Nine who got away: #6, Duane Ward

Duane Ward was exactly what the Braves needed in 1992 and ’93. Had he been in the ‘pen Atlanta would’ve likely won the World Series each year. Then again, those Braves teams would’ve probably not reached the postseason if not for John Smoltz, acquired from Detroit for the same pitcher, Doyle Alexander, received in the […]

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Duane’s pissed!

The Pirates unloaded off JV and David Carpenter, but Julio Teheran and Sean Gilmartin pitched two scoreless innings each. The two top contenders for the fifth spot in the rotation each struck out two and allowed only one baserunner apiece. Jay Hey hit his first homer and B.J. and Schafer had two hit games. Otherwise, […]

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Duane checks in

I see where Mr. Frank Spin, um I mean Wren, is telling Mark Bradford from the local outlet that everything is just fine. Might be the best team he’s put together. One question for Mr. Spin. Has he watched the first two ballgames? Yo, Frank. We’re 0-2, big man. Made a shitpot of errors yesterday […]

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Nine who got away: #9, Tommy Greene

The Braves have been judicious about which prospects they keep and which they trade (think Melvin Nieves). But there are exceptions. This list includes players who still qualified as rookies after they left Atlanta. 9. Tommy Greene. Traded to Phils with Murph for Jeff Parrett. Trading Murph for scraps wasn’t the worst thing about Bobby’s […]

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The Nationals are a beast

Let’s not kid ourselves: The Nationals are the team to beat in the NL East. The Braves are worthy contenders, with few flaws. But as far as I can tell the Nationals have no weaknesses. On offense, they’ve added Denard Span to bat lead-off and return talented backstop Wilson Ramos, who will compete with Kurt […]

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Mike Piazza is a whiny brat

I don’t know if Piazza is a cheater (probably) or gay (who cares?) — allegations he denies in his new book. But I now know that he’s an dimwitted asshole, based on this: In the book, he blames iconic Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully for turning fans against him during the contract stalemate that preceded his trade to […]

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Hank on Prado

(via DOB) “You hate to lose Prado. He was one of my (favorites). I mean, to me, I think you’ve got to go a long ways in order to beat him, to find somebody who can play all the positions as well as he plays them. To bring what he brings to the clubhouse, and […]

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Drug test PECOTA

Baseball Prospectus’ 2013 PECOTA projections are a joke, and not just because they view the Braves as a .500 team. According to BP, the Yankees will win four more games than the Nats. Boston will win four more than the Braves, projects BP, and will finish ahead of the Jays and Rays. The Braves, at 82-80, […]

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Best lede of the year

From a Wall Street Journal book review written by Sam Sacks: One of the novelist’s vital, if unenviable, duties is to inhabit the perspectives of society’s most detested members — drug addicts, dictators, Red Sox fans …

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