Posts for : May 2016

Transaction Tuesday: Thayer, Shae, Parsons, McCreery

These moves cover May 24 to May 30. Check out the previous week’s recap. Gwinnett Braves Signed: Dale Thayer…For three years, Thayer was an above-average reliever for the Padres, but his numbers fell off the map last year. This year, he appeared in seven ugly games with Tulsa in the Double-A Texas League. Worth a shot, but Thayer is in his age-35 year and unlikely to find much more success during his professional career. Promoted…

Worst 5 Braves Drafts Since 2000 – #4

So far in this series, I’ve looked at the fifth worst and fifth best drafts since 2000 for the Atlanta Braves. Today, I’ll head back to the bad side with a look at the fourth worst Braves draft. Best/Worst Drafts since 2000 Worst: #5, 2009 | #4, 2004 | #3, 2013 | #2, 2011 | #1, 2001 Best: #5, 2010 | #4, 2015 | #3, 2007 | #2, 2002 | #1, 2000 By elemenous on Flickr (Original…

“It feels like every move has backfired.”

By Arturo Pardavila III on Flickr (Original version) UCinternational (Crop) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons Today, The Hardball Times published an article by Alex Remington titled “How to Lose Fans and Alienate People: The 2016 Atlanta Braves.” It’s a long look into the current team, with many fans chiming in with their assorted disappointment. “I hate these guys,” one suggests. “You wonder if they know what they’re doing,” ponders another. And then there is…

Thursday Throwback – Mike Mordecai

By self (self) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Atlanta had a lot of players come up in the early-to-mid 90’s who played a variety of roles. Some were superstars; others were average fill-ins. Outside of 1995, Mike Mordecai was just a guy for the Braves. His biggest hit would come much later in his career well after the Braves had moved on. Born 12 days before Christmas in 1967, the Alabama native became a star…

Braves Claim Dario Alvarez from Mets

By slgckgc on Flickr (Original version) UCinternational (Crop) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons For Dario Alvarez, yesterday’s news opens yet another opportunity for the Dominican-born lefty to finally get a sustained look. For the Braves, it’s another example in the long line of throwing enough junk against the wall in hopes that some of it will stick. Alvarez has been around for a long time. 27 years-old, Alvarez first appeared in professional ball with…

Braves Need to Consider Dumping Markakis

By Keith Allison on Flickr [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons I despise the label “professional hitter.” Aren’t they all? Even Julio Teheran is a professional hitter since he gets paid to do it. And even if you roll your eyes at taking the literal meaning of the phrase, it’s an entirely misapplied and pointless phrase that is often handed out as a consolation prize. One Brave who receives the phrase is Nick Markakis. He…

Best 5 Braves Drafts Since 2000 – #5

A little while back, I began the Top 5 and Worst 5 drafts for the Braves since 2000 with the fifth worst. However, I don’t want to focus entirely on the bad because that would be both sad and really sad. With that in mind, today we go with the fifth best. Of course, the fourth worst draft is sitting waiting to be written after this one. I’ll get to you eventually, Year to Be…