Why is Mad Dog not with the #Braves?

One of baseball’s great minds, and a Braves legend, is now working for the Dodgers. It’s inexcusable that Greg Maddux isn’t working here. Hell, if I had my way he’d replace Fredi in the dugout.  

Will this be worst #Braves rotation ever?

Julio Teheran could return to pre-2015 form. Maybe Matt Wisler masters a change-up and wins 15. Bud Norris and Jhoulys Chacin were once adequate — perhaps they will be again. Otherwise, you’re looking at Manny Banuelos on an innings limit, Folty on the DL (to start the year, at least).  so it’s hard to expect…

Cespedes, Wood and Peraza for Olivera

Had the Braves not made the Olivera trade with the Dodgers, they’d have: A.) More money; B.) Room for another OF; C.) A better second baseman than Jace Peterson; D.) A better #2 starter than Bud Norris. According to multiple sources, the Braves’ pursuit of Yoenis Cespedes is hamstrung by limited resources — even though…

#Braves flotsam and jetsam

The Braves signed Kyle Kendrick over the holidays for reasons I can’t fathom, unless they aimed to pair 2015’s worst NL pitcher with the AL’s worst (Bud Norris). At least Norris isn’t far removed from pitching effectively, winning 15 games with a 3.65 ERA for the Orioles in 2014. Kendrick, a pitch-to-(a lot) of contact…

Flashback: The Bizarro #Braves

The 1973 Braves led the NL in runs and OPS, fitting since they played their home games in the Launching Pad. Unfortunately, opponents got to play there, too. And they got to hit against an average rotation and abysmal bullpen that recorded the league’s highest ERA. They entered 1974 with virtually the same cast, acquiring…

What if the #Braves hadn’t traded for Olivera?

#Cubs are interested in Miller. But #Braves have Hector Olivera in LF and Nick Markakis in RF, so Jorge Soler may not fit. — Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) December 3, 2015 Crasnick doubts the Braves will trade Miller, which is dumb because his value will likely never be higher. Soler is the kind of young, controllable…

A trade the #Braves need to make

Acquiring the young, controllable bats so desperately needed won’t be easy. To quote Coppy, if the chance to get a potential impact player arises, the Braves must “take that plunge.” If that means trading Shelby Miller, so be it. There’s plenty of interest, and one of the reported suitors would be an excellent match: the Cubs….

Name that Cobb Internet mogul

Plenty of buzz generated by this item in The Marietta Daily Journal: Recent back-fence talk describes the same scenario that circulated a couple years ago — current owner Liberty Media selling to an Internet mogul with strong ties to Cobb County. Around Town first reported talk of a possible sale in September 2013 — prior…

According to Coppy, trading Maybin confirms #Braves tanking

“If we were trying to tank, we would have traded Maybin at the deadline last year, and we had plenty of offers.” Maybin was traded today for Ian Krol (think Ross Detweiler) and a fringe pitching prospect. So I guess that means the Braves are tanking. And so far they’re not very good at it….

Coppy needs a safe space

The Braves have long had a tin ear when it comes to public relations. When they announced the move to Cobb County, they didn’t even acknowledge their 50 years in Atlanta, acting as if the team was relocating across the street. It’s been especially true in the GM’s office. John Schuerholz refused to understand the frustration…

Open thread, 9/15, #Braves vs. the Boston Rustlers

The Blue Jays, 37-15 in the second half, are not the team you want to play when you’re trying to avoid infamy. The Braves won two of three in Toronto back in April, but those were two far different teams. Those Braves were feisty overachievers Now, they are just two games shy of matching the…

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

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 mound. It’s safe to say he’s turned the corner:…

Open thread, 7/9, #Braves vs. .500

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 tonight in Coors Field, with one of the worst pitchers in…

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

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, Uribe 5, Simmons 6,…

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

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, Alberto Callaspo doesn’t replace him in…

Open Thread, 5.10, #Braves vs. Regan MacNeils

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 Hawks loss…

#FireFrankWren

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 next three years, beginning in…

Terrific tribute to Pete by #Braves TV broadcasters tonight

It’s obvious that they genuinely loved the guy. Don’s comments were especially moving, including the half minute or so of silence as he got up and left and the Padres made the last out of the third inning. Hats off to Don, Chip, Joe, Smoltzie, JS, and Tommy G.

Forget the “Kimbrel’s gone” talk

The Braves have now signed Kimbrel to a four-year extension. This keeps getting better and better. Maybe that Cobb County deal is going to be a bonanza. Hardball Times, and maybe others, has the story