Thanks for everything, Huddy

Pretty safe to assume that Huddy was the 5th best starter in Atlanta Braves history, behind the Big 3 and Knucksie. He won 113 and lost just 72, with a 3.56 ERA and 1.242 WHIP for the home team, pretty similar to the numbers he put up in Oakland. Acquiring him for Charlie Thomas, Dan Meyer and Juan Cruz ranks as one of the best trades of the new century.

Huddy is about as cool a guy as you’ll see pass through these parts and he’ll be missed on the mound and in the clubhouse. He also allegedly referred to Tex as “same old douche,” which immediately made him one of my favorite Braves. Hate to see him go, but the price tag (2 years, $23 mil) was too high.

Something tells me Roy Halladay takes his place in Atlanta. That’s not an endorsement, just a prediction.

Open thread, 5/12, Braves vs. Billie Jean King’s brother

The re-invention of Tim Lincecum continues, and he’s started 2013 much like he ended the 2012 regular season. Lincecum is yielding a hit per inning and a walk every other frame. But he’s also striking out a shade over a batter per inning, so the Braves may be just what he needs.

I thought Med Dog looked better in his last start than he has all season. Let’s hope he’s turned the corner.


The 20 worst A-Braves players: #4 Melky Cabrera

I’m not going to try and convince you that Melky Cabrera was worse than, say, Sugar Bear Blanks. But there were few Braves as lazy and ineffectual as Wide Leche.

When the Braves acquired Cabrera I was under the delusion that he was one of those players you appreciate the more you saw play, a guy who would fill in capably all over the outfield, steal a few bases, hit a few homers, et al.

Instead the Cabrera we saw was out of shape, a liability on defense, punchless at the plate and a clod on the bases. And he didn’t seem to give a damn.

Granted, Melky probably would not be on this list if not for his antics last July at The Ted.

CD posted about it the day after, demonstrating some rare prescience:

The guy acts like he’s going to toss baseballs to the fans, and then doesn’t. Like some smart ass 13-year-old, he taunts Heyward to run to third. He cadillacs out of the box after hitting a ball that nearly scraped the top of the wall on its way out. …

Of course, never mind that he has decided to take the game seriously only after being in the big leagues for several years. I hope he blows a hammy or loses 100 points off his batting average by the end of the season. Maybe he’ll get busted for ‘roids. I wouldn’t be surprised.