Posts for : November 2017

The Poison of Ground Balls Visualized

In the ongoing effort to understand the fly ball revolution sweeping across baseball, sometimes the easiest method is simply looking at the detriment of ground balls. Even players who, overall, are successful at hitting the ball in the air have periods throughout a season where they hit the ball on the ground. And looking at what those periods do their production can drive home the point. So what I’ve done here is selected a few…

Braves Armchair GMs, Part 2

In our first piece for Armchair GMs, we heard from a very thorough Will Soprano who enticed, or infuriated, us with a trade of ultimate magnitude. Today, we look at our next round of Armchair GMs in J.T. Hornbuckle (Twitter: @jthornbuckle) and Aubrey Smith (Twitter: @braveslive16) who have different ideas on what the 2018 Braves might look like.  Let’s hear from J.T. first!   J.T. Hornbuckle, Braves Armchair GM I do not believe the Braves are a…

Just Say No to Moose

New general manager, Alex Anthopoulos, has some serious questions to deal with. The Atlanta Braves are expected to be hit and hit hard by sanctions from Major League Baseball for former GM John Coppolella’s unethical actions. Even if we ignore that, the Braves have question marks all over the team right now. Are the young guns good enough to perform in the starting rotation right now? Can the bullpen finally turn the corner? Will the…

The Problem with Trading for Josh Donaldson

Before we get started, I just want to make it clear that I’m a fan of acquiring Josh Donaldson. Or at least moves like acquiring Josh Donaldson. I’ve gone on record already this off-season stating my desire for the team to accelerate this rebuild process, and not let one more year of Freddie Freeman’s prime rot away at the bottom of the standings. In theory, I’m in favor of it. In practice, however, it gets…

Braves Armchair GMs, Part 1

Boy…life is tough being a keyboard GM. We don’t have to worry about trying to cheat but do it to where we don’t get caught. We don’t have to worry about other GM’s telling us to go jump in a lake when our trade proposals are ABSURD! We just put it out there for the masses and hope it gets done!  However, our armchair GMs have taken needs for our club and needs for other…

TOT: The Time the Braves Re-Acquired Vizcaino

Transaction of Today…November 16, 2014 – The Atlanta Braves trade 2B Tommy La Stella to the Chicago Cubs for Arodys Vizcaino and international bonus slots. Trades that happen so early in the offseason often are forgotten by spring training. You must forgive Atlanta Braves fans if, in the spring of 2015, they had this reaction as Arodys Vizcaino took the mound in spring training: “Thought we traded him?” We – as if we are part…

WOW’s Top 15 Right-Handed Starting Prospects

John Coppolella’s lasting legacy might be rooted in the controversy that was revealed in the aftermath of his resignation. Before that, though, the legacy he was building was related to the farm system – specifically pitching prospects. The Braves under Coppolella left no rock unturned in their quest to build waves of pitching talent to stock the major league club with. In 2017, a number of arms Coppolella traded for reached the bigs – mostly…