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Saturday morning, 44 baseball prospects from around the country will take the field at SunTrust Park as part of the first ever Hank Aaron Invitational showcase game. 

 

The event is part of a week long celebration of the Braves’ legend, known as Hank Aaron Week.

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"The Freeze" is a welcome diversion at sweltering Atlanta Braves games. Wearing a full body leotard, the sprinting mascot races fans between innings of Atlanta's major league baseball games. He gives fans a giant headstart while managing to win ⁠— most of the time. 

One of the faces behind the mask this year is Durran Dunn. Dunn is a Jamaican sprinter who's competed in track and field championships around the world while representing the U.S. and Jamaica. On Second Thought producer La'Raven Taylor managed to catch up with Dunn and brought back this audio postcard.


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The metro-Atlanta region has landed another major sporting event.

Major League Baseball announced Wednesday, SunTrust Park and the Atlanta Braves will host the 2021 All-Star game.

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All-Star second baseman Ozzie Albies and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a $35 million, seven-year contract, a deal that includes team options for 2026 and '27.

The agreement announced Thursday supersedes a one-year contract signed last month that called for a $575,000 salary in the major leagues — $20,000 above the minimum.

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Across the country, hundreds of thousands of fans will make their way to ballparks for Opening Day of the Major League Baseball season.

For the Atlanta Braves, their NL East title defense starts with a three-game series up north against the Philadelphia Phillies.  


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SunTrust Park opened in the Spring of 2017. It doesn’t yet have two full seasons of Atlanta Braves baseball, but the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday released a fiscal impact study of the stadium and surrounding areas.


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Former Braves GM Coppolella Apologizes For Rule Violations

Dec 5, 2017
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Former Atlanta Braves general manager John Coppolella has apologized for rules violations that led to him being banned from baseball for life, saying he's "disgraced and humbled" by his actions.

In his first statement since losing his job and receiving the harshest sanctions Major League Baseball can dole out, Coppolella said Tuesday he felt like he needed "to address what happened and speak to those affected."

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John Coppolella was forced to resign as Braves general manager Monday after an investigation by Major League Baseball revealed serious rules violations in the international player market.

Gordon Blakeley, a special assistant to the GM who was the team's international scouting chief, also has resigned.

Braves president John Hart will take over GM duties while the team searches for a full-time replacement.

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The Gwinnett Braves could soon be the Buttons. Or the Big Mouths. Or the Lambchops.

Those are some of the choices in an online vote for a new name for the Atlanta Braves’ largest minor league affiliate.

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The Braves — The Gwinnett Braves, that is — are changing their name. And they want your submissions for name ideas. We discuss what’s behind the rebranding, and how it’s supposed to help the minor league team grow its fan base, with Sunny Mehta, Director of Clyde Group Sports; and Joel Feldman, an Atlanta-based attorney who focuses on sports branding.

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On Friday April 14, GPB Atlanta broadcasted “All Things Considered” live from SunTrust Park, the Atlanta Braves' new baseball stadium in Cobb County.

It was the first home game of the season for the Braves and the first time fans would experience the new $1.1 billion stadium complex.

In the show we’ll take a look at important moments in Braves history, at the mixed-use development around SunTrust Park called “The Battery” and, of course - talk about traffic.

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The Atlanta Braves are saying there’s more to their new stadium than hot dogs and beer.

The team hopes a 50-acre development surrounding SunTrust Park will keep fans engaged and keep them coming back year-round.

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One of the biggest questions metro Atlantans have had about the opening of SunTrust Park is traffic.

The new 42,000 seat stadium sits at the intersection of two major interstates – I-285 and I-75.

But local officials say they’re prepared.

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When the Atlanta Braves announced their move to the suburbs in 2013, some skeptics foresaw an exodus of residents fleeing game day traffic and crowds.

Four years later, Cobb County home sales are outpacing other metro counties.  

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The new home of the Atlanta Braves opened Friday. Fans headed out of the city to SunTrust Park while the team’s former home sat empty. Turner Field was purchased by Georgia State University for millions of dollars. Now, those who live near the stadium want to make sure redevelopment doesn’t drive up the cost of living in their neighborhoods, and drive them out of their homes. At least 150 people marched from Mechanicsville to Turner Field this weekend. GPB’s Sean Powers was there, and brought back this audio postcard.

 

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SunTrust Park opens with an exhibition game this Friday. The road to a new home for the Atlanta Braves has been a long and expensive one. The estimated cost of the project is now more than $1 billion. We talked about the massive undertaking with GPB senior sports correspondent Jon Nelson.

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It’s Friday! That means it’s time for the Breakroom to reconvene and talk about the week’s news. Our round-table panel discusses the effect of horrible bosses, baseball game traffic and eliminating all student loan debt.    

Then, our panel talks about the end of "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore," cyber-bullying a gold medalist, and sexism in the courtroom.      

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Professional sports in Atlanta can be exciting, but more often than not, they’re under whelming. Atlanta last brought home a championship in 1995. But since then, the teams of the ATL have struggled to become relevant on the national sports scene.

Producer Taylor Gantt offers his perspective as one of the city’s beleaguered fans

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Atlanta is currently constructing two new stadiums, Mercedes-Benz Stadium in downtown Atlanta and SunTrust Field in Cobb County. Although the allure of a shiny new building is exciting for some, others are growing tired of the sacrifices Atlanta is making to create these billion dollar projects.

GPB's own Don Smith adds another installment to our "Gripe Bag" series and vents his frustration about Atlanta's fascination with athletic structures. 

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The Atlanta Braves are currently in the basement of MLB standings with only 15 wins this season. The team is banking on their move to SunTrust Park in Cobb County next year to galvanize the fan base. But rising costs to the construction project, along with several money saving cuts to traffic-reducing infrastructure, may only increase the congestion that Cobb County is already notorious for.

We talk with Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Dan Klepal and blogger Angie Scmitt of Streetsblog USA about the mounting problems surrounding the controversial stadium project.

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The Atlanta Braves are currently one of the worst teams in baseball with a paltry 9-28 record so far this season. And to make matters worse, manager Freddie Gonzalez was fired by the team yesterday during his sixth season with the ball club.

Jon Nelson of GPB Sports stops by to bemoan the current state of the Braves

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We’re joined by our Friday panel in The Breakroom to discuss and debate the week’s news. We talk about the University of Georgia paying Ludacris a huge amount of cash, liquor and condoms for a 15 minute performance, Beyonce’s new visual album called “Lemonade”, and how the FBI fabricated evidence that sent dozens of people to death row.  

Braves Swing Into Last Season At Turner Field

Apr 4, 2016
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The Atlanta Braves will host their final home opener in Atlanta when they play the Washington Nationals on Monday.

Next year, the Braves move to a new home, SunTrust Park in Cobb County. The $672 million stadium, scheduled to be complete in time for Opening Day 2017, will be the team’s third home since they came to Atlanta.

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