One great trade won’t redeem embattled #Braves hierarchy

One great trade, and there’s no debating Coppy pulled off a beaut yesterday, does not repair the strained relationship between the front office and a fan base tired of hearing one thing and seeing another. And what happens when his trading partner isn’t Dave Stewart? But it goes beyond questionable trades and even more questionable…

Twenty five years ago today, the Nixon Administration ended

Russ Nixon was one of the unluckiest managers in baseball history. In 1982, he replaced John McNamara as manager of the post-Big Red Machine Reds, inheriting a team that finished last in runs and near the bottom in ERA. He was fired following the ’83 season with a 101-131 record. Nixon was managing in the Braves…

Enough with all this Gloomy Gus Business!

By Tim Howell A wise man — or let’s say person, for you gals out there! — once told me that when you frown, you frown alone. But when you smile, the world smiles with you! ;) How about that! Which brings me to our eager, young 2015 Bravos. Like all of you, I’ve read…

If only #Braves had a managerial opening …

Two weeks after the Braves re-commit to Fredi Haas, the manager considered by many to be the best in baseball suddenly becomes available. Even if Fredi had been let go, you have to wonder if the Braves would’ve gone after Joe Maddon. He’s not a graduate of Braves U., after all. Maddon is likely to…

Dayton Moore is Frank Wren lite

Frank Wren is going to lose his job because of a lousy personality, although he should be losing it for his crappy investments. Somehow, Dayton Moore has kept his job despite signing Gil Meche and Jose Guillen to contracts totaling 8 years and $91 million. He also signed Jeff Francoeur to a 2-year, $13.5 million…

Frank Wren all but out as #Braves GM

Via Mark Bowman: Now that the Braves have been essentially eliminated from the playoffs, they might not wait until the conclusion of this season to make what would be their most significant organizational change in nearly a quarter of a century. As the Braves have collapsed over the past few weeks, there has been growing…

All eyes on Terry McGuirk

The Braves’ CEO, a corporate lackey right out of central casting, is about to make the biggest decision of his tenure. No question he should fire Frank Wren, the architect of this anemic offense who has drafted poorly, hired unwisely and spent foolishly. I know most would rather see Fredi go, but who’s more responsible…

Why Frank Wren must go

*One run in three games merits a repost.  There was a lot of blowback when CD gave FW a C- for his tenure as the Braves GM. If you’re one of those who think Wren hung the moon, I’d advise you to stop reading now. It’s obvious this team needs a major fix, thanks to…

The case against Frank Wren, cont’d

Mike Trout was drafted with the compensation pick received when the Angels didn’t resign Mark Teixeira. That pick would’ve belonged to the Braves had they not dealt Tex to the O.C. for Casey Kotchman and Stephen Marek. A lot of teams passed on Trout, and there’s no guarantee the Braves would’ve picked him. But odds…

Stubbornness breeds stupidity and #Braves are paying for it

B.J. Upton is like Zaxby’s: Indescribably bad. And he’s getting worse. The highest-paid Brave is batting .171 in June with a .218 OBP. Luis Gomez, the notoriously light-hitting SS from the early 80s, had a .249 OBP for the Braves. Glavine (.244) and Smoltzie (.226) had higher OBP’s than B.J. has this month. Yet Fredi…

Wren’s tenure a C-. A lot of good, but the bad is REAL BAD

First the bad news. In the realm of team-crippling contracts, right now Frank Wren appears to be leading the Majors. Certainly other teams are locked into bad contracts. Some might even approach the folly of the Oafbatross and BJ deals. Let’s look at a few. The Dodgers are on the hook for $214 million for…

How much Hart in these extensions?

It’s been little noted in the coverage of the Braves’ flurry of contract extensions, but it would be fascinating to know just how much of a role John Hart played. I had forgotten until the past couple days that the Braves in November hired the former Rangers and Indians GM as a special advisor. If…

FW enters his walk year

Fredi is not the only member of the Braves’ hierarchy working on the final year of his contract. FW’s contract also expires after this season, though I suspect he’s a safe bet to be extended — unlike many among the team’s young core. But should he be? It’s difficult to judge. Under Wren’s leadership, the…

Why weren’t the Braves in on Fister?

Doug Fister, two years removed from free agency,  is a workhorse who eats innings without eating up much payroll. The 30-year-old right-hander — career 3.53 ERA and 1.213 WHIP — has topped 200 innings in 2 of the past 3 years and is projected to make $6.9 million in 2014. Though not an ace, he’s the…

Top 9 moves the Braves didn’t make

In no particular order: Signing Brady Anderson. It was the year after the Kenny Lofton trade, and when it became clear the Braves weren’t going to re-sign one of JS’ biggest mistakes the GM started wooing Anderson. The Baltimore CF, 33 at the time, was one year removed from his absurd 50-homer campaign and while his…

Are the Braves resigned to their small-market fate?

Increasingly we’re hearing management say it’s okay with internal LF/3B options, as if there are any. I’m encouraged by Juan Francisco’s development, but there’s nothing to suggest he won’t add another 150+ strikeouts to a line-up that could easily lead the league in K’s. Jose Constanza is a 4-A player at best, Evan Gattis is…

Cease with the spin

Even if the season were to begin Friday, manager Fredi Gonzalez insists the Braves would be OK despite making no deal for a new left fielder during the Winter Meetings. … “We didn’t come here with a sense of urgency,” Wren said after 3-1/2 days at the Winter Meetings. “You always like to see if…

Who are these internal options we’re hearing about?

Braves general manager Frank Wren has been evaluating his internal options in the event that he does not land another outfielder before the start of next season.  But as we progress through this first week of December, this still has to be viewed as Plan B. More like Plan Surely You Must Be Joking: Juan…