“They thought, as of Thursday, that they had the foundation for a Shelby Miller deal. All of the sudden the Braves seemed to be saying we are not trading Shelby Miller,” Gammons said. “Why were they going a long way with certain other organizations on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday? That is a little bit of an unstable situation out there in Atlanta. I think it’s still a possibility but at the same time I’m a little confused by, yeah he’s out there and the next day, no he’s not out there.”
Unstable and incompetent. The Braves rebuild is a mess, and the timing couldn’t be worse. The blame lies primarily with the man who is rapidly destroying the franchise he helped rebuild 25 years ago.
Since assuming the presidency of the Braves, JS has hired Frank Wren, Fredi Gonzalez, John Hart and promoted Coppy. Wren left the farm system in shambles, something JS seemed not to recognize until it was too late. Fredi is clearly overmatched, and the game has passed Hart by — not surprising since he had been out of the business for more than a decade. And It’s taken only a month to conclude that Coppy is ill-suited to be a GM.
Meanwhile, the move to Cobb has been handled with JS’ characteristic arrogance, turning off a sizable percentage of Braves country. I’ve been a loyal fan for nearly 40 years and I’ve never had less confidence in the hierarchy. Moreover, I don’t much care for them.
I don’t like the management, the broadcasters, the game-day atmosphere — nothing.
While JS once deserved credit for making the Braves relevant, he now deserves blame for turning them into a bland, corporatized joke.
Keep fiddling, John, but just know that when you lose the likes of the Office, you’re in big trouble.