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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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…

Transaction Tuesday: Seymour Released, Riley Rising

Busy week in transactions for the Braves and this report won’t include three other moves that are reported, but not yet confirmed. One is the rumored promotion of Luiz Gohara to the majors for today’s game. As if the Braves have been reading our blog, Gohara was scratched from a Triple-A start and the plan seems to be to bring up north where they Atlanta can utilize him out of the pen. The other two…

Acuña Jr. Has Friends On the Way

April 25 was huge. But April 26 turned out to be even bigger. It was like a mixtape from Barney Stinson. Rather than rise-and-fall, it was all rise, baby. Just to be clear, that’s two How I Met Your Mother references in one week. You just don’t get that at Talking Chop or Tomahawk Take. Ronald Acuña Jr.‘s debut on Wednesday night was a success. Oh, sure, some negative Nancys talked about how he struck…

So, It’s AcuñaTime

April 25, 2018, could be a big day in Braves franchise history. Sure, it’s just a game against the Reds, who have taken the first two games of a series against Atlanta. But the bigger picture is quite simple. Today is the first day of Ronald Acuña Jr.‘s career. Yes, ladies and gents, this is legit. It has even been confirmed by all of the Atlanta Braves’ beat writers. Acuña Jr. will join the team…

WOW Book of the Month: Ballplayer (3/4)

We’re half-way finished with “Ballplayer” by Chipper Jones. Up to this point, we have followed Chipper from his childhood in Florida to becoming a top prep baseball player. We then followed him through the draft and the minor leagues. Finally, we lived through the heartache of a blown-out knee, rehab, and finally, the breakthrough of back-to-back World Series visits in 1995 and 1996. If you’d like to purchase “Ballplayer,” the hardcover is on sale at…

Weekend Rewind on Bautista, Wisler, and More

I’ve started a number of articles over the last couple of days, but none of them really had that “yeah, that’s the good stuff” factor to them. As a result, I haven’t posted about a number of news stories. But that’s not a good idea, either, as a series of things haven’t been talked about at all outside of the comment section. So, with the advantage of hindsight, let’s look at some of the recent…

Transaction Tuesday: Kade Scivicque Gets The Boot

Another week of transactions in the book and another surprise release. We also see some movement from the usual players who fill-in where needed along with a player being removed from the 40-man roster. Elsewhere, a player continues his rehab while another gets to see a doctor whose mere name scares Braves’ fans. Yep, it’s another weekly review of the moves up-and-down the organization. Period covered: 4/10-4/16. If a number is included after a player’s…