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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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Former Brave is ‘worst player in baseball,’ but not as bad as Jerry Royster in ’77

According to Fangraphs and Baseball-Reference’s WAR (Wins Above Replacement) calculation, Jeff Francoeur is the the worst player in the game, though he’s not the worst ever. Jerry Royster‘s 1977 with Atlanta, a -3.7 FanGraphs and -4.1 B-R debacle. The utilityman hit .216/.278/.288 and, the metrics say, played brutal defense. Baseball Reference ranks Frenchy’s WAR at […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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