Posts for : April 2018

Sam Jethroe – The Brave That Broke The Color Barrier

The year was 1952. A young, eager man steps up to the plate. Jersey adorned with a tomahawk and a chief. Following in the footsteps of his friend Jackie. Sending a message in a new era of baseball, in an exhibition game, Sam Jethroe takes a breath and knocks one out of the park. It was not just any hit, a three-run homer over the left field wall in Fenway. Running the bases with pride…

WOW Book of the Month: Ballplayer (2/4)

Only 4% of the reviews currently on Amazon are negative for “Ballplayer” by Chipper Jones. One of them, from an anonymous customer, reads, “I was very upset when I started reading this book. The language he uses is awful. Did he not think that some of his fans are kids and would be reading it? I was very disappointed in it and would not recommend it.” To be fair – the customer is right. Chipper…

The Trade That Fortunately Didn’t Take Place

For several months, former Braves general manager John Coppolella was enamored with the idea of acquiring Jose Quintana. in his first full season, Quintana had a 3.5 fWAR. The following years, he only improved. The new White Sox ace was a durable and effective left-hander who was controlled through the 2020 season. And the price tag was pretty affordable. The team acquiring him, if before the 2017 season, would be on the hook for about…

Good News and Bad News for Ender Inciarte

Ender Inciarte is not a great hitter. Every time I say that, I piss off a certain segment of the fan base who let’s me know all about why that isn’t true. Of course, not wanting it to be true doesn’t make it any less true. Ender Inciarte is not a great hitter. But that’s not what these early season struggles are about. The last three years, Inciarte has posted wOBA’s of .325, .319, and…

Best E’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 the best possible lineup you could build that all share one thing in common – a last name that begins with the same letter. I should have known “E” was going to be a tough team to field. Did you know only three…

Braves Roster Moves: The Meek, the Mild, the Bold, the Beautiful

Like them or not, there have been a lot of Braves Roster moves thus far, will be many more in the upcoming weeks, and will likely continue throughout the year. The Meek Braves Roster Moves Our Atlanta Braves are 7-5 and have been without: Their starting catcher Tyler Flowers for (nearly) all 12 games. Their starting 3rd baseman Johan Camargo for all 12 games. Arguably their highest ceiling Starting Pitcher in Luiz Gohara. This led…

Transaction Tuesday: Elian Leyva is Real!

Not a lot of movement this week as the Braves play through the first few days of the minor league calendar. Just a head’s up – I categorize a player by where he finishes the week. For instance, if a player starts the week in Florida, but is demoted to Rome, he’ll be in the Rome section because that’s where he finished things. I don’t know why I just explained that. Period covered: 4/3 –…