October 2012

World Series open thread, Game 3

October 27, 2012 // 0 Comments

I shudder to think what the ratings will be the next three nights (assuming we get to a Game 5) up against football. So far, this has been a pretty pedestrian World Series. Hopefully that changes tonight. I’ll stick w/ Tigers in [...]

White Bear

October 27, 2012 // 6 Comments

#Braves LF/C hopeful Evan Gattis just hit another HR (4) for Aguilasin Venezuela. I’m told his teammatesthere call him “White Bear.” — David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) October 27, 2012 Evan Gattis rarely comes up in any discussion of what to do if/when Brian McCann leaves [...]

World Series open thread, Game 1

October 24, 2012 // 13 Comments

Leave it to MLB to cede all decisions to Fox. Here they are, in Tony Bennett’s hometown, and guess who’s singing the National Anthem? Last year’s “American Idol” winner, the one whose name no one knows. Idol, of course, is a Fox product. MLB remains a Fox product [...]

The 10 worst games in A-Braves history: Sept. 1, 1985

October 23, 2012 // 1 Comment

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E - - - - - - - - - - - - Braves 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 3 Cubs 0 1 3 2 5 3 1 0 X 15 15 1 There were plenty of games to choose from in 1985. Opponents scored 10 or more runs in 12 games against the Braves in the year of Eddie Haas, including a two-game stretch in July that saw [...]

Yankees won’t sniff the playoffs for awhile

October 18, 2012 // 14 Comments

Detroit’s sweep of the Yankees is no aberration but a sign of things to come. The Bombers are old, their farm system is thin. The free agent market is sparse, and the few stars available (Zack Greinke and Josh Hamilton) are bad fits for New York. Brian Cashman would be wise to sign Michael [...]

The 10 best Atlanta Braves trades (revised)

October 18, 2012 // 2 Comments

10. Bobby/Gerald Perry and Jim LeMasters to Kansas City for Charlie Leibrandt and Rick Luecken. Charlie was the steadying veteran influence the Braves’ young rotation needed in the early 90s, especially in ’91, when he won 15 games and pitched 229 innings. In three years as a Brave [...]

Try for Tulo

October 17, 2012 // 10 Comments

Dan Uggla is a good teammate. He plays hard. But I have a nagging feeling he’ll make a pivotal error that will end the Braves’ season after stranding a half-dozen runners on base. Call it a hunch. Finding a team willing to take on the 3 years and $39 million remaining on his contract [...]

FA’s to avoid

October 17, 2012 // 6 Comments

Nick Swisher is overrated — a below average defender who feasts on bad pitching. He has only 25 hits in 150 postseason AB’s, good for a .167 BA and .584 OPS. And he’s annoying. Very, very annoying. Angel Pagan is a bit more serviceable, an excellent fourth OF masquerading as a [...]

The 10 worst Atlanta Braves trades (revised)

October 16, 2012 // 4 Comments

The best GM in Braves history is responsible for four of the five worst deals on our list. Go figure. 10. John Schuerholz/Ryan Klesko, Bret Boone and Jason Shiell to San Diego for Wally Joyner, Reggie Sanders and Quilvio Veras. As someone who thinks you can’t have enough speed, I LOVED this [...]
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