Posts for : October 2016

2016 Player Reviews: Joel De La Cruz, Tyler Flowers, Mike Foltynewicz

Hope all of you are surviving the effects of Matthew as it climbs the coast. In central Virginia, it’s been rain and a lot of it. Nothing like rainy weather to push you to write some more so let’s dive back into the next set of players in the Player Review series. One of the players has already moved on as Jed Bradley, who I wrote about a few days ago, is headed to Baltimore…

Braves Can McDowell

By EricEnfermero (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons After eleven seasons spanning three managers, Roger McDowell will no longer be the pitching coach of the Atlanta Braves. For a franchise that rarely sees turnover in the coaching staff, the last several months have been a change-of-pace. The in-season firing of Fredi Gonzalez, the very real chance that the interim manager Brian Snitker won’t be in charge in 2017, and now McDowell’s dismissal…

2016 Player Reviews: Josh Collmenter, Brandon Cunniff, Chase d’Arnaud

Part 3 of the Player Review series touches on a trio of bubble guys – all of which could be back next year. But then, you have to believe there is more value available somewhere if you are building a team that can compete for a playoff spot. Read the previous article in this series or go crazy and check out the whole thing. *All ages are as of opening day, 2017. Josh Collmenter, RHP,…

The Braves Need a Manager Befitting Of Their General Manager

In a recent blurb from ESPN’s Jim Bowden, the former general manager cites a source which suggests that former Padres’ skipper Bud Black has emerged as the early favorite to become the Braves’ manager in 2017. By ISU_79 on Flickr (Original version) UCinternational (Crop) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons Now, the next Braves manager probably won’t matter all that much. Baseball teams, especially at the major league level, don’t need Casey Stengel to be successful. Bob…

2016 Player Reviews: Jed Bradley, Mauricio Cabrera, Daniel Castro

Yesterday, I began a new series in my return to active writing. Over the next several weeks, I will continue to review a number of players who have been on the roster this season for the Braves and could continue with the team in 2017. Read the previous set of player reviews or click here for the entire series. Jed Bradley, LHP, 26 years-old 2016 Review: Sometimes, things just sort of work out. After languishing…

2016 Player Reviews: Jesse Biddle, Aaron Blair, Emilio Bonifacio

I’m back. That was the longest shower of my life. In all truth, a few personal issues have taken much of my focus away from baseball and the Braves over the last few months. I will not be going into it here, but I miss writing about the Braves and a lot has happened since I last updated my blog: the Matt Kemp trade, the promotion of Dansby Swanson, the international signing period, closing time…