Posts for : October 2016

TOT – Braves Trade Al Dark to the Giants. Again.

(I started this series last offseason and I felt it was a pretty interesting way to look back at the past. With so little big news going on right now, I figured now would be a good time to bring it back.) By Bowman Gum [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Transaction of Today…October 31, 1960 – Milwaukee Braves trade Al Dark to the San Francisco Giants for Andre Rodgers You rarely see the same organization…

2016 Player Reviews: Matt Marksberry, Andrew McKirahan, Eric O’Flaherty

It’s Southpaw central today here at Walk-Off Walk as three lefties are up next in the 2016 Player Review series. Amazingly, there are still six sets of players left to review. Jeez, the Braves used too many players in 2016. Did you miss the last edition? I got your back. Want to catch up on all of the series? I have you covered as well. *Ages reflect the player’s age on opening day, 2017 Matt…

2016 Player Reviews: Ian Krol, Blake Lalli, Nick Markakis

Well, I had hoped to get this series finished before the end of the playoffs. Apparently, small goals like that are a bit too much. Hopefully, after the last few weeks I’ve had, I can schedule some writing as we transition into November so that I am getting back to a regular gig. With that in mind, let’s get back on these player reviews before more of these players get traded or released. Did you…

2016 Player Reviews: Jim Johnson, Casey Kelly, Matt Kemp

The Braves have already signed their first free agent, which means it’s a good time to unveil this year’s minor league free agent portal. As I did last year, I will try to track down all offseason minor league free agent signings and, in many cases, provide some analysis. Last year’s crop of players included Jhoulys Chacin, Chase d’Arnaud, and even Blake Lalli – who rejoined the Braves yesterday after briefly becoming a free agent.…

2016 Player Reviews: Jason Hursh, Ender Inciarte, Tyrell Jenkins

With today’s three in the bank, I am still not even half-way through this series, but progress is progress, right? There are a lot of players still in the mix for hypothetical spots on the 2017 roster, though as we shift toward the offseason and a plethora of moves the Braves make to try to get better next year, open slots on next year’s roster will be harder to come by. Today’s trio has one…

Kevin Millwood’s 1999 NLDS Rivals Kershaw’s 2016 Effort

What Clayton Kershaw did last night was pretty amazing. Two days after throwing 110 pitches during Game Four of the NLDS against the Nationals, Kershaw got the call in the ninth inning with one out and two runners on base with his team clinging to a 4-3 lead. After a pop-up, Kershaw struck out the final batter of the game to send the Dodgers to the NLCS. It’s the kind of thing that basically only…

2016 Player Reviews: Freddie Freeman, John Gant, Adonis Garcia

Welcome back to another edition of 2016 Player Reviews. Today’s a biggy with a franchise cornerstone, a righty with a funky delivery, and one of the biggest surprises of 2016. Thanks for bearing with me as I look at these players and take stock in their contributions this season. With still over 30 to go, I hope to complete this series in the next couple of weeks. Did you miss the last edition? I got…