2015 was a rough year for the Braves, and part of that was due to star first-baseman Freddie Freeman missing 44 games due to a nagging wrist injury. Freeman said on 680 The Fan on Wednesday that he's good to go for spring training, wrist and all. Freeman still managed to hit .276 and smash 18 home runs in 118 games last year, but it was the first time since 2010 that he didn't play in at least 147 games at the major league level.
"It's been a long offseason, but my wrist is 100 percent healthy for the first time in six months," Freeman said. "I think everybody saw the report with (Fox Sports MLB insider) Ken Rosenthal when I told him that I was 100 percent healthy, but that was just everyday activities. I didn't become 100 percent baseball-wise until Dec. 31. I took 10 dry swings and felt pain-free for the first time."
It's not exactly news that the Braves have a deep stash of pitching (and position) prospects stashed away in the minors, but you may not know that Atlanta has some of the best young southpaws around. Sean Newcomb (4th) and Kolby Allard (10th) were named to MLB Pipeline's top-ten list for left-handed pitchers. Both have entered the system within the past year, with Allard being selected in the 2015 draft and Newcomb acquired in the Andrelton Simmons deal.
SunTrust Park is set to be ready for action come 2017, and as the building comes along, more news of what it will hold has come out. Per the Marietta Daily Journal, there will be a $9.87 million pedestrian bridge from the Cobb Galleria parking garage so that fans can come and go easily. Take this from someone who uses a pedestrian bridge to get around every time they go to a Patriots game at Gillette Stadium -- it's pretty convenient.
Now that Justin Upton has been wifed up by the Detroit Tigers, all eyes have turned to Yoenis Cespedes. The former Oakland/Boston/Detroit/New York slugger has been one of the few surprises of this year's off-season, as the 30-year-old has yet to sign with a team. But as ESPN's David Schoenfield writes, a Mets-Cespedes reunion may be in the works, but the move does come with its fair share of questions.
Baseball fans love to complain about the length of their sport's games. It's actually more of a national pastime than the sport itself, I believe. Regardless, one of the most infuriating things to watch is a coach hobble out to the mound to speak with a struggling pitcher. Just to limit these moments, baseball should establish a rule that there should only be two mound visits per-nine innings. What do you think?