Posts for : December 2014

John Hart: Okay, so I lied. This is a rebuild.

Since being “hired” to head up things in Atlanta, we have heard John Hart mention several times one particular point that needed to be clarified. John Schuerholz has parroted the line. This is not a rebuild. We don’t use that word. We are retooling and trying to compete in 2015 with an eye towards having an even better club when the new ballpark opens in 2017. We are totally not rebuilding and breaking down something that…

Favorite Braves List – Center Field

(Previous information on this series can be found here. Of importance, this is not a best list, but a favorites list since I started to follow the Braves. That limits options from 1991-to-now.) Favorite Braves List (so far) Ace Starter – Greg Maddux #2 Starter – John Smoltz #3 Starter – Tim Hudson#4 Starter – Tom Glavine Catcher – Brian McCann First Base – Fred McGriff Second Base – Marcus Giles Shortstop – Andrelton Simmons…

Howdy Aaron!

When the Braves designated Anthony Varvaro for assignment on Monday, many of us were either confused or angry or both. Now that he has been dealt to the Red Sox for Aaron Kurcz and cash considerations, I’m not sure if that made anything better, but at least it was something. I guess. Let’s look at what the Braves got. Kurcz has had a pretty interesting career, both before becoming a professional and since. A fan…

Braves will Strike Out Less, but Will It Help?

The last two seasons under Frank Wren were uneven as the Atlanta Braves offense was both productive and dreadful. The only things that seemed to be consistent about the team was a pitching staff doing its job regardless of the injuries that were piling up and the constant reminder about how the team was striking out. Oh, the strikeouts. Over the last four years, the Braves have struck out at least 1,200 times after not…

See ya, Anthony…

First, there is a lot we don’t know as of this writing. Atlanta could be finalizing a trade that will make this move look much more reasonable so we shouldn’t immediately jump to the conclusion that the Braves are being extra strength stupid. With that said, the Braves twitterverse was in full uproar Monday evening when, as news broke that the Alberto Callaspo signing had been completed, in a related transaction, Atlanta designated reliever Anthony…

Last Minute Gift Ideas

Christmas is just around the corner and if you’re anything like me, you still have a few things to get. The Braves are in a similar position as they have done some of their shopping and they are keeping their eye on some big purchases if the price is right, but they also need to look for some little things to complete their Christmas shopping. Maybe a stocking stuffer or ugly sweater. Or power bat.…

Reviewing BA’s Top 10: 2001

Welcome to another look back at Baseball America’s Top Ten prospects for the Braves system. The system begins to show some weaknesses in 2001. Two years before, every prospect on the list made it to the majors. Three missed out in 2000 and three more, including two different players from the previous year, fail to get to the majors from the 2001 list. Half of this year’s list wasn’t featured during the previous year’s list,…