Behind the Braves

Behind the Braves, the official podcast of the Atlanta Braves, takes fans on a journey to uncover the stories - known and untold - about our beloved team. Former Braves closer, World Series champion and current director of alumni relations Greg McMichael and's Ricky Mast are joined by Braves legends, players and even famous fans, to share the passion and history of this proud franchise.

Best Of: Rico Carty
A look back on the 2018 Behind the Braves interview of Braves legend Rico Carty
46 min
The Night Shift
The Night Shift
96 min
Mark Owens
Longtime Atlanta Braves On Field/In Game Host Mark Owens discusses how he first started working with the Braves, his role in the infamous infield fly game, what it was like to experience the Braves’ magical run to the 2021 World Series title, the loudest moments in Truist Park history and much more!
52 min
Behind the Braves: Kevin McAlpin
Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan and the Braves Radio Network joins the show to talk about the 2021 World Series, what it was like to be there for Game 6, the after party, his thoughts on the 2021 season, the incredible moves made by the Braves Front Office at the trade deadline and much more!
41 min
Greg and Ricky share their thoughts, memories and excitement of the Atlanta Braves winning the 2021 World Series!
49 min
Behind the Braves: Ben Ingram and Joe Simpson
Greg and Ricky join Ben, Joe and JChad in the radio booth before Game 3 of the World Series for a special joint episode of Behind the Braves and From The Braves Booth!
23 min
Behind the Braves: Mike Stanton
Former Braves pitcher and current Houston Astros broadcaster Mike Stanton joins the show (interview starts at 7:08) to talk about both the NLCS and ALCS thus far.
32 min
Behind the Braves: NLCS Preview With Jeff Franc...
Behind the Braves: NLCS Preview With Jeff Francoeur - Braves/TBS broadcaster Jeff Francoeur joins the show to recap an incredible NLDS win for the Braves and previews the upcoming NLCS!
29 min
Behind The Braves: Tom House
Behind The Braves: Tom House: Legendary coach and former Braves pitcher Tom House joins the show (interview starts at 4:45) to discuss his thoughts on the 2021 Braves, how the game of baseball has evolved in recent years, what it was like to catch Hank Aaron’s 715th home run ball, his new 3D pitching analysis app “Mustard,” keeping young athletes involved in sports and much more!
32 min
Alex Anthopoulos
Braves President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Alex Anthopoulos joins the show (interview starts at 14:52) to discuss the 2021 season.
36 min
Behind the Braves: Tom Glavine
Hall of Fame pitcher and current Bally Sports South broadcaster Tom Glavine joins the show (interview starts at 9:24) to discuss his family’s incredible work with CURE Childhood Cancer, his son Peyton becoming a professional baseball player, the 2021 Braves season thus far and much more!
43 min
Behind the Braves: Mark Bowman
Longtime Braves beat writer Mark Bowman of joins the show (interview starts 5:32) to discuss the 2021 season up to this point, the incredible job done by Alex Anthopoulos to rebuild the roster in the middle of the season.
37 min
Behind the Braves: Eddie Pérez and Fernando Piñ...
1999 NLCS MVP Eddie Pérez and Braves Cultural Development Coordinator Fernando Piñeres join the show (interview starts at 10:01) to discuss their podcast “Detrás del Guante” - the official podcast of Los Bravos, what it’s like for Latin American professional baseball players to assimilate into American culture, the impact of the Los Bravos brand and much more!
37 min
Behind The Braves: September Baseball!
Ricky and Greg discuss the takeaways from the Braves’ tough series vs. the Dodgers, the upcoming series in Colorado, what it’s like to pitch at Coors Field, many of the upcoming events at Truist Park and much more!
45 min
Behind the Braves: Marvin Freeman
Former Braves pitcher Marvin Freeman joins the show (interview starts at 10:53) to discuss his work in trying grow the game of baseball
40 min
Behind the Braves: Tyler Matzek
Braves relief pitcher Tyler Matzek joins the show to discuss his baseball career, including working with a Navy SEAL to overcome the yips, pitching for an independent league team, how his wife encouraged him to not give up on baseball, making it back to the big leagues and much more! Also, Greg reveals the coach roster for the upcoming November edition of Braves Fantasy Camp!
25 min
Behind the Braves: Bubba and Harry
It’s a ‘Bubba and Harry’ edition of Behind the Braves as Greg and Ricky discuss the surging 2021 Braves andthe impact that trade deadline acquisitions can have on a clubhouse
33 min
Behind the Braves: Gabe Burns
Braves beat writer Gabe Burns of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution joins the show (interview starts at 4:26) to discuss the 2021 Braves season so far, the moves made by the Braves front office at the trade deadline, Freddie Freeman’s rising chances at winning the NL MVP for a second consecutive season and much more! Also, Greg recalls what it was like to be on a very lengthy road trip with the 1996 Braves while the Olympic Games were taking place in Atlanta.
51 min
Behind the Braves: Charlie Morton
Braves pitcher Charlie Morton joins the show (interview starts at 8:53) to discuss his approach to pitching, being a veteran mentor to his teammates, his love of music and more!
34 min
Behind the Braves: C.J. Nitkowski
Former Braves pitcher and current Texas Rangers broadcaster C.J. Nitkowski joins the show (interview starts at 4:38) to discuss his fascinating career in baseball both as a player and as a broadcaster, how he became the first ever baseball player to have his own website in 1997, what it was like to play baseball in Japan and Korea and much more!
44 min
Behind the Braves: Keith Lockhart
Former Braves infielder Keith Lockhart joins the show to discuss his post-playing career as a scout, how he made the transition from player to scouting, the most rewarding part of being a scout, what it was like to play so many different positions at the big-league level, his memories of getting his first career hit off Greg McMichael and more!
35 min
Behind the Braves: Kevin McAlpin
Kevin McAlpin
43 min
Behind the Braves: Midseason/Looking Ahead
Greg and Ricky discuss the current state of the 2021 Braves, the types of moves that need to be made in order to help the team in the second half of the season, what it’s like to grind through a rough stretch on the mound for a pitcher and much more!
34 min
Behind the Braves: John Smoltz
Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz (interview starts at 13:30) discusses the transition from player to broadcaster, the amount of preparation that goes into broadcasting baseball games, what it was like to go back and forth from the starting rotation to the bullpen, how an underperforming team can turn its season around, some of the current challenges faced by Major League Baseball and what he would do to address them, and much more!
54 min
Behind the Braves: Mark Wohlers
Former Braves pitcher Mark Wohlers joins the show (interview starts at 8:25) to discuss his career in baseball including being drafted and making the decision to turn pro after high school, making his debut on the 1991 “Worst to First” team, getting the final 3 outs of the 1995 World Series, some funny stories from the clubhouse, his current career as a real estate agent and much more! Also, Greg shares some exciting upcoming Braves events and he and Ricky have some fun discussing the upcoming Tennessee/Virginia matchup in the College World Series. 
52 min
Behind the Braves: Gabe Burns
Gabe Burns discusses his career path in becoming the Braves beat writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (interview starts at 12:35), what it’s like covering the team on a daily basis, his thoughts on the 2021 season thus far and much more! Also, Greg shares a big announcement regarding Braves Fantasy Camp and Ricky reveals some exciting news from his personal life. 
60 min
Behind the Braves: Austin Riley and DFCS Caregi...
Braves third baseman Austin Riley (interview starts at 4:10) discusses the adjustments that he’s made at the plate that have led to his stellar season thus far, the defensive work that he puts in every day, developing a love for the game of baseball as a youngster and much more! Afterward, in honor of National Foster Care Month, Greg and Ricky sit down for a special chat with four incredible people (Blake and Julie Stringer, Arica Spilers and Randy Pearson) who were recently named “Caregivers of the Year” by the Division of Family & Children Services in Georgia.
39 min
Behind the Braves: Live From Alumni Weekend Wit...
Former Braves All-Star and 1978 National League Rookie of the Year Bob Horner joins the show (interview starts at 13:35) live during Alumni Weekend at Truist Park to discuss his baseball career. He talks about how quickly a big-leaguer’s time in MLB can fly by, the differences between the equipment that players use today as compared to the equipment used by players in his era, the biggest highlight of his career, what he remembers about hitting a home run in his big-league debut, his experience playing professional baseball in Japan and more! After the interview, Greg and Ricky discuss Austin Riley winning National League Player of the Week and his recent transformation at the plate.
43 min
Behind the Braves: Matt Tuiasosopo
Former Major League Baseball player and current Gwinnett Stripers Manager Matt Tuiasosopo (interview starts at 11:01) discusses what Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month means to him and his family, how he made the successful transition from player to manager, the joys and challenges of managing a baseball team and much more!
42 min
Behind the Braves: Grady Jarrett
Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl defensive tackle Grady Jarrett (interview starts at 6:49) discusses his lifelong love of baseball, his new podcast Getting Real With Grady Jarrett, the importance of mentorship, giving back to the community, what motivates him to be the best at his profession and much more!  
40 min
Behind the Braves: Mark Bowman’s Mark Bowman (interview starts at 8:00) discusses the first month of the 2021 season, why he believes the Braves record will significantly improve as the season progresses, the emergence of Huascar Ynoa, Austin Riley moving up the lineup, Ronald Acuña Jr.’s elevation to an elite player and much more!
50 min
Behind the Braves: Paul Byrd
Paul Byrd (interview starts at 5:15) discusses his career both as a baseball player and as a broadcaster for Bally Sports South, his sons following their professional dreams, his memories of going to Churchill Downs as a kid and much more!
43 min
Behind the Braves: Kevin McAlpin
Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan and the Braves Radio Network (interview starts at 12:55) discusses his career in broadcasting, growing up as a Phillies fan, wild stories from the old Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, how his son Max and daughter Mia are becoming the world’s biggest Braves fans, behind-the-scenes stories of baseball broadcasting and much more!
54 min
Behind the Braves: Alex Anthopoulos
Braves President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Alex Anthopoulos joins the show (interview starts at 18:18) to talk about managing the workload of the pitching staff after an abbreviated 2020 season, his thoughts on Ronald Acuña’s outstanding start to the 2021 season, what motivates him to be the best that he can be at his job, how to exercise patience when in the course of contract negotiations and more!
48 min
Behind the Braves: Chipper Jones
Hall of Fame Chipper Jones (interview starts at 9:41) talks about his new role as Hitting Consultant for the Braves, how exciting it is to be in uniform again and working with players, what makes for a successful coach, what it’s been like to watch Freddie Freeman develop into the player that he is today and more!
37 min
Maria Taylor
ESPN’s Maria Taylor (interview starts at 10:21) discusses her lifelong Braves fandom, her fantastic work with the Winning Edge Leadership Academy in helping provide opportunities for current and former minority student-athletes who are interested in working in the sports industry, her broadcasting career, how the sports industry can get more women into spaces that have been traditionally male dominated, the toughest interviews to conduct and much more!
39 min
Behind the Braves: Cole Swindell
Country music star Cole Swindell joins the show (interview starts at 13:09) to talk about his Braves fandom, the connection between music and sports and why he loves them both, playing golf with Tom Glavine and more!
47 min
Behind the Braves: Touki Toussaint
Touki Toussaint joins the show (Interview starts at 9:10) to discuss his career, how he approaches both starting and relieving as a pitcher, making the decision to use his voice and platform for positive change off the field, and much more!
28 min
Behind the Braves: Dana Brown
Dana Brown joins the show (Interview starts at 14:05) to discuss his role as Braves Vice President of Scouting, draft preparation, how he transitioned from player to scout, creating more opportunities for minorities in the game of baseball and much more!
53 min
Behind the Braves: Michael Kelly
Behind the Braves kicks off the 2021 season as Emmy-nominated actor and diehard Braves fan Michael Kelly joins the show (interview starts at 17:20) to discuss a wide range of topics including his Braves fandom, volunteering to catch Kyle Muller, stories from being on the set of shows such as House of Cards and The Sopranos, looking forward to the 2021 All-Star Game in Atlanta and more! Also, Ricky and Greg share their thoughts on the passing of the great Hank Aaron.
52 min
Behind the Braves: Max Fried
Moments after being named to the 2020 All-MLB Team, Max Fried joins the show (interview starts at 20:19) to discuss the 2020 season, the process of evolving from a prospect to a veteran big-leaguer, the Braves clubhouse culture that was formed in the minor leagues, looking forward to 2021 and more!
37 min
Behind the Braves: Freddie Freeman
Freddie Freeman joins the show to discuss being named the 2020 National League MVP, what it’s been like over the last decade in becoming the face of the franchise, how being a father has impacted his life and more!
25 min
Behind the Braves: NLCS With Jay Howell
Former Braves and Dodgers pitcher Jay Howell joins the show to discuss the 2020 NLCS and share some stories from his career!
39 min
Behind the Braves: Ryan Klesko
Former Braves outfielder/first baseman Ryan Klesko tells some great stories from his big league career and discusses the current Braves team's postseason chances!
33 min
Postseason Baseball!
Greg and Ricky discuss the Braves’ upcoming NLDS showdown with the Marlins, the sweep of the Reds in the Wild Card Series and much more!
62 min
Behind the Braves: Dan Uggla
Former Braves All-Star Dan Uggla discusses memorable moments from his career, what it’s like to coach his son’s tee-ball team (which also includes Freddie Freeman’s son and Ryan Howard’s daughter), what it’s like to participate in the Home Run Derby and more!
55 min
Behind the Braves: A.J. Minter
Braves pitcher A.J. Minter discusses his breakout season, his daily routine during the season, trying to make a hole-in-one from his balcony, the guidance he’s received from teammate Josh Tomlin and more!
41 min
Behind the Braves: Phil Niekro
Hall of Famer Phil Niekro discusses his career, the difficulty of learning how to throw a knuckleball, his amazing work with the Edmondson Telford Child Advocacy Center and much more!
36 min
Behind the Braves: Reginald Hollins and Ralph Garr
In celebration of HBCU Night at Truist Park, Greg and Ricky are joined by Coach Reginald Hollins to discuss the Tuskegee University baseball program and its partnership with the Atlanta Braves Foundation. Then, Braves Hall of Famer Ralph Garr joins the show to discuss his career and his time at Grambling State University and much more!
63 min
Behind the Braves: Josh Turner
Country music star Josh Turner discusses his Braves fandom, his new album Country State of Mind, his upcoming virtual concert on the Braves Facebook page and much more!
38 min
Behind the Braves: Dr. Scott Boden
Dr. Scott Boden discusses Emory Healthcare’s role as the Official Healthcare Provider of the Atlanta Braves, his family’s connection to the team and Bobby Cox, and more!
32 min
Behind the Braves: Denny Neagle
Former Braves pitcher Denny Neagle discusses his big league career, what it’s like to coach his son, his experiences at Braves Fantasy Camp and much more!
49 min
Behind the Braves: Kelly Crull
Veteran broadcaster Kelly Crull discusses her career in sports, her new role on FOX Sports South and much more!
43 min
Behind the Braves: Baseball Is Back With Jeff F...
FOX Sports South broadcaster Jeff Francoeur previews what will be an exciting and unique 2020 baseball season!
48 min
Behind the Braves: Scott Avett
Scott Avett from The Avett Brothers talks about his Braves fandom and his band's MusiCares benefit concert on the Braves Facebook page!
22 min
Behind the Braves: Shane Green
Braves pitcher Shane Greene discusses what it was like being traded to Atlanta, his work with Champions Rise Challenge, what he’s been doing while quarantined and much more!
43 min
Behind the Braves: Adam Duvall
Braves outfielder Adam Duvall discusses playing baseball with Type 1 Diabetes, his fantastic 2019 postseason performance, his mindset when he went back to the Minor Leagues, what new hobbies he's picked up while quarantined and more! 
53 min
Behind the Braves: Jackie Robinson Day With Ter...
Braves Hall of Famer Terry Pendleton discusses the life and legacy of Jackie Robinson!
34 min
Braves Classics With Mark Bowman
Mark Bowman joins Greg and Ricky to discuss the memorable games and moments that are featured in the upcoming “Braves Classics” series! 
73 min
Behind the Braves: Top 5 Baseball Movies
Greg and Ricky each name their Top 5 favorite (and some of their least favorite) baseball movies! 
72 min
Behind the Braves: Looking Back and Moving Forward
Greg and Ricky discuss the impact of the Coronavirus on the baseball world, what it’s like to stay ready as a player with an uncertain return date and what a second Spring Training might look like. They also share some positive thoughts on the future and take a look back at one of the biggest highlights of Greg’s playing career!
63 min
Behind the Braves: Spring Training
Greg and Ricky discuss the upcoming Braves season, what Spring Training is like for a player, the “Behind the Braves” documentary on YouTube and much more! 
55 min
Behind the Braves: Bob Kendrick
Bob Kendrick discusses his work as President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the upcoming centennial celebration of the Negro Leagues, his relationship with the great Buck O’Neil and much more!  
62 min
Behind the Braves: Live From Braves Fantasy Camp
The 2020 season of Behind the Braves presented by Billy Reid kicks off as Greg McMichael and Ricky Mast are joined live from Braves Fantasy Camp by Braves Alumni Marcus Giles and Jay Howell as well as the campers themselves! 
84 min
Behind the Braves: Ben Ingram
Braves Radio Network’s Ben Ingram talks about growing up and dreaming of becoming a broadcaster, working his way up through independent baseball and the minor leagues, the highs and lows of his career, his advice to aspiring broadcasters and much more! 
56 min
Behind the Braves: Javy López
Braves Hall of Famer Javy López discusses his career, growing up in Puerto Rico, his fondest memories in baseball and more!
50 min
Behind the Braves - Will Smith
Will Smith talks about why he chose to sign with the Braves, his life off of the field, sharing the same name with a famous entertainer and more!
29 min
Behind the Braves - Eddie Perez
1999 NLCS MVP Eddie Perez talks about his career on and off the field, becoming an American citizen and he answers questions from Braves fans!
49 min
Behind the Braves - Mark Bowman
Longtime reporter Mark Bowman discusses his career, his path to the big leagues, the current state of the Braves, the team’s future and much more!
54 min
Postseason Thoughts & Farewell BMac
Ricky and Greg share their thoughts on a rough end to the 2019 Braves season and discuss Brian McCann’s retirement.
42 min
Behind the Braves - One Year Anniversary
Ricky and Greg celebrate the one year anniversary of Behind the Braves by reminiscing about some of their favorite memories and moments from the show!
76 min
Behind the Braves - Kelsey Wingert
FOX Sports South Reporter/Host Kelsey Wingert discusses her path to the big leagues as well as her favorite (and scariest) memories during her four seasons of covering the Braves and much more!
51 min
Behind the Braves - Peter Moylan
Former Braves pitcher and current FOX Sports analyst Peter Moylan discusses his career in baseball, his dream of playing baseball in the Olympics, who would play him in a movie, his family and much more!
46 min
Behind the Braves - September Baseball
Greg McMichael and Ricky Mast discuss all things September baseball: The magic number, clinching the division title, celebrations, home field advantage, postseason roster construction and more!
46 min
Behind the Braves: Jason Paré
Braves Assistant General Manager and head of Research and Development Jason Paré discusses what he and his staff do to impact the team on a daily basis, his career path from Yale to the baseball industry and much more!
48 min
Behind the Braves - Billy Reid
Behind the Braves travels to Billy Reid’s headquarters in Florence, Alabama to talk to him about his clothing brand, his love of Braves baseball, his annual Shindig festival and MUCH more!
50 min
Behind the Braves - Jerry Blevins
Braves Relief Pitcher Jerry Blevins talks about his life and career, the bond of the 2019 Braves and much more!
40 min
Behind the Braves - Ron Washington
Braves Third Base Coach Ron Washington talks about motivating his players, working with infielders, his pregame playlist and much more!
38 min
Behind the Braves: Trade Deadline
Greg McMichael and Ricky Mast take a look back at Greg’s experiences of being traded and discuss the deals made by the Braves at this year’s Deadline.
51 min
Hank Aaron Week: Marvin Freeman and Jerry Royster
Braves alumni Marvin Freeman and Jerry Royster talk about their work with the Hank Aaron Invitational, the 44 Classic and what Hank Aaron means to them! 
42 min
Behind the Braves - John Schuerholz
Hall of Famer and Braves Vice Chairman Emeritus John Schuerholz discusses Cooperstown, trade deadline deals and much more!
48 min
Behind the Braves: All-Time Atlanta Braves Roster
Greg McMichael and Ricky Mast build their all-time Atlanta Braves rosters! 
53 min
Behind the Braves: Bruce Benedict
Two-time Braves All-Star Bruce Benedict discusses his life in baseball as a player, manager and scout!
50 min
Behind the Braves - Mark Lemke
Former Braves infielder and current Radio Network analyst Mark Lemke discusses his career in baseball and broadcasting!
49 min
Behind the Braves- Greg McMichael
Former Braves pitcher and current Director of Braves Alumni Relations Greg McMichael discusses his career and the obstacles that he overcame on his path from childhood to the big leagues!
64 min
Behind the Braves - Bob Horner
Braves legend Bob Horner talks about being drafted number 1 overall and going straight to the big leagues, the bond that he shared with his father, being a member of the inaugural class of the College Baseball Hall of Fame, playing professionally in Japan, hitting four home runs in one game and more!
60 min
Behind the Braves - Eric Young
Braves First Base Coach Eric Young discusses working with the current team, his sons’ careers in baseball and acting, working with young players like Ronald Acuña and Ozzie Albies, observing Freddie Freeman’s role as a team leader and MUCH more!
50 min
Behind the Braves - Andruw Jones
Braves Hall of Famer Andruw Jones talks about the All-Star Game returning to Atlanta, what it’s like to participate in the Home Run Derby, working with current Braves players and prospects, his son perhaps pursuing a baseball career, playing professionally in Japan and more!
49 min
Behind the Braves - Luke Jackson
Braves pitcher Luke Jackson talks about his breakout season, rebounding from a tough start to the season, the ups and down of being a baseball player who’s trying to establish himself in the big leagues, his athletic family, being teammates with Brian McCann, funny nicknames and more!
54 min
Behind the Braves - Chase Elliott
NASCAR driver Chase Elliott discusses his Braves fandom, the parallels between baseball and auto racing and much more!
41 min
Behind the Braves: Chip Caray
Longtime Braves broadcaster Chip Caray discusses his career in baseball, his legendary family, the state of the game and much more!
64 min
Behind the Braves - Brian Finneran
680 The Fan's Brian Finneran discusses his career and his experiences as a participant of Braves Fantasy Camp!
47 min
Behind the Braves - Leo Mazzone
Legendary Braves pitching coach Leo Mazzone talks about his career in baseball both as a player in the minor leagues and in the big leagues as a coach!
67 min
Behind the Braves - Jason Isbell
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Jason Isbell talks about his love of Braves baseball & how it bonded him to his grandparents, going to Braves games as a kid, watching baseball with his daughter, what instrument a relief pitcher would play in a band, his music festival ShoalsFest & more!
52 min
Behind the Braves - Top 5 Braves Moments
Greg McMichael and Ricky Mast each share their personal top 5 Braves moments and also discuss other moments, both famous and infamous, in Braves history.
70 min
Behind the Braves - Alex Anthopoulos
Braves Executive Vice President and General Manager Alex Anthopoulos discusses the process of signing Ronald Acuña Jr. to a contract extension, who Acuña is as a ballplayer and a person, the praise and the criticism that comes with being a GM, the bullpen and more!
50 min
Behind the Braves - David Justice
Braves Hall of Famer David Justice talks about being part of the "Worst to First" Braves & how it compares to the current young core of Braves players, his family, coaching, ending up in baseball after going to college on a scholarship to play basketball & more!
54 min
Behind the Braves - Derek Schiller
Braves president & CEO Derek Schiller discusses the lessons he learned from his father’s incredible career in sports & the Air Force, how working in baseball compares to working in other sports, his day-to-day responsibilities, seeing SunTrust Park come to fruition, the 2019 season & more!
47 min
Behind the Braves - Katie Hearn
After landing her dream job with the Braves, Katie Hearn suddenly lost her vision permanently due to pseudotumor cerebri. She discusses persevering through her diagnosis, learning to live independently again, being determined to return to her dream job, her special friendship with Walter Banks and more!
57 min
Behind the Braves - Marquis Grissom
Former Braves center fielder Marquis Grissom talks about growing up as 1 of 15 children in Atlanta, mentoring young athletes and his tremendous work with the Marquis Grissom Baseball Association. He also discusses his sons' baseball careers, what he did with the ball that he caught for the last out of the World Series and more!
56 min