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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Trade Target – Ryan Roberts

So, back to normal.  By the time this blog post is published, Atlanta probably has had six more injuries to their second baseman depth.  Mark Lemke has grabbed a glove. Jeff Treadway is sitting by his phone.  Keith Lockhart is ready to pop out behind third base in foul territory. Naturally, the Braves enter the weekend with an eye on anyone who is available and competent enough to play second base.  Placido Polanco is around,…

So…Braves fans…about Friday night…

In my last post, I bashed the Nationals for their refusal to shut up.  It was the right thing to do because even after watching the Braves open over a dozen-game lead and even after failing to get to .500 and stay there, Nationals players and their manager continued to spout off. In the first game of an anticlimactic three-game series, the Braves won 3-2 in ten innings.  Once again, Justin Upton was the guy…

The Talkative ‘Nats

This is the Nationals. A team of high expectations and an even higher belief in who they are.  This is a team that despite over 120 games of sample size still can not accept their fate and their failure.  From the manager down to their ever-changing roster dynamic, this a team that has struggled with the target they relished having so brightly colored on their backs. Before the season, Jayson Werth – a man who…

Wait, Gosselin over La Stella?

In 2010, the Braves took University of Virginia 2B Philip Gosselin in the fifth round.  A year later, in the 8th round, the Braves selected Tommy La Stella from Coastal Carolina.  On August 15, 2013, the Braves selected Gosselin over La Stella to replaced Tyler Pastornicky, who has a torn ACL and was only in the majors because of Dan Uggla‘s LASIK surgery. And the fans went wild what?  Who?  Why? It’s not that I…

Remembering Fat Juan

As Juan Francisco hit two homers off Matt Garza Wednesday, a few Braves fans asked both what the hell the Braves got for the power hitter and why did they give up on a guy with such strength?  Surely, the Braves could find a way to utilize Fat Juan in some way, right? Well, the Braves did give up on him.  That much is without a doubt.  In need of a bullpen arm, the Braves…

Uggla’s Replacement – The Case for the Uninspiring

The news was surprising as it broke shortly before Tuesday’s game against the Phillies.  Dan Uggla was headed to the Disabled List and would undergo LASIK, a procedure that he had been hoping to avoid until at least the winter.  Whether the Braves were able to push Uggla into it or Uggla’s worsening state at the plate prompted Uggla to finally agree to do it now rather than later is not all that important. It’s…

Once a Brave, Always a Brave – AL Central

…excluding Steve Lyons. As I started last week, Wednesday is the time we look around the league, catching up with ex-Braves.  Sure, they can’t be cool anymore and wear the tomahawk, but they do deserve a couple of sentences.  To stream-line this a little, I won’t report every minor leaguer unless there is something I find interesting about him. Chicago White Sox P Deunte Heath – Heath is an Atlantan native who was once drafted…