Posts for : March 2018

WOW’s Book of the Month – Built to Win (2/4)

(Last week, I covered the prologue and first two chapters of “Built to Win.”) I actually don’t recall if I bought “Built To Win” at Barnes & Noble or at Goodwill. On the cover of the book is a sticker suggesting a Bargain Price from the former. The original price was $24.95, but it was down to $5.98. Inside the book is a receipt that I have been using as a bookmark that further lowers…

A Year In the Life: Jeff Blauser, 1997

Contract years are a phenomenon that isn’t talked about enough in baseball. We typically hear about it more in basketball, where an individual can have a bit more impact on a team’s outcome than in baseball. However, there are plenty of examples in baseball as well. We’ll probably see a few this season before the 2018-19 free agent period kicks off. Among the many examples that Braves’ fans might recall, one player that can’t be…

Neil Walker’s Going to Sign Somewhere. Why Not Atlanta?

The market has been weird this offseason. Accusations of collusion and an MLBPA grievance filed against four teams have marred things a bit. Some of this is a bit overdone as it was a weak class of free agents and a class expected to receive record deals will follow in 2018-19. Further, players have been offered contracts, but often have declined in hopes of a better deal. In the end, though, there remain several free…

All-Time Favorite Atlanta Braves, #8 & 7

Tommy, Brittni and I kicked off our piece on our All-Time Favorite Atlanta Braves with our 9th and 10th selections here.  Today, we move into our 8th then our 7th favorites.  If you’re just tuning in on this series, remember that the major component in selecting our favorites is that the player had(has) to be playing during each individuals time-frame of Braves fandom. Play along with us in the comments section!  It’s a fun journey…

WOW’s Book of the Month – Built to Win

I am not John Schuerholz’s greatest fan. In fact, I think I am part of what I call the questioning decade when it comes to Schuerholz. These are general terms so please don’t get offended. If you are 40-years-old or older right now, you probably have a very good opinion of Schuerholz because you recall the 80’s much clearer than those under 40. Conversely, if you are under the age of 30, the 80’s are…

Keys to Pitching for the Braves in 2018

The Braves’ success this season lies within the pitching. If they want to win, they will need to make some major adjustments with the type of pitchers that grace the mound. The minors may be riddled with pitchers, but not all are ready for the big leagues. The Braves need to execute two key changes to the rotation and bullpen to have a chance at a World Series ring. Leadership in Starting Pitching If you…