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Thoughts on Cole Hamels and the Braves

Thoughts on Cole Hamels and the Braves

This is less of a rumor and more of one guy suggesting it as a possibility, but The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo lists the Braves as possible suitors not only for Mike Moustakas, but also southpaw Cole Hamels. The first player has been discussed exhaustively starting with last offseason and continuing through the failed Jose Bautista experiment. But what about Hamels, a pitcher the Braves were all-too-happy to see get traded to the Rangers a…

Bautista Gone, Sets Precedent for Other Free Agents

Bautista Gone, Sets Precedent for Other Free Agents

Joey Bats is batting no more. Now he is batting for the Mets. Ha. José Bautista’s time with the Braves was short-lived, but you can’t say that he wasn’t given the chance to prove himself multiple times in high leverage moments. When Bautista joined the team on May 4, Braves country was excited as well as a little concerned at how Bautista would work with the chemistry of the team. Still, it was a chance…

Transaction Tuesday: Jose Bautista Released and Other Moves

Transaction Tuesday: Jose Bautista Released and Other Moves

A former superstar is released while a few new players join the system in this week’s report. The Braves also activate their starting shortstop and continue to shuffle pitchers on-and-off the major league roster. Not much top prospect movement, though. Reminder – the Dominican Summer League will get going very soon. June 2, in fact. The DSL Braves will look to improve on their 18-53 finish last year. Period covered: 5/15-5/22. If a number is…

TOT – The Time Jim Thorpe Was a Brave

TOT – The Time Jim Thorpe Was a Brave

Transaction of Today – May 21, 1919…The New York Giants trade Jim Thorpe to the Boston Braves for a player to be named later. The Boston Braves sent Pat Ragan (May 30, 1919) to the New York Giants to complete the trade. He was the greatest American athlete of his time. A Gold Medalist, professional football player, and even a basketball player, Jim Thorpe also played a half-dozen years of professional baseball. His natural gifts…

TOT – Braves Let Casey Stengel Start His Epic Journey

TOT – Braves Let Casey Stengel Start His Epic Journey

Transaction of Today – May 20, 1925…The Boston Braves release Casey Stengel. It was his second career as a manager that would one day get him to Cooperstown, but for fourteen years, The Old Perfessor (sic) played professional ball – and sometimes rather well. His last stop with Boston, much like his first stop with Brooklyn, would allow Stengel to both play and manage for the same franchise. Of course, it was later as the…

Best F’s in Franchise History

Best F’s in Franchise History

Our Team “E” squad was an awful one to write about. Team F, though, has some fun names – including a few current Braves. In fact, Team F carries a heavy-Atlanta flavor as Boston and Milwaukee are not represented all that well by this squad. There are some weak points – especially the outfield – but there are some real strengths as well. As always, at the end, we’ll match Team F up against our…

Bruce Zimmermann Shocking Everyone

Bruce Zimmermann Shocking Everyone

When the Atlanta Braves picked Bruce Zimmermann last June with their fifth-round choice, the rationale was simple. The organization has had luck with small-college arms with impressive numbers. The bigger takeaway, however, was that Zimmermann was a senior sign. A senior sign is almost a rarity in today’s age. It refers to a guy who has exhausted his amateur status and has no leverage to go back to school rather than sign. Because Zimmermann had spent…