With balls flying out of stadiums at a record pace, we look at each franchise's all-time greatest long ball moments, from David Ortiz and Ken Griffey Jr. to B.J. Upton and Mike Hampton.
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As the Astros debuted safety netting extensions Mon., the Braves announced plans via Twitter to extend netting by the end of Sept. Since a toddler's May 29 head injuries at Houston on a foul liner, 3 teams — the Astros, Chisox & Nationals — have installed new netting, and 7 — the Blue Jays, Braves, Dodgers, Orioles, Pirates, Rangers & Royals — have publicly committed to it, totaling 1/3 of MLB's 30 teams.
The Atlanta Braves claimed outfielder Billy Hamilton off waivers from the Kansas City Royals, the team announced Monday.
There's a big shuffle up top as we spotlight each team's key player heading toward the stretch run.
Buster talks to Tim Kurkjian about Brian Snitker's decision to pull Ronald Acuna Jr., the severity of Chris Sale's elbow injury and the Yankees' ongoing feud with umpires (14:36). Plus, a quick interview with Anthony Rizzo (35:00) and "Cap Talk" with Todd Radom (38:02).
The Braves star was pulled for not hustling, the Nats bounced back in a big way, and the Polar Bear growled again -- just another day in baseball's wildest division.
With All-Star outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. banished for his lack of hustle, Rafael Ortega stepped up with a sixth-inning grand slam to lift the Atlanta Braves to a 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday.
Braves star Ronald Acuna Jr. was removed from Sunday's win against the Dodgers after he stood at the plate admiring a long fly ball that did not leave the park.
Josh Donaldson and Adam Duvall hit consecutive homers off Hyun-Jin Ryu in the sixth inning, the faulty Atlanta bullpen redeemed itself for a change, and the Braves beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 on Saturday night.
Braves center fielder Ender Inciarte is out for four to six weeks after straining his hamstring. He hopes to be back for the postseason.
Cody Bellinger hit his 41st home run, Max Muncy and Justin Turner connected against reliever Sean Newcomb in the seventh inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 8-3 Friday night in a matchup of NL division leaders.
With Dansby Swanson still injured, the Braves have signed Adeiny Hechavarria to fill a void at shortstop.
The Braves' Luis Diaz, Cubs' Marcos Encarnacion, Mariners' Eliezer Mejia and Twins' Ian Krol have drawn suspensions for drug violations that will carry into next season.
Buster and Tim Kurkjian discuss league-wide bullpen struggles, Pete Alonso's versatility and if Bryce Harper's heroics last night will launch the turning point for him and the Phillies (12:14). Then, Jessica Mendoza provides the latest on the LLWS before previewing this weekend's Williamsport Classic (25:54). Plus, Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer gives some "Inside Heat" on the Phillies and Charlie Manuel's impact on the team (40:52).
Pete Alonso drove in six runs with five hits, including a three-run homer that helped lead to Julio Teheran's shortest career start, and the New York Mets held on in the ninth inning to beat the Atlanta Braves 10-8 on Thursday night.
Eric and Tristan preview the weekend for the pitchers, check in on the "Closer Carousel" with the Braves and discuss if Rafael Devers warrants a first-round pick in 2020.
Tyler Flowers drove in a tiebreaking run with an infield hit, and the Atlanta Braves scored five runs off Seth Lugo in the seventh and survived a ninth-inning scare in a 6-4 win over the New York Mets on Wednesday night.
The Yeli-Belli rivalry gets the most attention, but the Braves phenom is uncorking a huge season of his own.
Ronald Acuna Jr. homered and threw out a runner at the plate to back Max Fried's fifth straight win, leading the Atlanta Braves past the New York Mets 5-3 on a sweltering Tuesday night.
Austin Riley is feeling a whole lot better.
Games in London, Puerto Rico and... Iowa? Next season's schedule has more than the usual collection of quirks.