Posts for : January 2014

See ya, Elliot!

How considerate for former crappy Braves utility infielders to do me the solid of giving me a quick, easy column to write as my wife gave birth.  I’m actually writing this two days before it posts, yet through the magic of words, I will make it seem like it’s Wednesday. Happy hump day, everyone!  Hope you are enjoying your January 29, 2014.  (nailed it) Two days ago, as yesterday’s star Paul Janish was signing with…

See ya, Paul!

There comes a time in the life of every member of the Atlanta Braves baseball club where he must say good bye.  Sometimes, it’s a forceful good bye.  We all remember the public shunning of John Rocker by sending him to Cleveland.  Other times, a member of Atlanta leaves on his own, often with money bags provided by other poaching ballclubs.  Rarely, there are tears as that member is headed off into retirement, which we…

A Look Back: 2009 Draft

Let’s continue to look back at previous drafts.  Not sure how far into the past I’ll go, but I like looking back at how many players have contributed to Atlanta’s success or soon were found to be a bust.  You can look back at recent drafts already profiled by clicking on one of the following links: 2012, 2011, 2010. Today, we will look back at the 2009 draft.  Coming off a rough 2008, the Braves…

Welcome Back, Freddy!

Usually, when the Braves sign a guy, I do a Howdy column about that guy (provided I’m actually updating this blog).  However, I’m not sure I can say Howdy to a guy who is returning to the Braves because, I guess, nobody else was anxious for his services.  Freddy Garcia inked a minor league contract with the Braves that includes an invitation to spring training.  Presumably, Garcia will have an opportunity to enter the fifth…

The Golden Phils

How old are the Phillies? Their young star Domonic Brown turned 26 last September.  He’s about a week and a half younger than Braves veteran Justin Upton.  Other younger veterans on the Braves include Jason Heyward, Freddie Freeman, and Mike Minor. The prized new addition of the Phillies is Bobby Abreu.  He made it to the bigs the year after Chipper Jones‘s first full season in the majors.  Alex Wood was five years old.  Abreu’s…

See ya, Eric!

The news wasn’t exactly surprising.  Eric O’Flaherty is headed to the Bay Area after inking a 2-year, $7M contract with the Oakland Athletic People.  There was some increasing hope back in December that O’Flaherty would return to Atlanta, but those hopes stagnated over the last few weeks with reporters who follow the Braves commenting that the Braves and O’Flaherty weren’t even talking anymore. O’Flaherty was the kind of pickup that when your team makes it,…

A Look Back: 2010 Draft

Time to once again visit a recent draft.  While the 2011 and 2012 drafts have yielded just one major leaguer, the 2010 draft has given the Braves a  tremendous influx of talent, including 22% of their expected starting lineup next season.  Much like 2011, the Braves focused on college players, though not nearly to the same extent, even going so far as selecting a high school student with their first pick.  The Braves did not…