Posts for : January 2015

2015 Hall of Fame Ballot

With the voting results being announced later today, I felt it was a good time to provide my ballot. It’s a tough, tough year to limit this ballot to only ten players as those left out for PEDs are causing a bloated amount of deserving players to choose from. Plus, ridiculous arbitrary personal rules like “I won’t vote for too many people” and “he’s not a first ballot guy” and “he pitched during the steroid…

See ya, Aaron!

It’s difficult to write this, but the Braves should have brought back Aaron Harang. Those words shouldn’t go together and by no means do I consider Harang the missing piece to anything, but for a team rebuilding for the future, Harang would have been a great fit. Wait, what? A pitcher that will turn 37 in May is a fit for the future? I’ll get to that. In case you haven’t heard, the Phillies signed…

Reviewing BA’s Top Ten: 2004

Once again, it is time to continue the journey through 15 years of Baseball America’s Top 10 Braves prospects. This year’s list includes nine future major leaguers and six of the famed Baby Braves of 2005. Atlanta would place three players in the overall top 50. Also notable is that all but one of the players that made this list were drafted by the Braves. They hadn’t had so much luck in the draft since…

Random Ex-Brave: Mark Whiten

We often think of baseball in the strict terms of what we see and quantify. Chipper Jones hit 45 homers the year he won the MVP. Greg Maddux had a 1.90 ERA in his first 89 starts with the Braves. When going into the sixth inning with the lead, the 2013 Braves were 66-6, a winning percentage of .917. But real life has a way of impacting the direction of a baseball team. John Hart…

Favorite Braves List – Closer

(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…

Braves 86 the Carp

Ya know, it’s damn inconvenient of the Atlanta Braves to pull off a trade as I am trying like hell to catch up to my blog schedule. Oh, you don’t care? Well…ouch. I thought we were friends. Anyway, arbitration-eligible David Carpenter was packaged with likable lefty Chasen Shreve in a trade with the Yankees Thursday as the Braves grab ex-prospect Manny Banuelos in return. I’ll get back to the newest Brave in a second, but…