On Mad Dog’s curious decision to go no logo

I’ll never criticize Mad Dog. It’s surprising he chose not to be inducted as Brave, for whom he toiled 11 years. But he was a Cub for 10 years, so let’s not minimize his attachment to the team that drafted him.

And it was the Cubs, not the Braves, who hired Mad Dog as a special adviser after his career was over. The Braves didn’t seem interested in tapping a baseball mind second to none. Could that have played a role in his decision?

Maybe. As we’ve seen with Glavine and Smoltz, the current regime has a habit of pissing off the franchise’s greatest stars.

In other news today the Brewers signed Matt Garza and the Rays brought Grant Balfour back to Tampa. And the Gavin Floyd signing looks less inspired by the day.

Will this shitty winter ever end?

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3 Comments on On Mad Dog’s curious decision to go no logo

  1. This has been the worst off-season for Braves fans in a long, long time. Yeah, I suppose there were years when the team sucked that were crappier, and it’d be hard to do worse than trading David Justice, Marquis Grissom and Jermaine Dye for a couple of sacks of nothing in the space of three days in March 1997. But when your big off-season moves are picking up a guy who won’t pitch until midseason who hasn’t had an ERA under 4.00 in five seasons and a catcher with concussion issues, while letting an all-star catcher, a veteran and still reliable starting pitcher, and a guy who was one of the game’s best setup men when healthy walk away (and only getting a draft pick for one of those guys), then the off-season pretty well sucks.

    All to improve the bottom line of a media conglomerate that pursues anti-competitive business practices.

  2. roadrunner48 // January 25, 2014 at 8:25 am //

    It could be worse. Just be happy that you’re not spending the winter in Boston.

  3. I wouldn’t want to spend the summer in Boston. Spent 2 weeks there in the Spring of ’94 and vowed never to return — one promise I’m certain to keep.

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