The Braves go for the sweep, which is mostly a good thing but not entirely. Because the Braves have the best record in baseball they’re unlikely to acquire the extra bat or starting pitcher they appear to need, as every other team in baseball gets a chance to claim players off waivers before FW can.
Not that I’m suggesting the Braves go into the tank (though Fredi needs to give Avilan more rest; Luis has appeared in one less game than EOF did all of last season). Seeing Jordan rediscover his first-half form has been most encouraging.
And don’t fret over the absence of Freddie in tonight’s line-up — just a night off, sez DOB.
1 Schafer RF 2 J Upton LF 3 McCann C’4. C Johnson 3B 5. Terdoslavich 1B 6. Uggla 2B 7. B. Upton CF 8. Simmons SS 9. Medlen P
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, a period when the Braves had Ken Oberkfell stationed at the hot corner.
Jacoby was a two-time All-Star who averaged 15 homers, 67 RBI and a .739 OPS over a 11-year career. Obie had 15 homers for the Braves in five years.
We know the Braves would’ve been better with Jacoby and Butler, but imagine how bad the Indians would’ve been without them? In 1985, for instance, Jacoby finished second on the Tribe with 20 HR and 87 RBI while Butler hit .311 with an .808 OPS and 47 SB. Cleveland’s record: 60-102 — six games worse than the Braves.
Interestingly that ’85 Cleveland team, managed by longtime Braves coach Pat Corrales, was full of players with Atlanta connections. Jacoby and Butler’s teammates included Jerry Willard, Julio Franco, Otis Nixon, Jamie Easterly and another player yet to appear on our countdown of nine who got away.
More on him later.