Adrian Devine, the all-time throw-in

Three trades consummated over three years and three days in December.  The one constant? Adrian Devine, drafted by Atlanta, traded to Texas, dealt back to the Braves then re-acquired by the Rangers. That’s a lot of movement for a guy whose career compares most closely to former Braves farmhand Zach Miner.

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  1. “Eventually” being the key word, since Mr. Grouchyman went away (and made several stops) before Bobby re-acquired him, pretty much hoping to use him as a bargaining chip in the sort of trade that he eventually was used for.

    I have absolutely no memory of Devine pitching in a Braves uniform. I watched most of the games in ’79 and I can remember Buddy Solomon, Mcikey Mahler, Craig Skok and all of the other non-Niekros but Adrian just doesn’t stick in my mind.

  2. They just don’t do trades like that any more. That’s a lot of mediocre big league horse flesh hopping the first thing smoking outta town.

    I remember thinking at the time that I would miss Montanez. He was fun to watch. He was a flair pioneer, up there with White Shoes and Dennis Rodman.

  3. I always kinda got Adrian Devine and Tom House confused. Except for the catching of Bad Henry’s No. 715, of course. They seemed to look and pitch similarly, and neither amounted to all that much.

  4. Tom House was a pretty good pitcher for us. A 1.93 ERA in 103 innings (1974) wasn’t too shabby.

  5. I always liked House. Short, blonde and lefthanded, he reminded me of one of my Little League teammates. Devine looked like one of my dorky 6th grade teachers.

  6. I blogged about this earlier this year. Devine lived near where I grew up and had a kid about my age. I hung out at his house when he pitched for the Braves when I was in grade school. He stayed in Atlanta after his career. I still know his family well. You would never know Adrian was a former ballplayer. No arrogance, no pretention. He only talks baseball if you ask him. I wish he’d been a betetr pitcher but it probably would have made him a worse person.

    Reading that 1977 4 team trade made my head hurt.

  7. I interviewed him for an article I wrote for a softball magazine in the late ’80s — he was doing personal coaching for youth league pitchers, I think. Like Lance said, he was just a very nice,laid back guy.

  8. Two of those trades deal in the fallout from the trio of brutal trades the front office made before and during ’76. Along with the equally lamented Dusty to the Dodgers deal, we got Henderson for Garr and Montanez for Darrell Evans.

    At least they were able to turn Ken (and the others) into Jeff Burroughs, who had a couple of good to great seasons in Atlanta.

  9. Doyle Alexander is kind of looked down on today because of the John Smoltz deal. However, Doyle got a lot of big league mileage out of not that much ability. He was always a driven and tenacious competitor. There is also an interesting statistical anomaly in Doyle’s career. He did a lot of his best pitching whenever he was under the management of Bobby Cox. It says a lot that Bobby had that sort of effect on pitchers and position players.

  10. The 1976 Braves Illustrated had one of the most pretentious titles for an article I have ever seen. The article for Ken Henderson was titled: “Strength Is Having No Weaknesses”. I sure hope that Ken did not sign off on that piece of Braves’ propaganda. Any person that puts on a professional uniform and goes out there on the field deserves a lot of respect as far as I am concerned. However, mentioning any of the position players on the 1976 Braves and “no weaknesses” in the same publication was pretty ridiculous.

  11. Getting Tommy Boggs looked like a steal for awhile. When he finally had a good season as a starter, his shoulder started going south, followed by a terrible season, surgery, glimmer of hope, then end of career. Carl Morton was once a fine pitcher on some pretty poor Expos and Braves teams, but he was done by 1976. Roger Moret showed flashes of brilliance, going 14 and 3 in 1974, but he turned out to be severely mentally ill by the time he reached the Rangers, poor fellow.

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