This is why you don’t build stadiums for billionaires

UPDATE: It’s official, reports Buster Olney.

How many franchises can I destroy?

The Marlins have surrendered, for next year and beyond.

They have reportedly shipped Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes, Emilio Bonifacio, and John Buck to the Blue Jays for Yesco, infielder Adeiny Hechavarria, RHP Henderson Alvarez, LHP Justin Nicolino, OF Jake Marisnick, C Jeff Mathis, and RHP Anthony DeSclafani.

Three of those players rank among Toronto’s Top 10 prospects, but that’s a helluva bounty. Miami now has just $16 million committed to next year’s payroll.

Perhaps FW should inquire about Giancarlo Stanton.

The 20 worst A-Braves (non-pitcher edition)

Best/worst lists are not beneath the Office. We’ve plumbed these depths many times before.

Surprisingly, we’ve never counted down the all-time worst Braves.

Here’s a partial list of contenders (non-pitchers only). I’ve left out too many to count, so your nominations are welcome.

  • Damaso Garcia
  • Corky Miller
  • Ken Caminiti
  • Greg Norton
  • Pat Rockett
  • Melky Cabrera
  • Matt Young
  • Julio Lugo
  • Chris Woodward
  • Mike Hessman
  • Rey Sanchez
  • Jordan Schafer
  • Jody Davis

It’s a long offseason.

Braves interest in Cody Ross indicates unambitious course

Jon Paul Morosi reports the Braves are pursuing Cody Ross. I hate this word, but: Meh!

Ross’ overall 2012 numbers may look good, but check out the splits. At Fenway, notoriously friendly to right-handed hitters, Ross hit .298 with 13 HR and a .921  OPS. On the road, Ross hit .232 with an Uggla-esque .390 slugging percentage.

I hope this isn’t what FW means when he says the Braves are pursuing “premium players,”  ’cause Ross ain’t that.

 

The 10 worst A-Braves games (tie): April 5/9, 2003

Hard to believe a game started by Greg Maddux made it onto our list. Harder to believe two games started by Mad Dog made it. Not only that, they took place in the same week. And the best fielding pitcher ever made errors in both games.

Mad Dog lasted only two innings in the first game, allowing 9 hits and 7 earned. After two starts, his ERA was 11.00

Relievers Trey Hodges and Joey Dawley didn’t  fare much better, as the Marlins jumped to a 16-1 lead in the 6th. I was at that game, with CD. If memory serves we left after the 3rd.

It took 9 innings for the Phils to score 16 runs in the April 9 game, so there was some improvement. Yet Mad Dog’s ERA actually rose; the Phillies pounded him for 12 hits and 10 runs (7 earned) in 5-2/3. Philly’s six remaining runs came off Dawley, which game him a 19.80 ERA. He lowered it to 18.00 after his next two outings, his last as a Brave.

The defense also sucked that day, committing three errors, while the Braves managed but 2 runs off 10 hits. The Braves’ record dropped to 3-6, and they looked worse than that.

But the local nine would recover, winning 101, as would Mad Dog. He finished with 16 wins, thanks to a 3.03 second-half ERA.

This completes our countdown — go here for the full list.

1  2  3   4  5  6   7  8  9    R  H  E
                -  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -    -  -  -
Marlins         3  6  2   0  0  5   0  0  1   17 23  0
Braves          0  0  1   0  0  0   0  0  0    1  8  2

                1  2  3   4  5  6   7  8  9    R  H  E
                -  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -    -  -  -
Braves          0  0  1   0  0  0   1  0  0    2 10  3
Phillies        3  1  0   2  0  4   3  3  X   16 18  0