Maddux and Glavine, in bullets

Even though strikeouts were not his bread and butter, Maddux had more K’s (181) in 1995  than hits and walks combined en route to his fourth consecutive Cy Young. Mad Dog didn’t make it past the 4th inning in 2 of his first 5 starts as a Brave in 1993.  He pitched at least 5…

Bobby in the HOF

Bobby Cox unanimously elected to hall of fame. #braves — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 9, 2013 We assume Mad Dog and Glavine will join him. And, perhaps, Pete Van Wieren in the broadcaster’s wing. Another former Brave player and manager, Joe Torre, was unanimously voted in by the Veteran’s Committee, as was Tony LaRussa, who…

Most stat geeks clueless when it comes to drugs

Let me start by saying I’m not close-minded to the importance of advanced metrics in evaluating talent. I’m neither old school or new school — I just hate math. Unfortunately, many of the number crunchers seem driven by a conviction that they are more evolved than those who have better things to do with their…

Maddux slighted again, and was Smoltzie better than Glavine?

I’m thrilled that the last pitcher chosen in ESPN’s ranking of the 100 greatest players in MLB history is the perpetually underrated Knucksie, #100 overall. Not so much with the highest-ranked pitcher: Roger Clemens. ESPN cautions its list is a “judgment-free zone where Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and even Pete Rose are welcome.” (Rose debased the game but earned every one of his…