The Braves will formally break ground on their new ballpark on September 16

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If their shovels are as good as their bats have been lately, they’ll probably dig a hole three miles off target and a month too late. But for now this is the plan:

Although work has been underway on the site of the new Braves stadium in Cobb County for months, the team has scheduled a formal ground-breaking ceremony for Sept. 16.

The Braves said the ceremony will mark the start of the construction phase of the project, “putting it on schedule to host fans for Opening Day 2017.”

We still don’t know what the ballpark will look like. But here’s what they’re saying:

In a news release announcing the ground-breaking ceremony, the Braves said the new stadium “will bring together a classic ballpark feel, modern amenities and southern hospitality, creating a fan experience unlike any other.”

“Southern Hospitality” must mean that the Waffle House is staying. That’s good.

But no thanks on “a fan experience unlike any other.” We’re already getting a good deal of that lately.

The Tigers decline Anibal Sanchez’s 2018 option

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From the “this does not surprise us in the very least” department, Tigers GM Al Avila announced today that the club is declining its $16 million option on right-hander Anibal Sanchez.

Sanchez had a terrible year in 2017, going 3-7 with a 6.41 ERA in 2017. That’s a long slide down from his 2013 season, in which he won the AL ERA title, going 14-8 and posting an ERA of 2.57 in the first year of his five-year, $80 million deal. Since then he’s gone 28-35 with a 5.15 ERA. He never started 30 games or more over the course of the contract.

The declination of the option does come with a nice parting gift for Sanchez: a $5 million buyout. Which is pretty dang high for a buyout, but that’s how the Tigers rolled three or four years ago.