I'm happy Eric Young Jr. and Jace Peterson are tearing it up this spring. Irrelevant though they are, good stats are never a bad thing. Of course they don't always carry over to the regular season. You may recall New Zealander Travis Wilson, who finished March 2001 with a BA above .400, leading Bobby to effuse... Continue Reading →
The Braves are now worth $1.15 billion, up 58 percent in just one year and two-and-a-half times what the club was worth when Liberty Media acquired it in 2007. Hooray, Liberty! I'm sure the Cobb County taxpayers footing a big chunk of the bill for the new ball yard are popping champagne corks while they're... Continue Reading →
You may remember Travis Wilson, the New Zealander who, in 2001, hit over .400 in spring exhibitions, leading Bobby to effuse about the "special sound" made whenever the former softball star made contact. Alas, quoting CD, that sound was heard only in the Southern and International leagues from then on. Every spring a player no... Continue Reading →
Braves lose, 18-3. Worse ... That's it for Teheran. If this had been a real game, would have been the first 6-out, 6-HR line in history. Luckily, it's March in Lakeland.— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) March 4, 2012
DOB reports: [Evan] Gattis is a 6-foot-3, 235-pound, right-handed-hitter — “a beast, a man-child,” veteran catcher David Ross said — who hit .322 with 22 homers in just 88 games last season at Class-A Rome. He is a non-roster invitee who’s created a buzz in Braves camp, both for his batting-practice exploits — including homers... Continue Reading →
Could Spring Training be going any better for the Bravos? Chipper smacked his sixth double and third homer Thursday against the Nats. His 11 RBI lead the team and his knee hasn't been an issue. "I have no pain in the knee whatsoever. I feel like I turned the corner about 2½ weeks ago," Jones... Continue Reading →
Not that it's a particularly clever stunt or anything, but I'm glad to hear it anyway. Just read on the local organ scribe's blog that the staff at Disney park started to play Sweet Caroline between innings. (The Braves are playing the trendiest team in the history of sports today. I saw two Boston hats in the... Continue Reading →
C Kimbrel 1 0 0 0 0 3 Venters also retired the side in his one inning of work, while Lowe tossed another solid five innings, allowing but one run -- his first given up this spring. Bad day for Scott Proctor, who allowed three earned in 1 IP. Cristhian Martinez is seen as Proctor's main competition for... Continue Reading →
The Braves fell to the Fish today, 4-3, but the loss was tagged on Jose Ortegano, who has no shot of making the big club. Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado tossed scoreless frames, combining for three K's. More good news: Nate McLouth's homer off Marlins closer Leo Nunez gives him more hits than he had all of last spring. Nate's 1.436 OPS... Continue Reading →
Hey, fellas, and gals. Is there a form of fella to apply to the ladies? I really don't know. My name is Hal Phellis. I'm new to this webloggin' thing, so you guys bear with me, OK?:) First thing you need to know about me is I love my Bravos!!!! (PS I always say Bravos because it's fun!)... Continue Reading →
Game 1 from Florida: Hinske goes deep, Brooks makes an error and Kimbrel blows a lead.
What a difference 10 years makes! Can you believe it's been a decade since New Zealander and ex softballer Travis Wilson ripped up Bravos spring training? Did any of those King-and-his-court guys ever try to play hardball? Can I possibly employ another cliche in this post? Stay tuned. Anyway, we're scouring the 40-man and the non-roster invitee... Continue Reading →
Only 40 days 'til pitchers and catchers report -- on my birthday, Feb. 15. Fuck winter!
Interesting that Bobby batted Heyward third today in a line-up featuring every regular with the exception of Chipper and Glaus. So far he's delivered with a single, two walks and steal of third. Tommy H. was also sharp, tossing two scoreless innings, as was Medlen, who followed with two scoreless frames. However the Muts scored... Continue Reading →
Disney charges fans $14.50 to watch practice, Jeff Schultz reports. Not exhibition games. PRACTICE. That's more than you'd pay for an Upper Box ticket at a regular season game. As evident in this pic taken by Schultz, fans aren't having it.
You couldn't ask for a better afternoon: In his spring debut, Tommy G. was sharp, tossing three scoreless innings. Frenchy continued his resurgence, with two hits and three RBI. He's now hitting .368. Rehabbing reliever Peter Moylan tossed a scoreless frame. John Maine, the Mets' second starter, gave up six hits, five runs and three... Continue Reading →
JJ is back in form. He threw six shutout innings against the Stinkin Mets today, struck out six and allowed just four hits and no walks. Sure, Chipper's hurt but that doesn't appear to be serious. We know he'll miss his 30 games. And G. Anderson should be back in a week or so. Soriano and Petah both... Continue Reading →
The Lilburn Flash is actually hitting. Francoeur's spring average is up to .280 after a 2-for-3 afternoon vs. the Fish. (CB here. Besides the improved BA, Francoeur has ZERO strikeouts and four walks in 25 AB's.) He had a pair of two-out RBIs today. This is shocking -- if I'm reading these stats correctly, and I... Continue Reading →