Posts for : January 2016

Thursday Throwback – Terrell Wade

(This column used to be called Random Ex-Brave.) You have to love the Braves’ scouting team in the late 80’s and early 90’s. They owned the draft and added major league talent every year – talent that would help the Braves begin their streak of division titles in 1991. They added players like Andruw Jones and Javy Lopez on the international market, helping to add dynamic offensive threats to the franchise. Stephen Dunn | Getty…

TOT: Braves Go Double on Ex-AL 3Bs

Transaction Of Today – January 5, 2010…The Atlanta Braves signed Troy Glaus and Eric Hinske as free agents. Sorry, couldn’t find a Braves pic with bothJay Gula | Getty Images The 2009 Atlanta Braves finished short in their bid to return to the playoffs, but had high expectations entering 2010 to rectify that. Jason Heyward was about to arrive, they had some nice young pieces in the rotation like Jair Jurrjens and Tommy Hanson, and…

TOT: Braves Add A Projection System’s Namesake

Transaction of Today – January 4, 1993…The Atlanta Braves signed Bill Pecota as a free agent. For many, the name “Pecota” makes us think less of the third baseman, who played in nearly 700 career games, and more the projection system developed by Nate Silver that helps estimate future performance. The system is used primarily by Baseball Prospectus and it’s pretty decent…as far as projection systems go. Mitchell Layton | Getty Sports But there’s this…

Murray Chass Is A Bitter Man

There are times when I read an article where I curse the fact that FireJoeMorgan.com is no longer maintained. As I read each word of the aforementioned article, all I think is “if only this article got the FJM treatment, it would be both hilarious and infuriating instead of only the latter.” I’d like to believe I have half of the talent those guys do, though that almost certainly is an inflated sense of self.…

Random Former Prospect Sunday – Bubba Nelson

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. Braves Could Be Post-Christmas Shoppers -With money in the tank, the Braves are primed to look for good opportunities for 2016. Yoenis Cespedes, Justin Upton, and Ian Kennedy could all be decent targets, though they comes with their fair share of concerns as I look at in the article. Who are the Top…

TOT: 2006 Was Not a Good Year for the Braves Bullpen

Transaction of Today…January 2, 2006 – The Atlanta Braves signed Scott Mullen as a free agent. Lefthand relief was a mess for the 2006 Braves. Come to think of it, most things were a mess for that team. Chris Reitsma opened up the year as the closer and was shelled. The Braves turned to Jorge Sosa, which went about as bad you might think. 31 year-old Ken Ray even picked up five saves to match…