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Open thread, 8/15, #Braves vs. Evan Mechams

August 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

First of all, can anyone explain this Honda commercial for the Little League World Series featuring Harold Reynolds coaching young players on how to conduct a boring, cliche-filled interview? Moving on, last night was encouraging. That the Braves won was secondary to Julio’s effort on the [...]

Open thread, 7/9, #Braves vs. .500

July 9, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Braves just can’t seem to break .500. But few, especially yours truly, thought they’d be anywhere near break-even at the break. Even without Freddie, the offense, save for one really bad week, has rebounded, albeit vs. the Phils and Brewers. That’s likely to continue [...]

Open thread, 6/21, #Braves vs. Adam Sandlers

June 21, 2015 // 3 Comments

I guess we’re in a pennant race, but I’m a little worried about Freddie, who’s got an appointment with a wrist specialist. The timing is not good, as the Braves head to Washington tomorrow. More on the Touki trade later. The line-up: Peterson 4, Maybin 8, K Johnson 3, Markakis 9, [...]

Open thread, 5/17, #Braves vs. Lou Pearlmans

May 17, 2015 // 2 Comments

It’s Shelby Miller Day, which is becoming must-see viewing for Braves fans. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a true ace — Shelby could be the guy. At the very least he’s been the highlight of the Braves season. Andrelton gets a day off, but don’t worry, [...]

Open Thread, 5.10, #Braves vs. Regan MacNeils

May 10, 2015 // 2 Comments

I’m not sure even Elias could come up with another city that’s had two pro sports teams lose to teams from the same city on walkoffs/buzzer beaters on the same day. I suppose we can chalk it up as yet another touchstone in Atlanta sports futility. Ah, well. Neither the Braves nor the [...]

#FireFrankWren

September 3, 2014 // 7 Comments

In the first inning, with the bases loaded, Chris Johnson struck out for the 143rd time. He’s walked just 18 times, good for a .294 OBP. Frank Wren signed the defensively challenged third sacker to a needless contract extension earlier this season. He’s due $8 million a year over the [...]

The 20 worst A-Braves pitchers: #5, Jeff Parrett

February 7, 2013 // 5 Comments

Bobby’s last major move as Braves GM was his worst, though strangely it worked out for the best. Murph had been on the trading block for a year, and at one point Bobby was near a deal with the Mets that would’ve brought Lenny Dykstra, Howard Johnson and Rick Aguilera to Atlanta. It [...]

Who we missing?

December 13, 2012 // 10 Comments

Only four players to go in our countdown of the 20 worst players (non-pitchers) in A-Braves history. Two of the four spots are taken, and it shouldn’t be hard to figure out who they are (hint: they played the positions most popular on our list). The other two are up for grabs. Now’s [...]

Is it the offseason already?

September 2, 2012 // 1 Comment

Moves I would ponder: Trade B-Mac, Uggla and Sean Gilmartin (or, reluctantly, Randall Delgado) to the Rangers for Elvis Andrus and Michael Young.  As much as I like and respect the guy, the Braves should not re-sign Brian McCann, even if he rebounds in 2013. So they might as well get something for [...]

July 26, 2012 // 0 Comments

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuAY6rErYJ4&list=UUqMb8TdVDYhFuis8yKHkCVQ&index=1&feature=plcp [...]

First half report: Bats and gloves

July 14, 2012 // 1 Comment

McCann C+. His strong last week upped the grade from a C, and his second half will go a long way towards determining whether the Braves should sign him up long term. Tough call, but I’d lean toward … Bourn A. The game’s best lead-off hitter. Period. We went years without one and [...]

Stand in awe of Jose Bautista

May 15, 2011 // 6 Comments

Were this five years ago, we’d dismiss Jose Bautista as a cheater — another Brady Anderson or Luis Gonzalez. But in the year of the pitcher, with PED testing routine enough to dissuade all but the truly dense, Bautista’s numbers merit special praise. The player formerly thought of [...]
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