Posts for : 2013

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,…

It’s Never As Dark As It Seems

The news just keeps going from bad to worse.  A day after watching Jason Heyward stagger off the field after fracturing his jaw on a pitch to the face, the Atlanta Braves sent Brandon Beachy to go see the Harbinger of Death, Dr. James Andrews.  Today…locusts? Braves fans, as they have been ingrained to do, panic at the first sign of bad news.  Two bad things and a loss?  The crisis hot lines in the…

The Most Expensive Platoon Guy EVAH No More

At this point, B.J. Upton must be wondering what happened between leaving Tampa Bay and beginning this chapter of his career with the Braves. It was supposed to be a wonderful fit.  The Braves viewed Michael Bourn as overpriced and more likely to regress as his entire value was built on his speed.  Upton was younger, an accomplished base stealer of his own, and could play great defense even if it wasn’t otherworldly like Bourn.…

Howdy Elliot!

Earlier this season, the Braves looked like they had a wealth of depth in the middle infield.  In addition to their unquestioned starters, Ramiro Pena provided excellent numbers off the bench to go with valuable defense.  In the minors, there was last year’s opening day starter at shortstop, Tyler Pastornicky, and defensive wiz Paul Janish. But baseball has a way of destroying depth with unmatched quickness.  First, it was Pena’s shoulder.  Recently, it was Dan…