Posts by: Tommy Poe

Tommy Poe has been writing about the Atlanta Braves since he was a teenager. He has also contributed to OutfieldFlyRule.com and ran the Atlanta Braves page for About.com. He lives in Virginia with his two daughters, two dogs, two cats, and six rabbits.

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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…

Transaction Tuesday: Gohara To The Bigs

A pretty quiet week transaction-wise in the majors with one pitcher replacing another, but a lot of movement on the farm. I eluded to some of these moves in last week’s report because they were rumored, but not yet confirmed. We also have a few releases, an international free agent signing, and even some movement with the rookie league teams. We’re just a couple of weeks away from the Dominican Summer League’s season beginning and…

Can We Have An Ounce of Patience for Joey Bats?

The Jose Bautista experiment hasn’t quite started with a bang. First, there was a sweep at the hands of the Giants. To some fans, Bautista was to blame because he “messed with team chemistry.” Shockingly, the “team chemistry” argument has more-or-less died off after Atlanta won their next three games. But Bautista, who has just three hits in 24 plate appearances, has not avoided criticism as the winning restarted. Yesterday evening, as the Braves crushed…