Bench Garcia? If only

He’s the owner of the fourth-lowest OPS in the NL and is a liability in the field. But Adonis Garcia will continue to man the hot corner because, well, who’s going to replace him? “The experience I’ve had with (Garcia), I just want to keep running the guy out there and hopefully he starts doing […]

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Chipper enables Rocker victimhood

In his new book, Chipper writes that former teammate John Rocker was “exploited” by writer Jeff Pearlman in his infamous SI profile. That’s just silly. Rocker was a grown man who knew he was speaking to a reporter. No one forced him into being a racist Neanderthal. Chipper, responding on Twitter to Pearlman, asked if […]

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The Brazilian Fat Tub of Goo

Get ready for Luiz Gohara, the portly lefthander acquired from the Mariners in the Mallex Smith trade. Gohara was dominant in his first start for the High-A Florida Fire Frogs. Gohara combined overpowering stuff with a heavy dose of first-pitch strikes and good command of his slider on Opening Day for high Class A Florida. […]

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Ted vs. Bucky

Got caught up in an SI Vault-hole where I came across this reminder of one of the more contentious relationships in Braves history. In 89 games in 1978, Horner batted .266 with 23 homers and 63 RBIs and was named the National League Rookie of the Year. The next season the Braves offered Horner a […]

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Those ones belonged to the Reds

One month from tomorrow, the Braves — barring a rain delay or collapse of the Lester Maddox Memorial Bridge on I-75 — will have played their 9th game vs. the Mets. It’s a strange scheduling quirk but not without precedent. In 1980, for instance, the Braves played 8 of their first 10 games against the […]

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Murph just made my day

Tyler Flowers w/ worst game defensively by a #Braves catcher since @DaleMurphy3 (sorry Murph) — RowlandsOffice (@RowlandsOffice) April 3, 2017 …@RowlandsOffice with all due respect… I had much, much worse — Dale Murphy (@DaleMurphy3) April 3, 2017 I couldn’t resist a follow-up, asking Number 3 if he ever had the pleasure of catching Knucksie. …@RowlandsOffice […]

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Opening Day Opening Thread, 4/3/17

As the Braves face the Mets in another largely publicly-financed ballpark named after a bank, it got me to thinking, specifically about this: maybe Cobb taxpayers are getting a bargain for their $400 million or so. I jest. As distasteful as the back room deal that created SunTrust Park was, Cobb is paying  significantly less […]

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