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Open thread, 10/2, #Braves vs. the Long Goodbye

October 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

Jason Heyward returns to Turner Field. My guess is he doesn’t miss it much. I’ve struggled to keep interest, and judging by our page views we’re not the only ones. Olivera sits once again vs. a lefty, which is just stupid. Meanwhile, Paco Rodriguez, the southpaw reliever acquired [...]

Ted and the Ostrich

September 29, 2015 // 3 Comments

Braves lore is full of great stories about Ted, few better than when he begrudgingly participated in an ostrich race before a game. He didn’t think it was beneath him, according to then-Braves marketing and promotions director Bob Hope, but felt the fans expected to see him actually ride the [...]

Rowland’s Monday mash-up

September 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

So how do the Brian Kenneys of the world,  who claim team chemistry is irrelevant, explain the Nats? When they acquired Jonathan Papelbon, perhaps the game’s biggest a-hole since Rocker, they led the NL East by 3 games. They’ve lost 12.5 games in the standings since. Certainly talent [...]

Open thread, 9/25, #Braves vs. high school football

September 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

It’s hard to find a less compelling contest than a Braves-Marlins tilt, though I’ll still take it over high school football. And Jose Fernandez pitches tonight, which should help the Braves preserve their 2-game lead in the race for second-worst record. No need to drop another draft [...]

Open thread 9/22/01, #Braves vs. Tsuyoshi Shinjos

September 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

Following play on Sept. 22, 2001, three teams were separated by 3-1/2 games in the NL East. But it’s a largely forgotten pennant race, with good reason. Sept. 11th, for one. But the uninspired play of the Braves’ down the stretch was the biggest factor. They went 12-16 in August and [...]

In case you were looking forward to 2017 …

September 21, 2015 // 3 Comments

The Braves should be better when they move to the new stadium, though I’m not convinced they’ll be contenders. Not that it’ll matter, because, after a long, torturous slog though rush hour traffic, you’ll have the pleasure of navigating an eight-lane highway not suited for [...]

Open thread, 9/20/91, birth of a #Braves ace

September 20, 2015 // 1 Comment

Tom Glavine won the Cy Young in ’91, and John Smoltz pitched Game 7, but Steve Avery was the ace. His start vs. the Dodgers on this date 24 years ago stands as one of the most memorable regular season games in team history. The Braves entered the three game series in L.A. trailing the [...]

Open thread, 9/18/89, #Braves vs. Gary Eaves

September 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

On this date 26 years ago, the Braves boasted a record nearly identical to the 2015 edition: 59-92 then, 57-90 now. That night, Gary Eave, a pitcher very similar to Williams Perez, held the Astros scoreless through 7-2/3 innings, allowing just two hits (albeit with six walks). The offense was [...]

Open thread, 9/15, #Braves vs. the Boston Rustlers

September 15, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Blue Jays, 37-15 in the second half, are not the team you want to play when you’re trying to avoid infamy. The Braves won two of three in Toronto back in April, but those were two far different teams. Those Braves were feisty overachievers Now, they are just two games shy of matching the [...]

Turner Field — where spontaneity goes to die

September 13, 2015 // 3 Comments

@mikeschubert I’ve been asked not to play any songs that connect to the players — Matthew Kaminski (@bravesorganist) September 12, 2015 But of course. You wouldn’t want to have anything unique at Turner Field to distract us from the focus group-approved distractions. Hey, time to the [...]

Open thread, 9/12/93, #Braves vs. Archi Cianfroccos

September 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

The ’93 Padres were basically the 2015 Braves. They came into the finale of a home series vs. the Braves 33 games under .500. The Bravos, winners of 17 out of 20, won 13-1 the night before to take the division lead for the first time since April 13. San Diego’s line-up on Sept. 12 was a [...]

Open thread, 9/10/93, #Braves vs. Melvin Nieveses

September 10, 2015 // 4 Comments

(Instead of the usual boilerplate preview for a game that means nothing, we thought we’d mess around with time a bit. So pretend it’s 22 years ago and you’re reading The Office on a geocities page.)   One month ago today, the Braves were nine games behind the Giants. Win tonight [...]

A meaningful September

September 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

The playoffs are all but decided. In the NL, with home field advantage in the play-in game all that’s left to be decided. It’s more interesting in the American League, with the two division winners yet to be determined, with the runner-up in the AL West needing only to hold off the [...]

Rosenthal: Fredi has “lost the clubhouse”

September 8, 2015 // 12 Comments

Ken Rosenthal: I’ve been hearing all season that players are frustrated with Gonzalez, that he essentially has lost the clubhouse. If that is the case, why should president of baseball operations John Hart wait to make a change? And why did he give Gonzalez an extension in the first place? [...]

Open thread, 9/7, #Braves race for the bottom

September 7, 2015 // 2 Comments

The Braves and Phillies are a combined 60 games under .500. The last time that happened: Oct 6, 1985, when the 65-96 Braves played the 62-99 Giants at Candlestick. Bobby Wine was the manager. Andres Thomas hit lead-off. The Braves led 6-0 after five, fell behind 7-6 then scored the winning run on a [...]

Oen thread, 9/6, #Braves vs. hard truths

September 6, 2015 // 1 Comment

We’ve been supportive of John Hart’s overhaul, but with the season drawing to a close it’s instructive to take a look at the players obtained in the purge. For Jason Heyward: Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins. Shelby has rebounded from a disappointing sophomore campaign and is one [...]

#Braves streaking to ’77

September 5, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Braves seem determined to break a record that’s stood 38 years. It came one year after Ted bought the team and one year before Bobby was hired as manager. The ’77 squad got off to a surprising 8-5 start, and in Game 13 staged a dramatic 9th inning comeback to defeat the first-place [...]
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