Posts for : September 2017

Walk-Off Talk 1.10: The Search Committee

(Walk-Off Talk is an informal series of responses between members of the Walk-Off Walk family. Today, we talk about who should be the manager in 2018 with Ryan Cothran, Stephen Tolbert, and me – Tommy Poe.) Okay, guys, I think we’re ready to decide the manager of the Atlanta Braves for the 2018 season and, with any luck, the many years to follow. Why John Coppolella trusted us with this responsibility remains unknown, but we…

Braves Bring Back Suzuki

I can’t say that I was a fan of acquiring Kurt Suzuki last January. Not sure anyone would give more than a nacho order for Suzuki, but okay. It’s not the worst signing – just seems unneeded. — Tommy Poe (@WalkOffWalk1) January 21, 2017 At the time, it seemed just as useful to bring a couple of journeymen catchers to camp to compete with Anthony Recker for the backup job. But someone saw something in…

Will Matt Adams be a Brave in 2018?

WSB-TV When Freddie Freeman went down, the Braves started Jace Peterson at first and signed James Loney. And for a minute, we thought that was the best the Braves could do. John Coppolella changed that by acquiring Matt Adams from the St. Louis Cardinals for minor leaguer Juan Yepez. While expectations weren’t great for Adams, he was clearly an upgrade over in-house options – including Loney who asked for a release. Adams, who had been…

The Braves and Shohei Ohtani

If you haven’t been paying attention, there’s a rather large story brewing on the international prospect scene. His name is Shohei Ohtani and he’s the best prospect to come out of Japan in years, arguably being a once-in-a-generation prospect. Wiki Commons If you’re unfamiliar, Ohtani is a 23-year-old, two-way player who regularly hits 101 mph as a starter and regularly destroys baseballs as a hitter. In the states, if this guy was on the free…

What do the Braves have in Lane Adams? With Q&A

Minda Haas Kuhlmann (SA BY CC 2.0) via Flickr Lane Adams is 27 years old. Up until this year, he’s been a career Minor Leaguer with a .755 OPS, average power, above average speed, and a pretty good glove that can play all three outfield positions. But there’s something happening here and what it is ain’t exactly clear.  There’s a Lane with a bat over there, and he’s telling MLB they’ve got to beware. Ok,…

The Youth Movement Is Finally Here

G-Braves Media You’d be forgiven if at times this season, you said, “where’re all these prospects we traded everyone I knew for?” The opening day lineup included five players over the age of 30. Two of the five reserves used that day were over 30. That doesn’t include Emilio Bonifacio, Kurt Suzuki, Jaime Garcia, Jim Johnson, Sam Freeman, or Josh Collmenter – all regular faces over the first few months who were in the Age-30…

Walk-Off Talk 1.9: The 2018 Bullpen

(Every now and then, we hold informal discussions on something related to the Braves. Today, Ryan Cothran and me, Tommy Poe, look at the bullpen in 2018.) Ryan, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it looks like the Atlanta Braves won’t make the playoffs this season. And while it’s fun to talk about prospects like Kevin Maitan and Joey Wentz, there will be a major league season in 2018 and the…