Posts for : February 2018

All-Time Favorite Atlanta Braves, #10&9

Today, we at Walk Off Walk kick off a series of our All-Time Favorite Atlanta Braves. This isn’t about the best players, great ones before our time, or even cogs in the famous division title run that every 30-40 something year old Braves fan holds dear to his/her hearts.  This is about those players, performance be damned, that have fueled our fandom over the years and have kept the flame alive in our hearts. Criteria…

First Glimpse at an Opening Day Lineup

Today’s game against the Nationals, the first “home” game of the spring, has an interesting lineup for the Braves. It’s pretty similar to what Braves fans’ began to expect from last year’s team and probably represents something close to what we will see when the season opens. Here’s a deeper look. 1. Ender Inciarte, CF Coming off his best offensive campaign (.328 wOBA), Inciarte will stay in the leadoff role for the foreseeable future. There…

WOW’s Book of the Month Club: Tomahawked (3/3)

(For the first two parts of this series, click here and here.) Tomahawked: The Inside Story of the Atlanta Braves’ Tumultuous Season by Bill Zack Part 3 of 3 Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve been moving our way through the 1992 season. Our guide for this journey? Bill Zack, a former beat writer for the Morris News Service. Thirteen years before they unceremoniously sacked him, he decided to write a book. That book…

10 Best Decisions of the Hart/Coppy Era

Yesterday was part one of the series, looking at the 10 worst decisions in the John Hart-John Coppolella era. It wasn’t all doom and gloom though. There were some really good decisions made. Today we’re looking at the 10 best. You can click over to part one if you want to see the intro and stuff. We’re just diving right in today.   Deciding to Rebuild The decision that was made before all other decisions sometimes…

The 10 Worst Decisions of the Hart/Coppy Era

With games starting back up on Friday, we are officially reaching the end of the off-season. Spring Training 2018 is upon us, which means the 2018 regular season is just around the corner, and for Atlanta, a new start. After a scandal that rocked the organization to its core broke just after the season ended, Atlanta watched its farm system get re-shaped by penalties and sanctions and, consequently, decided to completely overhaul its front office.…

A Year in the Life: Joey Devine, 2005

The 2005 season opened like the previous two years had for right-hander Joey Devine. As the temperatures began to warm in the southeast, he joined his Wolfpack teammates for his third season in Raleigh under Elliott Avent. They would finish 41-19 that year, including a new record for ACC victories with 17. The season concluded with a spot in the Lincoln Super Regional of the College World Series. NC State would lose twice compared to…

Will the Hype and Pressure to Perform Get to Acuna like it did Swanson?

With spring training upon us, there is no doubt that Ronald Acuna will make his appearance in the majors this season. After a stellar 2017 in the minors, ending with .325/.374/.522, being named the Arizona Fall League MVP (the youngest player to ever receive this honor), and Baseball America’s number one prospect, Braves fans are anxiously awaiting his arrival at the plate in Suntrust Park. With so much hype around Acuna in this upcoming season,…