Posts for : December 2015

Kyle Kendrick is a Brave. Well, of course he is!

Thearon W. Henderson – Getty Images The Braves continued to add to their impressive amount of veterans playing for a job by adding Kyle Kendrick on Thursday. While I have lauded pickups like Jhoulys Chacin and Alex Torres, I’m not all that impressed with Kendrick. Now, to be fair to Kendrick, he has spent his entire career playing in Philly and Colorado, which possess home parks that certainly aren’t very forgiving to pitchers who lack…

Braves Add Alex Torres

Is it fair to Alex Torres that all we know about him is that he wears a big hat/helmet? Is it fair to Alex Torres that his nickname, according to Baseball-Reference, is Dark Helmet? Is it fair to…holy crap, it’s a koozie for his hat! Tom Szczerbowski | Getty Images Sport By now, you probably have heard that the Braves have added Torres on a minor league deal with an invite to spring training. Torres…

Returning Minor League Players

Most of these are old signings, but I’m just now getting around to it. Here is a list of players that were re-signed to minor league contracts for 2016. Matt Kennelly – An Aussie who has been a fixture in the offseason with the Perth Heat of the Australian Baseball League with brothers Tim and Sam, Matt has been in the system since 2007 save for a few months when the Reds picked him up in…

TOT – Braves Add Tony Cuccinello – Again!

Transaction of Today…December 30, 1941 – The Boston Braves signed Tony Cuccinello as a free agent. Sports Studio Photos | Getty Images Sport Boston just couldn’t quit Cootch. Born in 1907 on Long Island, Cuccinello was a diminutive middle infielder who first appeared in the majors with the Reds in 1930. He quickly showed he belonged by hitting .312/.380/.451 with 10 HR, a fairly surprising show of power from the 5’7″, 160 pound player. He…

TOT: Braves cut Ernie Johnson only to bring him back later

Transaction of Today…December 23, 1958 – The Milwaukee Braves released Ernie Johnson. While Ernie Johnson’s voice didn’t reach me nearly as much as other Braves fans who actually lived in the area, it’s hard not to be awestruck by Johnson’s career both on the field and in the booth. But as Christmas neared in 1958, the Milwaukee Braves said goodbye to Johnson. He had been a World Series hero in 1957, but time caught up…

TOT: Braves Trade Klesko. It. Did. Not. Work.

Transaction of Today…December 22, 1999 – The San Diego Padres traded Wally Joyner, Reggie Sanders and Quilvio Veras to the Atlanta Braves for Bret Boone, Ryan Klesko and Jason Shiell. When some trades happen, you kinda get excited about them. They seem to fix all of the wrongs. They seem like the perfect answer. Today’s trade seemed that way to me when it was announced in 1999. Now, I was just a 17 year-old kid,…

TOT: Flashback to ’91. 1891.

Transaction of Today…December 21, 1891 – The Boston Beaneaters obtained Hugh Duffy who was previously under league control. Nothing quite like following a team with 140 years of history to pull from. You can step into the wayback machine anytime you want and go way the hell back to a few days before Christmas, 1891. The Boston Beaneaters were coming off a first-place finish in the National League, their first such title since 1883. In the…