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December 2012

The 20 worst A-Braves pitchers: #20 Denny McLain

December 30, 2012 // 4 Comments

The Braves traded a future Hall of Famer to acquire Denny McLain halfway through the 1972 season. Granted, Orlando Cepeda was nearing the end of his career, though he’d have one more productive year before retiring. McLain, however, was done by the time he got to Atlanta. He was worth a [...]

PED apologists violate their own liturgy

December 29, 2012 // 4 Comments

Familiar language from ESPN’s Christina Kahrl, who claims the HOF is already compromised by PEDs. I mean, c’mon, no Mike Schmidt or Hank Aaron in the Hall of Fame? By their own admission they broke the same baseball rule on the books that Bonds did, and they did so for the same reason [...]

The 20 worst A-Braves players: #1 Andres Thomas

December 29, 2012 // 1 Comment

It was difficult omitting Corky Miller, who had 5 hits as B-Mac’s back-up in 2008 and batted .138 in 87 AB’s as a Brave. But how do you exclude Andres Thomas, the 7th SS to make our register? (Go here for the complete list.) Stat awareness works for and against Andres, a Brave from [...]

NY Times makes the case for Murph

December 26, 2012 // 7 Comments

Nice piece by baseball scribe Tyler Kepner on Murph’s last chance to be voted into Cooperstown before going to the veteran’s committee. The story points out a couple interesting factors not often considered in HOF debates, including this: The ballot lists integrity, sportsmanship and [...]

The year’s most head-scratching headline

December 24, 2012 // 3 Comments

Via MLB Trade Rumors: Five Teams Interested In Derek Lowe Lowe sounds pretty delusional about his future. “I’ve heard the same thing from everyone,” said Lowe. “I want to be a starter and feel I have a lot left in being a regular starter in a rotation and making my 30-plus starts. I can [...]

The 20 worst A-Braves players: #2 Deron Johnson

December 24, 2012 // 2 Comments

Three years before coming to Atlanta, Deron Johnson slugged 32 homers and drove in 130 for the Reds. Three years after leaving the ATL, Johnson, then with the Phils, clubbed 34 HR. Johnson hit a punchless .208 in 1968, his only season as a Brave. He supplied none of the power expected from a 1B, [...]

The 20 worst A-Braves players: #3 Luis Gomez

December 18, 2012 // 2 Comments

Luis Gomez was a poor man’s Rafael Belliard, at least at the plate. Like Raffy, Gomez was smooth, if unspectacular, defensively. But Belliard was a regular Barry Larkin on offense compared to Gomez, the only player on our list who was traded for another of the 20 worst Braves, Pat Rockett [...]

Tonight’s reading assignment

December 16, 2012 // 6 Comments

Terrific column by ESPN.com’s Howard Bryant — so good he almost makes up for Rick Reilly — on this year’s Hall of Fame balloting. Much to recommend here, particularly this excerpt: [B]ecause of the steroid era, the baseball writers are going to guess who deserves [...]

Best winter in NL East? Could be the Mets

December 16, 2012 // 3 Comments

Mets fans should be thrilled by the proposed R.A. Dickey to Toronto trade. New York will reportedly receive two former first round draft picks: catcher Travis d’Arnaud (.286 BA and .816 OPS in the minors) and pitcher Noah Snydergaard (13-8, 2.35 ERA, 1.085 WHIP)  — an impressive haul [...]

The 20 worst A-Braves players: #4 Melky Cabrera

December 13, 2012 // 5 Comments

I’m not going to try and convince you that Melky Cabrera was worse than, say, Sugar Bear Blanks. But there were few Braves as lazy and ineffectual as Wide Leche. When the Braves acquired Cabrera I was under the delusion that he was one of those players you appreciate the more you saw play, a [...]

Who we missing?

December 13, 2012 // 10 Comments

Only four players to go in our countdown of the 20 worst players (non-pitchers) in A-Braves history. Two of the four spots are taken, and it shouldn’t be hard to figure out who they are (hint: they played the positions most popular on our list). The other two are up for grabs. Now’s [...]

The 20 worst A-Braves players: #5 Rob Belloir

December 13, 2012 // 2 Comments

Rob Belloir was acquired from Cleveland in 1975, a bad sign, as the Indians were the AL version of the Braves. He was the PTBNL in a deal that brought Blue Moon Odom to Atlanta — a trade Eddie Robinson would’ve been better off not making. Blue Moon was 1-7 with a 7.07 ERA in his one [...]

The 20 worst A-Braves players: #6 Jim Morrison

December 11, 2012 // 0 Comments

If I was a blowhard hack like Chris Berman I’d write something like, “Braves fans didn’t love Jim Morrison one time, let alone two.” I’ll spare us all. Morrison, a veteran of the worst Braves team ever, was something of a two-way player, appearing in three games as a [...]

Teheran returning to form

December 10, 2012 // 2 Comments

Atlanta #Braves No. 1 prospect Julio Teheran fanned 8 batters over 6 1-hit innings tonight. That’s 0 runs and 2 hits over 16 2/3 frames now. — Ash Marshall (@AshMarshallMLB) December 9, [...]
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