Open thread, 9/11, Braves vs. Marty Malloys

The good news: Justin is back in the line-up; his brother and Uggla are not. The bad news: Paul Maholm is set to undergo an MRI on his sore elbow. So we can expect Alex Wood to start a postseason game. The Braves are giving him a breather tomorrow, with Freddy Garcia getting the nod….

Open thread, 9/10, Braves vs. Charlie Crists

UPDATE: Good news on the injury front — Reed Johnson has been activated off the DL and Jordan Walden is expected to be available on Thursday. And Jay Hey is on schedule  to get some AB’s in the Instructional League.  No flip-flopping on the line-up tonight from Fredi, a la Florida’s closeted former Republican governor…

Open thread, 9/1, Braves vs. Nate Bumps

A sub-.200 hitter with two 4-hit games is probably unprecedented, but a big September from B.J. Upton wouldn’t be. Last year he hit 12 homers in the season’s final month. A repeat sure would bolster my confidence about this team’s chances in the playoffs. Don’t know the line-ups yet, but DOB sez Freddy Garcia has…

Open thread, 8/10, Braves vs. the Gallaghers

Would it surprise you to learn that melon-smashing “comic” Gallagher hails from northern Florida? Didn’t think so. (I conducted a memorable interview with Gallagher about 10 years ago. He is not a pleasant man.) All smiles on the Braves front as they attempt to tie their biggest winning streak since moving south. CD and I…

Open thread, 7/9, Braves vs. Groundhog Day

No need to post the line-up — it’s the same one Fredi’s run out there for the last two months. Someone tell him it’s not working. Last night’s win was nice but hardly inspiring,  considering the Braves couldn’t buy a hit off the likes of Kevin Slowey, Chad Qualls and Mike Dunn. Let’s see if they…

Open thread, Rick Camp Day

Naha Gomez reminded us of another July 4th game, 20 years ago, when the Braves beat the Marlins 4-3 on a balk-off that scored Deion Sanders. The Braves ended the day 7 games out of first. Let’s hope that’s not a omen. On the injury front, Jordan Schafer was placed on the DL today. Taking…

Open thread, 7/2, aka Walter Banks’ birthday

Happy 74th to the legendary Braves usher, whose trivia questions between innings are sorely missed. (excerpted from a 2010 AJC article on Banks) Chatting recently with a family of five from Cincinnati, Banks suddenly noticed that the stadium clock read 7:14. He pondered this for maybe a millisecond before saying, “Babe Ruth hit 714 home…

More people watched the Fish in person Wednesday than on TV

Just a reminder: Jeffrey Loria wouldn’t be owning the Marlins if not for the Worst Commissioner in the History of Sports. In other words, as the Herald reported, 0.8 percent of all TV households in Miami-Dade County and Broward County were watching the Marlins get shutout by the Atlanta Braves. Nielsen, which handles television ratings,…

Open thread, 4/10, Braves vs. Victoria Jacksons

I’d remind those few Marlins fans remaining to save some venom for Bud Selig, without whom Jeffrey Loria’s ownership wouldn’t have been possible. The Fish have nothing to play for this season except maybe avoiding the distinction as the worst team in baseball. The Astros will certainly give them a good fight.  

Open thread, 4/9, Braves vs. Wilmer Valderramas

There are only so many old Marlins to choose from, and by now we’ve run through virtually all of them. Instead we’ll pick on Miami native Wilmer Valderrama, whose character Fez was the most annoying character on a very annoying show. The local nine appear poised to improve to 7-1, though they haven’t been as…

Best winter in NL East? Could be the Mets

Mets fans should be thrilled by the proposed R.A. Dickey to Toronto trade. New York will reportedly receive two former first round draft picks: catcher Travis d’Arnaud (.286 BA and .816 OPS in the minors) and pitcher Noah Snydergaard (13-8, 2.35 ERA, 1.085 WHIP)  — an impressive haul for a 38-year-old pitcher. New York also kept…

This is why you don’t build stadiums for billionaires

UPDATE: It’s official, reports Buster Olney. The Marlins have surrendered, for next year and beyond. They have reportedly shipped Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes, Emilio Bonifacio, and John Buck to the Blue Jays for Yesco, infielder Adeiny Hechavarria, RHP Henderson Alvarez, LHP Justin Nicolino, OF Jake Marisnick, C Jeff Mathis, and RHP Anthony DeSclafani. Three…