Braves just keep Bravin': After stock falls 50 percent, team calls up ineligible player


null Baseball The Braves' season is less than a month old, and already they're plumbing new depths — not just of the NL East standings, mind you.Sure, the team was 5-18 (.217) entering Sunday's game against the Cubs. MORE: The Braves won a lot in the '90s, but they should've won moreBut, as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution points out, the price of the team’s stock has fallen by more than half in the two weeks it has been trading on the Nasdaq exchange. In short: The Braves aren't half as good as they used to be.“This has been off-the-charts crazy,” New York-based stock analyst Robert Routh told the Journal-Constitution. “I never thought this would get as low as it has.”The Braves’ Series A shares (symbol: BATRA) closed Friday at $15.64, down 56.5 percent from the opening price April 18. Series C shares (symbol: BATRK) closed Friday at $14.92, down 44.7 percent from the opening price.But wait. There's more.Because of a front-office mistake, the Braves faced Sunday's game a player shy of a 25-man roster, The Associated Press reported.The team announced Sunday morning that it had selected the contract of veteran utility player Emilio Bonifacio from Triple-A Gwinnett.Braves call up Emilio Bonifacio, option Chris Withrow to Gwinnett— Talking Chop (@TalkingChop) May 1, 2016One problem, The AP noted: Bonifacio isn't eligible to be on the Braves' 25-man roster until Saturday (it hasn't been 30 days since the Braves released him and then re-signed him to a minor-league contract).Reliever Chris Withrow, sent down, already had blown the Windy City, so the Braves had only 24 players available Sunday, despite the fact Bonifacio was wandering the visitors' clubhouse Sunday morning at Wrigley.

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