Craig Calcaterra

Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Phil Coke throws against the Milwaukee Brewers during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)

Phil Coke agrees to a minor league deal with the Braves


I can’t tell you how excited I am for the 2016 Braves season, fellas. A truly memorable roster is being assembled. There’s, um, that guy. And, uh, whatshisface. And who can forget old uh . . . yeah, him! Come over here, you. I LOVE that sonofagun! Remember the thing with the guy in the place? I’ll never forget it.

Added to that great group of fellas is Phil Coke. Who, according to Chris Lott, just signed a minor league deal with Atlanta.

Coke is an eight-year veteran of the Yankees, Tigers, Cubs and (just barely) the Blue Jays. He has no business pitching to anyone but lefties, but even they got to him in 2015 to the tune of .286/.333/.464, which is too much for a lefty specialist. Overall he simply allows too many hits and walks too many dudes to be given work in high leverage situations. Even if Jim Leyland used to, inexplicably, put him into games in a lot of high leverage situations. He’s fun to watch anyway. At least if he’s not pitching for your team in a situation that matters.

But hey, it’s the Braves, and they’re not going to have any high leverage situations in 2016, at least in the cosmic sense. It’s a depth move. You can never have enough depth. And old lefties never die. They just lend themselves to more and more fun on social media:


Welcome to the party, pal.


Bees invaded the Rockies-Royals game in Surprise today

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The Royals are the reigning World Series champions. They can beat you in so many ways. With their stellar defense. Their running game. Their clutch hitting. Their dominant bullpen.

If all of that fails, they can release the dogs. Or the bees. Or the dogs with bees in their mouths and when they bark, they shoot bees at you. Really, they’ll do their worst:

But, thank goodness:


How lucky.

The Braves and Marlins are going to play a regular season game at Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg

Major League Baseball just announced that the Braves are going to play the Marlins at Fort Bragg, North Carolina on July 3. It will be the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball game. The Braves will be the home team.

The game, which they are calling the “Fort Bragg Game,” will take place in a newly-constructed 12,500-capacity ballpark paid for by Major League Baseball and the Players’ Union. Once the game is over the ballpark will be converted into to a permanent softball field and multi-purpose facility for troops stationed at Fort Bragg.

Here’s the land now and an artist’s rendering of the park once completed:


Pretty cool. And proof positive that, if it really wants to, Major League Baseball can pay for its own facilities!