Craig Calcaterra

ADVANCE FOR SUNDAY, AUG. 3- In this July 22, 2014, photo, Jessa Lytle, challenge coordinator at the Howell Conference and Nature Center, rides the zip line segment of a soon-to-open series of zip lines in Marion Township, Mich. The lines, which comprise the Glacier Valley Eco Zip Tour at the Nature Center, give an unique view of geological formations as well as changes due to a tornado which touched down in 2003. (AP Photo/Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, Gillis Benedict) NO SALES
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The Braves are going to put a zipline in their new ballpark


Braves fans have long been accused of being something less than hardcore baseball purists. We’re accused of not showing up, sometimes even for the playoffs, and losing what little interest we have in baseball once the college football season starts.

I would like to take this opportunity to say that this is a gross exaggeration. No, the baseball tradition in Atlanta may not be as ingrained as it is in some other cities, but Braves fans are every bit as committed and passionate about— HEY LOOK, ZIPLINE!

Braves Executive Vice-President Derek Schiller says a zip line is part of the team’s effort to make an outing to the ballpark more family friendly.

The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports the zip line would most likely be placed behind the video board to carry people from one end of the concourse to the other.

A lot of people said the Braves moving to the decidedly non-diverse northern Atlanta suburbs had a lot to do with the politics and demographics of so-called “white flight.” Who knew the Braves would be taking that phrase so literally?

Jesus Montero claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays

Seattle Mariners' Jesus Montero follows through on an RBI-double in the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Saturday, March 19, 2016, in Surprise, Ariz. (John Sleezer/The Kansas City Star via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

The Blue Jays just announced that they have claimed Jesus Montero off waivers from the Mariners.

Interesting move, I suppose. Montero, 26, struggled in spring training. He had a disappointing 2012-15 as well, at least at the big league level. Still, in baseball, if you were a prospect once it’s hard for people not to think that you’re just a tweak or two away from regaining your form or fulfilling your potential. Ask Dontrelle Willis how that works. Same goes for Montero who, once upon a time, looked like a can’t-miss prospect. Today Dave Cameron offered some smart words about him and so-called “cant-miss prospects” that are well worth remembering, but people always forget it anyway.

It’s hard to see where Montero fits on the Blue Jays, but they’ve taken on reclamation projects in the past that have worked out well for them. They’ll likely send him to the minors to see if they can’t fix him and have him available for depth going forward. If he can hit like he did at Tacoma last year — .355/.398/.569 with 18 home runs and 85 RBI in 430 plate appearances — he should get his usual brief tour of the big leagues in 2016 as well.

James Paxton said to be in The Best Shape of His Life while being cut

James Paxton

It’s been a bad day for guys who are allegedly in The Best Shape of Their Lives. First Nick Swisher was cut by the Braves, a mere month or so after claiming to be in the BSOHL, bro. Now Seattle Mariners pitcher James Paxton has been sent down to Tacoma.

What? You don’t remember Paxton claiming to be in the Best Shape of His Life? Or some coach or his agent claiming it for him? Understandable. Because the claim wasn’t made until today. As he was being sent down. Here’s his manager, Scott Servais:

“He has not had a great spring — he will be the first to admit it. I tip my hat to him — he worked his tail off this off-season, probably got in the best shape of his life. I thought his stuff in yesterday’s game in the first inning, he was getting after it. He just wasn’t getting the results and this is a results-driven league.’’

It’s tough out there. Even for our greatest physical specimens.