Braves targeting B.J.

According to Bowman, they hoped to sign Justin’s older brother and Torii Hunter, who went to Detroit instead. B.J. Upton is still available and no free agent has more potential.

He’s not quite as fast as Bourn, or as good defensively, but he’s above average. Offensively, he’s a mixed bag. His 28 HR in 2012 were a career best, but his OBP was a career worst .298. Strange, since the 29-year-old had two seasons early in his career with OBP’s above .380.

Still, I’ll take him over Cody Ross or Victorino.

Next year’s silver anniversary

In 2012 we celebrated the 20th anniversary of Sid’s slide, and the 30th anniversary of the ’82 NL West champs.

Next year marks the 25th anniversary of the worst team Atlanta has ever seen, regardless of sport. Despite having 5 present, future or borderline Hall of Famers (Bruce Sutter, Glavine, Smoltz, Murph, Ted Simmons), the ’88 Braves lost 106 and should have lost more. They ranked next-to-last or last in the NL in:

  • Hits
  • Runs
  • BA
  • Slugging
  • OBP
  • ERA
  • CG
  • Saves
  • Hits Allowed
  • Fielding Percentage
  • Attendance

Four players batted under .200 (min. 50 AB): Jim Morrison, Jerry Royster, Simmons, Damaso Garcia

No Braves pitcher reached double digits in wins. Reliever Paul Assenmacher’s 8 wins were second only to Rick Mahler’s 9.

The ’88 Braves did lead the NL in one category: Errors. Their DP combo, Andres Thomas and Ron Gant, combined for 60.

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The 20 worst A-Braves, non-pitchers: #20 ‘Gainesville’s own’ Jody Davis

(in no particular order) 

I attended high school in Gainesville, which has its charms, assuming you can get past the smell of dead chickens.

There aren’t many famous people from there, save for Georgia’s current governor and Howard Stern’s favorite Klansman, Daniel Carver.

So Jody Davis was a pretty big deal. The ginger-haired catcher¬†was the first MLB player from the area, just beating former UGA punter (and Cardinals pitcher) Cris Carpenter (not to be confused with Chris Carpenter, who’s much better).

Davis was an above-average backstop before coming to Atlanta. He played in two All-Star games and finished 10th in the 1984 NL MVP voting.

But he was abysmal as a Brave, batting .161 over three seasons. The only thing worse than his .237 Braves OBP was his slugging percentage (.236). He had more strikeouts (65) than total bases (63).

He saved his worst for the home folks, batting just .143 at Fulco in 1989. Davis was mercifully released the following May after starting the 1990 season with 2 singles in his first 28 AB.

His departure paved the way for Greg Olson, which is about the only good thing you can say about Jody’s time in Atlanta.