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Atlanta Braves launch Walter Banks Collection

The collection pays homage to the Braves most beloved staffer

The Atlanta Braves are proud to announce the launch of the Walter Banks Collection beginning today. Available at the Braves Clubhouse Store located at SunTrust Park near the Right Field Gate, the collection will feature an exclusive t-shirt designed by Walter Banks himself. A portion of the proceeds from the t-shirt will be given to Banks.
 
"Walter means the world to our organization and we love that he will be sharing his favorite things with our fans," said Derek Schiller, Braves President and CEO. "We also hope that we have a sea of fans wearing a t-shirt with Walter's image on it showing their love for our cherished friend."
 
In addition to the t-shirts, the rotating collection will feature "Walter's Picks," which are a handpicked selection of Banks' favorite Braves apparel and accessories.
 
Banks, an Atlanta native, is the Braves longest-serving game day employee. This year marks his 53rd season with the Braves at his third ballpark. He made his debut in 1965 at Atlanta Stadium and later, moved with the team when Turner Field opened in 1997. Through his time with the organization, Banks has become a living legend for Braves' baseball fans.
 
In 2017, The Walter Banks Hospitality Award was named in his honor for his unwavering service, dedication, selflessness and hospitality to the Atlanta Braves organization and fans.

The Atlanta Braves are proud to announce the launch of the Walter Banks Collection beginning today. Available at the Braves Clubhouse Store located at SunTrust Park near the Right Field Gate, the collection will feature an exclusive t-shirt designed by Walter Banks himself. A portion of the proceeds from the t-shirt will be given to Banks.
 
"Walter means the world to our organization and we love that he will be sharing his favorite things with our fans," said Derek Schiller, Braves President and CEO. "We also hope that we have a sea of fans wearing a t-shirt with Walter's image on it showing their love for our cherished friend."
 
In addition to the t-shirts, the rotating collection will feature "Walter's Picks," which are a handpicked selection of Banks' favorite Braves apparel and accessories.
 
Banks, an Atlanta native, is the Braves longest-serving game day employee. This year marks his 53rd season with the Braves at his third ballpark. He made his debut in 1965 at Atlanta Stadium and later, moved with the team when Turner Field opened in 1997. Through his time with the organization, Banks has become a living legend for Braves' baseball fans.
 
In 2017, The Walter Banks Hospitality Award was named in his honor for his unwavering service, dedication, selflessness and hospitality to the Atlanta Braves organization and fans.

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Braves to celebrate Hank Aaron Week on June 19-23

Annual Hank Aaron Champion of Justice Awards, Community Outreach and Big Boi Concert Highlight the Week

The Atlanta Braves will celebrate their annual Hank Aaron Week presented by Delta Air Lines beginning on Tuesday, June 19 and continuing through Saturday, June 23 with a calendar packed with activities.

The week begins with a Braves Care community day with Delta Air Lines employees at the Atlanta Braves Baseball Academy at the Villages at Carver Family YMCA on Tuesday, June 19. The annual Supplier Diversity Business Summit in partnership with SunTrust and the Atlanta Tribune will take place on Thursday, June 21 and the Hank Aaron Champion of Justice Award presentation with a special roundtable discussion at the Center for Civil and Human Rights will be on Friday, June 22. New this year will be a pro day/scout showcase and all-star game featuring minority elite players from around Braves Country that will take place on Friday and Saturday.

The Atlanta Braves will celebrate their annual Hank Aaron Week presented by Delta Air Lines beginning on Tuesday, June 19 and continuing through Saturday, June 23 with a calendar packed with activities.

The week begins with a Braves Care community day with Delta Air Lines employees at the Atlanta Braves Baseball Academy at the Villages at Carver Family YMCA on Tuesday, June 19. The annual Supplier Diversity Business Summit in partnership with SunTrust and the Atlanta Tribune will take place on Thursday, June 21 and the Hank Aaron Champion of Justice Award presentation with a special roundtable discussion at the Center for Civil and Human Rights will be on Friday, June 22. New this year will be a pro day/scout showcase and all-star game featuring minority elite players from around Braves Country that will take place on Friday and Saturday.

Recipients of this year's Champion of Justice Awards include, Eric Holder, the first African-American U.S. Attorney General, Carmen Yulin Cruz Soto, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico and NBC Sports broadcaster Bob Costas. To attend the awards, please visit www.civilandhumanrights.org to RSVP.

"This event continues to be a cornerstone for our organization," said Derek Schiller, Atlanta Braves President and CEO. "This year's event features various activations which focus on activities and programs that are important to the Braves and continue the legacy of Hank Aaron in this community."

During the Braves games on Friday and Saturday nights versus the Baltimore Orioles, the Braves will wear 1974 throwback uniforms to honor Aaron. Those uniforms will be signed by the players and put up for auction with proceeds going to Aaron's Chasing the Dream Foundation and the Atlanta Braves Foundation. Also during Friday's game, the 50/50 raffle will benefit Somebody Help Us/Alguien Ayudenos in Puerto Rico which will go towards the continued relief efforts for their residents.

Following the Braves game on Saturday, Atlanta's own Big Boi will perform a postgame concert. The concert is included with a game ticket. A limited number of field passes for the concert will be available and can be purchased at  www.braves.com/bigboi.

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Braves Conclude Final Day of the 2018 First-Year Player Draft

Braves use 34 of their 39 total picks on collegiate players

The Atlanta Braves today concluded the final 30 rounds of the 2018 First-Year Player Draft. After drafting eight college players with their first nine selections, the club used 26 of their 30 day-three picks on players from the collegiate ranks, including 14 pitchers. In all, the club drafted 39 players, including four from the state of Georgia. 
 

The Braves selected 22 pitchers (five left-handers, 17 right-handers), four outfielders, four catchers, and nine infielders. Nine of their college selections were seniors, while one was a draft-eligible sophomore and five were from the junior college ranks.

The Atlanta Braves today concluded the final 30 rounds of the 2018 First-Year Player Draft. After drafting eight college players with their first nine selections, the club used 26 of their 30 day-three picks on players from the collegiate ranks, including 14 pitchers. In all, the club drafted 39 players, including four from the state of Georgia. 
 

The Braves selected 22 pitchers (five left-handers, 17 right-handers), four outfielders, four catchers, and nine infielders. Nine of their college selections were seniors, while one was a draft-eligible sophomore and five were from the junior college ranks.

After selecting RHP Carter Stewart from Eau Gallie High School in Melbourne, Fla., with their first choice, the Braves used 34 of their next 35 picks on collegiate players. Atlanta chose RHP Victor Vodnik from Rialto High School in Rialto, Calif., in the 14th round, before taking three high schoolers with their final three picks. The Braves' final selection of the day was C Micky Mangan from Pinecrest Academy in Cumming, Ga. Mangan, son of Braves Field Director Ed Mangan, hit .322 with a .450 on-base percentage for the Paladins this season.   
 

View the complete list of Braves draft picks.

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Braves Conclude Day Two of the 2018 First-Year Player Draft

Eight of the Braves' first nine picks are collegiate players

The Atlanta Braves tonight concluded day two of the 2018 First-Year Player Draft, using all seven of their picks today on collegiate players.

The Braves landed RHP Carter Stewart out of Eau Gallie High School in Melbourne, Fla., and Wichita State OF Greyson Jenista with their first two picks yesterday.

The Atlanta Braves tonight concluded day two of the 2018 First-Year Player Draft, using all seven of their picks today on collegiate players.

The Braves landed RHP Carter Stewart out of Eau Gallie High School in Melbourne, Fla., and Wichita State OF Greyson Jenista with their first two picks yesterday.

The Braves made their first selection today in round four, drafting Stanford University RHP Tristan Beck with the 112th overall pick. Beck, 21, was named a Perfect Game 2018 third-team preseason All-American and went 8-4 with a 2.98 ERA (30 ER/90.2 IP) in 15 starts for the Cardinal this season. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound native of Corona, Calif., was ranked as the 35th best prospect in the draft by MLB.com.

The club also used its eighth-round pick on University of Washington INF AJ Graffanino, the son of former major leaguer Tony Graffanino. AJ, a switch hitter, batted .363 with a .437 on-base percentage in 24 games this season for the Huskies.

In all, the Braves selected five right-handed pitchers, two outfielders, and two infielders through the first two days of the draft. Stewart marked the Braves' only high school draft choice through the first 10 rounds.

The complete list of Braves draft choices is below.

Name (round, selection #)       POS        HT         WT        B-T        DOB        School                                          Class       Hometown

Stewart, Carter (1, 8)                RHP         6'6         200        R/R        11/02/99   Eau Gallie HS (FL)                      HS           Melbourne, FL

Jenista, Greyson (2, 49)           OF           6'4         210        L/R        12/07/96   Wichita State U                            JR            Eudora, KS

Beck, Tristan (4, 112)              RHP         6'4         190        R/R        06/24/96   Stanford                                       JR            Corona, CA

Riley, Trey (5, 142)                 RHP         6'2         200        R/R        04/21/98   John A Logan College                  J2             Edwardsville, IL

Moritz, Andrew (6, 172)          CF            5'11       180        L/R        12/22/96   UNC Greensboro                         JR            Charlotte, NC

Wilson, Brooks (7, 202)          RHP         6'2         205        L/R        03/15/96   Stetson                                         SR            Lakeland, FL

Graffanino, AJ (8, 232)           SS            6'2         170        S/R         07/16/97   U of Washington                          JR            Wilmington, DE

Shetter, Ryan (9, 262)              RHP         6'3         205        R/R        03/05/97   Texas Tech                                  JR            Friendswood, TX

Langhorne, Brett (10, 292)      3B            6'3         210        L/R        06/14/96   Carson-Newman College              SR            Mechanicsville, VA

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Atlanta Braves to host Sandlot Night

The Atlanta Braves will host a special Sandlot Night at SunTrust Park on Saturday, July 14 in honor of the film's 25th anniversary. All fans who have a game ticket are invited to stay after the Braves take on the Arizona Diamondbacks for a free postgame screening of The Sandlot on the big screen at the ballpark. 

There is also a specially priced ticket package which includes a one-of-a-kind 'Ham' Porter Braves bobblehead and a $3 donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. 

The Atlanta Braves will host a special Sandlot Night at SunTrust Park on Saturday, July 14 in honor of the film's 25th anniversary. All fans who have a game ticket are invited to stay after the Braves take on the Arizona Diamondbacks for a free postgame screening of The Sandlot on the big screen at the ballpark. 

There is also a specially priced ticket package which includes a one-of-a-kind 'Ham' Porter Braves bobblehead and a $3 donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. 

Fans are encouraged to visit the Battery Atlanta Plaza prior to the game to enjoy Sandlot inspired activities, including photo opportunities and more. 

For more or to purchase tickets to Sandlot Night, visit www.Braves.com/sandlot.
 

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Braves Select OF Greyson Jenista 49th Overall

Atlanta gets Baseball America's 29th overall prospect

The Atlanta Braves tonight selected OF Greyson Jenista from Wichita State University with the 49th overall pick in the 2018 First-Year Player Draft. 

Jenista, 21, hit .309 (63-for-204) with 54 runs, nine home runs and 38 RBI in 56 games. Over his three-year career with the Shockers, he batted .318 (192-for-604) with 23 home runs and 111 RBI in 171 games.

The Atlanta Braves tonight selected OF Greyson Jenista from Wichita State University with the 49th overall pick in the 2018 First-Year Player Draft. 

Jenista, 21, hit .309 (63-for-204) with 54 runs, nine home runs and 38 RBI in 56 games. Over his three-year career with the Shockers, he batted .318 (192-for-604) with 23 home runs and 111 RBI in 171 games.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound native of Eudora, Kansas, made 56 starts in the field this season, including 32 in centerfield, 21 at first base and three in left field. 

Jenista, who bats left-handed and throws right-handed, entered the draft ranked by Baseball America as the 29th overall prospect. He was named the MVP of the Cape Cod League last summer after batting .310/.391/.401.

Jenista is the highest collegiate outfielder drafted by Atlanta since 1991, when the club selected Mike Kelly second overall out of Arizona State University. 
Atlanta drafted RHP Carter Stewart from Eau Gaillie High School in Melbourne, Fla., eighth overall with its first selection tonight. The Braves' next pick is 112 overall in the fourth round tomorrow afternoon. The club will then select eighth in each round through the draft's conclusion.  
 

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Braves Select RHP Carter Stewart Eighth Overall

Braves get MLB.com's fifth-best prospect

The Atlanta Braves tonight selected right-handed pitcher Carter Stewart of Eau Gallie High School in Melbourne, Florida with the eighth overall pick in the 2018 First-Year Player Draft.

Stewart, 18, went 6-4 with 128 strikeouts, 26 hits allowed and a 0.91 ERA (8 ER/61.2 IP) in 11 games on the mound for Eau Gallie this season, while being named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Florida. The 6-foot-6, 200-pound native of Melbourne also batted .313 with seven home runs to help the Commodores to the Class 6A, District 13 tournament semifinals.

The Atlanta Braves tonight selected right-handed pitcher Carter Stewart of Eau Gallie High School in Melbourne, Florida with the eighth overall pick in the 2018 First-Year Player Draft.

Stewart, 18, went 6-4 with 128 strikeouts, 26 hits allowed and a 0.91 ERA (8 ER/61.2 IP) in 11 games on the mound for Eau Gallie this season, while being named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Florida. The 6-foot-6, 200-pound native of Melbourne also batted .313 with seven home runs to help the Commodores to the Class 6A, District 13 tournament semifinals.

"We are fortunate to add Carter to the organization," Braves Director of Amateur Scouting Brian Bridges said. "We've been fortunate to select Braves-type pitchers, Braves-type players over the last couple of years, and we feel Carter is another example of that type of player."

Stewart entered the draft ranked by MLB.com as the fifth-best prospect in the draft and the second-best high schooler. Baseball America also named Stewart as the second-best high school player available, and the third-best right-handed pitcher overall.

Stewart's breaking ball features the highest average spin rate in amateur baseball, according to TrackMan, with the service recording one pitch he threw with the fifth-highest spin rate ever tracked.

Stewart committed to attend Mississippi State University in the fall.

The Braves have now selected a pitcher with their first pick in the First-Year Player Draft for four consecutive seasons, after taking RHP Kyle Wright in 2017, RHP Ian Anderson in 2016 and LHP Kolby Allard in 2015. Anderson was the last high schooler the Braves drafted in the first round.

Atlanta's second-round selection, their only other pick tonight, will be 49th overall.    

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Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit postgame concert rescheduled for August 18

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves announced Monday the rescheduled date for the Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit postgame concert will be Saturday, August 18 following their 7:10 p.m. game versus the Colorado Rockies. The concert is presented by SunTrust Bank and is included with a game ticket. Tickets are on sale at www.braves.com/tickets. The show was rescheduled after a three-hour rain delayed game on Monday, May 28.

Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit's performance reverberates the success of their highly acclaimed album, The Nashville Sound, which won two 2018 Grammy Awards for "Best Americana Album" and "Best American Roots Song" for "If We Were Vampires".

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves announced Monday the rescheduled date for the Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit postgame concert will be Saturday, August 18 following their 7:10 p.m. game versus the Colorado Rockies. The concert is presented by SunTrust Bank and is included with a game ticket. Tickets are on sale at www.braves.com/tickets. The show was rescheduled after a three-hour rain delayed game on Monday, May 28.

Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit's performance reverberates the success of their highly acclaimed album, The Nashville Sound, which won two 2018 Grammy Awards for "Best Americana Album" and "Best American Roots Song" for "If We Were Vampires".

The four-time Grammy Award winning band features, Isbell (vocals/guitar) Derry deBorja (keyboards), Chad Gamble (drums), Jimbo Hart (bass), Amanda Shires (fiddle) and Sadler Vaden (guitar).

Beginning tomorrow, June 5 at noon, a limited number of field passes for the concert will be available and can be purchased at www.braves.com/jasonisbell.

 

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Braves fan to announce Atlanta's 1st selection at Monday's MLB Draft

High school catcher Luke Terry will make the announcement from MLB Network's Studio 42

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves announced today that Tennessee high school catcher Luke Terry will announce Atlanta's first selection in the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft. The first day of the Draft will be held on Monday, June 4, and will begin on MLB Network at 7 p.m. (ET). The Braves hold the eighth pick in the first round and the sixth pick in the second round (No. 49 overall).

A 16-year-old from Cornersville, Tenn., Luke had his right arm amputated when he was just 19 months old. He recently completed his freshman year at Cornersville High School, where he helped the Bulldogs to a 17-12 record this past season.

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves announced today that Tennessee high school catcher Luke Terry will announce Atlanta's first selection in the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft. The first day of the Draft will be held on Monday, June 4, and will begin on MLB Network at 7 p.m. (ET). The Braves hold the eighth pick in the first round and the sixth pick in the second round (No. 49 overall).

A 16-year-old from Cornersville, Tenn., Luke had his right arm amputated when he was just 19 months old. He recently completed his freshman year at Cornersville High School, where he helped the Bulldogs to a 17-12 record this past season.

A lifelong Braves fan, Luke threw out a ceremonial first pitch at a Braves home game in June 2017. His favorite player is Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson.

Monday's portion of the Draft will run through the second round. The three-day event will continue Tuesday with rounds 3-10, while rounds 11-40 will be held on Wednesday. Beginning in the fourth round, Atlanta will hold the eighth pick in each round.

The Braves begin a six-game road trip on Monday at San Diego, with first pitch slated for 10:10 p.m. (ET) on Fox Sports Southeast and the Braves Radio Network.

 

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Thursday's Braves-Cubs game has been postponed due to inclement weather

Game is rescheduled for Thursday, August 30 at 7:35 p.m.

ATLANTA (May 17, 2018) -- Tonight's Atlanta Braves game versus the Chicago Cubs has been postponed due to inclement weather. The game is rescheduled for Thursday, August 30 at 7:35 p.m.

This is the fourth rainout at SunTrust Park, the others were:
•   May 4, 2017 versus the New York Mets
•   September 5, 2017 versus the Texas Rangers 
•   April 22, 2018 versus the New York Mets

All guests with a ticket for tonight's game should hold onto their ticket to be allowed admission to the rescheduled game on Thursday, August 30 at 7:35 p.m. for the same seat. Mobile tickets will remain available in the Ballpark app for the rescheduled date. Guests with a pre-paid parking pass can use the same parking lot and barcode for the rescheduled game.

ATLANTA (May 17, 2018) -- Tonight's Atlanta Braves game versus the Chicago Cubs has been postponed due to inclement weather. The game is rescheduled for Thursday, August 30 at 7:35 p.m.

This is the fourth rainout at SunTrust Park, the others were:
•   May 4, 2017 versus the New York Mets
•   September 5, 2017 versus the Texas Rangers 
•   April 22, 2018 versus the New York Mets

All guests with a ticket for tonight's game should hold onto their ticket to be allowed admission to the rescheduled game on Thursday, August 30 at 7:35 p.m. for the same seat. Mobile tickets will remain available in the Ballpark app for the rescheduled date. Guests with a pre-paid parking pass can use the same parking lot and barcode for the rescheduled game.

Guests who are unable to attend the rescheduled game can exchange their paid ticket for a ticket to any remaining 2018 regular season Braves home game*. Ticket exchanges must take place before the rescheduled game is played on August 30. A-List Members and Club Members will receive an email informing them of their ticket options.

All guests who purchased their tickets through StubHub! should hold onto their ticket and use it for the same seat to the rescheduled date. Any specific StubHub! inquiries can be directed to them at 866-788-2482.

Guests may begin exchanging their tickets tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. at any SunTrust Park ticket window or by mail. Visit www.braves.com/rainout for all up-to-date information.

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May 17, 2018 rainout
P.O. Box 723009
Atlanta, GA 31139-2704

*subject to availability

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Atlanta Braves Homestand Highlights: Friday, May 4 - Sunday, May 6

San Francisco Giants vs. Atlanta Braves built by The Home Depot

Friday, May 4 at 7:35 p.m. (FOX Sports South)
•   'Ozzie Calrissian' Star Wars Bobblehead Giveaway presented by Xfinity: The first 20,000 fans will receive an 'Ozzie Calrissian' bobblehead. 
•   Star Wars Night: "May the 4th be with you" as Star Wars descends upon SunTrust Park. Fans can come early to enjoy iconic franchise character appearances, activities, and live music in The Battery Atlanta Plaza. Once inside the ballpark, fans will enjoy additional character appearances, themed merchandise and concession items. 
­   Pregame at The Battery Atlanta Plaza 
 -- 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Take photos with nearly 100 characters from the famed franchise as they roam throughout The Battery Atlanta.
-- 5:30 p.m. and 6:20 p.m. - Enjoy the Music of Star Wars at the Georgia Power Pavilion! Members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will bring the iconic themes to life during two pregame shows.  
•    Millennium Falcon Experience: The Millennium Falcon has landed in SunTrust Park! Star Wars enthusiasts can take free timed tours of the iconic ship through Sunday, May 6. The Millennium Falcon will be available to visitors in The Battery Atlanta Friday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tickets are free and offered on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10 a.m. at SunTrust Park ticket window #1. Tickets will have a specific tour time and each ticket is good for a group of five (5) individuals.
•    Friday Night Fireworks: Star Wars Edition presented by Georgia Lottery: Following the game, fans will be treated to the sights and sounds of a Star Wars themed firework show!
•    Wise Chips Exit Sampling: After the game, fans will be treated to a sampling of Wise Chips.
•    Postgame Entertainment at The Battery Atlanta: Following the game, head back to The Battery Atlanta Plaza for more excitement with a live DJ and Braves Entertainment Teams.

Saturday, May 5 at 7:10 p.m. (FOX Sports South)
•    MLB Network Tote Bag Gate Giveaway presented by MLB Network: The first 40,000 fans will receive a MLB Network tote bag. 
•    Millennium Falcon Experience: The Millennium Falcon has landed in SunTrust Park! Star Wars enthusiasts can take free timed tours of the iconic ship through Sunday, May 6. The Millennium Falcon will be available to visitors in The Battery Atlanta Friday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tickets are free and offered on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10 a.m. at SunTrust Park ticket window #1. Tickets will have a specific tour time and each ticket is good for a group of five (5) individuals.
•    Jordan Rager Pregame Concert: Bring a blanket, sit on the lawn, and enjoy as country music singer/songwriter Jordan Rager takes to the Georgia Power Pavilion Stage for two free pregame concerts. Show times are 5:00 p.m. and 5:50 p.m.
•    The Braves Clubhouse Store for Her, located at aisle 318, will be offering a free Braves dangle wrap bracelet with every $75 or more purchase (while supplies last).
•    Postgame Entertainment at The Battery Atlanta: Following the game, head back to The Battery Atlanta Plaza for more excitement with a live DJ and Braves Entertainment Teams.

Friday, May 4 at 7:35 p.m. (FOX Sports South)
•   'Ozzie Calrissian' Star Wars Bobblehead Giveaway presented by Xfinity: The first 20,000 fans will receive an 'Ozzie Calrissian' bobblehead. 
•   Star Wars Night: "May the 4th be with you" as Star Wars descends upon SunTrust Park. Fans can come early to enjoy iconic franchise character appearances, activities, and live music in The Battery Atlanta Plaza. Once inside the ballpark, fans will enjoy additional character appearances, themed merchandise and concession items. 
­   Pregame at The Battery Atlanta Plaza 
 -- 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Take photos with nearly 100 characters from the famed franchise as they roam throughout The Battery Atlanta.
-- 5:30 p.m. and 6:20 p.m. - Enjoy the Music of Star Wars at the Georgia Power Pavilion! Members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will bring the iconic themes to life during two pregame shows.  
•    Millennium Falcon Experience: The Millennium Falcon has landed in SunTrust Park! Star Wars enthusiasts can take free timed tours of the iconic ship through Sunday, May 6. The Millennium Falcon will be available to visitors in The Battery Atlanta Friday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tickets are free and offered on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10 a.m. at SunTrust Park ticket window #1. Tickets will have a specific tour time and each ticket is good for a group of five (5) individuals.
•    Friday Night Fireworks: Star Wars Edition presented by Georgia Lottery: Following the game, fans will be treated to the sights and sounds of a Star Wars themed firework show!
•    Wise Chips Exit Sampling: After the game, fans will be treated to a sampling of Wise Chips.
•    Postgame Entertainment at The Battery Atlanta: Following the game, head back to The Battery Atlanta Plaza for more excitement with a live DJ and Braves Entertainment Teams.

Saturday, May 5 at 7:10 p.m. (FOX Sports South)
•    MLB Network Tote Bag Gate Giveaway presented by MLB Network: The first 40,000 fans will receive a MLB Network tote bag. 
•    Millennium Falcon Experience: The Millennium Falcon has landed in SunTrust Park! Star Wars enthusiasts can take free timed tours of the iconic ship through Sunday, May 6. The Millennium Falcon will be available to visitors in The Battery Atlanta Friday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tickets are free and offered on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10 a.m. at SunTrust Park ticket window #1. Tickets will have a specific tour time and each ticket is good for a group of five (5) individuals.
•    Jordan Rager Pregame Concert: Bring a blanket, sit on the lawn, and enjoy as country music singer/songwriter Jordan Rager takes to the Georgia Power Pavilion Stage for two free pregame concerts. Show times are 5:00 p.m. and 5:50 p.m.
•    The Braves Clubhouse Store for Her, located at aisle 318, will be offering a free Braves dangle wrap bracelet with every $75 or more purchase (while supplies last).
•    Postgame Entertainment at The Battery Atlanta: Following the game, head back to The Battery Atlanta Plaza for more excitement with a live DJ and Braves Entertainment Teams.

Sunday, May 6 at 1:35 p.m. (FOX Sports South)
•    Cardiac Awareness Day presented by WellStar Health System: Fans can purchase a discounted ticket package, to include a commemorative Cardiac Awareness Day t-shirt. For every ticket purchased, the Atlanta Braves will make a $5 donation to the WellStar Foundation to support cardiac education and services. 
­    12 p.m. - 1 p.m. - Meet Braves alumni and survivor Denny Neagle, tour the MEGA Heart Display, check out hands-only CPR demonstrations, and visit one of the WellStar Health System tents located at the 3rd Base Gate.  
•   Millennium Falcon Experience: The Millennium Falcon has landed in SunTrust Park! Star Wars enthusiasts can take free timed tours of the iconic ship through Sunday, May 6. The Millennium Falcon will be available to visitors in The Battery Atlanta Friday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tickets are free and offered on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10 a.m. at SunTrust Park ticket window #1. Tickets will have a specific tour time and each ticket is good for a group of five (5) individuals.
•    Bert's Big Adventure Reunion: Beginning at 11 a.m., the Atlanta Braves are hosting a reunion party for 300 families who have participated in Bert's Big Adventure. Bert's Big Adventure is a non-profit organization that provides a magical all-expenses paid, five-day journey to Walt Disney World for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families. Families will receive tickets to the Braves game, enjoy light refreshments, and take photos with Braves players. The Bert Show team will be at the reception to spend time with the families.
•    BLOOPER Meet and Greet presented by Little Bites: Before the game, at 12 p.m., kids can head to The Battery Atlanta's Plaza to take a photo with BLOOPER and enjoy a sampling of Little Bites. 
•    Alumni Sunday presented by Hyundai: Fans can arrive early to meet and get autographs from former Braves players Brad Clontz, Marquis Grissom, Marvin Freeman and Ryan Klesko at the Georgia Power Pavilion! Game ticket required. Space is limited and available first-come, first-served.  
•    Hometown Hero: The Braves will honor a local military member during the game. 
•    7th inning stretch: Atlanta Braves Opera Tenor Timothy Miller will performance of God Bless America by Atlanta Braves Opera Tenor, Timothy Miller.
•    Kids Run the Bases presented by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta: Following the game, kids 14 & under can run around the bases just like the Braves! Become a Kids Club Member to enjoy early access to this activity. To participate, kids can line up at the Third Base Ramp.

SEASON-LONG TICKET OFFERS 
•    College Ticket Special: Available every Monday-Thursday, excluding Opening Day. Tickets are only $10 and include a General Admission seat and $5 credit to spend on concessions or merchandise during the game (online only offer). www.Braves.com/college
•    Military Discount: Available every home game, the military discount includes $10 off seats in the Home Run Porch or 50% off seats in the Grandstand Reserve (with valid id). www.Braves.com/military. 

SPECIAL PROGRAMS 
•    BLOOPER Meet and Greet presented by Little Bites: On Sundays, before the games, kids will be treated to free Little Bites samples in the Plaza while meeting BLOOPER.
•    Friday Night Fireworks presented by Georgia Lottery: Fans will be treated to a dazzling display of fireworks over SunTrust Park following every Friday home game throughout the season. 
•    MLB Ballpark app: Fans visiting SunTrust Park this season can connect with their Atlanta Braves using the FREE MLB Ballpark app, available for iPhone and Android users. Visit http://www.braves.com/ballpark to download today! 
•    Georgia Lottery Million Dollar Challenge: During home games, fans can visit the MLB Ballpark app to play along in a real-time predictive gaming and trivia experience. Fans submit their answer during breaks in the action, and then watch the play unfold to see if they were correct. With every correct answer, points are earned for prizes that can be redeemed at Guest Services located outside Section 111 on the lower level of SunTrust Park. Answer all questions correctly and you will win $1 million on behalf of Georgia Lottery.
•    Braves VIP Experience: The ultimate "behind-the-scenes" experience at SunTrust Park - including an exclusive pregame tour, access to batting practice on the field, personalized LED scoreboard message and parking pass. and VIP gift bag. Optional upgrades are available for a personalized jersey, visit from the mascot and an autographed player photo. For more information visit www.Braves.com/vip. 
•    Kids Run the Bases presented by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta: On most Sundays, kids ages 4 to 14 are invited onto the field after the game to run the bases just like a professional ballplayer! No reservations are necessary. The line for Kid's Run the Bases begins at the 3rd base ramp (section 131) at the bottom of the 7th inning. If you join the Kids Club, you can gain VIP Access for Kids Run the Bases. Visit braves.com/kids for more information on how to join.
•    Atlanta Braves Foundation Game Day Auctions: Bid on autographed Braves memorabilia NOW through the MLB Ballpark App. Fans can find the auction under the "Information" tab and click on the "Braves Foundation Gameday Auctions" tab. Fans at home and in the ballpark can place bids starting 3 hours prior to first pitch with auctions ending an hour and a half after the regularly scheduled game time. All items listed on the MLB Ballpark App can also be found on display at the Community Clubhouse booths located at Sections 110 and 138.
•    50/50 Raffle: Support the Atlanta Braves Foundation by purchasing 50/50 raffle tickets at every Braves home game. Tickets start at $5 and can be purchased from sellers in yellow aprons or from the time gates open until the end of the sixth inning. Guests can purchase tickets from credit-card equipped kiosks located in Sections 133, 109, 320 and 331. The winning number will be announced in the 8th inning on the Left Field Caption Board. Fifty percent of the net proceeds from the game's raffle ticket sales will go to one lucky fan and the other half will benefit the Atlanta Braves Foundation. Prize claims are made at Guest Relations (Section 111) or by calling 404-614-1550. For more information, visit braves.com/5050raffle. All prize claims must be made within thirty (30) days of the raffle.
•    Seat Upgrades: Pending available inventory, upgrades will be available to all fans starting at first pitch through the MLB Ballpark app. A List Members will receive a discount as well as early access beginning 30 minutes prior to first pitch.  

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Third annual Community Heroes Week to take place August 13-17

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves Foundation and FOX Sports South announced today the return of Community Heroes Week, the inspiring, weeklong community recognition initiative. The third annual Community Heroes Week will take place from August 13-17, when the Braves host the Miami Marlins and Colorado Rockies. Nominations are now being accepted and can be submitted on www.Braves.com/inspire.

The Braves are seeking nominations for individuals who have made a lasting and positive impact on their community in Braves Country. A panel of Braves and FOX Sports South staff will select five individuals to be named the 2018 Community Heroes Week Honorees. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, June 15.

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves Foundation and FOX Sports South announced today the return of Community Heroes Week, the inspiring, weeklong community recognition initiative. The third annual Community Heroes Week will take place from August 13-17, when the Braves host the Miami Marlins and Colorado Rockies. Nominations are now being accepted and can be submitted on www.Braves.com/inspire.

The Braves are seeking nominations for individuals who have made a lasting and positive impact on their community in Braves Country. A panel of Braves and FOX Sports South staff will select five individuals to be named the 2018 Community Heroes Week Honorees. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, June 15.

"We have been inspired and grateful by these wonderful people in our community over the last few years," said Atlanta Braves Director of Community Affairs Ericka Newsome. "We are delighted to continue to recognize people in Braves Country who go above and beyond to help others and make our community a better place."

On each day of Community Heroes Week, the Braves will recognize a different Honoree by surprising them with a day of VIP treatment. From the surprise of meeting Braves players and FOX Sports South on-air talent to a game at SunTrust Park that evening, every Honoree's day will be filled with unforgettable elements. Each Honoree's story will also be shared during the game and in the FOX Sports South telecast, in an effort to celebrate the individual and bring awareness to their cause or organization.

"We look forward to again showcasing Honorees from Community Heroes Week during our Braves telecasts on FOX Sports South and FOX Sports Southeast," said Rolanda Gaines, Director of Marketing and Communications for FOX Sports South. "This is fun and compelling initiative that allows us to shine a light on everyday people."

For more information, visit www.Braves.com/inspire.

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Braves agree to terms with José Bautista on Minor League contract

The Atlanta Braves today agreed to terms with free agent infielder José Bautista on a one-year minor-league contract for the 2018 season, and he has reported to Atlanta's extended spring training complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. He will play third base. 

Bautista, 37, played last season with Toronto and batted .203 (119-for-587) with 27 doubles, 23 home runs and 65 RBI over 157 games. The 2017 season was his eighth consecutive campaign with at least 20 home runs, and he is one of just three players in the majors with at least 20 homers in each season since 2010, joining Nelson Cruz and Giancarlo Stanton. 

The Atlanta Braves today agreed to terms with free agent infielder José Bautista on a one-year minor-league contract for the 2018 season, and he has reported to Atlanta's extended spring training complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. He will play third base. 

Bautista, 37, played last season with Toronto and batted .203 (119-for-587) with 27 doubles, 23 home runs and 65 RBI over 157 games. The 2017 season was his eighth consecutive campaign with at least 20 home runs, and he is one of just three players in the majors with at least 20 homers in each season since 2010, joining Nelson Cruz and Giancarlo Stanton. 

A six-time All-Star and three-time Silver Slugger Award winner, Bautista owns a .250 (1,430-for-5,726) career average over 14 major league seasons with Baltimore (2004), Tampa Bay ('04), Kansas City ('04), Pittsburgh ('04-'08) and Toronto ('08-'17). He finished a career-best third in the 2011 American League MVP voting after batting .302/.447/.608 and leading the league in home runs (43) and walks (132). Bautista has made 394 defensive appearances at third base, including eight games last season. 

Originally selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 20th round of the 2000 First-Year Player Draft, the 6-foot-0, 205-pounder bats and throws right-handed and is a native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. 
 

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Atlanta Braves to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Wednesday, April 4 with pregame and in-game activities

To mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination, the Atlanta Braves will honor and commemorate his legacy with several game day activities before and during their game vs. the Washington Nationals, including:

10 a.m.: Joe Torre, Ralph Garr and Felix Millan, members of the 1968 Atlanta Braves will be available to media in Suite 12 of the Konica Minolta Center to talk about April 4, 1968
11 a.m.: The Ebenezer Baptist Church choir will take the Georgia Power Pavilion Stage in The Battery Atlanta Plaza for a special pregame performance
11:56 a.m.: A special video tribute of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on BravesVision
11:59 a.m.: Performance of "Lift Every Voice and Sing" by the Ebenezer Baptist Church choir
Noon: Joe Torre, a member of the 1968 Atlanta Braves and currently MLB's Chief Baseball Officer, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch
12:01 p.m.: Moment of silence
12:02 p.m.: Ebenezer Baptist Church choir to sing the National Anthem
12:10 p.m.: The Braves will take the field with a special commemorative Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. patch
7th inn. stretch: Dr. Patrice E. Turner, Ebenezer Baptist Church Music Director, will perform "God Bless America"

To mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination, the Atlanta Braves will honor and commemorate his legacy with several game day activities before and during their game vs. the Washington Nationals, including:

10 a.m.: Joe Torre, Ralph Garr and Felix Millan, members of the 1968 Atlanta Braves will be available to media in Suite 12 of the Konica Minolta Center to talk about April 4, 1968
11 a.m.: The Ebenezer Baptist Church choir will take the Georgia Power Pavilion Stage in The Battery Atlanta Plaza for a special pregame performance
11:56 a.m.: A special video tribute of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on BravesVision
11:59 a.m.: Performance of "Lift Every Voice and Sing" by the Ebenezer Baptist Church choir
Noon: Joe Torre, a member of the 1968 Atlanta Braves and currently MLB's Chief Baseball Officer, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch
12:01 p.m.: Moment of silence
12:02 p.m.: Ebenezer Baptist Church choir to sing the National Anthem
12:10 p.m.: The Braves will take the field with a special commemorative Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. patch
7th inn. stretch: Dr. Patrice E. Turner, Ebenezer Baptist Church Music Director, will perform "God Bless America"

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Atlanta Braves Set 2018 Opening Day Roster

Club set to open the season today at SunTrust Park vs. Philadelphia

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves today officially set their 25-man roster for Opening Day after placing INF Johan Camargo (right oblique muscle strain), LHP Luiz Gohara (left ankle sprain), LHP Jacob Lindgren (left elbow surgery) and RHP Chase Whitley (right heel infection) on the 10-day disabled list. All four moves are retroactive to March 26, 2018. The final roster includes 12 pitchers, three catchers, five infielders and five outfielders.

The Braves have six players who made their first Opening Day roster, including two rookies in RHP Shane Carle and LHP A.J. Minter, who changed his number to 33 this season. The other four players who will be part of their first Opening Day roster are LHP Sam Freeman, LHP Sean Newcomb, INF Ozzie Albies and OF Lane Adams.

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves today officially set their 25-man roster for Opening Day after placing INF Johan Camargo (right oblique muscle strain), LHP Luiz Gohara (left ankle sprain), LHP Jacob Lindgren (left elbow surgery) and RHP Chase Whitley (right heel infection) on the 10-day disabled list. All four moves are retroactive to March 26, 2018. The final roster includes 12 pitchers, three catchers, five infielders and five outfielders.

The Braves have six players who made their first Opening Day roster, including two rookies in RHP Shane Carle and LHP A.J. Minter, who changed his number to 33 this season. The other four players who will be part of their first Opening Day roster are LHP Sam Freeman, LHP Sean Newcomb, INF Ozzie Albies and OF Lane Adams.

This season will mark OF Nick Markakis' team-high 13th Opening Day overall and his fourth with Atlanta. Seven of the players on the roster (Carle, RHP Brandon McCarthy, C Chris Stewart, INF Charlie Culberson, INF/OF Ryan Flaherty, OF Peter Bourjos and OF Preston Tucker) will be wearing a Braves uniform for the first time in their career, while 10 players are returning from last year's opener.

The average age of the Opening Day roster is 29, compared to 30 for last year's version. The oldest player is 39-year-old RHP Peter Moylan, while 21-year-old Albies is the youngest.

The Braves will play host to Philadelphia at 4:10 p.m. (Fox Sports Southeast) today to open the season. Right-handed pitcher Julio Teheran makes his Atlanta-franchise record fifth consecutive Opening Day start, facing RHP Aaron Nola.

PITCHERS (12): LHP Rex Brothers, RHP Shane Carle, RHP Mike Foltynewicz, LHP Sam Freeman, RHP Brandon McCarthy, LHP A.J. Minter, RHP Peter Moylan, LHP Sean Newcomb, RHP José Ramírez, RHP Julio Teheran, RHP Arodys Vizcaíno, RHP Dan Winkler

CATCHERS (3): Tyler Flowers, Chris Stewart, Kurt Suzuki

INFIELDERS (5): Ozzie Albies, Charlie Culberson, Ryan Flaherty, Freddie Freeman, Dansby Swanson

OUTFIELDERS (5): Lane Adams, Peter Bourjos, Ender Inciarte, Nick Markakis, Preston Tucker

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