Posts for : August 2013

Making Sense Out of Baseball’s Senselessness

Baseball is such a strange sport.  I have followed baseball for 31 years now.  Sure, when I was a little tot, I wasn’t that interested in the rules of the game or the statistical analysis side.  Regardless, I was at the ballpark because my father was an usher for the local Carolina League team and I got in for free.  As I have gotten older, my understanding of the sport has increased in many areas…from…

Alternate Universe: Braves Do Not Trade Yunel Escobar in 2010

(Hi.  I’m going to try this because I like the idea of how making one move ends up being quite significant.  I realize that it’s impossible to take the numbers a player put up in one place and translate them to the next.  The league and park factors are ignored when you do that.  This isn’t an exact study, but a simple exercise.  Hope you enjoy it and maybe I’ll try this again soon.) Figured…

The Braves Should Extend Both Gonzalez and Wren

In the film Moneyball, Oakland Athletics manager Art Howe, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, brings up his discontent with managing in the final season of his contract with general manager Billy Beane.  Portrayed by Brad Pitt, Beane is not willing to talk about an extension with Howe and provide the aging manager job security.  In real life, Howe was in the first year of an extension that led into the next season.  But in Hollywood,…

Random Ex-Brave: Marvin Freeman

(I write these Random Ex-Brave blogposts ahead of time with the idea that I can utilize them if I am ever dealing with writer’s block or very busy.  The latter is the case today as I am currently away from home after spending last night in a classroom.  I am continuing my education so I will try to see how this blog fits into my schedule.  Obviously, it won’t be ahead of family or school.…

Freddie Freeman – Understanding Criticism

It’s actually not that often that a tweet really gets my attention.  Maybe it’s the character limit. However, I saw this one today from David O’Brien and it did garner some thought: Some SABRE folks say Freeman not good 1b. In past 2 weeks I’ve heard 3 out-of-town writers and 2 non #Braves coaches say he’s Gold Glover — David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) August 26, 2013 My first thought was what would Jo Bennett’s printer company…

Random Prospect of the Day – Elmer Reyes

There’s no doubt about it.  Elmer Reyes is not the biggest shortstop prospect in the system.  In fact, he’s not the biggest shortstop prospect at A-ball with Jose Peraza at Rome.  The 22 year-old native of Nicaragua would like to become just the second Atlanta Brave from the country in recent memory (the most famous baseball player from the country is Dennis Martinez).  However, he has a long battle to get to the bigs on…

Howdy Freddy!

You know when people leave ridiculous statements in your yearbook like “what a long and strange journey it’s been.”  It’s supposed to be a deep statement that reflects all the twists and turns during a set time period. For Freddy Garcia, it’s more than a cliche.  Garcia was acquired Friday from the Orioles for cash, which was surprising on two fronts.  One, I had no earthly clue Garcia was still toiling around somewhere and two,…