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Atlanta Braves announce Art in the Park to debut this season

Local artists from around Braves Country will create limited edition Braves-themed posters for each home series

The Atlanta Braves announce Art in the Park will debut this upcoming season, with local artists from around Braves Country creating limited-edition posters. A new 12" by 18" Braves-themed piece will debut at the start of each home series and will be sold exclusively in the Braves Clubhouse Store at SunTrust Park, with a majority of the proceeds going to local arts programs through the Atlanta Braves Foundation. 

"We look to create unique partnerships that continue to evolve our business but also positively impact the community," said Insung Kim, Creative Director of the Atlanta Braves. "The poster series allows us to build relationships with local artists and shed a spotlight on the thriving art community within Braves Country."

The Atlanta Braves announce Art in the Park will debut this upcoming season, with local artists from around Braves Country creating limited-edition posters. A new 12" by 18" Braves-themed piece will debut at the start of each home series and will be sold exclusively in the Braves Clubhouse Store at SunTrust Park, with a majority of the proceeds going to local arts programs through the Atlanta Braves Foundation. 

"We look to create unique partnerships that continue to evolve our business but also positively impact the community," said Insung Kim, Creative Director of the Atlanta Braves. "The poster series allows us to build relationships with local artists and shed a spotlight on the thriving art community within Braves Country."

Here are a few of the artists who will participate in the 2019 series. 

•    Drew Findley, founder and owner of Subject Matter Studio (www.subjectmatterstudio.com), a full service graphic design studio based in Asheville, N.C. He has created concert posters for The Avett Brothers, Widespread Panic and Kings of Leon. Find him on Instagram at www.instagram.com/subjectmatterstudio/ 
•    Brett Forsyth, co-founder of Yellowhammer Creative (www.yellowhammer.org), a multifaceted design and print studio based in Birmingham, Ala. Find Yellowhammer Creative on Instagram at www.instagram.com/yellowhammer_creative 
•    Justin Helton, owner and designer at Status Serigraph (www.statusserigraph.com) in Knoxville, Tenn. He's created designs for The Grateful Dead, Van Morrison, Phish, Dave Matthews Band, A&E Television and Nascar. Find him on Instagram at www.instagram.com/statusserigraph 
•    Angie Jerez, an Atlanta-based artist (http://www.angiejerez.net) working in painting, drawing, murals, and graphic design. She has a mural featured at Stacks Squares in Cabbagetown and as well as an outdoor piece at The MET. Find her on Instagram at www.instagram.com/_angiejerez 
•    Matthew Sharer, creator of Shurrrr and designer with Grand Palace (www.grandpalace.us) in Nashville, Tenn. He has created posters for Jason Isbell, Ray LaMontagne, Fall Out Boy and Dave Matthews Band. Find him on Instagram at www.instagram.com/grandpalace_nashville 
•    Sara Thomas, creative director and partner of The Half and Half (www.thehalfandhalf.com) in Columbia, S.C. They have done printing for Dave Matthews, The Avett Brothers and Leon Bridges. Find The Half and Half on Instagram at www.instagram.com/thehalfandhalf/ 

Local artists in Braves Country who are interested in participating in the project can send a link of their portfolio to posters@braves.com

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Braves announce 2019 non-roster Spring Training invites

The Atlanta Braves today announced the club invited 20 non-roster players to Major League spring training in 2019. The team extended invites to six pitchers and 14 position players, including four players (RHP Ian Anderson, OF Cristian Pache, INF Austin Riley, OF Drew Waters) in MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects.

The Braves open camp at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida on February 15, when pitchers and catchers report. Those groups will have their first workout the following day, while position players will report on February 20. The team's first full squad workout is set for February 21.  

The Atlanta Braves today announced the club invited 20 non-roster players to Major League spring training in 2019. The team extended invites to six pitchers and 14 position players, including four players (RHP Ian Anderson, OF Cristian Pache, INF Austin Riley, OF Drew Waters) in MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects.

The Braves open camp at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida on February 15, when pitchers and catchers report. Those groups will have their first workout the following day, while position players will report on February 20. The team's first full squad workout is set for February 21.  

The full list of non-roster players is below.

NON-ROSTER INVITEES (20)

PITCHERS (7): RHP Ian Anderson, LHP Thomas Burrows, LHP Corbin Clouse, LHP Tucker Davidson, LHP Kyle Muller, LHP Joey Wentz

CATCHERS (3): William Contreras, Carlos Martínez, Jonathan Morales

INFIELDERS (6): C.J. Alexander, Andrés Blanco, Pedro Florimon, Sean Kazmar, Luis Marte, Austin Riley

OUTFIELDERS (5): Greyson Jenista, Ryan LaMarre, Rafael Ortega, Cristian Pache, Drew Waters 

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Braves agree to terms with OF Nick Markakis

The Atlanta Braves agreed to terms with OF Nick Markakis on a one-year contract for the 2019 season worth $4 million on Tuesday. The deal also includes a club option for 2020 worth $6 million. The Braves' 40-man roster is now full.  

Markakis, 35, joined OF Dale Murphy (1982-1985) and OF Andruw Jones (2005) as the only players in franchise history to earn a Gold Glove award and a Silver Slugger award in the same year, winning both honors last season after going to his first All-Star Game and hitting .297 with 14 home runs, 43 doubles, 93 RBI and a .806 OPS in 162 games. The right fielder was one of two players in the majors to start all 162 games in 2018, and just the fifth Braves player since the National League went to a 162-game schedule in 1962 to accomplish the feat. Markakis' 43 doubles ranked as third most in the National League, and he became the first Braves player in franchise history (since 1876) to collect at least 35 doubles in four straight seasons. 

Markakis became a free agent following the conclusion of last season, finishing a four-year contract he signed with Atlanta on December 5, 2014. He hit .284 (690-for-2,427) over the length of the deal, with 38 home runs and a .759 OPS in 636 games. His 636 games played since 2015 rank second in the majors, one off the lead of Manny Machado, while Markakis' 690 hits are ninth.

Originally drafted seventh overall by Baltimore in 2003, Markakis made his major league debut with the Orioles in 2006. He spent nine seasons with Baltimore, earning two Gold Glove awards and hitting .290 (1,547-for-5,331) in 1,365 games. For his career, Markakis has hit .288 (2,237-for-7,758) with 474 doubles, 179 home runs and a .782 OPS in 2,001 games.  

The Atlanta Braves agreed to terms with OF Nick Markakis on a one-year contract for the 2019 season worth $4 million on Tuesday. The deal also includes a club option for 2020 worth $6 million. The Braves' 40-man roster is now full.  

Markakis, 35, joined OF Dale Murphy (1982-1985) and OF Andruw Jones (2005) as the only players in franchise history to earn a Gold Glove award and a Silver Slugger award in the same year, winning both honors last season after going to his first All-Star Game and hitting .297 with 14 home runs, 43 doubles, 93 RBI and a .806 OPS in 162 games. The right fielder was one of two players in the majors to start all 162 games in 2018, and just the fifth Braves player since the National League went to a 162-game schedule in 1962 to accomplish the feat. Markakis' 43 doubles ranked as third most in the National League, and he became the first Braves player in franchise history (since 1876) to collect at least 35 doubles in four straight seasons. 

Markakis became a free agent following the conclusion of last season, finishing a four-year contract he signed with Atlanta on December 5, 2014. He hit .284 (690-for-2,427) over the length of the deal, with 38 home runs and a .759 OPS in 636 games. His 636 games played since 2015 rank second in the majors, one off the lead of Manny Machado, while Markakis' 690 hits are ninth.

Originally drafted seventh overall by Baltimore in 2003, Markakis made his major league debut with the Orioles in 2006. He spent nine seasons with Baltimore, earning two Gold Glove awards and hitting .290 (1,547-for-5,331) in 1,365 games. For his career, Markakis has hit .288 (2,237-for-7,758) with 474 doubles, 179 home runs and a .782 OPS in 2,001 games.  

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Braves announce 10 title changes in baseball operations

Executive Vice President & General Manager Alex Anthopoulos today announced 10 title changes within the Atlanta Braves baseball operations department. 

Perry Minasian has been named senior vice president of baseball operations and assistant general manager, while Alex Tamin has been elevated to assistant general manager, major league operations. Dixie Keller will now serve as director, baseball administration, and Garrett Wilson will be manager, baseball systems. Additionally, Noah Woodward will work as manager, major league operations and Elizabeth Terán has been named executive assistant to Alex Anthopoulos. 

Executive Vice President & General Manager Alex Anthopoulos today announced 10 title changes within the Atlanta Braves baseball operations department. 

Perry Minasian has been named senior vice president of baseball operations and assistant general manager, while Alex Tamin has been elevated to assistant general manager, major league operations. Dixie Keller will now serve as director, baseball administration, and Garrett Wilson will be manager, baseball systems. Additionally, Noah Woodward will work as manager, major league operations and Elizabeth Terán has been named executive assistant to Alex Anthopoulos. 

Anthopoulos also announced four changes within player development and scouting. Matt Grabowski will transition to assistant director, amateur scouting operations, while Ron Knight has been named assistant director, minor league operations. Jonathan Schuerholz will transition to assistant director, professional scouting, and A.J. Scola will serve as assistant director, minor league personnel.

Perry Minasian -- Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations & Assistant General Manager
Alex Tamin -- Assistant General Manager, Major League Operations
Dixie Keller -- Director, Baseball Administration
Garrett Wilson -- Manager, Baseball Systems
Noah Woodward -- Manager, Major League Operations
Elizabeth Terán -- Executive Assistant to Alex Anthopoulos
Matt Grabowski -- Assistant Director, Amateur Scouting Operations
Ron Knight -- Assistant Director, Minor League Operations
Jonathan Schuerholz -- Assistant Director, Professional Scouting 
A.J. Scola -- Assistant Director, Minor League Personnel 

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What to know before attending the Atlanta Braves 2019 Chop Fest at SunTrust Park and The Battery Atlanta this Saturday

The Atlanta Braves will host the team's annual Chop Fest on Saturday, January 19 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at SunTrust Park and The Battery Atlanta. The free event* gives fans a preseason opportunity to greet and interact with their favorite players, coaches and alumni. The one-day event will feature an array of activities including question and answer sessions, baseball clinics, autographs* and photos with players, interactive attractions, live entertainment and more. All information can be found at www.braves.com/chopfest.

Parking
•   Parking is free in approved lots. 
•   Fans attending the event can park in: Red Deck, Green Deck Purple Deck, Delta Deck, Braves Lot 29, Braves Lot 9 and Braves Lot 11 during Chop Fest hours.
•   Accessible parking is also available.
•   As with all parking, space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
•   Uber will have two locations for both drop-off and pick-up for guests at Chop Fest, the same areas used on game days - Windy Ridge Parkway and Heritage Court.

The Atlanta Braves will host the team's annual Chop Fest on Saturday, January 19 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at SunTrust Park and The Battery Atlanta. The free event* gives fans a preseason opportunity to greet and interact with their favorite players, coaches and alumni. The one-day event will feature an array of activities including question and answer sessions, baseball clinics, autographs* and photos with players, interactive attractions, live entertainment and more. All information can be found at www.braves.com/chopfest.

Parking
•   Parking is free in approved lots. 
•   Fans attending the event can park in: Red Deck, Green Deck Purple Deck, Delta Deck, Braves Lot 29, Braves Lot 9 and Braves Lot 11 during Chop Fest hours.
•   Accessible parking is also available.
•   As with all parking, space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
•   Uber will have two locations for both drop-off and pick-up for guests at Chop Fest, the same areas used on game days - Windy Ridge Parkway and Heritage Court.

MLB Ballpark App
•   The MLB Ballpark App will have a complete list of all activities, including player schedules, for Chop Fest and it will continue to be updated throughout the day. 
•   An updated schedule for Chop Fest will also be available at www.braves.com/chopfest 

2019 Uniform Showcase - LIVE! at The Battery Atlanta
•   Braves will unveil the refreshed uniforms for the 2019 season inside LIVE! at The Battery Atlanta at 11:30 a.m.
•   Ronald Acuña Jr., Ozzie Albies, Freddie Freeman, Ender Inciarte and Dansby Swanson will debut the subtle uniform updates to fans for the first time.

Chop Fest Stage - Konica Minolta Conference Center
•   Braves Fashion Show at 10:30 a.m. with Greer Howard hosting the show and Charlie Culberson and Brian Snitker along with their families will showcase the latest styles from Braves Retail.
•   Other Q&A sessions on the Chop Fest Stage include: 
o   12:30 p.m. - 2018 National Award Winners
o   1:30 p.m. - Panel with the 2019 Coaches
o   3:30 p.m. - Los Bravos Bilingual Q&A
o   4:30 p.m. - Pitching 101 Panel

State of the Team Address - Georgia Power Pavilion Stage
•   Braves General Manager Alex Anthopoulos will give a state of the team address at 2:30 p.m. at the Georgia Power Pavilion Stage located in the Plaza at The Battery Atlanta.

Photo Stations
•   Four Photo Stations at Chop Fest with various players visiting throughout the day
•   Station A: Coors Light Below The Chop (entrance inside the Chop House Gate)
•   Station B: Home Dugout (entrance from Section 14 of the Lower Level)
•   Station C: INFINITI Club (located near the Chop Fest Gaming Center on Terrance Level)
•   Station D: Xfinity Rooftop (located on the upper level of the ballpark)

Autographs 
•   Kids Autographs inside SunTrust onUp Experience located on Battery Avenue (ages 3-14)
•   *Autographs are available with select players for a fee. Fans interested in purchasing autograph passes in advance of Chop Fest can visit www.braves.com/chopfest.

Los Bravos
•   Stick Ball Presented by Los Bravos: located in Power Alley at The Battery Atlanta 
o   Team's Latino players will be visiting the station throughout the day
•   Zona Festiva de Los Bravos: located inside the ballpark at Left Field Gate 
o   Salsambo Studio will have dancers performing salsa and bachata
o   Photo station with Latin flags and other props
o   Casa del Sol pop-up bar by Miller Coors

Braves Retail
•   Main Store: located by Right Field Gate will be open from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
•   Braves Outlet Store: located at the Left Field Gate will be open from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and will offer merchandise at a significantly discounted price 
•   Braves Authentic/Game Used Store: located on the Lower Level will be open from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
•   Braves Clubhouse Store for Kids: located Hope & Will's Sandlot will be open from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
•   New Era Store: located on the Lower Level will be open from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
•   Custom Shop: located on the Lower Level will be open from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
•   Los Bravos Pop-Up: located inside the Left Field Gate will be open from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Chop Fest Sock Drive
•   The Braves are encouraging fans attending Chop Fest to bring a new pair of socks for the Chop Fest Sock Drive benefiting MUST Ministries.
•   All sizes and styles welcome but donated socks must be new and unopened.
•   Collection Bins: outside the Chop House and Right Field Gates from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Exceptional Fan Program
•   Exceptional Fan Program Credentials will be honored at Chop Fest, a Braves program for fans on the autism spectrum. 
•   For those who are not members of the Exceptional Fan Program, please contact guestservices@braves.com for more information.

*some autograph sessions include paid admission. All money from those sessions goes towards the Atlanta Braves Foundation.

Schedule for Chop Fest

10 a.m.   Leadoff Chop Rally - The Plaza
  Everyone Runs the Bases - SunTrust Park Field (10 a.m. - 11 a.m.)
  680 The Fan will be broadcasting live from the Chop Fest Gaming Center in the INFINITI Club and the SunTrust onUp Experience till 3:30 p.m.

10:30 a.m.   Braves 2019 Fashion Show - Konica Minolta Conference Center
  BLOOPER's Book Club with Braves Players Reading Children's Books - Spaces at The Battery Atlanta
11 a.m. Hitting Baseball Clinic with Braves coaches and players - SunTrust Park Infield
11:30 a.m.   2019 Uniform Showcase - LIVE! at The Battery Atlanta; Kids Only Press Conference - Spaces at The Battery Atlanta
  Base Running Clinic with Braves coaches and players - SunTrust Park Infield
12 p.m.   Pitching Clinic with Braves coaches and players - SunTrust Park Infield
12:30 p.m.   Panel with 2018 National Award Winners - Konica Minolta Conference Center
Fielding Clinic with Braves coaches and players - SunTrust Park Infield
Photos with BLOOPER - Spaces at The Battery Atlanta
1 p.m.   BLOOPER's Book Club with Braves Players Reading Children's Books - Spaces at The Battery Atlanta
  Everyone Runs the Bases - SunTrust Park Field (1 p.m. - 3 p.m.)
1:30 p.m.   Braves Coaches Panel - Konica Minolta Conference Center
2 p.m.   FOX Sports South will be broadcasting live from their booth located in the Plaza of The Battery Atlanta till 4 p.m. with Chip Caray, Jeff Francoeur, Paul Byrd, Nick Green and Kelsey Wingert
2:30 p.m.   State of the Team Address with Alex Anthopoulos - Georgia Power Pavilion Stage
Kids Only Press Conference - Spaces at The Battery Atlanta
3 p.m.   Hitting Baseball Clinic with Braves coaches and players - SunTrust Park Infield
3:30 p.m.   Los Bravos Q&A Bilingual Panel - Konica Minolta Conference Center
Base Running Clinic with Braves coaches and players - SunTrust Park Infield
Photos with BLOOPER - Spaces at The Battery Atlanta
4 p.m.   BLOOPER's Book Club with Braves Players Reading Children's Books - Spaces at The Battery Atlanta
Baserunning Clinic with Braves coaches and players - SunTrust Park Infield
4:30 p.m.   Pitching 101 Panel - Konica Minolta Conference Center
Fielding Clinic with Braves coaches and players - SunTrust Park Infield
5 p.m.   Everyone Runs the Bases - SunTrust Park Field (5 p.m. - 6 p.m.)
5:15 p.m.   Photos with BLOOPER - Spaces at The Battery Atlanta

For more information, please visit www.braves.com/chopfest. 

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Braves name Dana Brown as Vice President, Scouting

Brown responsible for the selection of over 40 major league players, including seven All-Stars

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves today announced the organization has hired Dana Brown as vice president, scouting. Brown joins the club from the Toronto Blue Jays, where he served as a special assistant to the general manager for the previous nine seasons. In his role, Brown will oversee Atlanta's amateur scouting efforts.

"We are extremely excited to add Dana to our baseball operations staff," said Braves General Manager Alex Anthopoulos. "His track record of identifying major league talent is unquestioned, and we look forward to his contributions to our organization."

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves today announced the organization has hired Dana Brown as vice president, scouting. Brown joins the club from the Toronto Blue Jays, where he served as a special assistant to the general manager for the previous nine seasons. In his role, Brown will oversee Atlanta's amateur scouting efforts.

"We are extremely excited to add Dana to our baseball operations staff," said Braves General Manager Alex Anthopoulos. "His track record of identifying major league talent is unquestioned, and we look forward to his contributions to our organization."

Brown joined the Blue Jays prior to the 2010 season and served as one of the organization's top evaluators, contributing to a pair of postseason appearances. Toronto's 2015 A.L. East Championship clinched the club's first postseason appearance since 1993, and snapped the longest playoff drought in the majors at the time. Brown worked as the director of scouting for the Expos/Nationals for eight seasons from 2002-09, during which he drafted over 40 major league players, including seven All-Stars. He began his scouting career with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1994, and served as an area supervisor and East Coast scouting coordinator for eight seasons before joining the Expos.

A native of New Brunswick, N.J., Brown attended New Brunswick High School before playing collegiately at Seton Hall University. He was an outfielder for three seasons in the Phillies system before starting his scouting career.

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Braves agree to terms with seven players

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves today announced the organization has agreed to terms with all seven players eligible for salary arbitration on one-year, non-guaranteed contracts for the 2019 season.

The Braves agreed to terms with pitchers Mike Foltynewicz ($5.475 million), Sam Freeman ($1.575 million), Kevin Gausman ($9.35 million), Arodys Vizcaíno ($4.8 million) and Dan Winkler ($1.61 million), infielder Charlie Culberson ($1.395 million) and outfielder Adam Duvall ($2.875 million). 

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves today announced the organization has agreed to terms with all seven players eligible for salary arbitration on one-year, non-guaranteed contracts for the 2019 season.

The Braves agreed to terms with pitchers Mike Foltynewicz ($5.475 million), Sam Freeman ($1.575 million), Kevin Gausman ($9.35 million), Arodys Vizcaíno ($4.8 million) and Dan Winkler ($1.61 million), infielder Charlie Culberson ($1.395 million) and outfielder Adam Duvall ($2.875 million). 

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Atlanta Braves hire veteran HR executive DeRetta Rhodes as senior vice president of human resources

ATLANTA, Ga. (January 9, 2019) - The Atlanta Braves have hired longtime Atlanta executive, DeRetta Rhodes, as their new Senior Vice President of Human Resources. Rhodes will begin on January 22 and report to Braves President and CEO Derek Schiller.
 
Rhodes brings with her over 20 years of diverse experience at several Atlanta-based companies, most recently as Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer at the YMCA of Metro Atlanta. While at the YMCA, she led the organization's thought leadership and implementation of all aspects in talent selection and development, succession planning, risk management, HR systems and career path initiatives across the organization.
 
"We welcome DeRetta to the Braves organization and are excited to have her continue to build upon the great environment and culture we have developed here," said Braves President and CEO Derek Schiller. "Her vast experience and knowledge will be relied upon to manage all aspects of Human Resources for the Braves, the Braves Development Company and our minor league teams and she will be an instrumental member of our executive team."   
 
Rhodes received her undergraduate degree in hotel/restaurant management from the University of Georgia. She went on to receive a Masters in Business Administration, Marketing from Clark Atlanta University and her Ph.D. in Adult Education from the University of Georgia.
 
She began her career with YUM! Brand and had additional stops at ADP, Ernst and Young, Turner Broadcasting and First Data. Rhodes also served as an adjunct professor at Clark Atlanta University, teaching leadership and professional development in their business school.
 
A Kansas City native, Rhodes has also served in the Metro Atlanta community, in various board member roles and activities, most recently: HR People + Strategy, Member (2016 - Present), Human Resource Leadership Forum (HRLF), Member (2016 - Present), SHRM Atlanta, Board Member (2017 - Present), TedX UGA Speaker (March 2018).  
 
She recently completed the Women of Excellence, Class of 2018 and is currently an HR Advisory Board member for Argyle.
 
Rhodes and her husband Leon reside in Cumming, Georgia and have three sons, Cole, Austin and Jordan. 

ATLANTA, Ga. (January 9, 2019) - The Atlanta Braves have hired longtime Atlanta executive, DeRetta Rhodes, as their new Senior Vice President of Human Resources. Rhodes will begin on January 22 and report to Braves President and CEO Derek Schiller.
 
Rhodes brings with her over 20 years of diverse experience at several Atlanta-based companies, most recently as Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer at the YMCA of Metro Atlanta. While at the YMCA, she led the organization's thought leadership and implementation of all aspects in talent selection and development, succession planning, risk management, HR systems and career path initiatives across the organization.
 
"We welcome DeRetta to the Braves organization and are excited to have her continue to build upon the great environment and culture we have developed here," said Braves President and CEO Derek Schiller. "Her vast experience and knowledge will be relied upon to manage all aspects of Human Resources for the Braves, the Braves Development Company and our minor league teams and she will be an instrumental member of our executive team."   
 
Rhodes received her undergraduate degree in hotel/restaurant management from the University of Georgia. She went on to receive a Masters in Business Administration, Marketing from Clark Atlanta University and her Ph.D. in Adult Education from the University of Georgia.
 
She began her career with YUM! Brand and had additional stops at ADP, Ernst and Young, Turner Broadcasting and First Data. Rhodes also served as an adjunct professor at Clark Atlanta University, teaching leadership and professional development in their business school.
 
A Kansas City native, Rhodes has also served in the Metro Atlanta community, in various board member roles and activities, most recently: HR People + Strategy, Member (2016 - Present), Human Resource Leadership Forum (HRLF), Member (2016 - Present), SHRM Atlanta, Board Member (2017 - Present), TedX UGA Speaker (March 2018).  
 
She recently completed the Women of Excellence, Class of 2018 and is currently an HR Advisory Board member for Argyle.
 
Rhodes and her husband Leon reside in Cumming, Georgia and have three sons, Cole, Austin and Jordan. 

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Braves announce minor league coaching staffs for 2019

The Atlanta Braves today announced the organization's minor league coaching staffs and roving staffs for the 2019 season. 

Damon Berryhill will return for his third consecutive season as Triple-A Gwinnett's manager, and he will be joined on the bench by pitching coach Mike Maroth, hitting coach Bobby Magallanes and coach Einar Díaz. Maroth served in the same role with Single-A Florida last season, while Magallanes was a coach for Cleveland's Triple-A club in Columbus during 2018. Díaz spent last season on Baltimore's major league coaching staff. Trainer Nick Jensen returns for his second season with the Stripers. 

The Atlanta Braves today announced the organization's minor league coaching staffs and roving staffs for the 2019 season. 

Damon Berryhill will return for his third consecutive season as Triple-A Gwinnett's manager, and he will be joined on the bench by pitching coach Mike Maroth, hitting coach Bobby Magallanes and coach Einar Díaz. Maroth served in the same role with Single-A Florida last season, while Magallanes was a coach for Cleveland's Triple-A club in Columbus during 2018. Díaz spent last season on Baltimore's major league coaching staff. Trainer Nick Jensen returns for his second season with the Stripers. 

Double-A Mississippi will return manager Chris Maloney for 2019, who is in his second season on the M-Braves' bench. Pitching coach Dennis Lewallyn, hitting coach Carlos Mendez and 2018 Southern League Athletic Trainer of the Year T.J. Saunders all will return in the same roles. Coach Alfredo Amezaga will make his coaching debut after a 19-year playing career that included time at the major league level in parts of nine different seasons. 
 
Single-A Florida will feature a new manager this season, as Barrett Kleinknect will take over after serving as rookie-level Danville's skipper last season. Kleinknect started his managerial career in 2017 with the rookie-level GCL Braves before moving to the D-Braves last season. Dan Meyer will serve as the FireFrogs' pitching coach after working in the same capacity with Rome last season, while Doug DeVore, who appeared in 50 games with Arizona in 2004, will make his coaching debut as the club's hitting coach. Coach Porky López reprises his role on the bench and trainer Dave Comeau will work his third consecutive season with the FireFrogs. 
 
Former major league outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo will make his coaching debut as Single-A Rome's manager after retiring from playing following last season. Tuiasosopo, who played three games with Atlanta in 2016, will be joined on the bench by pitching coach Kanekoa Texeira, hitting coach Bobby Moore, and coach Wigberto Nevarez. Eric Hrycko will work as the club's trainer.   

Anthony Nuñez will make his managerial debut with Single-A Danville, after working as a coach on Rome's staff last season. Former Cleveland Indians left-handed pitcher Jason Stanford will serve as the club's pitching coach, while Danny Santiesteban will be the club's hitting coach after working in the same role for the DSL Braves in 2018. Coach Connor Narron is set for his coaching debut after retiring from his playing career following 2016. Trainer Koji Kanemura joins the staff as the trainer in his first year in the organization. 
The rookie-level GCL Braves will return manager Nestor Pérez, pitching coach Elvin Nina and hitting coach Rick Albert from their 2018 staff, along with adding Barbaro Garbey as a second hitting coach and coach Angel Flores. Austin Smith will be the club's new trainer.

Jefferson Romero will serve as the DSL Braves' manager for the second consecutive season, and he will be joined on the bench by pitching coach José Rodríguez, hitting coaches Omar Rosario and Elvis De La Cruz Peña. Hector Astacio will work as the assistant pitching coach and Jesus Aviles will serve as the team's trainer.   

Doug Mansolino will serve as the organization's new field coordinator, after he spent the last five seasons in the same position with the Philadelphia Phillies. Dave Wallace (director of pitching), Derrick Lewis (pitching coordinator), Mike Brumley (hitting coordinator), Jeff Datz (catching coordinator), Adam Everett (infield coordinator), John "T-Bone" Shelby (outfielder/baserunning coordinator) and Mike Schofield (minor league strength and conditioning coordinator) all will reprise their 2018 roles next season, while Ryan Driscoll will work as the club's assistant minor league strength and conditioning coordinator.   

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Braves name Rick Kranitz pitching coach

The Atlanta Braves today named Rick Kranitz as the club's pitching coach.

Kranitz, 60, served in the same role with Philadelphia last season, his 18th on a Major League coaching staff. The native of San Rafael, Calif., joined the Phillies in the 2015 offseason as the club's bullpen coach, before the team promoted him to assistant pitching coach for 2017. He gained the club's top pitching job on December 1, 2017 and helped lead a staff headlined by National League Cy Young Award finalist Aaron Nola.

The Atlanta Braves today named Rick Kranitz as the club's pitching coach.

Kranitz, 60, served in the same role with Philadelphia last season, his 18th on a Major League coaching staff. The native of San Rafael, Calif., joined the Phillies in the 2015 offseason as the club's bullpen coach, before the team promoted him to assistant pitching coach for 2017. He gained the club's top pitching job on December 1, 2017 and helped lead a staff headlined by National League Cy Young Award finalist Aaron Nola.

"I'm thrilled to add Rick to our coaching staff," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "Right from the start of the interview process, Rick stood out with his knowledge, credentials, and experience. He has had a lot of success developing young talent and he is going to have a big impact getting the most out of all of our pitchers."

Prior to joining the Phillies, Kranitz served for five years (2011-15) as Milwaukee's pitching coach. In 2012, the Brewers' staff fanned 1,402 batters, at the time the second most in Major League history.

"Rick is a tremendous addition to our organization," Braves executive vice president and general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. "His proven record of success, along with his work ethic and passion for the game, made him the perfect fit for us."

Kranitz also worked as the pitching coach for both Florida (2006-07) and Baltimore (2008-10). He was named the 2006 Major League Coach of the Year by Baseball America after his Marlins staff that year became the first ever to have four rookies (Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco, Scott Olsen and Aníbal Sánchez) with at least 10 wins each.

Kranitz began his coaching career in 1984, serving as a player/coach for the Pikeville Cubs, Chicago's rookie-level affiliate in the Appalachian League. He worked for 22 years (through 2005) in the Cubs' organization, assuming a variety of roles at both the Major League and Minor League level. Kranitz first served on a Major League staff in 1996, working under manager Jim Riggleman as the Cubs' assistant pitching coach. Kranitz stayed in that role through the 1998 season, before returning to the position in 2000 and 2001. He also worked as the club's bullpen coach in 2002.

A right-handed pitcher, Kranitz played at Yavapai Junior College in Arizona and helped the Roughriders win the 1977 National Championship. He moved to Oklahoma State in 1978 and pitched there for two seasons before getting drafted by Milwaukee in the fourth round of the 1979 draft. He pitched for five seasons in the Brewers' organization, before spending two seasons in the Cubs' Minor League system. He retired from playing following the 1985 season with a career record of 37-39 and a 3.98 ERA in 119 games.

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New Braves Spring Training ballpark named CoolToday Park

CoolToday signs 20-year naming rights deal

The new Spring Training home of the Atlanta Braves has its name: CoolToday Park.

Earlier today the Atlanta Braves announced a partnership with CoolToday for the naming rights of their new Spring Training ballpark, slated to host its first game on Sunday, March 24 with the Braves taking on the Tampa Bay Rays at 4:05 p.m. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The new Spring Training home of the Atlanta Braves has its name: CoolToday Park.

Earlier today the Atlanta Braves announced a partnership with CoolToday for the naming rights of their new Spring Training ballpark, slated to host its first game on Sunday, March 24 with the Braves taking on the Tampa Bay Rays at 4:05 p.m. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

"As part of our commitment to maintain a lifelong relationship with our community, this partnership with the Braves organization, City of North Port, and Sarasota County will cement our presence and strategy for southern Sarasota County," said Jaime DiDomenico, President/Owner of CoolToday. "The Braves have a proven track record of building strong ties to the community they operate in and we look forward to enhancing those ties going forward. I'm very excited about what the future holds."

The 20-year agreement includes scoreboard and dugout signage for CoolToday as well as exterior signage and promotional opportunities for additional events held at the facility.

"This is a new chapter in Braves history and one that strengthens Florida as our home away from home," said Mike Plant, President and CEO of Braves Development Company. "CoolToday and the Braves share deep roots in the state of Florida and we couldn't imagine a more perfect partner for this facility."

The state of Florida has been the home of Braves Spring Training for 96 of the last 103 seasons, including each of the last 73 springs since 1946 and are tied for the longest consecutive run of training in Florida of any team in baseball - the Cardinals, Phillies and Tigers have also trained in Florida every year since 1946.

CoolToday Park is being developed by the Braves in partnership with Sarasota County, the City of North Port and West Villages/Mattamy Homes. Ground breaking on the facility occurred on October 16, 2017 and the first full Spring Training season will happen in 2020.

In conjunction with today's unveiling a new website and Facebook page will go live for the facility. To check out photographs and information on CoolToday Park go to www.braves.com/cooltodaypark and www.facebook.com/CoolTodayPark.

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Braves Agree to Terms with Jonny Venters

The Atlanta Braves today agreed to terms with LHP Jonny Venters on a non-guaranteed contract for the 2019 season worth $2.25 million.  

Venters, 33, won the 2018 National League Comeback Player of the Year Award after appearing in 50 games, one start, this season for Tampa Bay and Atlanta and compiling a 3.67 ERA (14 ER/34.1 IP). He made his season debut for the Rays on April 25, marking his first big league action since 2012. Venters underwent three different elbow surgeries after appearing in 230 games with Atlanta over three seasons, 2010-2012. He had his first elbow surgery in 2006.

The Braves acquired him on July 26 from Tampa Bay in exchange for an international signing slot, and Venters went 4-1 with a 3.54 ERA (8 ER/20.1 IP) in 28 games out of the Braves' bullpen. 

Originally a 30th-round draft choice by the Braves in 2003, Venters made his major league debut in 2010. From 2010-2012, Venters struck out 258 batters in 243.2 innings for the Braves, while leading the majors with 85 appearances and making his only All-Star team in 2011. 
 

The Atlanta Braves today agreed to terms with LHP Jonny Venters on a non-guaranteed contract for the 2019 season worth $2.25 million.  

Venters, 33, won the 2018 National League Comeback Player of the Year Award after appearing in 50 games, one start, this season for Tampa Bay and Atlanta and compiling a 3.67 ERA (14 ER/34.1 IP). He made his season debut for the Rays on April 25, marking his first big league action since 2012. Venters underwent three different elbow surgeries after appearing in 230 games with Atlanta over three seasons, 2010-2012. He had his first elbow surgery in 2006.

The Braves acquired him on July 26 from Tampa Bay in exchange for an international signing slot, and Venters went 4-1 with a 3.54 ERA (8 ER/20.1 IP) in 28 games out of the Braves' bullpen. 

Originally a 30th-round draft choice by the Braves in 2003, Venters made his major league debut in 2010. From 2010-2012, Venters struck out 258 batters in 243.2 innings for the Braves, while leading the majors with 85 appearances and making his only All-Star team in 2011. 
 

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The Atlanta Braves, FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Southeast and Dickey Broadcasting announce broadcast Team for 2019 Atlanta Braves Season

The Atlanta Braves, FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Southeast and Dickey Broadcasting have announced their respective broadcast teams for the 2019 Atlanta Braves season. 

Braves telecasts on the FOX Sports regional networks will include Chip Caray returning for his 16th season as play-by-play announcer alongside Jeff Francoeur (@JeffFrancoeur) in his new role as lead analyst. Additionally, analyst and Hall of Famer Tom Glavine (@Tom_Glavine) will have an increased presence on the networks.

The Atlanta Braves, FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Southeast and Dickey Broadcasting have announced their respective broadcast teams for the 2019 Atlanta Braves season. 

Braves telecasts on the FOX Sports regional networks will include Chip Caray returning for his 16th season as play-by-play announcer alongside Jeff Francoeur (@JeffFrancoeur) in his new role as lead analyst. Additionally, analyst and Hall of Famer Tom Glavine (@Tom_Glavine) will have an increased presence on the networks.

The Braves Radio Network, the largest sports radio network in baseball, will feature a four-man rotation with the addition of Braves Hall of Famer Joe Simpson and Ben Ingram (@IngramRadio). Simpson and Ingram will join Hall of Famer Don Sutton and Jim Powell (@Jim_Powell) in different combinations throughout the season. In addition to his new radio duties, Simpson will also continue as an analyst with FOX Sports for select telecasts, while Ingram will continue his pre- and postgame shows when not in the booth.

"With Chip, Jeff, Tom and Joe calling the games, fans can look forward to an entertaining and informative 2019 season of Braves baseball on the FOX Sports regional networks," said Jeff Genthner, SVP & General Manager, FOX Sports South and FOX Sports Southeast.

"We are excited that Joe is returning to his roots and doing both radio and TV," said Derek Schiller, Braves President and CEO. "We think we have the most talented TV and radio broadcast lineups in baseball, and we look forward to watching and listening to the new combinations beginning in the spring."

FOX Sports South and FOX Sports Southeast are exclusive regional broadcasters of the Atlanta Braves, televising games to 11 million households across Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The networks' 2019 telecast schedule and full talent roster will be released at a later date. 

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Braves sign C Brian McCann

Seven-time All-Star returns to Atlanta

The Atlanta Braves today signed C Brian McCann to a one-year contract worth $2 million for the 2019 season. In order to make room on the 40-man roster, the club designated LHP Ricardo Sánchez for assignment. 

McCann, 34, returns to Atlanta after spending the last five seasons in the American League, most recently with Houston. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound native of Athens, Ga., hit .277 (1,070-for-3,863) with 176 home runs and a .823 OPS over nine seasons with the Braves from 2005-2013, making seven All-Star teams (2006-11, 2013) and winning five Silver Slugger awards (2006, 2008-11).

The Atlanta Braves today signed C Brian McCann to a one-year contract worth $2 million for the 2019 season. In order to make room on the 40-man roster, the club designated LHP Ricardo Sánchez for assignment. 

McCann, 34, returns to Atlanta after spending the last five seasons in the American League, most recently with Houston. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound native of Athens, Ga., hit .277 (1,070-for-3,863) with 176 home runs and a .823 OPS over nine seasons with the Braves from 2005-2013, making seven All-Star teams (2006-11, 2013) and winning five Silver Slugger awards (2006, 2008-11).

He signed a five-year contract with New York (AL) as a free agent following the 2013 season, and spent three years with the Yankees. He won another Silver Slugger award with New York in 2015, and was dealt to Houston in exchange for Minor League right-handers Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman following the 2016 season.

In two seasons with the Astros, McCann hit .230 (124-for-538) with 25 home runs in 160 games, helping Houston win the World Series in 2017. He played in just 63 games in 2018 after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on July 3, and hit .212 with seven home runs and a .640 OPS  

The left-handed hitting McCann leads all active catchers with 270 career home runs and 973 RBIs, while ranking second in games played (1,670), hits (1,521), doubles (285), and OPS (.791).

Originally drafted by the Braves in the second round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft, McCann made his Major League debut with Atlanta in 2005. His six Silver Slugger awards are tied for the third-most among catchers with Lance Parrish and behind only Hall of Famers Mike Piazza (10) and Ivan Rodríguez (7). He is also one of four catchers in the modern era (since 1900) to hit at least 20 home runs in 10 or more seasons. He first reached 20 home runs in his first full season in 2006, hitting 24, before reaching the mark in nine consecutive seasons from 2008-16. Piazza (12 seasons), Johnny Bench (11 seasons) and Yogi Berra (11 seasons) are the other three.

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Jonny Venters wins National League Comeback Player of the Year

Venters pitched in the Majors for the first time since 2012 this season

The Atlanta Braves congratulate LHP Jonny Venters for winning the National League Comeback Player of the Year Award. Venters returned from three different elbow surgeries to appear in a major league game for the first time since 2012 this season. He is the second Braves player to win the award; RHP Tim Hudson earned the honor in 2010. 

Venters, 33, appeared in 50 games, one start, this season for Tampa Bay and Atlanta, compiling a 3.67 ERA (14 ER/34.1 IP). He made his season debut for the Rays on April 25, marking his first big league action since 2012. Venters underwent three different elbow surgeries after appearing in 230 games with Atlanta over three seasons, 2010-2012. He had his first elbow surgery in 2006.

The Atlanta Braves congratulate LHP Jonny Venters for winning the National League Comeback Player of the Year Award. Venters returned from three different elbow surgeries to appear in a major league game for the first time since 2012 this season. He is the second Braves player to win the award; RHP Tim Hudson earned the honor in 2010. 

Venters, 33, appeared in 50 games, one start, this season for Tampa Bay and Atlanta, compiling a 3.67 ERA (14 ER/34.1 IP). He made his season debut for the Rays on April 25, marking his first big league action since 2012. Venters underwent three different elbow surgeries after appearing in 230 games with Atlanta over three seasons, 2010-2012. He had his first elbow surgery in 2006.

The Braves acquired him on July 26 from Tampa Bay in exchange for an international signing slot, and Venters went 4-1 with a 3.54 ERA (8 ER/20.1 IP) in 28 games out of the Braves' bullpen. 

Originally a 30th-round draft choice by the Braves in 2003, Venters made his major league debut in 2010. From 2010-2012, Venters struck out 258 batters in 243.2 innings for the Braves, while leading the majors with 85 appearances and making his only All-Star team in 2011. 

The Comeback Player of the Year Awards are officially sanctioned by Major League Baseball and presented annually to one player in each league who re-emerged on the field during the season. The 30 club beat reporters from MLB.com, the official web site of Major League Baseball, selected the winners from an original list of 30 candidates (one per MLB club). 

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