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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Proctor and Lugo: The Unlikely Tale

From his computer desk, Tommy Poe took a sip of water while checking Twitter. It was a quiet day on social media, which Tommy was thankful for. After all, with the coronavirus crisis weighing on things so heavily, a quiet afternoon was truly something to be cherished. Opening another tab, he did the same thing he had done countless times before. After just two letters, Chrome could already sense where he wanted to go. “Baseball-Reference?”…

TOT – Braves Take a Chance on Juan Francisco’s Power

Transaction of Today…April 1, 2012 – The Atlanta Braves traded J.J. Hoover to the Cincinnati Reds for Juan Francisco. The other day, I talked about a trade the Braves made involving Juan Cruz where the Braves bet on potential. Eight years ago, the Braves bet on one tool. But holy crap, was it an amazing tool when the big third baseman was able to use it. Unfortunately, Juan Francisco could smash home runs with the…

McCann or Javy? Who Was Better?

I was doing some late-night social media scrolling the night before last when this tweet came onto my screen. Possibly unpopular @Braves opinion.. Javy Lopez was a better catcher than Brian McCann. Offensively and defensively. — Sean Lasley (@sean_lasley) March 29, 2020 At first, I thought, “Nah.” Then I thought, “Well, maybe?” Then I thought…why not look deeper into this subject? That, my good friends, is what I plan to do today as we try…

TOT – Braves Bet On Juan Cruz Before Selling High

Transaction of Today…March 25, 2004 – The Atlanta Braves traded Richard Lewis (minors) and Andy Pratt to the Chicago Cubs for Juan Cruz and Steve Smyth. There are two great principles to stick to as a general manager. Always go for the high ceiling when possible. While you don’t want to rely completely on high-ceiling talents without a solid floor to stand on, if given the choice between an okayish floor and a high ceiling,…

TWBGY – July 28, 1995

No baseball? No problem. Well, I mean, it is a problem, but let’s ignore that. Here’s a new series called Tommy Watches Braves Games on Youtube. Or TWBGY, which is pronounced “twb-gee.” As in, “ohh, another twb-gee.” Except it’s actually a TWBGY. You know what – call it whatever you want. These are trying times and you’re allowed to be wrong. Today, we are traveling back to the year 1995 as the Braves make a…

Best Braves Team Tournament: Elite Eight (Part 5)

Welcome back to the Best Braves Team Tournament. We started with sixteen teams and now we’re down to eight. Two more are going home today. But before we get to that, I wanted to take a look at the first round. My worry coming into this tournament was that, with 2019 modern-day settings selected in Out of the Park 20, the older teams would be especially hurt. After all, their bullpens were either non-existent or…

The One Where I Lose My Mind Over Andres Thomas

There are a lot of stats in baseball history that kind of surprise you because of how absurd they are. In 2004, Barry Bonds had 373 at-bats and 232 walks. He reached base at a .609 clip. I mean, what in the world? That shouldn’t happen outside of video games. A six-oh-nine OBP is what I came up with when I kept stats in Baseball Stars on my old NES (God rest her soul). In…