Coppy’s analytics seem rather basic

Braves GM’s have never been very adept at spin, which I’d argue is a byproduct of arrogance. I’m John Schuerholz, and if I say Scott Thorman is a top prospect, he’s a top prospect.  But listening to Coppy attempt to justify the Andrelton trade gives me a new appreciation for his predecessors. DOB just published…

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….

Hector’s uninspiring start and more bad news

Through 14 games and 51 AB in the Puerto Rican Winter League, Olivera is batting .235 with just two XBH. Small sample size, but when combined with his numbers at Gwinnett and Atlanta you can’t help but be a little concerned. And now this: Confirmed @gondeee‘s report that Kolby Allard had back surgery after the…

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…

You don’t trade the best

In the past year, the Braves have traded Justin Upton, Jason Heyward, Craig Kimbrel and Andrelton Simmons and have received not one can’t-miss, Top 20 prospect. Sean Newcomb is the closest thing, He’s a big lefty who throws hard, striking out 11 per 9 IP. He also walked 76 batters in 136 IP. So he’s…

Dead at 29

Tommy Hanson, pronounced dead Monday of catastrophic organ failure,  had 10 wins and a 2.44 ERA through 17 starts in the 2011 season, his third with the Braves. If you had asked me then where Hanson would be today I would’ve probably guessed New York or Los Angeles or some other big-market team that could…

#Braves execs invite more ridicule

From a Braves press release: Throughout the 2016 season, the Atlanta Braves will be celebrating the memories and moments that made the last two decades at Turner Field such a storied part of Braves history. The Final Season at Turner Field will be commemorated with a special jersey patch, pregame ceremonies, limited-edition gate giveaways and…

The ultimate #Braves postseason: World Series Game 5

The 1992 World Series was lost at the trading deadline. The Braves were in desperate need of a closer, having lost Alejandro Pena to injury. JS took a flier on 1989 NL Cy Young Award winner Mark Davis, whom he had signed to a $14 million contract in 1990 while still GM of the Royals….

Patriotism for a price

The Department of Defense paid the Atlanta Braves and the Atlanta Falcons more money than any other Major League Baseball or National Football Leagueteam, USA Today reported Wednesday. According to the paper, the Braves scored $450,000 and the Falcons landed $879,000 to “stage ‘paid patriotism’ events” from the Pentagon.

The ultimate #Braves postseason: World Series Game 4

Game 4 of the 1991 World Series would be decided by one run, just like Games 2 and 3. And, as in those games, a most unlikely hero would decide it. It was tied 1-1 entering the 7th when, with one out, Mike Pagliarulo slugged a go-ahead solo homer to deep RF. But Pags’ homer…

#Braves Roundup: Olivera, DeRo, Uribe and more

It’s much easier to fill a LF vacancy than one at third base. Unfortunately, the Braves now need the latter after announcing Hector Olivera will move to the outfield in 2016. The move raises the bar for Olivera: .270–15-65 would be decent numbers for a third sacker but look less impressive in LF. So who…

The ultimate #Braves postseason: World Series Game 3

In a must-win, the Braves entered the 8th inning of Game 3 of the 1991 World Series leading 4-2. Steve Avery pitched another beaut, allowing 2 runs and 4 hits through seven. He was pulled with no outs after Brian Harper reached on an error by TP. Bobby turned to closer Al Pena, who had…

In our dreams

Respected pitching coach Mike Maddux has left the Rangers, along with his less famous little brother Greg. Mad Dog should be in the Braves organization. Period. If I had my druthers he’d replace Fredi, with older bro Mike as pitching coach. Too bad there’s little chance of that happening.

The ultimate #Braves postseason: World Series Game 2

There’s a popular myth, recycled annually, that Greg Maddux was not up to snuff in the postseason. While he wasn’t as consistently dominant as in the regular season, Mad Dog was better in October than, for example, Roger Clemens, posting a 3.27  ERA in 198 playoff innings compared to the Rocket’s 3.75 ERA in 199…

The ultimate #Braves postseason: World Series Game 1

The ’95 Indians were first in the majors in hits, runs, HR, OPB and slugging. Their team OPS was .839, .002 points lower than Freddie’s in 2015. Starters Albert Belle, Manny Ramirez, Carlos Baerga, Kenny Lofton, Jim Thome and Eddie Murray all batted higher than .300. Fortunately, the Braves had Greg Maddux going in Game…

The ultimate #Braves postseason: NLCS Game 6

He started by striking out the side. Two more strikeouts followed in the 2nd, including Barry Bonds. As good as he was in Game 2, Steve Avery was even better in Game 6, with the Braves facing elimination. He allowed only 3 hits, all singles, and walked two in eight shutout innings. Not one Pirate…

The ultimate #Braves postseason: NLCS Game 5

(tie)  If  you wanted to study the psyche of a Braves fan during the Glory Years, Games 5  from the ’96 and ’98 NLCS would make excellent points of reference. The Braves trailed both series 3-to-1 to an opponent that had won 8 fewer games in the regular season. John Smoltz started both games, on…

Bobby would’ve brought in Kimbrel and Davis

They may be Bobby Cox proteges, but Fredi and Ned Yost haven’t followed the Hall of Fame skipper’s lead when it comes to bullpen management. During the early part of the last decade, Bobby used Smoltzie for two or more innings in six playoff appearances. Each time he entered the game in the 8th, and…