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Gwynn's death helped change MLB culture on smokeless tobacco (The Associated Press)

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:12:20 PST

Tony Gwynn's death from oral cancer was a turning point in baseball's culture that long tolerated smokeless tobacco. The Hall of Famer's death at age 54 two years ago shook up many in the industry. ''What happened to Tony Gwynn, you don't want that to happen again,'' Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. said Monday at the winter meetings.



MLB meal money cut, but teams assume cost of clubhouse food (The Associated Press)

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:24:13 PST

Given his dining choices in the minor leagues a decade ago, Freddie Freeman is thrilled with big league chow. While daily meal money on the road for major league baseball players is being cut from $100.50 to $30 under the sport's new collective bargaining agreement, teams are assuming the cost of providing clubhouse food spreads for home games and road trips. In the minor leagues, you find a Waffle House and go get that,'' the Atlanta Braves star first baseman said Monday.



Dawson says he voted for Selig for Hall (The Associated Press)

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:53:35 PST

Three decades after collusion, Andre Dawson put past feelings aside and voted to induct Bud Selig into the Hall of Fame. ''I vote based on the big picture,'' Dawson said. Dawson, inducted into the Hall in 2010, was among the victims when owners conspired against free agents following the 1985, 1986 and 1987 seasons, which led to a $280 million settlement between Major League Baseball and the players' association.



A letterman: Half-century later, Schuerholz gets Hall call (The Associated Press)

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 21:59:10 PST

John Schuerholz was perfectly happy at his job, teaching world geography and English to eighth graders in suburban Baltimore. A note the one-time Towson University second baseman wrote to the owner of the hometown Orioles, saying he really wanted to work in baseball, that he might be able to do some good. A half-century after he dropped that note with the post office, the game delivered its biggest prize: Schuerholz was elected to the Hall of Fame.



Dose: New York Holliday (Rotoworld)

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 21:54:00 PST

Nate Grimm discusses Matt Holliday's deal, the Marlins' wish list and the Nats making a run at two stars in Monday's Offseason Dose.



Selig, Schuerholz make Hall of Fame (Reuters)

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 18:43:37 PST

(Reuters) - Former Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig and long-time MLB executive John Schuerholz were elected to the baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday. The selections were made by the veterans committee at Oxon Hill, Md., ahead of baseball's winter meetings. Selig and Schuerholz will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., on July 30.



Baseball-Selig, Schuerholz make Hall of Fame (Reuters)

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 18:33:43 PST

Former Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig and long-time MLB executive John Schuerholz were elected to the baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday. The selections were made by the veterans committee at Oxon Hill, Md., ahead of baseball's winter meetings. Selig and Schuerholz will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., on July 30.



Selig, Schuerholz elected to baseball Hall of Fame (The Associated Press)

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 17:51:20 PST

Bud Selig oversaw baseball during a time of transformation and turmoil - wild cards and a ballpark boom, the cancellation of a World Series and the Steroids Era. For much of his reign, though, there was one constant: those first-place Atlanta Braves, built by John Schuerholz. The former commissioner and the longtime general manager met up again Sunday, both elected by an overwhelming margin to the Hall of Fame.



Big names in play as baseball winter meetings open (The Associated Press)

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 17:32:24 PST

Andrew McCutchen, Chris Sale, Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander could be available for the right price. As baseball teams gathered for the start of the winter meetings Monday, star players were dangled along with the usual crop of free agents. ''When clubs take a dramatic change in direction or even a subtle one, that type of player can become available - although often it's just talk,'' New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Sunday.



Lindgen agrees to deal with Braves worth $1,025,000 (The Associated Press)

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 14:37:29 PST

ATLANTA (AP) -- Left-hander Jacob Lindgren, making a comeback from Tommy John surgery, has agreed to a one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves worth $1,025,000.



Do Bud Selig and George Steinbrenner belong in the Hall of Fame? (Big League Stew)

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:43:04 PST

Bug Selig and George Steinbrenner are among the 10 names on the Today’s Game Hall of Fame ballot. NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Most years, the Veterans Committee voting for the Hall of Fame is an exercise that involves digging deep into the past. Not so this year, as the committee will vote Sunday on the Hall of Fame cases of some rather familiar names, including Bud Selig, Mark McGwire, Albert Belle and George Steinbrenner.



Ross, Revere, Asche among 35 new free agents (The Associated Press)

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:47:31 PST

NEW YORK (AP) -- Tyson Ross, an All-Star pitcher for San Diego two years ago, was among 35 players who became free agents when their teams declined to offer them 2017 contracts on Friday.



Braves agree to 1-year deals with Recker, Rodriguez (The Associated Press)

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:38:27 PST

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Braves and reserve catcher Anthony Recker have agreed to an $800,000, one-year contract.



Hot Stove Digest: Braves acquire Jaime Garcia from Cardinals (Big League Stew)

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:43:42 PST

Welcome to The Stew’s Hot Stove Digest, our daily rundown of MLB news, rumors and gossip for Hot Stove season. Here you’ll find a quick recap of all the day’s action and other fun stuff from around the internet that we think is worth your time.



Cardinals send LHP Jaime Garcia to Braves for 3 prospects (The Associated Press)

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:19:17 PST

The Atlanta Braves made another move in the dramatic offseason retooling of their rotation on Thursday by acquiring left-hander Jaime Garcia from the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals got a trio of prospects, including second baseman Luke Dykstra, the son of former All-Star Lenny Dykstra. The Cardinals also landed right-handers John Gant and Chris Ellis.



Braves finalize deal with utility player Sean Rodriguez (The Associated Press)

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:28:49 PST

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Braves have finalized an $11.5 million, two-year contract with utility player Sean Rodriguez.



Mariners acquire right-handers Whalen, Povse from Braves (The Associated Press)

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:55:03 PST

The Seattle Mariners acquired right-handers Rob Whalen and Max Povse from the Atlanta Braves on Monday night for outfield prospect Alex Jackson and a player to be named. ''We value upside, and we believe Alex has a lot of it,'' Braves general manager John Coppolella told The Associated Press. Jackson was a catcher at Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego.



Hot Stove Digest: Marlins reel in Edinson Volquez for two years (Big League Stew)

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 18:13:04 PST

REEL HIM IN: The Miami Marlins have signed pitcher Edinson Volquez on a two-year deal. The 33-year-old Volquez is coming off a season in which he posted a 5.37 ERA over 189 1/3 innings with the Kansas City Royals. The deal is said to be for two years and $22 million, according to Chris Cotillo.



AP source: Braves, Rodriguez agree to $11.5M 2-year deal (The Associated Press)

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 10:44:49 PST

ATLANTA (AP) -- A person familiar with the situation says the Atlanta Braves have agreed to an $11.5 million, two-year contract with utility player Sean Rodriguez.



Hot Stove Digest: Giants have discussed bringing back Pablo Sandoval (Big League Stew)

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 20:42:35 PST

REUNION?: Would the San Francisco Giants really consider reuniting with Pablo Sandoval? According to Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald, they have at least discussed that option internally. It’s unknown if those discussions will morph into serious trade talks, or whether the Red Sox would even be receptive, but it’s one of the more interesting rumors out there.



What every MLB team should be thankful for this Thanksgiving (Big League Stew)

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 09:13:56 PST

The holiday season is here. For some, that means consuming good food while being surrounded by old friends and loving family members. Your turkey is juicy, your conversations are rich and your weird uncle decided not to show up this year.



Hot Stove Digest: Jason Castro signs three-year deal with Twins (Big League Stew)

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 18:00:29 PST

Welcome to The Stew’s Hot Stove Digest, our daily rundown of MLB news, rumors and gossip for Hot Stove season. Here you’ll find a quick recap of all the day’s action and other fun stuff from around the internet that we think is worth your time.



Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 15:51:22 PST

The Baltimore Orioles named Roger McDowell as their pitching coach and Alan Mills as their bullpen coach, the team announced Tuesday. McDowell, 55, spent the past 11 seasons as the Atlanta Braves' pitching coach. In that span (2006-16), the Braves pitching staff went 905-876 and ranked fourth in the majors with a 3.88 ERA.



Orioles hire Roger McDowell as their pitching coach (The Associated Press)

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 11:06:57 PST

BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Baltimore Orioles have hired Roger McDowell to be their pitching coach.



Bartolo Colon riding a scooter is the offseason content we deserve (Big League Stew)

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 10:18:46 PST

You cannot deny Atlanta Braves pitcher Bartolo Colon is already having a fantastic offseason. Most 43-year-old free agents might find themselves struggling for work, but Colon found a job almost immediately. He quickly secured a one-year, $12.5 million deal with the Braves. With the hard part of his offseason out of the way, Colon can now dedicate the next few weeks to rest and relaxation. If this excellent picture from a Bartolo Colon Facebook page is to be believed, he’s doing just that.



The offseason has been full of crazy new team names (Big League Stew)

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 07:22:40 PST

New team names have been popular this offseason, and the latest comes from the collegiate Northwoods League. The new team is the Fond Du Lac Dock Spiders, and it beat out four other options: Barn Owls, Lake Flies, Pipsqueaks and Shantymen. Four minor league baseball teams have changed their names since the offseason began.



Hot Stove Digest: Mariners asked Pirates about Andrew McCutchen (Big League Stew)

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 17:01:18 PST

If Andrew McCutchen is available, he won’t come cheap. ASK AWAY: The Seattle Mariners reportedly asked the Pittsburgh Pirates about the availability of outfielder Andrew McCutchen earlier in the offseason. With that said, you would think Pittsburgh still wants a huge package for a superstar-caliber player.



Dose: Reliever Roulette (Rotoworld)

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 07:15:00 PST

Nate Grimm runs down the rumors surrounding the top-flight relievers and talks Chris Sale's perceived availability in Monday's Dose.



Hot Stove Digest: Blue Jays GM hasn't closed door on Edwin Encarnacion return (Big League Stew)

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 21:34:18 PST

Welcome to The Stew’s Hot Stove Digest, our daily rundown of MLB news, rumors and gossip for Hot Stove season. Here you’ll find a quick recap of all the day’s action and other fun stuff from around the internet that we think is worth your time.



Braves counting on geriatric pitchers to lead a contender (The Associated Press)

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:36:16 PST

A mere 42, Dickey will be ceding that honor to 43-year-old Bartolo Colon. ''I gave myself the nickname Little Ugly,'' Dickey quipped Friday after formally introduced by the Braves in an office tower overlooking SunTrust Park. All kidding aside the Braves insist their unorthodox moves show how serious they are about contending again for a postseason spot.