Whether there is a bona fide ‘leader’ in the clubhouse is irrelevant when players are doing their jobs. Leaders are needed for discipline (when conduct detrimental to the team occurs) and for rallying (whenever the team seems to be having a bad stretch).

    Seems to me that the problem was dealt with swiftly and without backlash. Management obviously did its bit. The fact that the team didn’t miss a beat tells me that there’s quite enough leadership otherwise.

  • Joseph Fain

    I don’t understand the complaints about the Braves and Indians using Native American symbolism. While I could see why the Redskins would face complaints as they are using a slang term that has some negative associations tied to it (a bit like the term negro), the generic usage of the terms Braves and Indians would point more to respect for those cultures than anything else.

    • fireboss

      The politically correct crowd have to have something to complain about. I put it in the same pile as those who hate a ballplayer mostly because he isn’t your ball player. Whiners are going to whine about something

    • Mushy Peas

      I once carved a likeness of Chief Noc-a-Homa into a pumpkin for halloween many, many years ago (feather included). Everyone loved it! Some folks even came back to take pictures of it; though I don’t think anyone knew it was a Braves’ logo. (I grew up in Maryland so they’re forgiven). They just thought it looked cool. I don’t recall ever receiving any hate-mail for it. No one egged the house. :-)

  • Mushy Peas

    If you really think about it, any particular group of people could find any team’s name offensive. For instance:

    Angels/”Devil” Rays: religious zealots, atheists
    Giants: dwarves
    Mariners: land-lovers
    Athletics: clumsy people
    Padres: madres
    Rockies: stoners
    Brewers: prohibitionists
    Diamondbacks: ophidiophobes
    Astros: Cosmonauts
    White Sox/Red Sox: hobbits
    Nationals: expatriates, anarchists
    Orioles/Blue Jays/Cardinals: ornithophobes
    Indians: Indians
    Reds: Bolsheviks, Marxists
    Braves: cowards
    Mets: rednecks, hillbillies
    Yankees: rebels
    Tigers: Tamils
    Royals: commoners
    Twins: Geminis, triplets
    Dodgers/Pirates: honest people
    Phillies: guys named Phil

    I know I’ve probably missed a few. This is just off the top of my head to prove a point. Hope you’ve enjoyed it. Then again, I may have just offended alot of people!