The Brazilian Fat Tub of Goo

Get ready for Luiz Gohara, the portly lefthander acquired from the Mariners in the Mallex Smith trade. Gohara was dominant in his first start for the High-A Florida Fire Frogs. Gohara combined overpowering stuff with a heavy dose of first-pitch strikes and good command of his slider on Opening Day for high Class A Florida. […]

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Ted vs. Bucky

Got caught up in an SI Vault-hole where I came across this reminder of one of the more contentious relationships in Braves history. In 89 games in 1978, Horner batted .266 with 23 homers and 63 RBIs and was named the National League Rookie of the Year. The next season the Braves offered Horner a […]

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Those ones belonged to the Reds

One month from tomorrow, the Braves — barring a rain delay or collapse of the Lester Maddox Memorial Bridge on I-75 — will have played their 9th game vs. the Mets. It’s a strange scheduling quirk but not without precedent. In 1980, for instance, the Braves played 8 of their first 10 games against the […]

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The streakiest #Braves team

You could make a case for the 2011 Braves, who started the year 8-12 and finished 7-13. In between they were consistently good. The 1980 Braves had a similar trajectory, losing 9 out of their first 10 games and 8 out of their last 11 but were a bit more schizophrenic, careening between terrific and […]

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Lonnie Smith’s winter workout

As we await our first glimpse of Matt Kemp, who hopefully is in the “best shape of his life,” a look back at how Lonnie spent the the winter following his terrific 1989 campaign. (via The SI Vault) The Lonnie Smith Weight Watch has been an ongoing concern in Atlanta ever since word got out […]

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The better comparison for 2017 #Braves and their over-40 rotation duo: 1981

In 1980, the Braves accomplished something they hadn’t done since 1974, winning more games than they lost. Offense wasn’t a problem — Dale Murphy finally blossomed, Bob Horner looked like the next great power hitter, Chris Chambliss provided stability and Gary Matthews, spark. Pitching was another story, as Phil Niekro and Tommy Boggs were the […]

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#Braves Marketing, Then and Now

This is an actual promotional piece from 1977. We’ve gone from wet T-shirt contests to Christian rock bands. Both are off-putting, in different ways. Apparently, barely concealed breasts weren’t that much of a draw for a woeful Braves club. They lost that night, 13-4 in front of 11,451, to fall to 13-25. They were 16 games […]

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201 pitches

That’s how many pitches were thrown by 42-year-old Warren Spahn 53 years ago today. Willie Mays homered on Spahn’s 201st to break a scoreless tie. In the bottom of the 16th. “He ought to will his body to medical science,” said Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell, who was in attendance at Candlestick Park for the epic […]

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Geno vs. Rose

Pete Rose was very vocal about Geno striking him out with a change-up to end his hit streak at 44 games. But until I didn’t know that Rose tried to get on base via a bunt. In a 16-4 game. Not very manly of you, Pete.

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