Posts for : 2017

Greatest Prospect Busts in Braves History

In preparation for the New Year, Baseball Prospectus did a “Best of BP 2017” series where they look at some of their top articles of the year. We’d do that here, but they all are winners so that’s just not possible. One of the articles Baseball Prospectus took another look at was the Top 50 Busted Prospects. The staff of BP looked at the can’t miss prospects who missed so royally. Not all were complete…

Hall of Fame 2018: Voting Primer (6/9) – Offensive Powerhouses

The Hall of Fame class of 2018 will be announced on January 24, 2018. In the meantime, I’m going to spend my Sundays going over the 33 players on this year’s ballot. I’ll include what the argument for inclusion is for each player and what the argument against their inclusion might be. I’ve tried to group the players together in the most reasonable manner. In the comment section, I’d love to hear if any of…

TOT: Milwaukee Braves Go Big to Get O’Connell

Transaction of Today…December 26, 1953: The Milwaukee Braves traded Larry Lassalle (minors), Sid Gordon, Sam Jethroe, Curt Raydon, Max Surkont, Fred Waters and $100,000 to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Danny O’Connell. You almost never see a deal as lopsided as this one. Milwaukee sent six players – and cash – to the Pirates for one player. It was the kind of deal that begs to be a failure and it predictably was. While the O’Connell…

A Year in the Life: Francisco Cabrera, 1992

Our story really begins before the 1992 season. It was October 27, 1991. For Braves’ fans, this date represents not just one of the greatest games ever played. It’s also one of the most heartbreaking moments of their lives if they are old enough to remember it. Jack Morris pitched ten innings that night, stifling the Atlanta Braves over 126 pitches that would help define what is now a Hall of Fame career. The righty…

Hall of Fame 2018: Voting Primer (5/9) – Borderline Cases

The Hall of Fame class of 2018 will be announced on January 24, 2018. In the meantime, I’m going to spend my Sundays going over the 33 players on this year’s ballot. I’ll include what the argument for inclusion is for each player and what the argument against their inclusion might be. I’ve tried to group the players together in the most reasonable manner. In the comment section, I’d love to hear if any of…

Analysis: First Batch of Minor League Free Agents

My apologies, Walk-Off Walkers. Wait, is that what we call fans of this blog? That’s just awful. Anyway, I typically keep a better count of minor league free agent signings, but with a slow market, few signings to really get excited about, and the whole front office mess, I’ve been slacking on my job. No longer. Today, you will notice a new link to our Resources section on the right (unless you’re looking at this…

TOT: Beaneaters Add A Premier Player of the 90’s

Transaction of Today…December 21, 1891 – The Boston Beaneaters obtained Hugh Duffy who was previously under league control. WAR was not around in the 1890’s. Well, not the all-CAPS, baseball version of WAR. But we have gone back and calculated WAR as if Fangraphs was around back then. Just imagine Dave Cameron’s great-great-great granddaddy hammering away on his typewriter suggesting that assists were more of a sign of defensive ability than errors. With that in mind,…