If Clayton Kershaw struggles at any time in the World Series you're likely to hear how much Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine struggled in the postseason, even if it's not true. While it's true that neither was as dominant as they were in the regular season, they were still solid. Maddux had a 3.27 ERA... Continue Reading →
Sources: Tagg Romney and Tom Glavine working together to buy the #Marlins. https://t.co/y00UJDbU2C — Robert Murray (@RobertMurrayFRS) April 20, 2017 Well that's depressing. After two decades of Wayne Huizenga and Jeffrey Loria, the Marlins might end up with Glavine and a Romney or Derek Jeter and a Bush as their owners. Meanwhile, the Braves are... Continue Reading →
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 postseason ERA would've been... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
A bad trade set up the best deal the Braves ever made, consummated Aug. 12, 1987. On July 6, 1986, the Braves, 4 games out of first, traded promising right-hander Duane Ward for 35-year-old sourpuss Doyle Alexander, who was hardly a difference-maker. The Bravos finished in last place, while Ward would go on to save... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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 generous.
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... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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 16-year-old out of Colombia. So far he's lived up to the... Continue Reading →
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 2015.
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... Continue Reading →
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.
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... Continue Reading →
Much respect to the greatest southpaw in Atlanta Braves history:
"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
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... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →