Posts for : March 2015

Profiling the Braves: Chipper Jones (About.com)

In the fourth addition to the Profiling the Braves series at About, I looked at Chipper Jones. I call him the best Atlanta Brave of all time because, unlike other Braves greats like Warren Spahn, Henry Aaron, or Eddie Mathews, Chipper spent his time with the franchise in Atlanta. And unlike Tom Glavine or Greg Maddux, he didn’t rack up numbers elsewhere. He spent 19 years in an Atlanta Brave uniform and is one of…

Braves Roster Beat: March 26 (About.com)

If you missed it, the Braves played today. They even won. Chris Johnson capped off a five-run first inning with a two-run homer, though sadly Bad Wandy Rodriguez showed up and switched uniforms with his better alter ego. He was still in line to get the dubya, but Josh Outman failed to live up to his name. Fortunately, the Braves have Jonny Gomes and he homered to put the Braves back on top. For more…

Favorite Braves List – Left-Hand Reliever

(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  Ace Starter – Greg Maddux #2 Starter – John Smoltz #3 Starter – Tim Hudson#4 Starter – Tom Glavine Closer – Craig Kimbrel RH-Reliever – Peter Moylan Catcher – Brian McCann First Base – Fred McGriff Second Base –…

Top 5 3B in Braves Franchise History

In my latest article for About.com, I looked at the top five third basemen in Atlanta Braves history. Surprisingly, no Chris Johnson, but the Braves are pretty fortunate to claim two of the top five third basemen in history in Eddie Mathews and Chipper Jones. Which one ranks #1? Read the article to find out.

Braves Roster Beat: March 23 (About.com)

Added a blog to the About.com page about today’s game, which, if you missed it, was a bit of a non-pitcher’s dual. The Braves scored 14 times. All in one game. The Astros scored ten times, though six of them came in the later innings when the Braves played the junior varsity kids. Nick Markakis finally got into a game and was solid while Zoilo Almonte‘s bat started to sizzle. We also saw good games…

Random Ex-Brave: John Burkett

(actually wrote this up Saturday to publish on Sunday, but something went wonky) There’s a lot that can be said about Leo Mazzone as Braves pitching coach. Some believe that anyone could look good when you oversee three Hall of Fame pitchers, though wouldn’t it be reasonable to assume that Mazzone helped them reach the Hall? Others faulted Mazzone with young pitchers who maybe didn’t want to throw six inches off the outside portion of…

2015 Top 30 Prospects: 10-1

Previous Rankings: 30-21 | 20-11 Ah, the top ten. The creme of the crop. This section would have looked a lot more depressing had the trades this offseason not brought an influx of top-end talent. Half of the top 10 were acquired this offseason. If you include the top 12, seven were picked up since the end of 2014’s season. That means that guys I graded at C+ would be in the second half of the…