Posts for : May 2018

Transaction Tuesday: Jose Bautista Released and Other Moves

A former superstar is released while a few new players join the system in this week’s report. The Braves also activate their starting shortstop and continue to shuffle pitchers on-and-off the major league roster. Not much top prospect movement, though. Reminder – the Dominican Summer League will get going very soon. June 2, in fact. The DSL Braves will look to improve on their 18-53 finish last year. Period covered: 5/15-5/22. If a number is…

TOT – The Time Jim Thorpe Was a Brave

Transaction of Today – May 21, 1919…The New York Giants trade Jim Thorpe to the Boston Braves for a player to be named later. The Boston Braves sent Pat Ragan (May 30, 1919) to the New York Giants to complete the trade. He was the greatest American athlete of his time. A Gold Medalist, professional football player, and even a basketball player, Jim Thorpe also played a half-dozen years of professional baseball. His natural gifts…

TOT – Braves Let Casey Stengel Start His Epic Journey

Transaction of Today – May 20, 1925…The Boston Braves release Casey Stengel. It was his second career as a manager that would one day get him to Cooperstown, but for fourteen years, The Old Perfessor (sic) played professional ball – and sometimes rather well. His last stop with Boston, much like his first stop with Brooklyn, would allow Stengel to both play and manage for the same franchise. Of course, it was later as the…

Best F’s in Franchise History

Our Team “E” squad was an awful one to write about. Team F, though, has some fun names – including a few current Braves. In fact, Team F carries a heavy-Atlanta flavor as Boston and Milwaukee are not represented all that well by this squad. There are some weak points – especially the outfield – but there are some real strengths as well. As always, at the end, we’ll match Team F up against our…

Bruce Zimmermann Shocking Everyone

When the Atlanta Braves picked Bruce Zimmermann last June with their fifth-round choice, the rationale was simple. The organization has had luck with small-college arms with impressive numbers. The bigger takeaway, however, was that Zimmermann was a senior sign. A senior sign is almost a rarity in today’s age. It refers to a guy who has exhausted his amateur status and has no leverage to go back to school rather than sign. Because Zimmermann had spent…

Can These Braves Keep It Up?

Staying power. For a team off to a good start, it’s an important factor in how far that good start may take them. The Atlanta Braves are off to a surprising beginning to their 2018 campaign, winning 26 of their first 42 games. Granted, it’d be closer to 30 if the Replay System baseball has made any sense, but ten games over .500 is an accomplishment many didn’t think the Braves capable of at any…

Braves Potential Trade Targets: Looking for the Deadly Combo!

Our Atlanta Braves are 26-16, should be 27-15 if @MLBReplays could get their head out of their…, and don’t look like they’re slowing down anytime soon.  This team is chock full of havoc wreakers, is exploding with fun and excitement, and sweats confidence. The MLB world can continue to overlook this start, to doubt that it’s real, and this young core will continue to bust rump everyday to prove them wrong. There aren’t many needs…