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February 2013

Turner’s loss is the Braves’ gain

February 28, 2013 // 1 Comment

For the first time since I became a fan, there will be no Braves games on a Turner station. The 45 Braves games that have been televised locally on Turner Broadcasting’s Peachtree TV in recent seasons  will move to Fox Sports South and SportSouth this year.  … Neither the Braves nor Fox [...]

Nine who got away: #6, Duane Ward

February 28, 2013 // 3 Comments

Duane Ward was exactly what the Braves needed in 1992 and ’93. Had he been in the ‘pen Atlanta would’ve likely won the World Series each year. Then again, those Braves teams would’ve probably not reached the postseason if not for John Smoltz, acquired from Detroit for the [...]

Nine who got away: #7, Matt Harrison

February 26, 2013 // 4 Comments

Matt Harrison has as many victories the last two seasons as Tim Hudson. The Texas southpaw finished third in the AL in wins and pitcher WAR and seventh in ERA and IP last year. He sure would look good in the Braves rotation (Medlen, Harrison, Huddy, Minor …). Hard to believe Harrison was [...]

Duane’s pissed!

February 24, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Pirates unloaded off JV and David Carpenter, but Julio Teheran and Sean Gilmartin pitched two scoreless innings each. The two top contenders for the fifth spot in the rotation each struck out two and allowed only one baserunner apiece. Jay Hey hit his first homer and B.J. and Schafer had two [...]

Duane checks in

February 24, 2013 // 7 Comments

I see where Mr. Frank Spin, um I mean Wren, is telling Mark Bradford from the local outlet that everything is just fine. Might be the best team he’s put together. One question for Mr. Spin. Has he watched the first two ballgames? Yo, Frank. We’re 0-2, big man. Made a shitpot of errors [...]

Nine who got away: #8, Brook Jacoby

February 23, 2013 // 3 Comments

He’s the other guy in one of the worst trades in Braves history. Brett Butler, who won’t be included on this list because he no longer qualified as a rookie when he left Atlanta, gets all the attention, but Brook Jacoby was a solid third sacker with the Indians  for much of the 1980s, [...]

Nine who got away: #9, Tommy Greene

February 21, 2013 // 3 Comments

The Braves have been judicious about which prospects they keep and which they trade (think Melvin Nieves). But there are exceptions. This list includes players who still qualified as rookies after they left Atlanta. 9. Tommy Greene. Traded to Phils with Murph for Jeff Parrett. Trading Murph for [...]

Who will be this year’s Travis Wilson?

February 17, 2013 // 4 Comments

You may remember Travis Wilson, the New Zealander who, in 2001, hit over .400 in spring exhibitions, leading Bobby to effuse about the “special sound” made whenever the former softball star made contact. Alas, quoting CD, that sound was heard only in the Southern and International [...]

The Nationals are a beast

February 16, 2013 // 4 Comments

Let’s not kid ourselves: The Nationals are the team to beat in the NL East. The Braves are worthy contenders, with few flaws. But as far as I can tell the Nationals have no weaknesses. On offense, they’ve added Denard Span to bat lead-off and return talented backstop Wilson Ramos, who [...]

Mike Piazza is a whiny brat

February 14, 2013 // 6 Comments

I don’t know if Piazza is a cheater (probably) or gay (who cares?) — allegations he denies in his new book. But I now know that he’s an dimwitted asshole, based on this: In the book, he blames iconic Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully for turning fans against him during the contract [...]

Hank on Prado

February 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

(via DOB) “You hate to lose Prado. He was one of my (favorites). I mean, to me, I think you’ve got to go a long ways in order to beat him, to find somebody who can play all the positions as well as he plays them. To bring what he brings to the clubhouse, and the way he plays the game. To [...]

Schafer, Pastornicky only Braves yet to report

February 13, 2013 // 7 Comments

Judging by Fredi’s comments the former prospects would be advised to go apartment hunting in Buford. “We’re waiting for [Pastornicky] again this year,” Gonzalez said, in a good-natured tone that nonetheless sent a message. “Schafer probably has a tough time getting travel [...]

The 20 worst A-Braves pitchers: #1-4, Frank LaCorte

February 12, 2013 // 3 Comments

S0 20 pitchers was a bit ambitious. Life’s too short to waste it parsing the stats of Jim Panther and Randy O’Neal. Besides, Frank LaCorte was so bad he deserves four spots. While this list wasn’t completed in order of suckitude, no Braves pitcher sucked more than LaCorte, though [...]

Drug test PECOTA

February 12, 2013 // 2 Comments

Baseball Prospectus’ 2013 PECOTA projections are a joke, and not just because they view the Braves as a .500 team. According to BP, the Yankees will win four more games than the Nats. Boston will win four more than the Braves, projects BP, and will finish ahead of the Jays and Rays. The [...]

Best lede of the year

February 11, 2013 // 0 Comments

From a Wall Street Journal book review written by Sam Sacks: One of the novelist’s vital, if unenviable, duties is to inhabit the perspectives of society’s most detested members — drug addicts, dictators, Red Sox fans [...]

The 20 worst A-Braves pitchers: #5, Jeff Parrett

February 7, 2013 // 5 Comments

Bobby’s last major move as Braves GM was his worst, though strangely it worked out for the best. Murph had been on the trading block for a year, and at one point Bobby was near a deal with the Mets that would’ve brought Lenny Dykstra, Howard Johnson and Rick Aguilera to Atlanta. It [...]

The 20 worst A-Braves pitcher: #6, Mickey Mahler

February 4, 2013 // 6 Comments

Rick’s brother is the fourth member of the ’77 Braves to make our list. Though Rick had the better career, Mickey, a hard-throwing southpaw with a 12-6 curve, was the more highly regarded of the siblings. He debuted with the Braves in ’77 following the second no-hitter of his [...]
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