Open thread, 9/7, #Braves etcetera

In his last three starts, covering 19-2/3 IP, Folty has walked one batter. For the year he’s walked just 29 in 108-2/3 IP.

Liberty Media announced today it purchased Formula One racing. For $4.4 billion.

But they remain generous benefactors to Braves fans. Among the promotions hyped for the final weekend at Turner Field: $2.22 soft drinks and 10 percent off Braves merchandise. So now a Freddie Freeman jersey will cost you only 20 percent more at The Ted than elsewhere!

The Braves are, in all likelihood, going to trade an outfielder this offseason. I wouldn’t trade Ender for anything less than a solid #2 starter. Someone like, say, Shelby Miller. Never mind.

I would, however, trade Markakis for Miller.

Unfortunate prediction: Soon, maybe next year, Paul E.D. Byrd will join Chip to form a broadcasting duo heavy on the doofus. Hell, I’d take Bob Rathbun and Billy Sample over those two.

Freddie is having his finest season, calling to mind some of the better years by a Braves first baseman. So who had the best? Had to be Fred McGriff or Andres Galarraga, right? Nope. The best of the best was a player you don’t often associate with first base, one who appeared in only 210 games at the position. More than half of those came in 1971, when Hank Aaron posted his biggest offensive numbers as an Atlanta Brave. He hit .327 with career bests in homers (47), slugging percentage (.669) and OPS (1.079). Not bad for a 37 year old.

The line-up:

Inciarte, Garcia, Freeman, Kemp, Markakis, Flowers, Peterson, Swanson, Foltynewicz



One thought on “Open thread, 9/7, #Braves etcetera

  1. I remember “The Hammer” playing first! I believe he also played first in the 1972 All-Star Game, which was held in Atlanta. Mr. Aaron, and other players, often remarked how the early astro-turf fields were hard and made players have sore legs. In theory, playing first saved Mr. Aaron some wear and tear on his legs, especially at places like Riverfront and the Astrodome. Mr. Aaron preferred the outfield, and returned there in the 1973 and 1974 seasons. I was glad I was watching TV during a game in 1975 when “The Hammer”, approaching the end of his career, batted against Nolan Ryan and took him deep during NBC’s Saturday afternoon baseball. As was once said: “Throwing fastballs past Hank Aaron is like throwing lamb chops past a wolf pack.”

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