Posts for : June 2014

Trade Winds: The Perennial Losing Chicago Cubs

Unlike the teams I’ve profiled that would appear to be sellers, the Cubs did not add salary this season. In fact, they dropped about $14M in payroll from 2013, continuing a downward trend that began after about $144M budgeted for 2010. With at least five free agents pending, the Cubs certainly will be attempting to have a similar July that they did last year when they cashed in Scott Feldman, Matt Garza, Scott Hairston, and…

Random Prospect Sunday: Joey Terdoslavich

Every Sunday, I look at a random prospect in the Braves system, but this week is a little different, at least as far as definitions go. With 88 days of service, Joey Terdoslavich is technically not a rookie and therefore, he will be left off most “prospect lists.” If that wasn’t enough, being over 25 would push him off. But I make the rules here and Terdo can stay. Born on September 8th, 1988 in…

A Little Carolina League History

Growing up around Lynchburg, VA provided its citizens few advantages. We continuously have to correct people’s perception that the name comes from a racist and violent practice (actually, the city’s named after John Lynch). Not all of us were Jerry Falwell acolytes, willing to believe that evolution was a faux science invented by homosexuals. Nevertheless, there wasn’t a lot to do. For your rock fans, the music is rather lacking. For your movie fans, unless…

Some Recent Braves History in Doubleheaders

Starting at 2:05 EST, the Braves will begin a day-night doubleheader in Philadelphia. It is the first doubleheader of the season for Atlanta and will make up a previously postponed game because of weather. The development gave me reason to investigate how the Braves have performed in recent doubleheaders. I should add that today’s games and most, if not all, of the doubleheaders the Braves have played in recent history cannot be classified as true…

What Could Have Been? – Catcher

Last week, I finished up a series on the 1995 minor league teams. I like weekly columns because they’re easy to stick with and today, I unveil the first of a team I like to call the “What Could Have Been” bunch. Guys who, for whatever reason, were not able to stick around for long either in Atlanta or elsewhere. To be clear, this team will not include Jason Schmidt, Elvis Andrus, or even Garrett…

Chris Johnson’s Historically Bad Plate Discipline

One of the strangest numbers this season comes from Chris Johnson. With seven walks compared to a ridiculous 78 strikeouts, Johnson has a 0.09 BB/K ratio. Before I show you how odd of a number that truly is, let me first say that yes, Johnson has never walked much. In 2012, he walked a career-best 5.9% of the time and in his first season with the Braves, that number fell to 5.3%. His strikeout percentage…

Trade Winds: The Disappointing Colorado Rockies

To look at other recent blogs on possible teams to look at in the trade market before July 31st, click here. Like so many clubs, including both the Diamondbacks and Padres, the Rockies added salary this year and have been disappointing. Despite an extra $20M, Colorado has been stuck in reverse since April when they are 16-13. Since? 19-30. Part of that is their offense has come a little back to Earth, but it remains…