Myth: Maddux was not a good postseason pitcher

October 5, 2014 // 2 Comments

I just heard Mike Lupica repeat the popular myth that Mad Dog was not very effective in October, that only hard throwers dominate in the postseason. Oh really? Maddux had a 3.27 ERA in 198 playoff innings, a half-run better than Roger Clemens posted in 199 October frames. And Mad Dog’s [...]

Five HOF’ers in one decade

March 22, 2012 // 18 Comments

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 [...]

Merry Christmas from Rowland

December 25, 2011 // 9 Comments

On this day it’s nice to remember our favorite team didn’t have to cheat to win. Okay, that has nothing to do with Christmas but Rowland is cheap so a clip from an old Nike commercial will have to do. Ah, what the hell, Rowland is feeling [...]

Cooperstown 2014

December 6, 2011 // 6 Comments

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. [...]

16 years ago tonight

October 28, 2011 // 1 Comment

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 [...]

The most anticipated debut since Avery

May 6, 2011 // 3 Comments

It’s generally agreed that Julio Teheran has more potential than any Braves-grown pitcher since Steve Avery. Certainly there was a lot of buzz around Tommy Hanson’s first start, but mmmBop was a late-blooming prospect. We’ve been hearing about Teheran since he signed as a [...]

Office road trip, July 2014

January 6, 2011 // 5 Comments

Bobby, Mad Dog and Glav will all be eligible for the Hall that year, and if they don’t make it on the first ballot I’ll go to Cooperstown just to protest. Unfortunately, Smoltzie won’t be eligible until [...]

Here’s to you, Tommy G.

August 6, 2010 // 16 Comments

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 [...]

A non-issue

January 17, 2010 // 4 Comments

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 [...]

Wren, so far

June 4, 2009 // 14 Comments

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 [...]

Bobby on Tommy G

June 4, 2009 // 0 Comments

“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. [...]

Smoltz on Glavine release

June 3, 2009 // 8 Comments

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. [...]

Braves release Glavine

June 3, 2009 // 6 Comments

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 [...]

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