ROME BRAVES WELCOME SELL OUT CROWD TO 2013 HOT STOVE GATHERING
Local baseball fans got a chance to discuss their favorite sport at the Rome Braves’ 11th annual Hot Stove Gathering yesterday. This year’s event, a lunchtime affair for the first time ever, was a sell out. Hundreds turned out to talk baseball with Atlanta Braves GM Frank Wren, Atlanta Braves relief pitcher (and 2011 National League Rookie of the Year) Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves broadcaster Jim Powell and other Braves players and personnel. Members of the Rome Braves’ 2013 field staff were also in attendance, including field manager Randy Ingle, pitching coach Derek Lewis and hitting coach Bobby Moore. Among the familiar faces returning to Rome was Atlanta Brave Jordan Schafer, a former Rome Brave who is back with the Braves organization this year after spending time with the Houston Astros.
In addition to a question and answer session with the special guests, attendees at yesterday’s Hot Stove Gathering enjoyed a hot dog lunch and video highlights from the Rome Braves’ worst to first 2012 season.
Atlanta Braves GM Frank Wren fielded questions from the media during a press conference after the Hot Stove Gathering. He gave an update on Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann, who was a part of the Rome Braves 2003 South Atlantic League Championship team. McCann underwent shoulder surgery following the 2012 season. Wren says that McCann’s recovery is coming along quite well.
McCann, a past guest at the Rome Braves Hot Stove Gathering, is expected to return to the Atlanta Braves line-up in mid-April.
Baseball season is just around the corner. Opening day for the Rome Braves is April 4th in Savannah. Their home opener is April 6th against Savannah at State Mutual Stadium. The Atlanta Braves will open their 2013 season on April 1st at Turner Field against the Philadelphia Phillies.
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