Posts for : August 2015

Giving Up 20 Is Unusual

The Braves just lost 20-6 so I figured it was a good time to fire up the Play Index and check out other times the Braves pitching gave up at least twenty. This is a good moment to tell you that if you aren’t already a Play Indez subscriber at Baseball-Reference, you should be. It’s a fun way to look up things just like this. One little note. Play Indez goes back to 1914. The…

Random Prospect Sunday – Braxton Davidson

Keith Law said he had one of the best swings in the 2014 draft class. John Manual of Baseball America named him the best pure hitter and best power hitter that the Braves drafted last year. SB Nation’s Matt Garrioch said that in this player, you find the rare “middle of the order impact bat.” Certainly, Braxton Davidson is an intriguing prospect. Despite being given a mid-first round grade, he slipped all the way to…

Jonny Gomes Pitching Was More Than a Novelty

Some so-and-so’s on Twitter voiced their displeasure of Jonny Gomes pitching Friday night. “Embarrassing,” they called it. Using Gomes was “making a mockery of the game.” Don’t get me wrong – Gomes looked awful on the mound and every bit of a guy who has never pitched a game in his life (which he hadn’t). His pitching motion evolved during the inning with him suddenly deciding to do a Luis Tiant-impression. His pitches confused Gamecast…

Minor League Stats Pack for August 29

Coming down the stretch for the minor league seasons, here is this week’s Minor League Stat Pack. As usual, be sure to check out the major league companion article I posted today at About.com. Gwinnett – Mallex Smith For August, Smith has hit a robust .348 with 13 steals. He’s walked 8 times to 16 K’s and added eight extra base hits, a single-month high for this year. He’s picked up a base hit in…

Once a Brave, Always a Brave – International Edition

One more look around the world as this series takes us to the players who are playing in either Japan, Korea, or Mexico. For a previous look at this list from way back in May, click here. As usual, these lists cannot be considered exhaustive and with more research, I probably could find more. Japan / Nippon Professional Baseball Barbaro Canizares (Fukoda)…A Cuban refugee, Canizares joined the Braves in 2006 and made his major league…

Happy birthday, Julio!

Today is Julio Franco‘s 57th birthday. Yes, he’s just 57. Isn’t that an odd idea that someone can only be just 57? Jed Jacobsohn | Getty Images It was 2001 that Franco magically arrived on the team. After letting Andres Galarraga leave, the Atlanta Braves made the decision that Rico Brogna was their guy at first base. Rico had been a productive player between 1995-1999, bashing 20 homers four times, but Brogna was a Brave…

This Week at About.com

In addition to my award-winning* posts here, I also write for AtlantaBraves.About.com and this week saw the publication of three new articles there. I have one ready for Monday so keep an eye open for that. As always, I would be indebted if you would click on the following links as page clicks there are kind of nice. Braves Having No Regrets About Trading Heyward Yeah, Shelby Miller‘s win-loss record is poor. It goes beyond just…