About Us

BravesBlast is currently looking to expand its staff of writers. If you’re qualified, have a good sense of what’s going on in baseball, and are interested in writing one article a week, fill out our Mailbag form.

BravesBlast is a blog started by friends Jonathan Torrell and Colin Ake in the summer of 2007. They and their staff strive to make BravesBlast a place for solid commentary and discussion on the Braves and related subjects.


Colin Ake is the site’s main writer and content manager. He manages to write content whenever something big happens in the Braves, keeps track of what all is going on in the world of baseball on a peripheral level. As a result, he sometimes posts without researching “facts” like when people’s contracts end, whether a pitcher is a righty or lefty, and goes on his gut. He’s part Matt Drudge, part Stephen Colbert. He has far too many ideas, most of which will never come to fruition. He also runs the site’s Twitter profile and the miserably failed Facebook page. He’s a co-founder of BravesBlast.

Follow Colin personally on Twitter / visit Colin’s personal website

Jonathan Torrell is the site’s technical guru and editor. He owns far too many season tickets to fill and runs game discussion threads, helps manage the site’s social media presence, and posts whenever he gets around to it (or Colin is out sick/busy). His “real job” is a drag on BravesBlast, but he makes up for it by SlingBoxing games around wherever he needs to, proofreading Colin’s posts, and managing server issues. He’s a co-founder of BravesBlast.

Follow Jonathan personally on Twitter / visit Jonathan’s personal website

Kent Covington writes for BravesBlast occasionally – and some very high quality articles at that. He’s a business radio show host professionally and hopes to one day broadcast a show on baseball. He’s a sucker for long walks on the beach, but he’s already happily married. He’s a lifelong Braves fan and is old enough to remember the days when we really sucked.

Follow Kent on Twitter here.

Thomas Grantham is recent graduate of Miami University, as well as a lifelong Braves fan and Atlanta native.  He grew up cheering on the Braves and Georgia Tech sports and hopes to one day broadcast for either of them.  His all time favorite Brave is…Andruw Jones (??)  and he really misses Skip Caray, specifically his tirades on the City of Atlanta’s DOT.

Rue Grant is the site’s chief female officer. Her job is to offer a female’s input on all things Braves related. She also researches and writes great articles on young prospects, even if it means learning other languages to do so. She lands interviews with players because she’s cute, and collects pictures of herself with Frank Wren.  In her allocated time, she works as a full-time mechanical engineer and spends the remainder of her time training for Ironman triathlons.  She also has a crush on Buddy Carlyle. Once she asked Kelly Johnson to step out of a picture so it was just her and Buddy Carlyle.  Despite her sadness that Buddy’s no longer with the Braves, she is still probably the only person other than his grandmother to have a framed, autographed picture of him.

Follow Rue personally on Twitter, if she lets you.

Former writers we wish would come back:

Ben Duronio has been a Braves writer for the past three baseball seasons and has taken akin to the new statistics of the baseball world. He lives in New York and usually only gets to go to games when the Braves play the Mets, but has been a passionate Braves follower since he was in grade school thanks to TBS. Ben will be attending business school this fall and likes to implement his studies in school with sports, which gives his articles a bit of a different look than the general sports writer’s.

Follow Ben on Twitter here.

Akshay Amaraneni is a sports journalist with a grasp on all things college sports related as well as Braves baseball. Don’t ask him to pull for the Falcons, though, because he’s far too into the Saints. Akshay can write entire books on the state of any division in baseball at any given time. Don’t tempt him.

Dan Fisher works with the Braves marketing department and wrote for us some last summer. We’re hoping that if we’re nice, he’ll write for us again soon. Dan gets baseball.

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