Open thread, 5/17-18, Thanks, Frank

We were among former GM Frank Wren’s biggest critics, savaging him for unproductive drafts and bad contracts given to the likes of B.J. Upton and Dan Uggla. But Wren deserves credit for what turned out to be a franchise-altering decision. In February 2014, Wren chose Freddie Freeman over Jason Heyward as the face of the […]

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Coppy’s folly

For one season each of 40somethings R.A. Dickey and Bartolo Colon, Coppy shelled out $20 mil. Plus another $12 million for Jaime Garcia, acquired from the Cardinals. That’s a whole lot of nothing for $32 mil — about a quarter of the Braves’ payroll. For three years and $27 mil, the Pirates re-signed 30-year-old Ivan Nova, […]

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Hitler comparison du jour

“Dick Williams is an idiot,” he said. “It was obvious he was the cause of the whole thing. Precipitating a thing like that was inexcusable. It was stupid of them, period, to take four shots at Perez. It was gutless. It stinks. It was Hitler-like action. I think he (Williams) should be suspended for the […]

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#Braves broadcasts: From first to worst

.@PaulByrd36 is trying to find a nickname for @KelsWingert – and thinks #Braves Country might be able to help. So…Suggestions? — FOX Sports: Braves (@FOXSportsBraves) May 2, 2017 Somehow, the Braves displeased the baseball gods. The product on the field has been bad enough — the people describing it have become unbearable. Skip’s sarcasm […]

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You’ll never see this at The Mallpark

When it comes to ballpark atmosphere, the Braves don’t do clever. Snark makes them uncomfortable. They don’t even play “Apache” anymore after home runs, opting instead for, you guessed it, a new country ditty.  In other words, they’ve taken their suburban sensibilities to their new suburban stadium. Something like this would never play at The […]

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Bench Garcia? If only

He’s the owner of the fourth-lowest OPS in the NL and is a liability in the field. But Adonis Garcia will continue to man the hot corner because, well, who’s going to replace him? “The experience I’ve had with (Garcia), I just want to keep running the guy out there and hopefully he starts doing […]

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Chipper enables Rocker victimhood

In his new book, Chipper writes that former teammate John Rocker was “exploited” by writer Jeff Pearlman in his infamous SI profile. That’s just silly. Rocker was a grown man who knew he was speaking to a reporter. No one forced him into being a racist Neanderthal. Chipper, responding on Twitter to Pearlman, asked if […]

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The Brazilian Fat Tub of Goo

Get ready for Luiz Gohara, the portly lefthander acquired from the Mariners in the Mallex Smith trade. Gohara was dominant in his first start for the High-A Florida Fire Frogs. Gohara combined overpowering stuff with a heavy dose of first-pitch strikes and good command of his slider on Opening Day for high Class A Florida. […]

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