published Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Heyward, Freeman and Gearrin to highlight Braves Caravan stop in Chattanooga

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    Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Cory Gearrin heads to the dugout in the 11th inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros on Tuesday in Atlanta. Atlanta won 3-1 in 11 innings. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Fans of the Atlanta Braves in Chattanooga will get a chance to see some of the team’s top young stars on Feb. 9 when the annual Braves Caravan makes a visit to the downtown Taco Mac.

The Braves announced Thursday that outfielder Jason Heyward, first baseman Freddie Freeman, pitcher Cory Gearrin and new hitting coach Greg Walker will be at the restaurant on Market Street for a lunchtime question-and-answer session and to sign autographs for local fans.

Gearrin is a former Rhea County High School standout who made his major league debut last season, and he along with Freeman and Heyward are two of the Braves’ top young stars.

In October, Walker was named as the new hitting coach in Atlanta after working in the same role for the Chicago White Sox for nine seasons.

about Jim Tanner...

Jim Tanner has worked as assistant sports editor at the Times Free Press since late 2006. He started at the Times Free Press in 2001 and worked as a news copy/design editor from 2001 through 2006. In addition to working as a night and weekend editor producing local and national sports coverage for print and online readers, Jim occasionally writes local sports and outdoors stories. Jim grew up in Ringgold, Ga., and is a graduate ...

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