Posts for : November 2016

TOT – Braves Try to Salvage Mike Hampton’s Career…and Fail

Transaction of Today…November 18, 2002: The Florida Marlins traded Mike Hampton and cash to the Atlanta Braves for Ryan Baker (minors) and Tim Spooneybarger. The 2002 Braves had an issue – The Big Three was splitting up. Tom Glavine flirted with the idea of leaving for New York while Greg Maddux was expected to be on his way out as well. The latter would ultimately accept arbitration, but the Braves naturally felt that some other team…

TOT – Braves Say Goodbye to a Colossal Mistake

By Johnmaxmena2 (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons Transaction of Today…November 15, 1989: The Atlanta Braves release Bruce Sutter. A mistake. It is rarely a mistake to add a Hall of Famer, but when you do so like the Braves did after the 1984 season, it can only be described just that – a mistake. Worse, it was the mistake that kept reminding the Braves of their misguided approach to free agency that winter. It…

TOT – Boston Braves Add Rookie Slugger

By Goudey [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Transaction of Today…November 14, 1929: The Los Angeles Angels (PCL) trade Wally Berger to the Boston Braves for Art Delaney, George Harper and cash (between $40,000 and $50,000). In the 1930s, the Boston Braves had very little going in their favor. A re-branding of their name to the Boston Bees in 1936 did little to help, nor did the choice of Casey Stengel as manager in 1938. During…

2016 Player Reviews: Mallex Smith, Dansby Swanson, Julio Teheran

Today’s player reviews is a biggy (or should I say today’s trio of players are bigly important?). Three exciting players at three different junctures of their careers. One is trying to establish himself as a major league option. Another may have already done that and now, we wonder what more can he become? The other is about to be a five-year major league veteran and has given us a solid floor of what we ought…

TOT – Boston Braves Trade One Hall of Fame Manager, Get Another

By The Library of Congress [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Transaction of Today…November 12, 1923 – The New York Giants traded Dave Bancroft, Bill Cunningham and Casey Stengel to the Boston Braves for Joe Oeschger and Billy Southworth. Three Hall of Famers changed teams on this day, 93 years ago. All three would need the Veteran’s Committee to be enshrined in Cooperstown and each of the future Hall of Famers logged time as a major…

2016 Player Reviews: Chaz Roe, Rio Ruiz, Shae Simmons

I see an end to this series, though it keeps getting pushed back as the Braves add players. Today, I take a look at three players who could all be on next year’s opening day roster. 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. Chaz Roe, RHP, 30 years-old…

Braves Go Big, Sign Bartolo Colon

By Arturo Pardavila III from Hoboken, NJ, USA (#WorldSeries Game 1: Bartolo Colon) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons One day after adding 42 year-old R.A. Dickey to their rotation, the Atlanta Braves signed 43 year-old Bartolo Colon. If both reach at least 20 starts in 2017, it will be the first time since 2007 that a team had two starters get the ball that many times to begin a game. It’s only happened once…