Posts for : January 2016

TOT: Braves Add Lowe and Kawakami. Braves Fans shudder.

Transactions of Today…January 13, 2009 – The Atlanta Braves signed Derek Lowe and Kenshin Kawakami as free agents. Oh, this day. If any one day led to Frank Wren’s firing, it was this one – even if it took years to happen. Dilip Vishwanat | Getty Images First, let’s go with a history refresher. The Atlanta Braves lose 90 games with Bobby Cox at the helm in 2008. It was Wren’s first season after taking…

Scouting Report – Erick Aybar

Brace Himmelgarn | Getty Player: Erick Aybar Date of Scouting Report: 1/11/16 Age: 32 in 2016 How acquired: Trade with Angels for Andrelton Simmons Salary: $8.5M Years Before Free Agency: 1 Brief Bio: With seven years as a durable everyday starter in the tank, Aybar was a suitable replacement for Simmons after the latter was traded to the Angels. Unfortunately for the Braves, Aybar has shown signs of decline since a .290/.324/.416 2012 season in 2012 with a wOBA. A suitable…

Random Former Prospect Sunday – Bobby Smith

During the season, Sundays are set aside to take a look at a prospect at random, but with the minor league season over, I wasn’t sure what to do for my Sunday article until this nugget of an idea came my way. How about we look at players who ranked in Baseball America’s Top 100 while part of the Braves’ organization, yet never appeared for the Braves? Over the next few months, I’ll take a…

This Week at AtlantaBraves.About.com

Here’s a list of articles I wrote this week at my other blog, AtlantaBraves.About.Com. All article links open to a new tab/window. 5 for Monday: Trades, the Hall of Fame, and more -Weekly review article focuses on the chances of trading either Michael Bourn or Nick Swisher, the Hall of Fame chances of ex-Braves, looking back at the Cameron Maybin deal, and more. Ken Griffey Jr.: The Almost Brave -If you are a Braves fan,…

TOT – Beaneaters Search for Starting Catcher for 1894

Transaction of the Day…January 9, 1894 – Boston Beaneaters announce catcher Charlie Bennett‘s career is over * Transcendental GraphicsGetty Images An established catcher before coming to Boston, Bennett was one of the best in the National League before 1900. In fact, in the NL’s 17-years before the turn of the century, Bennett’s 38.8 WAR ranks fourth among catchers according to Fangraphs. It might have been even higher without the events of January 9, 1894. Unlike…

TOT: Braves Conspire To Not Sign Horner

Transaction of the Day…January 7, 1987 – The Atlanta Braves and Bob Horner do not agree to a contract and Horner is not allowed to re-sign with Atlanta until at least May 1. Seems weird that today’s transaction is actually not even a transaction, but that doesn’t make it any less important. B Bennett | Getty Images Peter Ueberroth, the commissioner of major league baseball, conspired with owners following the 1985 season to fix the…

Why Fred McGriff is a “No” for the Hall

While we were gushing over Ken Griffey Jr. voting totals (read my profile of him as The Almost Brave) or how Mike Piazza‘s back acne wasn’t enough to keep him out of the HOF for a fourth year or how Tim Raines and Jeff Bagwell look like they will get in next year…one topic was brought up on a couple of occasions by the AJC’s David O’Brien. “(Fred) McGriff’s total up, but still only 20.9…