Posts for : April 2015

OOTP: Week 3

Many apologies for the lack of posting over the last week or so. No, it wasn’t the Braves poor play that had me avoiding writing about them, but life’s incessant need to throw curveballs, plus the hectic last minute planning that goes into a girl’s fourth birthday party. Hoping next week works out far better. This column was meant to be posted on Friday, but better late than never. As the title suggests, this is…

Random Prospect Sunday – Tyler Jones

You take chances with strikeout arms. You never really know when they will be able to put it all together and turn their obvious potential into positive results. If they can provide some organizational depth, all the better. That’s why the Braves inked Tyler Jones to a minor league contract before the season. Cut by the Minnesota Twins in the final week of spring training, he was not unemployed long as the Braves swooped in.…

OOTP Week 2

Six games are on tap for this week’s OOTP Update. Last week, I began an on-going simulation of the 2015 season with the assistance of Out of the Park 16, the most recent update to the OOTP series. While the real-life club opened the year with a sweep of the Marlins, my club won two-of-three. This week, the Braves open their home slate with a half-dozen games against the Mets and Marlins. Chris Johnson, who…

Random Ex-Brave: Nate McLouth

One of the strange things to hurt Frank Wren as general manager was the inexplicable fall from grace by several players that he either traded for or signed as a free agent. Melvin Upton Jr. and Dan Uggla might stand out the most, but Nate McLouth can’t be overlooked. He was supposed to be the guy who brought stability to center field – where there was none. He was supposed to provide some production at…

Once a Brave, Always a Brave – The Indies

Last week, I looked at the former Braves players who opened up the season with another major league team. This week, I’m going to shift gears and look at the independent leagues and what former Braves are scattered around. This proves quite difficult because rosters aren’t even finalized and these leagues aren’t quite as interested in updating their websites in a timely manner. This makes this list not nearly exhaustive, but I believe it’s a…

Breaking Down the First Week of Baseball

Fresh off the presses at About.com…well, maybe not fresh off the presses in the literal sense…anyway, just added today is a Monday Recap of the first week of the season for the Atlanta Braves. It was a pretty good week that saw Andrelton Simmons return to a more controlled swing that leads to liners, Jason Grilli showing that closers might just grow on trees, and that the Braves smallball looks much better when it includes…

Bill Shanks Gets It Wrong On How Ken Rosenthal Gets It Wrong

It’s important when you write up an article to directly attack another article’s findings to understand the scope of the latter article. After all, when you muddle the issue with a variety of findings that have nothing to do with the original article, you are destroying your credibility to simply focus on what is at hand. Today’s example – Bill Shanks, of Scout.com, recently penned “Ken Rosenthall Gets It Wrong on the Braves.” By its…