Posts for : February 2015

Random Ex-Brave: Mike Cather

One thing I love about following a team is guys like Mike Cather. He was never much of a prospect and had little success in the minor leagues, but he was able to, for a couple of seasons, make the National League forget that he shouldn’t have been in the majors to begin with. Then, like someone decided that was enough, Cather was gone from the major league picture. It’s funny how these guys seem…

John Hart’s Leap of Faith (About.com)

The signing was questionable at the time, but the answers have become even more difficult to understand. Why did the Braves sign Nick Markakis to a four year contract, possibly outbidding other teams that weren’t in the middle of a team rebuild? That was a head scratcher and it was made worse by the trades that followed and the neck surgery the Braves apparently knew all about. In my most recent article at About.com, I revisit…

Top 5 Second Basemen in Braves History (About.com)

As I have successfully got back into the schedule of things, I have added another column at the About page with a run-down of the top five second baseman, by WAR, in Braves history. What I love about doing articles like this is players who I never really considered become part of the discussion. I love reading about Ross Barnes and how dynamic a player he was for Boston before the turn of the century.…

Random Ex-Brave: Kenny Lofton

After the 1996 World Series ended in complete disappointment, the Atlanta Braves were at a crossroads that would decide the next half-decade. They still had a cadre of players who were young and productive like Javy Lopez, Ryan Klesko, Chipper Jones, and the surprising rookie, Jermaine Dye. But their starting pitching had finally shown signs of cracking. Steve Avery had began to fade, prompting the trade of Jason Schmidt and other pieces to the Pirates for…

What did the Braves Get in Dian Toscano?

In my latest About.com column, I went over some scouting reports on Dian Toscano. The Cuban was not a big prospect compared to other players that defected from the island nation, but the Braves saw enough to send $6.1M his way. What kind of player will he be? Well, it’s only guess work right now, but on the bright side, he could post production resembling a Marlin outfielder. No, not that guy. Read my column.

Spring Training Preview: C/IF

(Been a little preoccupied so my blogs have suffered. Hopefully, I’ll get back on schedule starting today.) Previous previews: Starting Rotation / Bullpen For the rebuilding Atlanta Braves, this offseason has been one of great change and even greater discontent from the fan base. I don’t know about you, but I’m sick to death of hearing the old adage, “well, they weren’t winning with those guys.” But I get it…there were issues and rather than…

Why Did the Braves Trade David Hale? (About.com)

In today’s article for the About.com page, I looked into the possible rationale for trading David Hale last week. I personally have not been Hale’s biggest fan, but as I watched social media in the wake of the trade, I was reminded how much people liked him. Therefore, I tried to explain the bigger issues that Hale was dealing with which led to him getting packaged to Denver. Please give it a read!