|PEARL, MS – Mississippi Braves individual game tickets for the 2014 season go on sale to the general public Friday, March 14 at 9:00 AM. Fans may call 888-BRAVES4, visit mississippibraves.com or stop by the Trustmark Park Box Office Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM to reserve their tickets for the upcoming season.
Ticket prices for regular season games are as follows: Club Level, $20; Home Plate Level, $15; Dugout Level, $12; Field Level, $8; and General Admission/Berm Level, $6.
The M-Braves are celebrating 10 years in Mississippi throughout the 2014 season. The season features 70 regular-season home games with a promotion-packed schedule that fans don’t want to miss. The M-Braves open with a five-game series that kicks off Thursday, April 3 at 7:00 PM against the Mobile BayBears.
Great seats are still available for full season tickets to all 70 home games. The M-Braves offer the best season ticket holder benefit package in baseball. Don’t miss out on discounts to the Farm Bureau Grill, the Extra Innings Team Store and a discounted concession stand only for season ticket holders. Among the many benefits is a “Never Wasted Ticket Policy” that allows fans to trade in unused tickets for more tickets to future games. Other benefits include nightly gifts, Power Luncheons with Braves players, special autograph opportunities and much more!
For fans interested in a smaller ticket package, check out the M-Braves mini ticket plans. The Fireworks Plan includes tickets to all 13 fireworks shows while the Thirsty Thursday Plan includes tickets to 10 Thursday night games. The M-Braves flex plans come in 35, 25, 12 and six-game packs. The flex plan packages are all undated tickets that you may use in any quantity for any game that is convenient for you.
Trustmark Park is the place to be for all of your group outings. Fans can watch the game in style from one of the M-Braves luxury suites. The Mitchell Signs Party Decks and the Bud Light Picnic Pavilion are also available for larger groups and company outings. If you’re looking for the perfect place for your child’s birthday party, why not party with the Braves? Contact the M-Braves today for booking details.
|The Mississippi Braves is the Double-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. Since making the move from Greenville, SC, in 2005, over 80 M-Braves have gone on to play in the big leagues. The M-Braves have made postseason play three times and went on to win the Southern League Championship in 2008. The M-Braves open the 2014 season Thursday, April 3 at Trustmark Park. Season tickets and mini ticket plans are on sale now. Stop by Trustmark Park or call 888-BRAVES4 Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. For the latest news and updates, visit mississippibraves.com, facebook.com/mbraves and twitter.com/mbraves.|
Gwinnett’s Dave Lezotte caught up with 2012 Mississippi Braves RHP David Hale, who made his major league debut toward the end of the 2014 season in Atlanta. Hale is battling for an Atlanta rotation spot out of spring.
Check out his Spring Training Q&A below!
Exactly four weeks from today, your Mississippi Braves open up against the Mobile BayBears at Trustmark Park. Stay tuned to the M-Braves Clubhouse Report for the latest on former and future double-A Braves as they continue along the Road To The Show.
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DL: Last year, you made your Triple-A debut, battled back from a right shoulder strain and made your Major League debut by season’s end. A lot of things happened to you in one season. What did you learn from those experiences?
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The Braves announced Thursday morning that Simmons has signed a seven-year contract extension that will keep him in Atlanta through the end of the 2020 season.
Since making his Major League debut midway through the 2012 season, Simmons has established himself as one of the game’s elite defensive players. The 24-year-old shortstop was credited with 41 defensive runs saved last year, the highest total ever recorded by a player since the stat was first used in 2003.
The Braves also saw Simmons provide some surprising power courtesy of the 17 home runs he hit while batting .248 in 157 games last year. Optimism regarding his offensive potential was enhanced as he produced a .796 OPS after the All-Star break.
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Rickwood Field in Birmingham, AL is the oldest surviving professional baseball facility in the country
The Birmingham Barons announced Tuesday that the Mississippi Braves will take part in the 19th annual Rickwood Classic June 25th at historic Rickwood Field.
Opened in 1910, Rickwood is the oldest surviving professional baseball facility in the country, older than both Boston’s Fenway Park (opened in 1912) and Wrigley Field (1914).
Although the Barons are entering their second season at brand new Regions Field–their second ballpark since Rickwood closed its gates in 1988–they’ve taken a trip back in time to Rickwood for one game a year since 1996.
“We are excited to celebrate the 19th installment of the Rickwood Classic by honoring Birmingham Baseball during the 20′s,” said Barons General Manager Jonathan Nelson. “The Rickwood Classic is a very special event in the Birmingham community and over the years has been recognized nationally as a must-attend baseball game. Along with the Friends of Rickwood and State Farm Insurance® we are looking forward to providing another fun and memorable afternoon at America’s oldest ballpark.”
It will be the third time the double-A Braves have competed at Rickwood, winning 12-8 as the Greenville Braves in 1998 and winning 3-2 in 2009.
This year’s theme for the Rickwood Classic is “The Roaring Twenties”. The Barons will don uniforms from the 1924 Birmingham club, featuring the iconic monogram B in old english script on the left side of the jersey. Mississippi will announce their throwback uniforms for the event at a later date.
Among the attendees will be former NL Cy Young winner Dwight Gooden as the guest of honor. The New York Mets great will be available for autographs during the game.
For a look at last year’s Rickwood Classic, check out this feature put together by the Tennessee Smokies’ Radio Network. For more on Rickwood Field and the Rickwood Classic’s history, visit their website, www.RickwoodClassic.com
Every year, as the offseason wears on and we count down to the start of Spring, I find myself turning to baseball books, quotes and legendary calls to get by each day. And one speech always gives me chills when it comes back around this time of year.
Ernie Harwell’s Hall of Fame induction speech in 1981 is still one of the greatest pieces ever created about America’s beautiful pastime. And though the great game has evolved in the 33 years since these words were uttered, as Harwell put it, it’s “still a game for America, this baseball!”
Baseball is the President tossing out the first ball of the season and a scrubby schoolboy playing catch with his dad on a Mississippi farm. A tall, thin old man waving a scorecard from the corner of his dugout. That’s baseball. And so is the big, fat guy with a bulbous nose running home one of his 714 home runs.
There’s a man in Mobile who remembers that Honus Wagner hit a triple in Pittsburgh forty-six years ago. That’s baseball. so is the scout reporting that a sixteen year old pitcher in Cheyenne is a coming Walter Johnson. Baseball is a spirited race of man against man, reflex against reflex. A game of inches. Every skill is measured. Every heroic, every failing is seen and cheered, or booed, and then becomes a statistic.
In baseball, democracy shines its clearest. The only race that matters is the race to the bag. The creed is the rulebook. Color merely something to distinguish one team’s uniform from another.
Baseball is a rookie. His experience no bigger than the lump in his throat as he begins fulfillment of his dream. It’s a veteran too, a tired old man of thirty-five hoping that those aching muscles can pull him through another sweltering August and September. Nicknames are baseball, names like Zeke and Pie and Kiki and Home Run and Cracker and Dizzy and Dazzy.
Baseball is the cool, clear eyes of Rogers Hornsby. The flashing spikes of Ty Cobb, an over aged pixie named Rabbit Maranville.
Baseball is just a game, as simple as a ball and bat, and yet as complex as the American spirit it symbolizes. A sport, a business and sometimes almost even a religion.
Why, the fairy tale of Willie Mays making a brilliant World Series catch. And then dashing off to play stick ball in the street with his teenage pals. That’s baseball. So is the husky voice of a doomed Lou Gehrig saying, “I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth.”
Baseball is cigar smoke. hot roasted peanuts, The Sporting News, ladies day, “Down in Front”, Take Me Out to the Ballgame, and the Star Spangled Banner.
Baseball is a tongue tied kid from Georgia growing up to be an announcer and praising the Lord for showing him the way to Cooperstown. This is a game for America. Still a game for America, this baseball! Thank you.
Per a league press release on Friday afternoon, the Southern League has announced that they have approved the sale of the Huntsville Stars, double-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. The franchise is being sold to a group led by Ken Young and has received approval from all parties to relocate to Biloxi, MS beginning in 2015.
The Stars’ will continue to play at Joe Davis Stadium for the 2014 season.
From league president Lori Webb: “Leaving Huntsville at the end of the 2014 season will be bittersweet for our league due to our long association with former Stars’ owner and beloved former Southern League President, Don Mincher. But, as sad as we are to be leaving the Huntsville market, we are also excited as we look forward to opening a new ballpark in Biloxi and bringing professional baseball to that community.”
The Mississippi Braves will be the final team to play the Stars at Joe Davis Stadium, squaring off in a five-game series from August 28 to September 1.
“The Joe” opened prior to the 1986 season and saw the likes of Mark McGwire, Walt Weiss, Jose Canseco, and Scott Brosius in its first four seasons. At 27 years young, it is the oldest stadium in the league, 10 years older than the next oldest, Mobile’s Hank Aaron Stadium.
Kyle Tait is the radio broadcaster for the Mississippi Braves, double-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter: @MBravesRadio
Earlier today the Atlanta Braves introduced the 2014 minor league staffs across all levels. You can see the Mississippi Braves staff at length here
Here are the coaching staffs for the entire Braves farm system:
Triple-A Gwinnett Braves
Manager – Brian Snitker (Mississippi Braves manager, 2005)
Hitting Coach – Garey Ingram (Mississippi Braves hitting coach, 2009-2012)
Pitching Coach – Marty Reed (Mississippi Braves pitching coach, 2009-2010)
Double-A Mississippi Braves
Manager – Aaron Holbert (3rd season)
Hitting Coach – Jamie Dismuke (1st season)
Pitching Coach – Dennis Lewallyn (2nd season)
High-A Lynchburg Hillcats
Manager – Luis Salazar (4th season)
Hitting Coach – John Moses (2nd season)
Pitching Coach – Derrick Lewis (1st season)
Low-A Rome Braves
Manager – Jonathan Schuerholz (1st season; Mississippi Braves player 2005-2007)
Hitting Coach – Bobby Moore (2nd season)
Pitching Coach – Gabe Luckert (1st season)
Rookie Danville Braves
Manager – Randy Ingle (1st season in second stint)
Hitting Coach – Carlos Mendez (1st season, second stint)
Pitching Coach – Dan Meyer (1st season)
Gulf Coast League Braves
Manager – Rocket Wheeler (3rd season; Mississippi Braves manager 2011)
Hitting Coach – Rick Albert (1st season)
Pitching Coach – William Martinez (2nd season)
Kyle Tait is the radio voice of the Mississippi Braves, double-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter: @MBravesRadio
While the Atlanta Braves did not make a selection in Thursday morning’s Rule 5 draft, the organization did lose two pitchers–Mike Lee and Blaine Sims–during the minor league phase.
Lee, a member of the 2013 Mississippi squad, was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks. The 27-year-old right-hander went 9-8 with a 3.71 ERA while spending much of the season in a stacked M-Braves’ starting rotation. He was signed by Atlanta in 2012 out of the independent Frontier League after five years in the Red Sox organization.
With his age and experience, Lee will likely start at triple-A Reno, but a slot on the double-A Mobile BayBears roster (and therefore a visit to Mississippi) is also a possibility.
Sims was selected by the Houston Astros off the high-A Lynchburg Hillcats roster, where he was 0-6 with an inflated 11.62 ERA–a result of his early attempts to refashion himself as a knuckleball pitcher.
It makes sense that Sims would start with the high-A Lancaster Jethawks in the California League in 2014, but given that the California League is extremely hitter-friendly (Exhibit A), they may choose to let Sims develop the knuckleball elsewhere in the system.
By the way, if you’re one of the many who have heard of the Rule 5 but don’t quite know what it is, take a gander at Baseball America’s brief explanation on the major league portion. For the full rules, particularly on the minor league portion of the draft , scroll down to the section titled “Rule 5 Draft Restrictions”. Part 11 of that section explains why Lee and Sims will not have to be placed on their respective major league rosters (that rule only applies to the MLB portion of Rule 5, not the minor league portion).
From the first link above comes this little trivia gem: in 1988, the Atlanta Braves became the only team to select a player in the rule 5 draft… from themselves. Due to a clerical error, Ben Rivera was left off the 40-man and Atlanta was forced to pay $50,000 (the going rate for a Rule 5 pick) to keep one of their own prospects.
Kyle Tait is the radio announcer for the Mississippi Braves, double-A affiliate for the Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter: @MBravesRadio
Kyle Tait is the radio voice of the Mississippi Braves on WYAB 103.9 FM. Follow him on Twitter: @MBravesRadio
The Atlanta Braves have announced the minor league coaching staffs for the 2014 season, and three familiar faces will lead the way for the Mississippi Braves’ 10th anniversary season.
For the third consecutive year, Aaron Holbert returns to the top dugout step at Trustmark Park. In his two seasons at the helm, he boasts a career record of 138-140, including a team-record 76 wins in 2013, earning the club’s first playoff berth since the 2008 championship season.
Prior to joining the Braves in 2012, Holbert served four years managing in the Cleveland Indians organization, two for the Carolina League’s Kinston Indians and two for the Midwest League’s Lake County Captains.
The 17th overall pick by the Cardinals in 1990 (the same year Chipper Jones was drafted 1st overall by the Braves), Holbert spent 17 seasons as an infielder with the Cardinals, Mariners, Rays, Red Sox, Marlins, Blue Jays, Pirates and Reds organizations. He played in 23 major league games with a career .200 average.
Holbert will be joined on staff by pitching coach Dennis Lewallyn, who returns for his second season with the M-Braves. ”Lew” led the 2013 team to a 3.07 team ERA, a new team record and the second best mark in the Southern League last season. He also played a key role in the education of LHP Alex Wood and catcher Christian Bethancourt prior to their promotions directly to Atlanta in 2013.
A baseball veteran, Lewallyn spent eight seasons as a major league pitcher for the Dodgers, Rangers and Indians, making his final big league appearance in 1982 for Cleveland. The 2014 season marks his sixth in the Southern League, having spent four years with the Tennessee Smokies from 2007-2010.
Trainer Ricky Alcantara also returns to the double-A Braves as the longest-tenured coach on staff, making his seventh stop in Pearl. A graduate of Texas State University, Alcantara has been in the Braves’ system since 2003 when he interned for the club’s instructional league team.
New to Mississippi in 2014 is hitting coach Jamie Dismuke, who switches places in the organization with former M-Braves hitting coach Garey Ingram, now with triple-A Gwinnett. Dismuke spent the last five seasons as hitting coach for the triple-A Braves, and prior to that served in the same capacity for the Chattanooga Lookouts for five years. He was originally drafted by the Reds in the 12th round of the 1989 draft and spent eight seasons as a minor league first baseman.
The Mississippi Braves open their tenth campaign in Pearl, MS on Thursday April 3 at 7:00 PM against the 2013 South Division champion Mobile BayBears. Season tickets and mini plans are on sale now. Businesses looking for a unique way to advertise should explore opportunities with the M-Braves. For more information, call 888-BRAVES4 or stop by the M-Braves Front Office Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM.
Kyle Tait is the radio voice of the Mississippi Braves on WYAB 103.9 FM. Follow him on Twitter: @MBravesRadio
Among the headlines pumping out of Orlando during Baseball’s Winter Meetings this week, the Los Angeles Angels announced Tuesday the hiring of former Mississippi Braves skipper Phillip Wellman to manage their double-A Arkansas Travelers.
The hiring marks Wellman’s first managerial post since departing the Braves’ organization following the 2010 season. He spent the last three seasons as the hitting coach for the double-A Springfield Cardinals in the St. Louis farm system.
“I’m very grateful to the Los Angeles Angels for giving me the chance to manage again,” Wellman said in a statement. “I have a lot to learn about the organization from top to bottom, but they’ve put good clubs here in Arkansas in the three years I’ve coached in the Texas League. I’m excited to be a part of it.”
Wellman managed the Mississippi Braves from 2007 to 2010–including the Southern League Championship season of 2008, the M-Braves’ only title in team history–and was also the team’s hitting coach from 2004 (in Greenville) to 2006.
In his career, Wellman has managed more than 1800 games spanning 15 seasons, and has totaled 28 years as a coach and manager in professional baseball. His resume also boasts four seasons as the manager of the M-Braves’ Southern League rival Chattanooga Lookouts.
The Arkansas Travelers play in the double-A Texas League, not the Southern League, so there will be no homecoming for Wellman in Mississippi in 2014.
Kyle Tait is the radio voice of the Mississippi Braves. Follow him on Twitter: @MBravesRadio