RIP Earl Williams

Earl Williams, who at 22 was named 1971 NL Rookie of the  Year, died today after a bout with acute leukemia. He was 64. Williams was one of five Atlanta Braves — along with Kimbrel, Fukey, Justice and Horner — to win ROY. Although Justice and Horner had better overall seasons, and fewer AB’s, Williams’…

What’s Chipper up to?

Question….is it now legal to bait in Georgia? I know u couldn’t 10 yrs ago, but I haven’t hunted here in a long time. — Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) January 30, 2013

The 20 worst A-Braves pitchers: #9, Jason Schmidt

Jason Schmidt wasn’t as good as you remember. He was mediocre at best for the Pirates after they acquired him from Atlanta in the Denny Neagle trade. It wasn’t until he landed in San Francisco did he emerge as one of the league’s best starters,  twice finishing in the top 5 for NL Cy Young….

The 20 worst A-Braves pitchers: #10, Lance Cormier

The 2007 season was marked by the acquisition of Borasbot (and the depletion of the farm system). The trade was supposed to put the Braves over the top but they were doomed by a porous rotation beyond Huddy and Smoltz. Fellow 20 worsters Kyle Davies, Jo-Jo Reyes and Mark Redman received a significant number of…

KMed just said on 680 about how trade was bittersweet because they lost Prado “Everybody has a man crush on that guy.” — David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) January 25, 2013

Head, heart divided on Prado deal

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….

Justin Upton will be a Brave by Friday

There’s good reason to be optimistic. Scribes Rosenthal, Heyman and Olney all report the Braves have offered a “strong package” of players for Upton. DOB says the offer likely involves Teheran plus two-to-three additional prospects. Among the names bandied about: Gattis, Ahmed, Gilmartin, Spruill … Bet on it happening by Friday, an artificial deadline favored…

Are the Phils a threat?

I like Ben Revere, acquired by the Phils from Minnesota, but otherwise their offseason has been a bust. They got older, acquiring Michael Young, who’s coming off a dreadful season with the Rangers. And the 36-year-old third sacker will only make a bad fielding team worse. Today they signed clubhouse cancer Delmon Young, another poor…

The 20 worst A-Braves pitchers: #11, Bob Walk

The acquisition of Bob Walk from the Phillies ranked 6th on our list of the 10 worst trades in A-Braves history, and for those of us who loved Gary Matthews the deal was an even tougher pill to swallow. Sarge had been a force in the Braves line-up during the late 1970s but was coming…

The 20 worst A-Braves pitchers: #12, Rick Luecken

The 1990 Braves had Justice, Gant, Smoltz, Glavine and Avery. The pieces were in place for their historic turnaround in 1991. They also had the worst ‘pen in team history. No one saved more than 8 games. The Braves recorded 30 saves in all, blowing 22 opportunities. Charlie Kerfeld, Dwayne Henry and Joe Hesketh all…

The 20 worst A-Braves pitchers: #13, Kyle Davies

On a cold drizzly night in Boston in May 2005, Kyle Davies made his major league debut, and it was a gem. Facing a line-up featuring Johnny Damon, David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, Jason Varitek — all in their primes — Davies pitched five shutout innings, striking out 6. Four nights later he tossed 5-1/3 shutout…

The 20 worst A-Braves pitchers: #14, Jamie Easterly

Jamie Easterly is the third pitcher from the ’77 Braves — which finished with a league-worst 4.85 ERA — to make our list, joining Don Collins and Preston Hanna. Like Collins and Hanna, Easterly was a high draft pick, selected in the 2nd round in 1971. Until Bill Lucas came along the Braves drafted terribly,…

RIP Earl Weaver

Funny, profane, brilliant and beloved, Weaver died early Saturday while on a Orioles fantasy cruise. I’ll bet he signed off with one final curse.

Details of Braves horrible TV contract finally emerge

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 Braves deal, negotiated as…

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It appears as if the Braves are the only serious suitor for Justin Upton because, as Buster Olney reports, FW “could and would” part with the prospects necessary to land B.J.’s bro.

One more reason to hate the Red Sox

The owners of the Boston Red Sox were preoccupied with sagging TV ratings and hired marketing consultants who urged the team to place a greater emphasis on “good-looking stars” and “sex symbols,” according to an excerpt from a book co-authored by former Red Sox manager Terry Francona. … On Nov. 2, 2010, a group gathered at Fenway…

How un-Atlanta of them

The Falcons did something today Atlanta teams don’t normally do in the postseason. Win. Savor it. (Though I still think the ’80 team was the best of them all.)