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Empathy for Mel Ju?

February 26, 2015 // 1 Comment

Talking Chop on Wednesday posted a long piece urging fans to be more forgiving of Melvin Junior’s epic suckitude. Well-meaning, but silly. Atlanta sports fans are about as mellow as they come. Imagine if Melvin Jr. played in New York or Philly? The boos would never end. Hell, the locals [...]

#Braves 25: Ernie, Pete and Skip

February 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

It’s debatable whether clubhouse chemistry has any effect on a team’s won-loss record. But it’s crucial in the broadcast booth, and for two decades the Braves featured a trio of announcers who meshed as effortlessly as cheese and tomato sauce. No one could have planned it. Ernie, [...]

Headlines never written about contenders

February 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

Non-roster invitees could figure big in Braves’ plans According to Fredi, at least 8 of the invitees “have really, really got a good chance” to make the Opening Day roster: Starting pitchers Wandy Rodriguez and Eric Stults, relievers Jose Veras, Matt Capps and lefty *Brady Feigl, [...]

#Braves 25: Colorado-based corporate overlords

February 24, 2015 // 1 Comment

Here’s how the Braves became just another holding of a corporate conglomerate, via Wikipedia Liberty negotiated an asset swap with News Corp. and Time Warner that would give it control of DirecTV and the Atlanta Braves baseball team.[23] On February 12, 2007, the deal was completed with Time [...]

Markakis or Moncada?

February 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

For $19 million more than they’ll pay 31-year-old Nick Markakis, the Braves could have signed Yoan Moncada, the 19-year-old Cuban phenom who is now property of the FuckSox. Most scouts agree Moncada would be the top overall pick in the amateur draft were he eligible — he compiled a .414 [...]

Remembering the Replacement Braves

February 19, 2015 // 3 Comments

Twenty years ago, with the lockout still in place, a largely unknown collection of has-beens and never-weres reported to Spring Training in West Palm Beach. The Replacement Braves never played an official game, thanks to Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s injunction that brought about the end of [...]

The night Jimmy kissed Jimy

February 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

I can think of only one moment in my life when I was giddy, and I was in good company. Former president Jimmy Carter, recalling his favorite Braves moment, said he leaped onto the field following Sid’s slide and enveloped third base coach Jimy Williams in a bear hug. “I kissed one of [...]

Presidential propaganda

February 16, 2015 // 4 Comments

John Schuerholz has a message for the fans. Too bad he didn’t consult an editor. “Our primary goal this winter was to travel on parallel pathways — immediately impacting the strength and depth of our Minor League system, while at the same time keeping our Major League club as [...]

New Yankee Stadium South

February 14, 2015 // 6 Comments

Notice how the “dugout” level seats at new Yankees Stadium are almost always empty. Expect the same at Cash Grab Field in Cobb. As the Falcons sell personal seat licenses for their new stadium, the Braves are preparing to begin next month the sales of season tickets for their new [...]

Rowland’s 2015 Preview

February 12, 2015 // 2 Comments

Random observations of the season to come: Most overrated. Boston. Yeah, we hate the Red Sox and will never pass up an opportunity to rip them, but their rotation really sucks. They lack not only an ace but a legit second starter. Their presumptive Opening Day starter, Rick Porcello, averages 5.5 K [...]

Happy birthday Hammer!

February 5, 2015 // 5 Comments

To celebrate, here’s Henry’s 714th, featuring Gerald Ford, Bowie Kuhn and Milo Hamilton, who doesn’t let Ernie Sr. speak a word about his former teammate’s heroic [...]

Grading #Braves offseason

February 4, 2015 // 4 Comments

Frank Wren put the Braves in a deep hole. John Hart’s job is get them out of it, operating on a limited budget. How’d he do? Traded Tommy La Stella to the Chicago Cubs. Received Arodys Vizcaino. TLS is pretty one-dimensional, and he’d soon be without a job assuming Jose Peraza is [...]

#Braves 25: Ivan Allen

January 29, 2015 // 3 Comments

Ivan Allen made Atlanta a major league city even before he lured the Braves from Milwaukee. While Bull Connor was turning the dogs on civil rights marchers in Birmingham, Allen was in Washington testifying on behalf of the Civil Rights Act. But when it came to getting the Braves, the visionary [...]

Worst commissioner ever

January 27, 2015 // 6 Comments

Craig Calcaterra wasn’t the only scribe to christen Bud Selig as the best commissioner ever, but his tribute stands out for its laughable qualifiers. Now to be clear, Part II: many of those innovations and accomplishments were only made possible by Selig’s own past failures. We would not [...]

#Braves pursuing Cuban star (not that one)

January 24, 2015 // 1 Comment

More than 200 scouts attended workout for Hector Olivera last week in DR. SFG, SD, TX, ATL, NYY among teams showing strong interest. #Cuba — Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) January 24, 2015 Hector Olivera is 10 years older than Yoan Moncada, but he’s no Dian Toscano, the newly signed [...]

Why this losing season will be worse than the others

January 24, 2015 // 2 Comments

As bad as the Braves were in the 80s, at least we had Skip, Pete and Ernie to dull the pain. They were homers but they weren’t shills. Nor did they adopt a faux folksiness that’s even more grating to those of us raised on the legends. If you think the puns and pandering were annoying [...]

Is Ryan Langerhans still available?

January 21, 2015 // 24 Comments

No matter — the Braves signed Kelly Johnson to a minor league contract. Sounds like they’re bringing back the Bomb Squad, with KJ as Chris Chambliss, A.J. Pierzynski as Ted Simmons, (potentially) and Jonny Gomes as Billy Sample. KJ hit .219 last year for the O’s, Red Sox and [...]

#Braves out on Moncada, in on Gary Roenicke 2.0

January 21, 2015 // 9 Comments

No, #Braves are not. RT @cjwrotethis: @DOBrienAJC Know Yanks and Giants worked out Moncada. Are Braves still in? — David O’Brien (@DOBrienAJC) January 21, 2015 Well that’s great news. DOB notes the “huge cost” and says the team doesn’t want to drain its international [...]
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