Posts for : March 2018

Best B’s in Braves Franchise History

When you have operated a squad for nearly 150 years, you rack up a pretty expansive collection of players that have taken the field for you. In this series, we look at possibly the best possible lineup you could build that all share one thing in common – a last name that begins with the same letter. Team B Depth. That’s what this team has. While they lack the star power of our last squad, they…

Can the Braves Really Demote Acuna Jr.?

Ronald Acuna Jr. has to be on the opening day roster, right? With another three hits today while playing center field, Acuna Jr. is hitting a robust .432 with a 1.246 OPS. Along the way, he’s belted four homers, stolen four bases, and despite what some critics refer to a “long swing,” has struck out just eight times in 52 plate appearances. He’s looked solid in the field whether he was playing left or right…

WOW’s Book of the Month – Built to Win (3/4)

(Over the last two weeks, I’ve looked at the first two chapters of Built to Win before doing a three-chapter article.) I’ve pointed this out before, but John Schuerholz didn’t see “Built To Win” as a memoir, but as a guide to “leadership strategies.” Today’s two chapters are examples of just that and unfortunately, from a baseball perspective, they are the least interesting. Re-living the Tom Glavine Bolts for the Mets saga or the Tim…

What’s Real & Not Real About: That Greg Maddux Meme

Greg Maddux was an absolute joy to watch. On the mound, he was a master with the ability to throw strikes wherever he wanted and whenever he wanted. His best years, spent with the Braves after he joined the team in 1993, were some of the most outstanding seasons by one player in major league history. But…the meme to the right is less about Maddux’s dominance and more of an inability to properly read split…

TOT – Braves Deal Torre, Acquire Cepeda

Transaction of Today…March 17, 1969 – The Atlanta Braves traded Joe Torre to the St. Louis Cardinals for Orlando Cepeda. Just a few weeks before the 1969 season kicked off, the Braves acquired a former MVP. Unfortunately, it cost them a future MVP. Joe Torre appeared for the Braves first in 1960 before becoming the runner-up for the 1961 Rookie of the Year. Slowly, but surely, he grew into a power-hitting catcher. He hammered 20…

Best A’s in Braves Franchise History

When you have operated a squad for nearly 150 years, you rack up a pretty expansive collection of players that have taken the field for you. In this series, we look at possibly the best possible lineup you could build that all share one thing in common – a last name that begins with the same letter. Team A While the best player to ever wear a Braves uniform will be part of this group,…

TOT – Braves Deal for Salary Relief…but in 1978

Transaction of Today – March 15, 1978…As part of a 4-team trade: The Atlanta Braves sent Willie Montanez to the New York Mets. The Texas Rangers sent Tommy Boggs, Adrian Devine and Eddie Miller to the Atlanta Braves. Texas Rangers sent a player to be named later and to the New York Mets. The Texas Rangers sent Bert Blyleven to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pittsburgh Pirates sent Nelson Norman and Al Oliver to the Texas…