Posts for : February 2015

2015 Spring Training Information (About.com)

In today’s About.com’s article, I shift gears from analysis to providing a basic portal to relevant links for spring training, including the rosters, schedules, stats, and articles I’ve written about spring training battles. This one is light on new information, but it’s a valuable read for your questions related to spring training. Thanks for reading!

This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things…Again

From David O’Brien’s recent column on non-roster invitees, we get this little nugget. “He” in the following quote is Fredi Gonzalez. “I think the world of Eric Young,” he said. “He can really bring a different dynamic that we haven’t had here since Michael Bourn, leading off against right-handed pitching or whatever you want to do. So that’s an exciting non-roster invitee, really.” This is why Fredi Gonzalez is a mental midget. Now, most managers…

Trade Retrospective: Jair/Renty

Most have this belief that who ultimately wins a trade is based on the players that are actually in the trade. This tends to not be true in many instances. For instance, take the trade that sent Justin Upton and Aaron Northcraft to the Padres this winter. Now, we can put up the value that Upton posts and compare that with the value that the four prospects the Braves got out of the deal post…

Kimbrel’s 2015: How Rare of a Season Could It Be? (About.com)

Listen, I know Reds fans will disagree, but Craig Kimbrel is the best closer in baseball. I’m not even going to support that with numbers – it’s just a fact. Some argue that the Braves should trade Kimbrel if they are rebuilding (or remodeling (or retooling (or making up stuff as they go along))), but the Braves would need to have their socks blown off to make such a deal. As that is unlikely to…

Did Batting Leadoff Hurt Jason Heyward?

In a recent article with the St. Louis Dispatch, Jason Heyward commented that he felt batting leadoff with the Braves over the last couple of seasons contributed to his declining power because he felt that he was encouraged to work deeper into counts and not “let go.” While I could never explain the psyche of a player – way above my pay grade – I wondered if there was much evidence to support that. So, let’s…

Braves Bullpen: Help Wanter (About.com)

For a team that received a massive makeover, no single spot will look quite as different as the bullpen where only Craig Kimbrel and James Russell look like locks to open the year with the pen (and that might not be true…Russell is in the fifth starter mix). In addition to the other locks, the Braves have at least two spots that players are vying for this spring. The names read out like some of…

Random Ex-Brave: Tom Thobe

Welcome to exactly why this series exists. Tom Thobe spent eight years in professional ball, though that doesn’t include a four year layoff. In those eight years, he pitched in just seven games in the major leagues. Players like Thobe wouldn’t be much of a blimp in today’s era of hyper-analysis, but he especially wouldn’t get much of a mention in the mid-90’s era of “just report the basics” news coverage. But like I said,…