Posts for : March 2018

Dissection of an At-Bat: Ozzie Albies, 8th Inning

There is a lot we can talk about in regards to opening day. From bullpen mismanagement by both sides to a ridiculous game ending that had me questioning all I knew, there’s a bunch of fun stuff. But I want to give more time to what happened as the bottom of the 8th inning began. At the plate was Ozzie Albies. He was 0-for-3 with a strikeout against Aaron Nola before Gabe Kapler removed his…

Opening Day Reflection… How did we Manage? Over or Under?

Yesterday marked one of my favorite days of the year…Atlanta Braves Opening Day! There are high, yet realistic hopes for this Braves’ team. Most MLB evaluations have the Braves somewhere around 72-78 wins for the year with a huge asterisk that is the unknown of young players like Ozzie Albies, Ronald Acuna, Luiz Gohara, A.J. Minter, Preston Tucker, Dansby Swanson, and more to come. Like every season in the past 4-5 years, there’s a whole…

The Braves Must Sign Nick Markakis Now

I mean, they have to, don’t they? Consider this – Nick Markakis, at the age of 34, is rocking a career high .600 isolated slugging. Not only will this break the single season record for ISO by 64 points, it will be only the second time in history that a player has an ISO of .475 or higher. Certainly, this knowledge may concern you because the only other player, Barry Bonds, had his reputation ruined…

Let’s Do Some 2018 Predictions

It’s Opening Day for the 2018 season and there is no hope in baseball like opening day hope. Anything and everything is possible on opening day. Regardless of the talent level, experience level, or expectation level of your favorite team, some part of you, however small, thinks this could be a special year. On opening day, every team in baseball *could* shock the world. Except Miami. They suck. For the Braves, this will probably be…

Opening Day in Braves Country

I haven’t written any poetry in years and this week I got inspired to write something for opening day. It may seem a little cheesy, but my hope is that this poem prompts you to think about all the great things that you love about baseball and the Braves. So, if you will, this is my ode to opening day and you, Braves Country. Play ball! ________________________   Walking up to the gate, I can…

All-Time Favorite Atlanta Braves, #2 & #1

Tomorrow, we will have a new season. A fresh sense of hope. It’s been a while since we’ve had real hope for our Atlanta Braves. Tomorrow, fresh young faces take the stage and over the course of the season, hopefully, other fresh faces will dethrone space filling veterans. By the end of the year, I hope that we see a different, youthful team that injects energy into a disgruntled (and rightfully so) fanbase. But, one last…

Transaction Tuesday: Leudys Baez & Others Released

As the opening day roster for the major league takes shape, the opening day rosters for the minor league teams are doing the same. In today’s review of this week’s moves, we have some releases throughout the organization, a couple of signings, and some players being moved around. Period Covered: 3/20-3/26. If a number is included after a player’s name, it coincides with his placement in our Preseason Top 50. For more information on options,…