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#Braves attendance cratering

July 5, 2015 // 1 Comment

Sorry ’bout the lack of an OT today. Not much worth commenting about, it turns out. More than 44,000 fans showed up on a soggy Independence Day 30 years ago to watch a 5th place team play the Mets. Last night, the Braves could attract only 34,000-plus to The Ted. You have to go back to 1988, [...]

Rick Camp-aganza

July 4, 2015 // 1 Comment

My recollection for the local organ, a new long form piece worth your time and 19 things you may not now about July 4, 1985. Watch for Mets LF Danny Heep’s reaction when the ball clears the fence. Check out the banner at the 1:44 mark. Don’t forget the [...]

Open thread, 7/3, #Braves vs. the ghost of 2014

July 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

On this date a year ago the Braves were in first place, completing a sweep of the Mets for their 7th win in a row. Julio allowed just four hits and one run, lowering his ERA to 2.29. He’s been every bit as good at Turner Field this year, where his ERA is 2.35. JT has allowed just 27 hits in [...]

Open thread, July 1, #Braves vs. the Turdblossoms

July 1, 2015 // 1 Comment

Entering play on July 1, 1986, the Braves, fresh off a 5-game winning streak, were three games over .500 and just one-and-a-half games behind the first place Giants. San Francisco was in town for the second of a three-game series. A two-run homer by Murph put the Braves ahead 6-5 in the 7th. Maybe [...]

Grading the General Managers: Bill Lucas (1976-’79)

June 29, 2015 // 1 Comment

Baseball’s first black GM gave the Braves something they lacked: Credibility. Bill Lucas joined the front office in 1965, working in the sales and promotions department before switching to the player development side, eventually becoming the team’s farm director. In September 1976, Ted [...]

Open thread, 6/28, #Braves vs. Stan Belindas

June 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

Each day I scour the box scores of Braves minor league affiliates in search of good news. As the parent club’s season comes crashing down with a thud, I recommend you do the same. Yesterday, for example, Mallex Smith, just promoted to Gwinnett, went 3-for-5 with 3 steals. That helped [...]

Open thread, 6/27, #Braves vs. the inevitable

June 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

Perhaps Freddie’s injury is a blessing. The Braves were not going to make the playoffs this year. Sure, they were a pleasant surprise for awhile but it’s a good thing they won’t feel obligated to add pieces at the trade deadline. Now maybe they can get something useful for Jason [...]

Open thread, 6/26, #Braves vs. Chad Hermansens

June 26, 2015 // 3 Comments

With lefties batting under .200 vs. Francisco Liriano, you’d assume your best right-handed hitter would be in the line-up to face the Pirates starter. But as Coach Manning told the Bad News Bears, when you assume you make an ass out of you and me. Cameron Maybin is on the bench because Fredi [...]

#Braves Farm Report: Second look edition

June 24, 2015 // 2 Comments

Mike Foltynewicz takes the mound tonight, his second start since his demotion. He was awful in his first start, and there’s been some chatter that he may not be the hardest of workers. I’m still bullish on Folty, who one month ago today, hurled a gem against Milwaukee, allowing one run, [...]

Open thread, 6/24, #Braves vs. Terrmel Sledges

June 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Braves batters aren’t the only ones striking out less. Braves pitchers rank 11th in the NL in K’s; they were 4th in 2014. Alex Wood is averaging 2.5 less strikeouts per 9 IP his season while Julio Teheran’s are down to 7.0 from 7.6. Shelby Miller’s ratio has remained about [...]

Grading the General Managers: Eddie Robinson (1972-’76)

June 24, 2015 // 3 Comments

Paul Richards’ protege replaced his mentor as general manager and his tenure was marked by smart decisions (drafting Dale Murphy) and baffling ones (trading for Joe Pepitone). Eddie Robinson’s first deal netted a future Hall of Famer, though no one much cared about Tony LaRussa back [...]

Open thread, 6/23, #Braves vs. Wayne LaPierres

June 23, 2015 // 1 Comment

Stephen Strasburg is supposed to take the mound tonight, unless the lightning scares him off. As you’ve heard by now, Freddie is on the DL. The timing couldn’t be worse, as the Braves play 6 of their next 9 against the Nats (sandwiched between a trip to Pittsburgh). If the Braves [...]

Open thread, 6/21, #Braves vs. Adam Sandlers

June 21, 2015 // 3 Comments

I guess we’re in a pennant race, but I’m a little worried about Freddie, who’s got an appointment with a wrist specialist. The timing is not good, as the Braves head to Washington tomorrow. More on the Touki trade later. The line-up: Peterson 4, Maybin 8, K Johnson 3, Markakis 9, [...]

Grading the General Managers: Paul Richards (1967-’72)

June 21, 2015 // 4 Comments

It’s a good thing Paul Richards wasn’t a very active GM, as most of his trades were busts. One of his first deals, in December 1967, sent Bobby Cox to the Yanks for Bob Tillman and Dale Roberts. A few months earlier, Richards made an inexplicable trade with the Astros, swapping SS Denis [...]

Open thread, 6/20, #Braves vs. Bobby Bonillas

June 20, 2015 // 1 Comment

I’m still skeptical about Williams Perez. But that doubt subsides with each start, and hopefully the trend continues tonight. Freddie is still on the bench, though it appears a trip to the DL won’t be necessary. The line-up Peterson, Maybin, KJ, Markakis, Uribe, Pierzynski, Simmons, E. [...]

Open thread, 6/17, #Braves vs. Matt Damons

June 17, 2015 // 3 Comments

So will there be more Red Sox or Braves fans at The Ted tonight? I shudder to think. I’m too old to be getting in fights with strangers so I won’t be attending. Hopefully Alex Wood, circa 2014, will be there. He’s pitched better of late but the peripherals are still troubling: 83 [...]

Open thread, 6/16, #Braves vs. Whitey Bulgers

June 16, 2015 // 2 Comments

Beating the Red Sox is better than sex. But I’m greedy. I want an orgy, or at the very least a bludgeoning. And with Wade Miley, another one of Boston’s brilliant acquisitions on the mound, that just might happen. That could go both ways, however, as Julio T. has been abysmal on the [...]
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