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The 1980s All-Uggla team

June 7, 2013 // 6 Comments

“In the 1980s, the home team could have imported Mike Schmidt and Terry Forster would’ve fallen on him and broken his leg.” –CD, summing up a decade filled with woe for Braves fans.  Composing a team of the worst players from that decade is no easy task, so we yield the floor. [...]

Week 1 autopsy

April 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

There’s a definite buzz about this team. More than 120,000 turned out for the Cubs series — and not many of them seemed to be rooting for the Little Bears. Yes, they got a boost from the Final Four, but the crowds have been more enthusiastic than in recent years. FSS and SS are also [...]

Evan Gattis could get Opening Day start

March 15, 2013 // 1 Comment

It appears Gattis (.438-2 HR 10 RBI) is a decent bet to make the 25-man roster. If so, don’t be surprised if the right-handed slugger starts at catcher Opening Night vs. Phillies southpaw Cole Hamels. “When you put a guy [in the lineup], you know you’re going to give him four [...]

Five no-hit innings for Teheran today

March 12, 2013 // 3 Comments

Safe to assume he’s won the fifth starter’s job. For the spring Teheran has allowed two runs and four hits in 14 IP with 18 K’s and 4 BB. Meanwhile, Evan Gattis doubled twice today vs. the Cards, driving in 3. He’s hitting .464 with a .857 slugging percentage this spring [...]

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 [...]

Head, heart divided on Prado deal

January 24, 2013 // 13 Comments

Do the intangibles matter? Do strikeouts not? Depends on your school of thought. I think they can both be true. Having a player who serves as an example for others by the way he plays the game is a plus — but it doesn’t compare with talent. Justin Upton could win an MVP this year. [...]

Details of Braves horrible TV contract finally emerge

January 17, 2013 // 3 Comments

Finally, a comprehensive article on the worst TV contract in baseball. The good news? The Braves deal expires in 14 years, much sooner than we were previously led to believe. The bad news? Most everything else. For one, the Braves appear to be receiving less annually than has been reported. The [...]

Elton John, the Lemmer, Knucksie and JS talk Bravos

January 4, 2013 // 8 Comments

My dream: Elton John teams up with a rich Atlantan (say Sara Blakely, the billionaire who founded Spanx) and buys the Bravos. He’s no superficial fan. In this series of clips, from 2007, Elton bitches about the best-of-five division playoff, disses the DH, compares B-Mac to Johnny Bench, [...]

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 [...]

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: #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 [...]

The 20 worst A-Braves players: #7 Jordan Schafer

December 9, 2012 // 3 Comments

Homering in your first MLB AB has guaranteed one thing: You won’t make the Hall of Fame (hopefully Jay Hey changes that). Jermaine Dye and Will Clark are probably the best players to accomplish the feat. They are the exceptions among a fraternity that includes Esteban Yan, Johnnie LeMaster, [...]

Plan B

December 8, 2012 // 3 Comments

Three under-the-radar suggestions for the LF/3B void. None are ideal, as Plan B’s are wont to be. Jed Lowrie: It’s hard to get a read on the former Red Sox prospect, who has struggled with injuries throughout his career. But when healthy he’s shown flashes of becoming a solid [...]

Cease with the spin

December 6, 2012 // 4 Comments

Even if the season were to begin Friday, manager Fredi Gonzalez insists the Braves would be OK despite making no deal for a new left fielder during the Winter Meetings. … “We didn’t come here with a sense of urgency,” Wren said after 3-1/2 days at the Winter Meetings. “You always like [...]

Who are these internal options we’re hearing about?

December 4, 2012 // 15 Comments

Braves general manager Frank Wren has been evaluating his internal options in the event that he does not land another outfielder before the start of next season.  But as we progress through this first week of December, this still has to be viewed as Plan B. More like Plan Surely You Must Be [...]

The annual Coco Crisp rumor

December 3, 2012 // 3 Comments

We’ve discussed Coco coming to the Braves on several occasions, and now may be the time. Oakland has a crowded outfield, with newly acquired Chris Young, Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Reddick. They need a SS — Tyler Pastornicky alone may not do it, but packaged with a prospect the A’s [...]

In praise of JJ

December 2, 2012 // 4 Comments

There was little reaction to the non-tendering of Jair Jurrjens, save for some crowing from the statistically obsessed who always discounted his contributions. JJ deserves better than that. When the Braves acquired him for Edgar Renteria, I was more optimistic than most (some preferred Nate [...]
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