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If you must trade Jay Hey …

November 15, 2014 // 11 Comments

Braves fans, it’s time to prepare for life without Jason Heyward. It’s inevitable. John Hart said there are no plans to discuss an extension with Jay Hey until after the season, and at that point what are the odds the Braves will outbid the competition? .00001 percent, at best. So might [...]

#Braves 25: David Justice

November 15, 2014 // 1 Comment

There wasn’t a *cooler man to wear a Braves uniform than David Justice, who backed up his swagger by delivering some of the biggest hits — including the biggest — in franchise history. Then there was that swing. Ever seen a prettier one? Justice’s career was a triumph of [...]

A great moment from the last great pennant race

November 13, 2014 // 2 Comments

Before Bud neutered the regular season, before corporate ownership sucked the soul from the Braves, baseball nirvana was commonplace on Capitol Avenue. Rooting for the Braves in September 1993 meant meaningful games every night, almost every one of them beautifully pitched. The guy your [...]

Gattis in LF and other depressing #Braves developments

November 12, 2014 // 6 Comments

Joel Sherman, who reported two days ago that the Braves were aggressively shopping Evan Gattis, now says the Braves plan on moving him to LF. And this time he has a quote backing it up. “We want to get Evan’s bat in the lineup, and if he catches, he would play just 100 games and we would not [...]

#Braves sign Chien Ming-Wang

November 10, 2014 // 2 Comments

Minor league depth, or this year’s Aaron Harang? Worth a flier, considering Roger McDowell’s track record, but based on his pedestrian numbers in Triple-A last year, I wouldn’t expect much from the Taiwanese right-hander, now [...]

#Braves aggressively shopping Gattis

November 10, 2014 // 5 Comments

Word is #Braves pushing Gattis hard. AL teams interested since he could DH and play the field more sparingly — Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) November 10, 2014 Makes sense, and there should be plenty of interest. Here’s a couple of potential landing spots: TAMPA The Rays need power; the [...]

#Braves 25: Steve Avery

November 10, 2014 // 3 Comments

Tom Glavine won the Cy Young in 1991, deservedly so. But the stopper on that Braves staff was its youngest member, a 21-year-old lefty from Michigan with a dazzling change-up who was at his best when it mattered most. Steve Avery got the decision in the Braves’ final two victories that season [...]

#Braves 25: The Time Warner TV dealmaker

November 5, 2014 // 3 Comments

We don’t know his name, but his impact on the team can’t be overstated. Back in 2007, as the team was being sold to Liberty Media, Time Warner was negotiating a new TV deal for the Braves, although benefiting the team was the least of the Evil Empire’s concerns. “It was to [...]

Your Opening Day CF will be …

November 4, 2014 // 2 Comments

This doesn’t sound promising: #Braves John Hart spent much of a day with B.J. a while back in Fla., played golf, then met for few hours. Both sides say it was productive. — David O'Brien (@DOBrienAJC) November 4, 2014 Purpose was go see what #Braves and B.J. could do to help him be [...]

‘The Battered Bastards of Baseball’ a must-see

November 2, 2014 // 3 Comments

Netflix subscribers are encouraged, make that urged, to watch “The Battered Bastards of Baseball,” a documentary about the independent Portland Mavericks, who dominated the Northwest League in the mid-70s. Founded by veteran character Bing Russell, dad of Kurt and grandfather of former [...]

#Braves 25: Fred McGriff

October 31, 2014 // 3 Comments

On the day before Fred McGriff’s Atlanta debut, Donovan Osborne blanked the Braves 4-0 — the seventh time the home team had been shut out in 1993. The Braves had a .246 team average, last in the majors, and, outside of Jeff Blauser, everyone was struggling. Otis was batting .238, three [...]

#Bumgarner’s contract

October 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

  2015 25 San Francisco Giants $6,750,000 2016 26 San Francisco Giants $9,750,000 2017 27 San Francisco Giants $11,500,000 2018 28 San Francisco Giants *$12,000,000 $12M Team Option, $1.5M Buyout 2018 option guaranteed with 200 IP in 2017 or 400 IP in 2016-17 2019 29 [...]

Open thread, Game 7

October 29, 2014 // 11 Comments

I’m rooting for Huddy and the Royals. Mostly I’m rooting for a helluva game. For Braves fans, the words Game 7 call to mind the agony of defeat in ’91 World Series. followed by the thrill of victory in the ’92 NLCS. The “other” Game 7s are somewhat forgotten, [...]

Seitzer a shrewd hire

October 28, 2014 // 1 Comment

That he coaxed a .285 BA and .805  OPS out of Jeff Francoeur in 2011 speaks volumes about Kevin Seitzer. According to Baseball Prospectus, Seitzer “appears to be worth about 4.5 wins above ‘replacement’ level, which is roughly on par with what we found for Leo Mazzone.” He [...]

Rob Dibble, unsung hero of the ’91 #Braves

October 26, 2014 // 2 Comments

The Braves had a lot of room to make up in the second half of 1991 and by Aug. 14 they had cut the Dodgers lead to just a half-game. But over the next week L.A. picked up two games as the Bravos lost four out of 7. On Aug. 21, they were in danger of falling 3.5 games back after squandering two [...]

#Braves 25: Bill Lucas

October 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

One year after Frank Robinson broke the managerial color barrier, Bill Lucas quietly assumed the GM duties for the Braves. He joined the front office in 1965, working his way up to farm director in ’72 before making history as the majors’ first black executive. Lucas is also responsible [...]
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