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 – 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…

Best Braves Team Tournament: First Round (Part 4)

It’s time to punch the final two tickets into the Elite Eight as we move closer to deciding who the best Braves team ever is. Of course, I kid. There’s no possible way to really know, but man, Out of the Park is a fun game if we want to try to figure it out. In the first three issues of this series, we have seen my rankings hold up pretty well. Remember, I ranked…

Best Braves Team Tournament: First Round (Part 3)

Back at it again here in the Best Braves Team Tournament, brought to you by Out of the Park Baseball 20. No, OOTP 20 is not actually sponsoring this, but it would be cool if they did. Have your people call my people. Also, I need some people. But at a distance. I don’t know where you’ve been. So far, half of the slots in the Elite Eight have already been claimed. The 1957 Milwaukee…

Best Braves Team Tournament: First Round (Part 2)

Yesterday, I started a sixteen-team tournament. Coronavirus thinks it can kill March Madness? Well, kill this! (Please don’t, though.) If you missed it, please give the first piece a read just to catch up on what I’m doing here. The TL/DR version of it is that I ranked what might be the sixteen best Braves teams of all time. With the help of Out of the Park 20, I have set up a tournament to…