Posts for : 2015

Can Chris Johnson Be Fixed? (About.com)

Posted my most recent article at the new About.com site. Here is a summary… Chris Johnson was a breakthrough player for the Braves in 2013, but an increase on swings, especially outside the strikezone, led to a rapid fall from grace. With a new three year deal beginning this season, what exactly went wrong and is it fixable? Give it a look!

Breaking News: Atlanta Braves Spring Roster Balloons to 231 Players

You can’t say that John Hart has been passive this winter. In addition to all of the big moves and the recent additions of Kelly Johnson and Jonny Gomes, the Braves claimed Eury Perez off waivers from the New York Yankees Friday night. So, add him to the collection of players who will come to spring training and battle for playing time while the casual Braves fans try to figure out who the hell are…

A New Opportunity (for me)

I don’t often make posts with specific focus on me. Even when I do mention my history, I do so specifically in regards to a player, game, etc. That will be a little different in this post. About a month ago, I accepted an opportunity to write for About.com with their new revamped sports section. The opportunity was too great for me personally. I am not trying to make blogging and analysis a career, but I…

Favorite Braves List – Right Field

(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 (so far) Ace Starter – Greg Maddux #2 Starter – John Smoltz #3 Starter – Tim Hudson#4 Starter – Tom Glavine Closer – Craig Kimbrel Catcher – Brian McCann First Base – Fred McGriff Second Base – Marcus Giles…

Spring Training Preview: The Bullpen

When the 2014-15 offseason is looked it, we will be mesmerized by the amount of turnover. Of the 39 players who played at least one game with the Braves last season, 19 of them are already gone and that does not include Kris Medlen or Brandon Beachy. Outfield stands out as a position in great change and I profiled the starting rotation last week which saw an entire starting staff move on. Let’s not ignore…

Kelly Comes Home

It’s worth noting that, yes, I do know that Kelly Johnson was born in Texas, but nobody likes a stickler for details so run with the title of this post dammit. I have probably mentioned this before and if we go way back, you need no reminding, but I was a big fan of Kelly Johnson as he climbed up the ladder to the majors. The 38th overall pick of the 2000 draft struck out…

Jonny Gomes: A win-win situation

I think a lot of people have this idea that when you rebuild a team, you just throw as many young players into the mix and roll with it. See what the kids can do is the common sentiment shared by many who see a team rebuilding. However, the reality is that if a player is not major league quality, giving him at-bats just to “see what he can do” is a ridiculous proposition. Oh,…