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…

How can this be?/Open Thread, 5.5 #Braves vs. Filthadelphia

Talk about your meaningless small sample sizes. If someone only watched Franggla play against the Braves, they’d think these guys were Miggy Cabrera. Uggla and Francoeur vs. the Braves in 2015: .407 BA, 10 RBI, 8 extra base hits Uggla and Francoeur vs. the rest of baseball: .152 BA, 5 RBI (4 for Frenchy), 6 XBHs…

So what’s David Justice up to?

John Rocker isn’t the only former Brave hitting the reality show circuit. David Justice / Dweezil Zappa TV-PG CC A lavish-living baseball star swaps wives with an eco-friendly musician. Starring: David Justice, Rebecca Justice Runtime: 43 minutes Original air date: June 3, 2014 When your co-stars include the likes of Joe Piscopo, Barry Williams, Jermaine…

The all-obscure Bravos

Longtime Braves fans recall the ’82 team fondly, but do you remember Bob Porter, a utility OF who, in 41 games over two seasons, hit a punchless .171? How ’bout Tom Hausman, the journeyman right-hander acquired from the Mets to add depth to the bullpen? He was released the following January. So that got me thinking…

John Rocker says something stupid (cont’d)

One quick example to support my theory: I watch the World Series every year as most of you probably do. Each year I see a stat that comes across the screen during at least one of the games (generally having to do with Mariano Rivera). It lists all of the top post-season closers of all…

This is the Melky we remember

Toronto made some big moves this offseason, all of which have failed miserably. Besides the trades for R.A. Dickey, Jose Reyes and Josh Johnson, there was the signing of Melky Cabrera to a two-year, $16 million contract. Cabrera is hitting .236 with a .280 OBP and .276 slugging percentage after Saturday’s loss to the Mariners,…

Guess who just signed Blaine Boyer?

Dayton Moore never disappoints, signing yet another discarded Brave on Thursday. Blaine Boyer will presumably compete with Anthony Lerew, Bruce Chen, Kyle Davies, Horacio Ramirez, Juan Cruz and Roman Colon for a spot in the Omaha Storm Chasers bullpen.

Could Scott Thorman be far behind?

Everyone’s favorite .211-hitting, PED-using centerfielder is coming back! Yep, the Braves, for some reason, have picked up Jordan Schafer off waivers from Houston. I’m going to assume this is one of those what-the-hell-nothing-to-lose moves. If this is any indication of how we’re going to replace Bourn, we shudder. It can’t be. Then again, we replaced…

The inside story of the Braves impostor

Money quote: Sullivan’s bona fides were further challenged during Saturday’s alumni softball game. Watching him warm up, Andy Ashby, a starting pitcher for the Braves in 2000, remarked, “Dude, you’ve really gone downhill fast.”  

John Rocker is a whiny little bitch

Hard to tell what’s more tortured in John Rocker’s new tome, “Scars and Strikes” — the writing or the ex-Brave’s insistence that he is a victim. I died on a Sunday evening. While dining at a restaurant in Melbourne, Florida, on December 19, 1999, I came face to face with the grim reaper, who appeared…

A chat with former Brave Lonnie Smith

World Net Daily recently published a fawning piece on the persecuted ex-Brave John Rocker. In the article, the former closer shares his views on subjects such as immigration reform, the national debt and the general direction of the country. We also learn that Rocker was banished from baseball because that Sports Illustrated writer tricked him…

Damn the 2006 Braves pitching sucked!

Stout pitching made the Braves’ incredible run of division pennants possible. Bad pitching ended the run. And by bad I mean wretched. Only the ’87 and ’77 Bravos had worse ERA’s. The ’06 Braves had two pitchers — Kyle Davies and Chris Reitsma — with substantial roles who finished with ERA’s over 8. Starters and…

Still an asshole

I’ll never type the words John Rocker without reminding people of  2005’s most odious quote, which tells you all you need to know about the combustible southpaw: “I’ve taken a lot of crap from a lot of people,” said Rocker, who racked up 88 saves, more than 330 strikeouts and a 3.42 ERA in six…

Damn near the coolest day in Braves history

I started following the Braves in 1978. Thirty nine-year-old knuckleballer Jim Bouton was called up in September. I was too young to have read “Ball Four” and was only vaguely familiar with Bouton, but his return to the majors was getting a lot of attention. In my then-brief experience as a Braves fan (five months),…

The All-Blah Braves: 3B

Choosing a 1B (Casey Kotchman) and 2B (Keith Lockhart) was easy. They were as uninspiring as it gets. Shortstop was more of a challenge, as the position has been staffed by so many horrible, if not uninspiring, players. But there is no debate when it comes to 3B. In fact, the All-Blah third baseman qualifies…

Twenty years ago tonight, Bobby said Wohlers and got Leibrandt

Hey, it happens. And the Metrodome was a helluva lot louder than the Ballpark in Arlington. A lot of people criticized bringing in Charlie Leibrandt to face the Twins in the bottom of the 11th of Game 6 but it’s not like Bobby had options. Mike Stanton and Alejandro Pena had already pitched two innings…

Six (er, three) degrees of Braves separation

In 1982 Jerry Willard was one of five players, including Julio Franco, traded from Philadelphia for Von Hayes. Score one for Cleveland. Willard was released by the Indians four years later and bounced around, first to Oakland, then to the White Sox, before landing in Richmond in ’91. When called upon to pinch hit in…