Posts for : March 2015

Warren Spahn – Greatest Left-Handed Pitcher of All-Time? (About.com)

In case you missed it, yesterday I posted the latest edition of my on-going series, Profiling the Braves. It was a lot of fun to write and maybe that is because Warren Spahn was the subject. Possibly the best left-handed pitcher the game has ever seen, Spahn was also an accomplished soldier in World War II, earning the right to be called the most decorate ballplayer of World War II. He also was a bit…

Taking A Look at the East: Philadelphia Phillies

Over the next four days, I’ll give a short preview of the other four NL East teams the Braves will deal with in their efforts to shock the world because they are totally not rebuilding this season. Let’s start with the team that makes me feel better about the Braves. Philadelphia Phillies Additions: Jeff Francoeur, Kevin Slowey, Aaron Harang, Jordan Danks, Chad Billingsley,  Subtractions: Mike Adams, Kyle Kendrick, A.J. Burnett, Antonio Bastardo, Jimmy Rollins, Marlon…

2015 Top 30: And One More (…at each position)

Previous Rankings: 30-21 | 20-11 | 10-1 Over the last three weeks, I looked at my Top 30. You can revisit those links above, but today I am going to go the extra mile even though no one asked me to and add ten more players to the mix. This isn’t necessarily the first ten that were out of the mix, but one player for each position. Some of these could be sleepers who by…

See ya, James!

The release of James Russell on Sunday was a bit shocking. Sure, Braves beat writers will point out that he gave up nine earned runs in 7.2 ING to go with a 3/3 BB/K. But it was still surprising to see a guy who was expected to be safe as one of the relievers in the remodeled bullpen get cut in spring training. No trade – just flat-out released. The Braves did save nearly $2M…

Roster Prediction: Where the 25 Stand (March 29 Final Edition)

Time to make one last 25-man roster prediction for the season. By this time next week, we will know what the roster is finally. It’s been as wide-open as any spring in recent memory and I am willing to bet at least two of the guys I have on the 25-man won’t be there when the season opens. But…hey, gotta try to guess. Although, the Braves threw me a curveball when a guy I thought…

Random Ex-Brave: Ray Holbert

I admit this series is an odd bird. There is no rhyme or reason to it outside of looking at players since 1991 who have been a part of the experience of me watching the Braves. Some were long-term fixtures while others had just a year or two. But because of the nature of this series where I use a random year and a random player from that year, I sometimes get a guy like…

Braves Roster Beat: March 28 (About.com)

In today’s on-going series that looks at those who helped or hurt their case to make the 2015 roster, I looked at the surprising Pedro Ciriaco, who started in left field on Saturday. We’ve also see Philip Gosselin in the outfield and both got a cameo in center field as the Braves search for a backup there. It made me wonder if Gosselin’s 40-man status will help him make the 2015 roster, but it’s going…