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Braves agree to terms with manager Brian Snitker on two-year contract

Deal includes club option for 2021

The Atlanta Braves and manager Brian Snitker have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with a club option for the 2021 season. The 2019 campaign will mark Snitker's fourth at the helm of the Braves and his 43rd as a member of the organization. He was named interim manager on May 17, 2016, before officially being named as the club's manager on October 11, 2016.  

Snitker, who turns 63 on Wednesday (October 17), led the Braves to the 2018 National League East Division title - their first division crown since 2013 - and owns a 221-227 (.493) record in his two-plus seasons. He became the sixth skipper in franchise history to take the team to the postseason by his second full season. 

The Braves finished with a N.L. high-tying 20 victories in their final at-bat this season after also leading the league in such victories the previous two years (20 in 2017 and 19 in 2016). Since Snitker took over as interim manager in May 2016, the Braves have collected 57 of those final at-bat wins, the most in baseball in that span.
 

The Atlanta Braves and manager Brian Snitker have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with a club option for the 2021 season. The 2019 campaign will mark Snitker's fourth at the helm of the Braves and his 43rd as a member of the organization. He was named interim manager on May 17, 2016, before officially being named as the club's manager on October 11, 2016.  

Snitker, who turns 63 on Wednesday (October 17), led the Braves to the 2018 National League East Division title - their first division crown since 2013 - and owns a 221-227 (.493) record in his two-plus seasons. He became the sixth skipper in franchise history to take the team to the postseason by his second full season. 

The Braves finished with a N.L. high-tying 20 victories in their final at-bat this season after also leading the league in such victories the previous two years (20 in 2017 and 19 in 2016). Since Snitker took over as interim manager in May 2016, the Braves have collected 57 of those final at-bat wins, the most in baseball in that span.
 

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Braves set National League Division Series roster

Braves will carry 12 pitchers and 13 position players in their matchup with the Dodgers

The Atlanta Braves today set their 25-man roster for the National League Division Series against Los Angeles (NL), which begins tonight at 8:37 p.m. with Game 1 at Dodger Stadium. The roster includes 12 pitchers, three catchers, six infielders and four outfielders. Twelve of the 25 players have previous postseason experience, including three who have been on a World Series roster. Five of the players are rookies. 

The 12 players on the roster with postseason experience include INF Charlie Culberson, who is appearing in the playoffs for the third consecutive season after helping the Dodgers to the World Series in 2017, and Game 2 starter Aníbal Sánchez, who owns a 2.79 (12 ER/38.2 IP) lifetime ERA over seven postseason appearances and went to the World Series in 2012 with Detroit. 1B Lucas Duda helped the Mets capture the National League pennant in 2015, appearing in 14 postseason games for the club that year. 

The Atlanta Braves today set their 25-man roster for the National League Division Series against Los Angeles (NL), which begins tonight at 8:37 p.m. with Game 1 at Dodger Stadium. The roster includes 12 pitchers, three catchers, six infielders and four outfielders. Twelve of the 25 players have previous postseason experience, including three who have been on a World Series roster. Five of the players are rookies. 

The 12 players on the roster with postseason experience include INF Charlie Culberson, who is appearing in the playoffs for the third consecutive season after helping the Dodgers to the World Series in 2017, and Game 2 starter Aníbal Sánchez, who owns a 2.79 (12 ER/38.2 IP) lifetime ERA over seven postseason appearances and went to the World Series in 2012 with Detroit. 1B Lucas Duda helped the Mets capture the National League pennant in 2015, appearing in 14 postseason games for the club that year. 

1B Freddie Freeman and RHP Julio Teheran are the only two Braves on this season's roster who were with the club for its 3-1 NLDS loss to Los Angeles in 2013, which marks the last time Atlanta was in the postseason. LHP Jonny Venters pitched for the Braves during their postseason trips in 2010 (3-1 NLDS loss to San Francisco) and 2012 (Wild Card game loss to St. Louis). 

The other six Braves with postseason experience are OF Nick Markakis, C Kurt Suzuki, RHP Brad Brach, RHP Kevin Gausman, INF Ryan Flaherty and C René Rivera.

Game 2 will be here tomorrow, October 5, at 9:37 p.m. on FS1. The teams will travel to Atlanta for Game 3 on Sunday at 8:07 p.m., also on FS1, and would play a Game 4 if necessary on Monday, October 8 at SunTrust Park. The teams would return to Dodger Stadium for a Game 5 if needed on Wednesday, October 10.  

The Division Series roster:

PITCHERS (12): Brad Brach (RH), Mike Foltynewicz (RH), Max Fried (LH)*, Kevin Gausman (RH), A.J. Minter (LH)*, Sean Newcomb (LH), Aníbal Sánchez (RH), Chad Sobotka (RH)*, Julio Teheran (RH), Touki Toussaint (RH)*, Jonny Venters (LH), Arodys Vizcaíno (RH)

CATCHERS (3): Tyler Flowers, René Rivera, Kurt Suzuki

INFIELDERS (6): Ozzie Albies, Johan Camargo, Charlie Culberson, Lucas Duda, Ryan Flaherty, 
Freddie Freeman  

OUTFIELDERS (4): Ronald Acuña Jr.*, Lane Adams, Ender Inciarte, Nick Markakis
* Rookie

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Atlanta Braves to host watch parties for their road postseason games at the Battery Atlanta

The Atlanta Braves will host watch parties at The Battery Atlanta for the team's first two postseason games at the Los Angeles Dodgers. Game 1 will be Thursday, October 4 at 8:37 p.m. and Game 2 will start at 9:37 p.m. on Friday, October 5. 

The festivities will begin with 680 The Fan broadcasting their pregame show live from the plaza beginning at 6:50 p.m. on Thursday. Fans can watch and listen to Ben Ingram, Chris Dimino and Mark Lemke on-air throughout The Battery Atlanta. 680 The Fan will be live from the plaza starting at 3 p.m. on Friday.

The Atlanta Braves will host watch parties at The Battery Atlanta for the team's first two postseason games at the Los Angeles Dodgers. Game 1 will be Thursday, October 4 at 8:37 p.m. and Game 2 will start at 9:37 p.m. on Friday, October 5. 

The festivities will begin with 680 The Fan broadcasting their pregame show live from the plaza beginning at 6:50 p.m. on Thursday. Fans can watch and listen to Ben Ingram, Chris Dimino and Mark Lemke on-air throughout The Battery Atlanta. 680 The Fan will be live from the plaza starting at 3 p.m. on Friday.

Braves plaza programming will start at 8 p.m. on Thursday and 9 p.m. on Friday with the games being shown on the Georgia Power Pavilion video board. A live DJ, the Heavy Hitters and ATL Breakers will entertain the crowd between innings while BLOOPER, the Tomahawk Team and the Home Depot Tools will be on-hand interacting with fans. Fans will have the opportunity to take selfies with Braves alumni for the first hour of the event in the plaza and take photos with the 2018 NL East Championship Pennant. 

There will be food and beverage kiosks throughout the plaza. The Braves Clubhouse Store will stay open till 10 p.m. for fans to shop the team's exclusive postseason merchandise, and they will have some giveaway items for their @BravesRetail Twitter and Instagram followers. During the game on Thursday, one lucky fan in attendance will win a pair of tickets to Sunday's Game 3 at SunTrust Park. 

FOX Sports Southeast will air Braves LIVE Playoffs Edition from FOX Sports set in The Battery Atlanta following each postseason game. Hosted by Chip Caray, the show will feature expert postgame analysis from Paul Byrd and Nick Green, along with Kelsey Wingert reporting live from Los Angeles. 680 The Fan will also broadcast their postgame show live from the plaza on Thursday.

This Thursday, the Braves are encouraging fans to Rep the A and wear their Braves gear all day. Fans can share photos of themselves wearing their team gear on social media by tagging the Braves and using the hashtag #ForEachOther for the chance to win prizes. 

Parking for the watch parties is free in the Red, Green and Purple Decks for four hours. For more information on the watch parties, please visit braves.com/watchparties. 

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Atlanta Braves Foundation donates $315,000 to charities in Braves Country in 2018

29 non-profit organizations to receive grants for 2018-19 initiatives

ATLANTA (September 21, 2018) -- In a pregame ceremony last night, the Atlanta Braves Foundation announced it has contributed $315,000 to charities in Braves Country, and will award 29 local non-profit organizations with grants to fund their 2018-19 initiatives.

"The Braves Foundation strives to support the local community through as many channels as possible," said Adrian Williams, senior director of diversity and community. "Giving back to those in Braves Country is extremely important to the Braves and we are proud to announce that $315,000 will be donated to organizations in our community."

ATLANTA (September 21, 2018) -- In a pregame ceremony last night, the Atlanta Braves Foundation announced it has contributed $315,000 to charities in Braves Country, and will award 29 local non-profit organizations with grants to fund their 2018-19 initiatives.

"The Braves Foundation strives to support the local community through as many channels as possible," said Adrian Williams, senior director of diversity and community. "Giving back to those in Braves Country is extremely important to the Braves and we are proud to announce that $315,000 will be donated to organizations in our community."

The Atlanta Braves Foundation is the non-profit arm of the Atlanta Braves, and raises money throughout the year through various initiatives such as a 50/50 raffle, ballpark and online auctions, Braves License Plate program, SunTrust Park Brick Paver Program, an annual golf tournament and more. Since its inception in 1994, the Braves Foundation has contributed $7.5 million in financial and in-kind assistance to community organizations. Through the generous support of Braves players and staff, sponsors and fans, the Atlanta Braves Foundation continuously strives to improve the quality of life for our youth.

For more information on the Atlanta Braves Foundation and the grant program, visit www.Braves.com/grants.

Summary of the 2018 Atlanta Braves Foundation Grants recipients and initiatives:

1. 100 Black Men of Atlanta will support the after-school program and summer STEM/Robotics program.
2. A Friend's House will support recreational activities for youth in Henry County.
3. Advocates for Children will provide funding for team sports, sporting equipment, and social activities for children living in shelters.
4. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta will support new mentoring matches between youth and adults.
5. Camp Sunshine will support Camp Sunshine's Summer Camp programs that are provided free of charge each year to any child who has cancer.
6. The Center for Pan Asian Community Services will support the after-school and summer school programs in Doraville and Chamblee areas.
7. Children's Healthcare of Atlanta will support the Summer Camp Program for children with unique medical conditions and physical needs.
8. Cobb County Bar Association Community Fund will provide emergency financial assistance to students, and their families in Cobb County and Marietta City Schools.
9. Cobb County Public Schools Education Fund will provide funding for teachers to implement innovative projects in the classroom.
10. Cobb Police Athletic League will support the expansion of Cobb PAL sports programs in purchasing equipment and supplies.
11. Communities in Schools - Marietta/Cobb County will support students in grades K-12 in Cobb County and Marietta City School Districts with the Dropout Prevention Program.
12. Cure Childhood Cancer will provide meals to hospitalized cancer-stricken children and families through their Open Arms Program.
13. Everybody Wins! Atlanta will fund the Power Lunch program at Dunbar and Brumby Elementary Schools, including new books and supplies.
14. Extra Special People will provide uniforms and baseball equipment for people with special needs participating in the inaugural Miracle League season in Watkinsville, GA.
15. Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind will support purchasing recreational equipment for the visually impaired community.
16. Girls Scouts of Greater Mississippi will support the Girl Scout Leadership Experience for underserved girls that focuses on the Girl Scout anti-bullying campaign and provides hands-on STEM Badge Activities.
17. Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta will inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through the implementation of SMART - Science, Math, and Relevant Technology program that will nurture girls interest in STEM jobs.
18. LEAD will operate an organized fall baseball league for inner-city youth and cover the costs of equipment, uniforms, and umpire fees.
19. La Amistad will support the after-school program through the purchase of materials such as classroom supplies, snacks, and books.
20. Live Healthy & Thrive Youth Foundation will build a garden at an Atlanta area school, educating and empowering students in the areas of fitness, nutrition, and total wellness.
21. Must Ministries will support food pantries that serve 24 Cobb County schools and impact over 20,000 children.
22. Tommy Nobis Center will support the Early Youth Employment Services program for students with disabilities in Cobb schools.
23. Sweetwater Mission will purchase school supplies, backpacks, and winter coats for children in need.
24. The Giving Kitchen will provide financial assistance to restaurants workers in crisis with children.
25. The Path Project will support technology resources for students in Gwinnett County Schools participating in after-school programs.
26. The Study Hall will provide a STEM program and after-school program for students K-5 in the Turner Field neighborhoods.
27. The Villages at Carver Family YMCA will support the youth baseball initiatives at the Atlanta Braves Baseball Academy.
28. Youth Empowerment Through Learning, Leading and Serving will provide program supplies for their mentoring and afterschool programs.
29. YMCA of Rome and Floyd County will fund the Learn, Grow, & Thrive with the Y, a year-round, free outreach after-school & summer feeding and enrichment program.

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Braves name Katie Hearn the 2018 Walter Banks Award recipient

ATLANTA (September 18, 2018) - The Atlanta Braves named Katie Hearn the 2018 Walter Banks Award recipient in a pregame ceremony earlier tonight. The award is given annually to a game day staff member who exemplifies extraordinary customer service in the mold of longtime Braves employee, Walter Banks, who is closing out his 53rd Braves season.

Hearn has been a member of the Braves organization since 2015, first working as a game day staff member before starting in the digital marketing department in 2016 as a trainee and becoming a full-time staff member in November of 2016. She works every game day in the media command center at SunTrust Park, assisting the guest services staff as well as security by monitoring social media activity to ensure fans are having an enjoyable experience at the ballgame.

ATLANTA (September 18, 2018) - The Atlanta Braves named Katie Hearn the 2018 Walter Banks Award recipient in a pregame ceremony earlier tonight. The award is given annually to a game day staff member who exemplifies extraordinary customer service in the mold of longtime Braves employee, Walter Banks, who is closing out his 53rd Braves season.

Hearn has been a member of the Braves organization since 2015, first working as a game day staff member before starting in the digital marketing department in 2016 as a trainee and becoming a full-time staff member in November of 2016. She works every game day in the media command center at SunTrust Park, assisting the guest services staff as well as security by monitoring social media activity to ensure fans are having an enjoyable experience at the ballgame.

Off the field, Hearn serves as a daily inspiration to everyone at the Braves organization. Shortly after starting her role in digital marketing, she began to lose her vision. After several months and a series of tests, doctors diagnosed Hearn with pseudotumor cerebri. Hearn took time away from the organization to readjust to her new normal. She enrolled in vocational training to help with mobility and daily living skills.

Through it all, Hearn was determined to get back to the Braves and in January of 2018 she rejoined the team. Her dedication and love for the game is second-to-none and exemplifies the characteristics of the Walter Banks Award.

"Katie's strength and perseverance is unparalleled and we are all incredibly proud to have her in our Braves family," said Derek Schiller, Braves President and CEO. "Her dedication to ensuring our fans have an extraordinary experience at SunTrust Park is why she is more than deserving of this honor."

The Walter Banks Hospitality Award, established in 2017, is given to the staff member who embodies the specific qualities of service, dedication, personalization, selflessness and hospitality our guests have come to identify with Banks.

"I was adamant Katie be selected as this year's award recipient," said Walter Banks. "No one deserves to have their name enshrined at SunTrust Park more than her. She is an outstanding co-worker and I am lucky to call her my friend."

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Braves offer free tickets to coastal residents displaced by Hurricane Florence

All proceeds from the 50/50 Raffle during the games this weekend will benefit Red Cross efforts for the hurricane

The Atlanta Braves are extending an invitation to anyone who has evacuated to Atlanta due to Hurricane Florence to be their guests for the next three games at SunTrust Park when the team takes on the Washington Nationals on Friday (7:35 p.m.), Saturday (1:05 p.m.) and Sunday (1:35 p.m.). In addition, all the proceeds from this weekend's 50/50 raffle will benefit Red Cross efforts for the hurricane.

"As Hurricane Florence approaches, we know how difficult it has been for those who have had to pack up and leave their homes as the storm approaches," said Derek Schiller, Braves President and CEO. "The predicted areas that will be affected are in the heart of Braves Country so it hits particularly close to home for us. We hope we can take their mind off the storm for a few hours by coming to enjoy a game at SunTrust Park. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who are impacted."

The Atlanta Braves are extending an invitation to anyone who has evacuated to Atlanta due to Hurricane Florence to be their guests for the next three games at SunTrust Park when the team takes on the Washington Nationals on Friday (7:35 p.m.), Saturday (1:05 p.m.) and Sunday (1:35 p.m.). In addition, all the proceeds from this weekend's 50/50 raffle will benefit Red Cross efforts for the hurricane.

"As Hurricane Florence approaches, we know how difficult it has been for those who have had to pack up and leave their homes as the storm approaches," said Derek Schiller, Braves President and CEO. "The predicted areas that will be affected are in the heart of Braves Country so it hits particularly close to home for us. We hope we can take their mind off the storm for a few hours by coming to enjoy a game at SunTrust Park. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who are impacted."

Complimentary tickets* are available to all residents of North and South Carolina who have been displaced due to mandatory evacuations in anticipation of Hurricane Florence. Georgia residents who show a valid driver's license from the specific coastal zip codes that are under a mandatory evacuation will also be eligible to take advantage of this offer. Tickets are only available at the SunTrust Park Ticket Office while supplies last.

Each ticket will include free access to Hope & Will's Sandlot, a state of the art kid's zone with a rock climbing wall, zipline and carnival games, as well as discounted A-List pricing on specific menu items in the park.

Last season, the Braves distributed over 20,000 tickets to those that evacuated due to Hurricane Irma. For more information and other ways to donate, please visit www.braves.com/florencerelief.

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Atlanta Braves single-game tickets for 2018 NLDS go on-sale Sept. 19 at 10 a.m.

ATLANTA -- Single-game tickets for potential National League Division Series games at SunTrust Park will go on-sale Wednesday, September 19 at 10 a.m. to the general public. A-List Member and Braves registered users will have access to a presale on Tuesday, September 18.

"This team has been incredibly exciting to watch this season and our fans have supported us all year," said Derek Schiller, Atlanta Braves President and CEO. "Contending in the postseason is exciting and we are eager to host SunTrust Park's first postseason games."

ATLANTA -- Single-game tickets for potential National League Division Series games at SunTrust Park will go on-sale Wednesday, September 19 at 10 a.m. to the general public. A-List Member and Braves registered users will have access to a presale on Tuesday, September 18.

"This team has been incredibly exciting to watch this season and our fans have supported us all year," said Derek Schiller, Atlanta Braves President and CEO. "Contending in the postseason is exciting and we are eager to host SunTrust Park's first postseason games."

A-List members will have a presale opportunity on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. ET through their online A-List Member account. Braves registered users will also have presale access from noon until 11:59 p.m. ET using a presale code that will be emailed to them. The presale will only be available online at www.braves.com/postseason. Fans that are not a Braves registered user can sign up by 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 16 at www.braves.com/newsletter to receive an emailed presale code.

Tickets for the general public will be available online at www.braves.com/postseason as well as the SunTrust Park ticket office. Ticket information for potential National League Championship Series games as well as World Series will be announced on a later date.

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Atlanta Braves to celebrate Hispanic and Latino culture and contributions with Los Bravos Weekend on September 13-16

Los Bravos Day presented by Georgia Power will be September 16 vs. Washington Nationals

The Atlanta Braves will host their second annual Los Bravos Weekend on Sept. 13-16, a four-day celebration with an array of events and efforts to spotlight the contributions by the Hispanic and Latino community. 

"Los Bravos is an integral program to our organization," said Adrian Williams, senior director of diversity and community marketing. "This year with the help of our partners, we've extended the weekend to expand our reach and strengthen our relationship in the Hispanic and Latino communities."

The Atlanta Braves will host their second annual Los Bravos Weekend on Sept. 13-16, a four-day celebration with an array of events and efforts to spotlight the contributions by the Hispanic and Latino community. 

"Los Bravos is an integral program to our organization," said Adrian Williams, senior director of diversity and community marketing. "This year with the help of our partners, we've extended the weekend to expand our reach and strengthen our relationship in the Hispanic and Latino communities."

To start the weekend, the Braves have partnered with the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to host their Inaugural 50 Most Influential Latinos in Georgia event on Thursday, September 13 at SunTrust Park. The event will honor the achievements of individuals from different categories within government, media, business, nonprofits and other business sectors. Former Brave and Venezuelan, Eddie Perez, is one of the Latinos being honored at this event.

On September 14, the Braves will host the Business of Baseball and Sports in Atlanta presented by SunTrust, an exclusive event for Latin-owned businesses to talk and learn about procurement opportunities in the sports industry. That evening, Braves players and coaches will wear customized #PonleAcento, which translated means "put the accent on it," shirts for batting practice to highlight the distinctive mark that Hispanic and Latino players and fans leave on the game. 

The Braves and MLBPA will host over 75 youth ages 8-14 for a Los Bravos Youth Clinic presented by Mizuno at Cross Keys High School on Saturday morning. The kids will have an opportunity to learn fundamental baseball skills from former Braves Terry Harper, Cristhian Martínez, Dennis Martínez, Alejandro Peña and Marty Perez.

The weekend will conclude on Sunday with Los Bravos Day presented by Georgia Power. The day will be a cultural immersion at SunTrust Park. On the field, the Braves will wear their commemorative Los Bravos jerseys against the Washington Nationals and there will be a pregame flag presentation featuring the Latin players home countries prior to the first pitch and the starting lineups will be introduced in Spanish. 

Prior to the game, the Latin band The Atlanta Show will perform within the Plaza and the bridge will be decorated with flags representing Latin countries. As part of our traditional Alumni Sundays, former Braves players Andruw Jones (Curaçao), Pedro Borbón Jr. (Dominican Republic) and Dennis Martínez (Nicaragua) will be signing autographs for those with a game ticket starting at 11:30 a.m. in Georgia Pavilion while Telemundo will host a Facebook Livestream pregame show on the Los Bravos page (Facebook.com/bravosATL) from 12:30-1 p.m.

Delaware North has created several customized menu items for the weekend, including mofongo with glazed pork belly at First & Third. 

For tickets and more information on Los Bravos Day, please visit www.braves.com/losbravos

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Braves acquire 1B Lucas Duda

The Atlanta Braves acquired first baseman Lucas Duda and cash from the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Duda will wear No. 20.

Duda, 32, hit .242 (74-for-306) with 13 home runs and 48 RBI in 86 games for the Royals this season, his first with Kansas City. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound native of Riverside, Calif., who hits left-handed and throws right-handed, tied his career-high total with 30 home runs last season, splitting the year between Tampa Bay and New York (NL).

The Atlanta Braves acquired first baseman Lucas Duda and cash from the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Duda will wear No. 20.

Duda, 32, hit .242 (74-for-306) with 13 home runs and 48 RBI in 86 games for the Royals this season, his first with Kansas City. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound native of Riverside, Calif., who hits left-handed and throws right-handed, tied his career-high total with 30 home runs last season, splitting the year between Tampa Bay and New York (NL).

Originally drafted by the Mets in the seventh round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Southern California, Duda has hit 151 home runs and compiled a .789 OPS over 898 career games. He appeared in 14 postseason games during the Mets' run to the World Series in 2015, and helped the club clinch the pennant over Chicago with a five-RBI performance in Game 4 at Wrigley Field.    

This deal marks the first between the clubs since August 31, 2015, when the Braves sent OF Jonny Gomes and cash to the Royals in exchange for minor league infielder Luis Valenzuela.

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Atlanta Braves announce 2019 Spring Training Schedule

Club will conclude the Florida portion of the spring slate with the opening of its new spring training facility

Today the Atlanta Braves and Major League Baseball announced their 2019 spring training schedule. Atlanta's 32-game slate will begin on Saturday, February 23, with a road game against the New York Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla. The Braves open the home portion of their spring schedule on Monday, February 25, versus the Washington Nationals at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. This coming spring will mark the 22nd and final year that the Braves will train at the Wide World of Sports Complex.

The Braves will conclude the Florida portion of their exhibition season with the opening of their new spring training facility at North Port, Fla., on Sunday, March 24 against the Tampa Bay Rays (4:05 p.m.). The Braves will then play a pair of exhibition games at SunTrust Park on Monday, March 25 (7:20 p.m.) and Tuesday, March 26 (1:10 p.m.), against the Cincinnati Reds.  

Today the Atlanta Braves and Major League Baseball announced their 2019 spring training schedule. Atlanta's 32-game slate will begin on Saturday, February 23, with a road game against the New York Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla. The Braves open the home portion of their spring schedule on Monday, February 25, versus the Washington Nationals at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. This coming spring will mark the 22nd and final year that the Braves will train at the Wide World of Sports Complex.

The Braves will conclude the Florida portion of their exhibition season with the opening of their new spring training facility at North Port, Fla., on Sunday, March 24 against the Tampa Bay Rays (4:05 p.m.). The Braves will then play a pair of exhibition games at SunTrust Park on Monday, March 25 (7:20 p.m.) and Tuesday, March 26 (1:10 p.m.), against the Cincinnati Reds.  

Atlanta will play a total of 16 home games against 10 different teams at Champion Stadium, including three games versus the Detroit Tigers and two games each against the Houston Astros, Miami Marlins, New York Mets and Washington Nationals. The New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals and Toronto Blue Jays will make one visit each to Disney. 

The Braves are scheduled to play a trio of night games at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, including contests against the Phillies (Friday, March 8), Yankees (Monday, March 9), and Tigers (Friday, March 22). All three games are slated for a 6:05 p.m. first pitch.

Individual spring training game tickets for the Disney portion of Atlanta's spring training schedule range from $15.00 (general admission lawn seats) to $60.00 (lower level reserved seats), and will go on sale Monday, November 19, through the Atlanta Braves' website (braves.com/springtraining), at the Wide World of Sports box office, and through Ticketmaster (800/745-3000). Tickets for the two exhibitions at SunTrust Park are set to go on sale in January of 2019.

Season tickets are on sale now for Spring Training 2020 at braves.com/springtraining and at the Braves Preview Center. Contact springtraining@braves.com or 941-413-5000 to arrange an appointment. Fans who purchase 2020 season tickets will receive tickets for the game on March 24, 2019. Individual tickets for that game will go on sale later this year.

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Braves agree to terms with catcher Tyler Flowers on contract extension

Atlanta Braves Executive Vice President and General Manager Alex Anthopoulos announced Tuesday that the Braves have agreed to terms with catcher Tyler Flowers on a one-year $4M contract for the 2019 season, with a $6M club option for the 2020 season. 

Flowers, 32, is in his third campaign with the Braves this season after signing a two-year contract (with a club option for a third season) in December 2015. The Atlanta native has played 243 of his 674 career games for the Braves, compiling a .264 batting average with 25 home runs and 110 RBI. He owns a 3.70 catchers ERA in 61 games this season, and he posted a career-high .281 batting average in 2017.

Atlanta Braves Executive Vice President and General Manager Alex Anthopoulos announced Tuesday that the Braves have agreed to terms with catcher Tyler Flowers on a one-year $4M contract for the 2019 season, with a $6M club option for the 2020 season. 

Flowers, 32, is in his third campaign with the Braves this season after signing a two-year contract (with a club option for a third season) in December 2015. The Atlanta native has played 243 of his 674 career games for the Braves, compiling a .264 batting average with 25 home runs and 110 RBI. He owns a 3.70 catchers ERA in 61 games this season, and he posted a career-high .281 batting average in 2017.

Originally signed by the Braves as a 33rd-round draft pick in 2005, Flowers was traded to the Chicago White Sox organization in 2008 before making his Major League debut with the White Sox in 2009. He played parts of seven seasons with the Sox before coming to Atlanta as a free agent.

The 6-foot-4, 260-pounder was born in Roswell, Ga., and still resides in the Atlanta area. He is a graduate of Blessed Trinity High School and attended Chipola (Fla.) Junior College.  

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The Battery Atlanta set to welcome four additions to its lineup

Braves Development Company has announced the additions of The VOID, Rock/Creek, The Escape Game and Allure Nail Bar to their impressive lineup for The Battery Atlanta.

The VOID, opening their first Georgia location, will occupy a 9,000-square-foot space on Battery Avenue, adjacent to the Coca-Cola Roxy. By combining state-of-the-art VR technology, physical stages and multi-sensory effects including touch and smell, The VOID is a social activity that transports friends and families to fully immersive worlds bringing them closer to stories, characters and places. The VOID is scheduled to open in January of 2019.

Braves Development Company has announced the additions of The VOID, Rock/Creek, The Escape Game and Allure Nail Bar to their impressive lineup for The Battery Atlanta.

The VOID, opening their first Georgia location, will occupy a 9,000-square-foot space on Battery Avenue, adjacent to the Coca-Cola Roxy. By combining state-of-the-art VR technology, physical stages and multi-sensory effects including touch and smell, The VOID is a social activity that transports friends and families to fully immersive worlds bringing them closer to stories, characters and places. The VOID is scheduled to open in January of 2019.

Chattanooga, Tennessee based Rock/Creek is a champion of the outdoor industry, providing gear for sports including kayaking, rock climbing, camping and hiking to Tennessee markets for over 30 years. The Battery Atlanta location will spread out over 17,000 square-feet. Uncle Dan's Outfitters, a subsidiary of Camping World Holdings, acquired Rock/Creek in April of 2018 in a move that opened the door for expansion of the brand throughout the southeast. 

With the strength of Atlanta's amateur athletics and recreational activities along with the proximity of Lake Lanier, Lake Allatoona, and the Chattahoochee National Forest, their new location at The Battery Atlanta will become a flagship storefront for Rock/Creek and is expected to open in 2019.

"We are excited to bring our new 17,000 sq. foot Rock/Creek to Atlanta and The Battery Atlanta is the perfect location for our business, said Dawson Wheeler Vice President of Business Development. "Our new location is conveniently located off Interstate 285 and a short drive to the Cochran Shoals Park where customers can, paddle, run, hike, and ride your mountain bike."

Located next to Baseballism!, in a 5,000+ square foot space on Battery Avenue, will be The Escape Game.

Named TripAdvisor's number one escape room in the nation, The Escape Game, scheduled to open in 2019, will feature rooms that immerse guests into a story where they can be the hero using teamwork and knowledge to beat the clock (60 minutes) and escape the room.

Allure Nail Bar will be located next to Select Shades, in a 3,100 square-foot space, and will feature the latest advances in beauty care. They will offer world-class products, services and top technologies to make guests feel and look their best.

"These additions continue our goal of making The Battery Atlanta a place to go and enjoy unique experiences with family, friends and co-workers," said Mike Plant, President and CEO of the Braves Development Company. "The Battery Atlanta has become a year-round lifestyle destination for the Southeast and we're happy add these fun experiential entertainment options."

Recently, Braves Development Company, the owner and operator of The Battery Atlanta, announced that Aloft Hotel would open in The Battery Atlanta in 2020, joining Savi Provisions, Jittery Joe's and Silverspot Cinema on the final block of land from Heritage Court out to Cobb Parkway along Battery Avenue.

For The VOID, Rock/Creek and The Escape Game, BDC was represented by Gary Lewis from Gary Lewis & Associates Real Estate, an independent real estate firm which specializes in retail leasing and consulting services, who has worked closely with the Braves since 2016. JLL assisted with the Allure Nail Bar lease.

 

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The Battery Atlanta

The Battery Atlanta, a 1.5 million square foot mixed-use development, located at the intersection of I-75 and I-285, features boutique shopping, chef-driven restaurants, an Omni Hotel, The Coca-Cola Roxy, 531 residences, Two Ballpark Center loft office home to SPACES, and One Ballpark Center, Comcast's regional office headquarters. Powered by Comcast's all-fiber network and delivering multi-terabit capabilities, The Battery Atlanta has the highest-capacity network serving any mixed-use development in the nation. For more information on The Battery Atlanta please visit www.batteryatl.com.

Braves Development Company

Braves Development Company (BDC) was formed in 2014 and is the commercial real estate arm of Braves Holdings. BDC is the owner and operator of The Battery Atlanta, the 1.5 million square foot mixed-use development anchored by SunTrust Park, home of the Atlanta Braves. The Battery Atlanta features boutique shopping, chef-driven restaurants, a 4-star Omni Hotel, The Coca-Cola Roxy, 531 residences, Two Ballpark Center loft office, home to SPACES, and One Ballpark Center, Comcast's regional office headquarters. The mixed-use development and SunTrust Park are powered by Comcast's all-fiber network delivering multi-terabit capabilities. Braves Holdings, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation, attributed to the Braves Group tracking stock (Nasdaq: BATRA, BATRK).

About The VOID

The critically-acclaimed global leader in location-based hyper-reality experiences, The VOID entertainment centers have marked a new frontier in interactive entertainment. Combining state-of-the-art VR technology, physical stages and multi-sensory effects, including touch and smell, with Hollywood characters and storylines, The VOID let's participants experience fully-immersive worlds that, until now, have only lived in the imagination. The VOID has eight entertainment centers globally, including three locations in the United States, two locations in Canada and one location in Dubai, U.A.E. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.thevoid.com and follow @voidvr on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

About Rock/Creek

Rock/Creek has been leading the way for specialty outdoor retail in the southeast for 31 years. With seven retail locations, three rental outposts and an esteemed annual trail race series, Rock/Creek serves as a cornerstone for outdoor communities across the region. Through trail building, environmental stewardship and wilderness conservation, Rock/Creek works to protect and improve outdoor spaces for future generations of adventurers. Visit https://www.udans.com/rockcreek.

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Atlanta Braves Announce Tentative 2019 Regular Season Schedule

Braves to switch start time for home night games to 7:20 p.m.

Today the Atlanta Braves and Major League Baseball released their tentative schedules for the 2019 season, which will mark Atlanta's third campaign at SunTrust Park. A highlight for the Braves' home slate next season will be the shifting of start times from 7:35 p.m. to 7:20 p.m. for all night games and 1:20 p.m. for Sunday games. A finalized schedule with complete start times for road games will be released at a later date in the offseason, as will the team's promotional schedule.

"When we opened SunTrust Park we wanted to do everything we could to ensure that fans coming to our games would have an easy time getting here," said Derek Schiller, Atlanta Braves President and CEO. "Now that we have almost two seasons under our belts and have observed the flow around the ballpark, we feel comfortable moving the start times up."  

Today the Atlanta Braves and Major League Baseball released their tentative schedules for the 2019 season, which will mark Atlanta's third campaign at SunTrust Park. A highlight for the Braves' home slate next season will be the shifting of start times from 7:35 p.m. to 7:20 p.m. for all night games and 1:20 p.m. for Sunday games. A finalized schedule with complete start times for road games will be released at a later date in the offseason, as will the team's promotional schedule.

"When we opened SunTrust Park we wanted to do everything we could to ensure that fans coming to our games would have an easy time getting here," said Derek Schiller, Atlanta Braves President and CEO. "Now that we have almost two seasons under our belts and have observed the flow around the ballpark, we feel comfortable moving the start times up."  

The Braves are set to begin the 2019 campaign on Thursday, March 28, with a three-game series at the Philadelphia Phillies. The club will return home to open a six-game, seven-day homestand against the Chicago Cubs on Monday, April 1. Atlanta will continue its opening series with the Miami Marlins on Friday, April 5.  

Holiday matchups have the Braves home on Father's Day (June 16) versus the Phillies, July 4 also versus the Phillies and Labor Day (September 2) versus the Toronto Blue Jays.

Key weekend match-ups include NL East rivals the New York Mets (April 12-14), the Washington Nationals (July 18-21; September 5-8), the Philadelphia Phillies (June 14-16), and the Miami Marlins (April 5-7; July 5-7), as well as series against the Los Angeles Dodgers (August 16-18) and the San Francisco Giants (September 20-22). The Giants series will close out the regular-season portion of the Braves' home slate.
With the exception of a pair of two-game series with the Blue Jays, Atlanta will play teams from the American League Central Division in a total of eight interleague series (20 games), with four series (10 games) taking place at SunTrust Park. The Braves' home portion of the 2019 interleague schedule begins with a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers, May 31-June 2, and includes a two-game series against the Kansas City Royals (July 23-24), a three-game set against the Chicago White Sox (July 30-August 1) and the Blue Jays (September 2-3).

Atlanta will play four road interleague series, with the first being a three-game set at the Cleveland Indians, April 19-21. Atlanta's other American League road opponents include a three-game series at the Minnesota Twins (August 5-7), a two-game series against the Blue Jays (August 27-28) and two games at Kansas City during the final road trip of the season (September 24-25).

The Braves will close out the regular-season portion of their home slate with a six-day homestand against the Phillies (September 17-19), and Giants (September 20-22), before a five-game road trip to Kansas City and the New York Mets concludes the regular season. 


2019 Atlanta Braves A-List Memberships, the Braves season ticket program starting at $260, are available starting this Friday, August 24th. Fans who purchase a 2019 membership will be eligible to purchase 2018 Postseason seats. The deadline to guarantee 2018 Postseason seats is Friday, September 14th. For more information go to braves.com/alist.
 

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Tickets for Kennesaw State football game at SunTrust Park go on-sale this week

ATLANTA -- Tickets for the November 17 Kennesaw State University versus Jacksonville State University football game will go on sale Friday, August 24 with presales beginning Tuesday, August 21. Tomorrow, Kennesaw State season ticket holders and faculty will have access to presale tickets for the SunTrust Park game, followed by Atlanta Braves A List members on Wednesday, August 22. Tickets for the general public will go on sale Friday, August 24 at 10 a.m. Tickets are available for $20, $25 and $35.

For presale opportunities, KSU season ticket holders, faculty and Atlanta Braves A List members can visit www.ticketmaster.com to purchase tickets using the presale code that was emailed to them. KSU season ticket holders can use the presale to purchase additional tickets for the November 17 matchup. For the general public, tickets can be purchased online at www.braves.com/ksufootball or at the ticket office at SunTrust Park. There is a six-ticket limit per person/household. Student tickets will be available through each school's athletic department.

ATLANTA -- Tickets for the November 17 Kennesaw State University versus Jacksonville State University football game will go on sale Friday, August 24 with presales beginning Tuesday, August 21. Tomorrow, Kennesaw State season ticket holders and faculty will have access to presale tickets for the SunTrust Park game, followed by Atlanta Braves A List members on Wednesday, August 22. Tickets for the general public will go on sale Friday, August 24 at 10 a.m. Tickets are available for $20, $25 and $35.

For presale opportunities, KSU season ticket holders, faculty and Atlanta Braves A List members can visit www.ticketmaster.com to purchase tickets using the presale code that was emailed to them. KSU season ticket holders can use the presale to purchase additional tickets for the November 17 matchup. For the general public, tickets can be purchased online at www.braves.com/ksufootball or at the ticket office at SunTrust Park. There is a six-ticket limit per person/household. Student tickets will be available through each school's athletic department.

SunTrust Park will be converted to a football field for the matchup with the field running from homeplate to left field. More information including kickoff time will be announced at a later date.

About Atlanta Braves
Based in Atlanta since 1966, the Braves are the longest continuously operating franchise in Major League Baseball. Since 1991, Braves teams have earned two National League wild cards, 15 division championships, five National League pennants, and a World Series title. Atlanta Braves games are telecast on FOX Sports South and FOX Sports Southeast. Radio broadcasts can be heard in Atlanta on 680 The Fan (AM), WYAY-FM (106.7) and regionally on the Atlanta Braves Radio Network. Follow the Braves at braves.com, facebook.com/braves, and twitter.com/braves.

About Kennesaw State University
With 33,000 students, Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia and one of the fifty largest public universities in the country. KSU offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees and boasts more than 100,000 alumni. The Owls offer 18 Division-I intercollegiate sports, including a football program that debuted in 2015. KSU competes in the ASUN Conference and is a member of the Big South Conference for football. Under the leadership of Director of Athletics Vaughn Williams, Kennesaw State teams have won 19 conference titles and made 23 NCAA postseason appearances over the last seven seasons.

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Braves Development Company and Encore Hospitality to develop 140-room Aloft Hotel inside The Battery Atlanta

The hugely successful Battery Atlanta's initial master development plan has now reached over 90% leased after just 15 months

(Atlanta, GA) -- August 8, 2018 -- The Braves Development Company (BDC) and Encore Hospitality, LLC are pleased to announce that Aloft Hotel will be joining the exciting line-up at The Battery Atlanta in 2020. The 140-room, lifestyle hotel will join the recently announced Silverspot Cinema and Savi Provisions as part of the mixed-use center's development. This signifies The Battery Atlanta surpassing the 90% threshold in leases on the first phases of the master development plan.

The Battery Atlanta has been an incredible success and a true economic driver in the Cumberland section of Cobb County. Other retailers slated to open at The Battery Atlanta include: BURN by Rocky Patel; Jittery Joe's (inside Savi Provisions); Overton's; Rock/Creek; Savi Provisions; Silverspot Cinema; SunTrust Bank.

(Atlanta, GA) -- August 8, 2018 -- The Braves Development Company (BDC) and Encore Hospitality, LLC are pleased to announce that Aloft Hotel will be joining the exciting line-up at The Battery Atlanta in 2020. The 140-room, lifestyle hotel will join the recently announced Silverspot Cinema and Savi Provisions as part of the mixed-use center's development. This signifies The Battery Atlanta surpassing the 90% threshold in leases on the first phases of the master development plan.

The Battery Atlanta has been an incredible success and a true economic driver in the Cumberland section of Cobb County. Other retailers slated to open at The Battery Atlanta include: BURN by Rocky Patel; Jittery Joe's (inside Savi Provisions); Overton's; Rock/Creek; Savi Provisions; Silverspot Cinema; SunTrust Bank.

If you combine with the recently announced move of thyssenkrupp's North American headquarters with a state-of-the-art 420-foot tall elevator qualification and test tower to Phase Two, the BDC and their partners have now provided just under $850 million in private investment into over 2 million square feet across the total project.

"The addition of another hotel inside The Battery Atlanta continues our transformation of this community not just physically, but financially through the tax digest and the velocity of leases further showcases the success of this unique destination," said Mike Plant, President and CEO of the Braves Development Company. "Aloft will be the perfect complement to The Battery Atlanta. Guests coming to a Braves game, a concert at the Coca Cola Roxy, or those here on a business trip can stay in a convenient location."

Clean, contemporary architecture that houses open spaces that are alive with activity is Aloft's signature. The Re-mix lounge and pool table set the stage for innovative programming and can't-miss events. Loft-like guestrooms, a vibrant social scene anchored by the W XYZ® bar, Re-fuel café, and industrial design elements set Aloft apart from its competitors. Aloft is always evolving its design to accommodate the lifestyle of today's modern traveler.

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