Why is Mad Dog not with the #Braves?

One of baseball’s great minds, and a Braves legend, is now working for the Dodgers. It’s inexcusable that Greg Maddux isn’t working here. Hell, if I had my way he’d replace Fredi in the dugout.  

Will this be worst #Braves rotation ever?

Julio Teheran could return to pre-2015 form. Maybe Matt Wisler masters a change-up and wins 15. Bud Norris and Jhoulys Chacin were once adequate — perhaps they will be again. Otherwise, you’re looking at Manny Banuelos on an innings limit, Folty on the DL (to start the year, at least).  so it’s hard to expect…

The silver anniversary of #Braves nirvana: Expectations

A recurring series celebrating the 25th anniversary of the ’91 Braves Hard to believe it’s been a quarter century since the best Braves season most of us will ever experience. No one saw it coming, and had JS succeeded in pulling off two rumored deals involving Tom Glavine, the Braves wouldn’t have won their division….

Cespedes, Wood and Peraza for Olivera

Had the Braves not made the Olivera trade with the Dodgers, they’d have: A.) More money; B.) Room for another OF; C.) A better second baseman than Jace Peterson; D.) A better #2 starter than Bud Norris. According to multiple sources, the Braves’ pursuit of Yoenis Cespedes is hamstrung by limited resources — even though…

Top 20 #Braves blunders (revised)

Counting down 20 moves the Braves have lived (or will live) to regret: 20. Signing Chris Johnson. Inking a 30-year-old third baseman with a sketchy glove and horrible splits (13 walks, 116 K’s this year) to a 3-year extension worth $23.5 million (beginning in 2015) when you already have a line-up full of free swingers…

Rowland’s #Braves crystal ball: 2016 edition

The Braves will surpass 2015’s win total by 1 game, and that’s an optimistic projection. The reason: pitching, with Shelby Miller and Alex Wood replaced by Bud Norris, J. Chacin and/or Kyle Kendrick. And no Andrelton behind them. Regardless, they’ll finish behind the Phils and every other team in the NL Least. On a more…

#Braves flotsam and jetsam

The Braves signed Kyle Kendrick over the holidays for reasons I can’t fathom, unless they aimed to pair 2015’s worst NL pitcher with the AL’s worst (Bud Norris). At least Norris isn’t far removed from pitching effectively, winning 15 games with a 3.65 ERA for the Orioles in 2014. Kendrick, a pitch-to-(a lot) of contact…

#Braves could sign Cespedes. Should they?

Buster Olney suggested last week that the Braves might pounce on one of the remaining free agents if the price drops to their liking. With a payroll projected just south of $80 million, about $25 mil short of where it’s been in recent years, they can afford it. It won’t cost the Braves a first…

Analytics and politics

Pete Rose never hit 20 homers and only stole 20 bases once. His lifetime average was .303 w/ a lifetime .784 OPS. Not a HOF'er anyway. — Ben (@Ben_Duronio) December 16, 2015 Anyone else notice how our political divide mirrors the split between baseball’s old school and the analytics crowd? Ideological purity matters above all,…

Adrian Devine, the all-time throw-in

Three trades consummated over three years and three days in December.  The one constant? Adrian Devine, drafted by Atlanta, traded to Texas, dealt back to the Braves then re-acquired by the Rangers. That’s a lot of movement for a guy whose career compares most closely to former Braves farmhand Zach Miner. December 9, 1976: Traded…

One great trade won’t redeem embattled #Braves hierarchy

One great trade, and there’s no debating Coppy pulled off a beaut yesterday, does not repair the strained relationship between the front office and a fan base tired of hearing one thing and seeing another. And what happens when his trading partner isn’t Dave Stewart? But it goes beyond questionable trades and even more questionable…

Best matches for Shelby now “out of the mix”

The Cubs and Diamondbacks are out, reports Ken Rosenthal. The Cubs seeed to be a particularly good match, with Jorge Soler and catching prospect Willson Contreras filling major needs for the Braves. They appeared near a deal last night, supposedly involving strikeout machine Javier Baez, so I’m glad that one was nixed. (Besides, I thought…

Schuerholz needs to retire

“They thought, as of Thursday, that they had the foundation for a Shelby Miller deal. All of the sudden the Braves seemed to be saying we are not trading Shelby Miller,” Gammons said. “Why were they going a long way with certain other organizations on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday? That is a little bit of…

Flashback: The Bizarro #Braves

The 1973 Braves led the NL in runs and OPS, fitting since they played their home games in the Launching Pad. Unfortunately, opponents got to play there, too. And they got to hit against an average rotation and abysmal bullpen that recorded the league’s highest ERA. They entered 1974 with virtually the same cast, acquiring…

Coppy wastes #Braves meager budget on meager talents

With a reported $15 million left in the budget, Coppy has spent nearly half — $6.25 million — on: Bud Norris: 6.72 ERA, 1.578 WHIP in 2015 Gordon Beckham: .618, .617 OPS in 2014/15 Jim Johnson: 8.75 ERA, 1.859 WHIP in second half last season He’s trying to spend the rest , and then some,…

What if the #Braves hadn’t traded for Olivera?

#Cubs are interested in Miller. But #Braves have Hector Olivera in LF and Nick Markakis in RF, so Jorge Soler may not fit. — Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) December 3, 2015 Crasnick doubts the Braves will trade Miller, which is dumb because his value will likely never be higher. Soler is the kind of young, controllable…

Flashback: the #Braves pursue Pete Rose

“Horses. Horses. I need horses,” Ted Turner told all within listening distance last night at the Omni. So began a  Dec. 1, 1978 article from the AP chronicling the Braves’ pursuit of free agent, and avid horse racing fan, Pete Rose. Turner had just learned that Pirates owner John Galbreath’s pitch to Rose included a…

The 10 worst Atlanta Braves trades (revised)

The best GM in Braves history is responsible for three of the five worst deals on our list, while the newest makes it with his very first trade. 10. John Schuerholz/Ryan Klesko, Bret Boone and Jason Shiell to San Diego for Wally Joyner, Reggie Sanders and Quilvio Veras. As someone who thinks you can’t have…