Posts for : November 2017

Analysis: Alex Anthopoulos Is the Right Choice

The rollercoaster that has been the Braves’ General Manager search – triggered by revelations of improper practices under the leadership of John Coppolella – might end before news of whatever punishment Major League Baseball hands down is announced. First broken by the New York Post’s Joel Sherman and confirmed by multiple sources after, the Braves have picked their new GM. His name is Alex Anthopoulos. Between Coppolella, Anthopoulos, and Mike Foltynewicz, my spell checker just…

Braves Reportedly Hire Alex Anthoupolos as GM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post has breaking news for the Atlanta Braves tonight:   Can report now Anthopoulos is getting #Braves GM job, announcement possible at GM Meetings — Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) November 13, 2017 He then followed that tweet up with this one:   Heard John Hart will stay as #Braves pres of basbeall operations for now, but as much as counsel/figurehead and that Anthopoulos will have final decision making powers in…

Another Look at Dale Murphy’s Hall of Fame Case

Recently, we learned that the Modern Era ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame included a familiar name on it – Dale Murphy. Over 18 years, mostly spent in Atlanta, Murphy carved out a career that certainly deserves consideration for the greatest individual honor given to a player, but is he truly a Hall of Famer? Walk-Off Walk friend and Knockahoma Nation co-host Josh Brown believes so. In a recent article for Tomahawk Take, Brown gave…

Crowdsourcing: How to get Shohei Otani in a Braves Uniform

O-kay…Oh-kay Shohei Otani…Ohtani…Otani…Oh forget about it. Apparently it doesn’t matter how you spell. Wait…where am I? What were we talking about? Oh yeah…Otani is coming to the bigs! There are still some hoops to jump through but it now looks as though he’ll definitely be in the Major Leagues come 2018 and since there aren’t many teams that can sign him for more than 1 million, the floor is really wide open to most of…

What the Hell Dansby?

Ok, let’s jump right into this with a couple charts. First, this is the MLB average wOBA by the three different batted ball types (Line drives, flyballs, ground balls):   Player LD wOBA FB wOBA GB wOBA MLB .674 .462 .228   Ok, now same chart but with Dansby Swanson’s 2017 numbers added:   Player LD wOBA FB wOBA GB wOBA MLB .674 .462 .228 Swanson .612 .211 .215 I’m sure it jumped off the…

Matt Kemp trade proposals

Matt Kemp…oh boy, where do we start? First and foremost, Matt Kemp came into the 2017 season down about 25 pounds. He was leaner, quicker, healthier, and ripped the frickin’ cover off of the ball… for a while. Through June 2nd, at 42 games played, he was one of the best hitters in the league with a crazy good slash line: .351/.387/.614. That’s a 1.001 OPS that included 10HR and 16 doubles.  All was right…

Transaction Tuesday: Minor League Free Agents and Releases

The season is officially over and it’s time to get back to our Transaction Tuesday reports. During the season, this series catches most of the minor league movement as players move to one team or another. In the off-season, I focus more on the “minor” choices. Basically, the decisions that really don’t deserve a full article to focus on like a trade or free agent signing. The moves covered in this series include all reported…