Nicknames couldn’t save the ’76 Braves

Leave it to Ted Turner to attempt to profit from nicknames. The erstwhile tycoon probably needed the dough, having just purchased the laughingstock of the NL, fresh off a 67-win season. The ’75 Braves weren’t just bad, they were boring, drawing only 534, 672 fans . Ted made a big splash in 1976, signing baseball’s first…

The Hammer meets Mad Dog x 2

The two best games by an Atlanta Brave belong to one player — not Hank or Mad Dog, but a good ole’ boy with a  career 4.07 ERA. They occurred during the Braves’ inaugural season in Atlanta, one in which Tony Cloninger would lead all NL pitchers with 116 BB. Overall, a forgettable year, save…

Evil Empire eyes Ross

Disquieting news, via Ken Rosenthal: The Yankees, who want to re-sign Russell Martin, long have had interest in another free-agent catcher, David Ross. Signing the best back-up backstop in baseball is a must for the Braves, who will likely be without B-Mac for the first month of 2013. Bet on him returning, as Ross seems quite comfortable…