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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Braves Trade for Tommy Milone and Moderate Improvement

When I was a teenager, I loved Dr. Pepper. Drank the stuff like it was crack and I am not convinced their formula at the time didn’t include illicit drugs. But occasionally, my mother would shop the sales and get Mr. Pibb instead. And it’s not bad. I mean, it’s still better than water, I guess. But it’s no Dr. Pepper and no matter how much my mom told me they are the same, I’m…

TOT: Braves Trade NFL wide receiver for NLCS MVP

Transaction of Today – August 25, 1995…The Atlanta Braves traded Andre King (minors) to the Chicago White Sox for Mike Devereaux. The August trading season was expected to be killed by the decision last year to eliminate “waiver trades” after the trading deadline, though the unique season that was put together to deal with COVID has changed that. Though occasionally a blockbuster happened, waiver trades often filed out a roster. Perhaps a team was looking…

Lew Burdette’s Near-Perfect Game

We do not talk about Lew Burdette enough. The University of Richmond product joined the organization before their move to Milwaukee and, for a time, was among the greatest pitchers in baseball and the perfect #2 to unquestionable ace, Warren Spahn. And on this day in 1960, he was at his best, throwing a near-perfect game against the Philadelphia Phillies. Burdette originally signed with the New York Yankees in 1947. Over four years later, the…

The Rebuilders Ch. 1 – David Aardsma

From 2015-17, the Atlanta Braves embraced a rebuild, tearing down what had been a division winner in 2013 to build a farm system that would soon become the envy of baseball. As prospects like Ozzie Albies and Max Fried developed, someone had to play for the major league team. This special group of players is known as The Rebuilders. These are their stories. David Aardsma Number one in your program and…well, that’s about it because,…

Looking Back At the Simmons-Newcomb Deal

Yesterday, I looked at the fantastic failure of Sean Newcomb: the starter. Today, I want to go back to how Newcomb came to the Braves and why, despite the anger, the trade that brought him to Atlanta is way too criticized. Of course, as you may remember, the Braves entered a rebuild after the 2014 season and started to shed off most of their young nucleus of talent (Jason Heyward, Justin Upton, and Craig Kimbrel).…

Sean Newcomb Finished as a Starter?

Sean Newcomb is heading to the minors. Well, if there were a minors, he would be headed there. Instead, he’s off to Narnia (a.k.a. the alternate training site for the Braves) after a horrendous outing against the Phillies Monday evening. It could be the final game he ever starts for the team that once traded the uber-popular Andrelton Simmons for him. Newk’s return to the roster is a lot less murky than fellow dismissed rotation…

Ender’s Declining Value

When the Atlanta Braves announced just a couple of days before Christmas in 2016 that Ender Inciarte had signed a five-year contract extension, there were a lot of attaboys handed out to John Coppolella and his crew. Inciarte, who the Braves acquired in the ridiculous Shelby Miller trade the previous winter, was coming off a 2.9 fWAR season that included a .319 wOBA and some absolutely amazing defensive stats that led to his first Gold…