Posts for : January 2014

When Will Smoltzie Have His Day?

When this year’s class of the Hall of Fame was announced, the heavy representation of Atlanta Braves brought back memories of the good ol’ days.  The Streak has long ago faded into the past as an accomplishment of yesteryear, but the announcement of Bobby Cox, Greg Maddux, and Tom Glavine going into the Hall of Fame during the same year had to make even the most cynical Braves fans smile. There was one possible way…

I’m Thinking Arby’s

Friday was a big day for baseball nerds.  While most baseball fans could care less about arbitration deadlines and what it means for both the budget of the upcoming season and the budgets for the years to follow, those of us who kept our twitter rolling were interested to see who settled and who didn’t.  Friday was the day that players and teams formally submitted what their different ideas on a “fair” salary might be…

Is 31 Too Late To Start Pitching?

There are certain positions in sports that, despite clear flaws, you will continue to get opportunities because your skillset is forever in demand.  Big men will always have a job in the NBA.  You might not be a true post presence and you may get confused as to what to do with the ball in your hand, but a big body gets you jobs.  True, you probably shouldn’t unpack that suitcase because your flaws eventually…

Should the Braves Consider a Kyle Lohse-ish Pickup?

Last season, Kyle Lohse received a qualifying offer from the Cardinals and several teams shied away from signing him.  Lohse was not an ace, but a good quality pitcher who can help out a team by being a solid starter.  Eventually, on March 25th last year, Lohse finally signed a 3 year, $33M contract with the Brewers with $7M deferred.  Whether or not the Brewers waited out the market, Lohse was signed to a deal…

A Look Back: 2011 Draft

A few days ago, I went over the 2012 draft’s first ten picks with a few more interesting ones to review how the 2012 players are progressing.  Today, let’s look at the 2011 draft.  The 2011 draft has yet to graduate a player to the majors, though a few have made it to AAA.  The draft is known for the Braves selecting an insane amount of college players, including the first ten and 27 of…

Google Alert alerted me to Ignorance

Every day, I get a Google Alert about the Braves.  Often, the articles are not noteworthy and are made up of analysis of a recent acquisition, or during the season, of a recent game.  This offseason has seen a lot of articles about the pending move to Cobb County in 2017 and most recently, articles talking about how awesome Greg Maddux was or in Tom Glavine’s case, how frustrating #47 made it on hitters. But…

MLB Right Now Pisses Off Braves Fans Right Now

MLB Network is making their way through their positional rankings.  The series, titled Top 10 Right Now, debuted their shortstop rankings Friday night and two former Braves made the list along with Atlanta’s current shortstop.  However, where Andrelton Simmons was ranked frustrated a lot of Braves fans.  The Shredder, a computer-based system, ranked Simmons as the 8th best shortstop in the game right now.  Was that fair?  Do the Braves fans have a legitimate beef?…