Maddux slighted again, and was Smoltzie better than Glavine?

I’m thrilled that the last pitcher chosen in ESPN’s ranking of the 100 greatest players in MLB history is the perpetually underrated Knucksie, #100 overall. Not so much with the highest-ranked pitcher: Roger Clemens. ESPN cautions its list is a “judgment-free zone where Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and even Pete Rose are welcome.” (Rose debased the game but earned every one of his […]

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Five HOF’ers in one decade

Here’s a question I hope someone with the time and inclination can answer: The news of Chipper’s retirement means the Braves, in all likelihood, will send four players and one manager to Cooperstown in one decade. Has any franchise ever produced five Hall of Famers inducted in such a short span of time? They may […]

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Cooperstown 2014

I had been a little unclear as to who was eligible when so thanks to DOB for clearing it up. Not only will Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine surely be first-ballot inductees that July day at Cooperstown, but going in alongside the pair of 300-game winners could be their former Braves manager Bobby Cox. And […]

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16 years ago tonight

Marquis Grissom caught the final out of Tommy G’s masterpiece. Earlier in the night, moments after Grissom’s grab, I was ordered down from my chair at Manuel’s, further evidence that the strike drained a lot of joy from that first world championship. The mood was a bit more festive in Buckhead, where I shook hands […]

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Here’s to you, Tommy G.

In many ways, Tom Glavine was the signature Brave of the glorious ’90s. He was here for the bad years of 1987 – ’90. His breakout season was 1991, same as the team. His stoicism characterized the club’s demeanor. Say what you will about his signing with the Mets, but he never, ever embarrassed the […]

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A non-issue

Unless the Hall of Fame is blind and/or corrupt, Greg Maddux will be inducted as an Atlanta Brave. The only question is if he and Glavine will go in together. Mad Dog is a certain first-ballot HOF’er. Glavine should be, but with dolts like Jay Mariotti leaving their ballots blank, who knows.

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Wren, so far

As Braves GM, Wren has proven himself to be a blunderer as a PR man, but generally adept at his real job of building a better team. A recap:  October 2007 Traded Edgar for JJ and Gorkys. A+ Chris Woodward granted free agency. Easy call. A+ Andruw granted free agency. The right call. November 2007 Traded […]

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Bobby on Tommy G

“The greatest compliment he got was from Greg Maddux at his retirement ceremony in Las Vegas. He was asked what he learned from Tom Glavine. To pitch with pain. That’s the kind of guy he is.” Bobby choked up as he said this. So did I. Thanks for everything, Tommy. –CB

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Smoltz on Glavine release

I’m thrilled with the McLouth deal and excited about Hanson’s debut. Still, I pretty much agree with Smoltzie‘s take on his friend’s release: “That’s not how you treat people,” Smoltz said after Boston’s 10-5 victory over Detroit on Wednesday. “He didn’t have a chance to fail at that level. … That’s not how you go […]

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Braves release Glavine

They say it’s because of decreased velocity, which is crap. More likely: the Braves re-signed him as a PR move following the Smoltz debacle assuming he probably would not be able to mount a comeback. Now that he has, the Braves were in a quandary, with Medlen looking better and better and Tommy Hanson awaiting […]

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