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.

Website: http://walkoffwalk.net

Acuña Jr. & Super Two: A Primer That Won’t Be Needed

I really never wanted this to happen, but here we are. Talking about how long Ronald Acuña Jr. could stay in the minors. Will it last until the Super Two deadline? What in the hell is a Super Two deadline? Why can’t the Braves fans have nice things? If you haven’t heard, you live under a rock. But just in case, here’s the news. Even though Acuña Jr. has been down in the minors long…

WOW Book of the Month: Ballplayer (2/4)

Only 4% of the reviews currently on Amazon are negative for “Ballplayer” by Chipper Jones. One of them, from an anonymous customer, reads, “I was very upset when I started reading this book. The language he uses is awful. Did he not think that some of his fans are kids and would be reading it? I was very disappointed in it and would not recommend it.” To be fair – the customer is right. Chipper…

The Trade That Fortunately Didn’t Take Place

For several months, former Braves general manager John Coppolella was enamored with the idea of acquiring Jose Quintana. in his first full season, Quintana had a 3.5 fWAR. The following years, he only improved. The new White Sox ace was a durable and effective left-hander who was controlled through the 2020 season. And the price tag was pretty affordable. The team acquiring him, if before the 2017 season, would be on the hook for about…

Best E’s in Braves Franchise History

When you have operated a squad for nearly 150 years, you rack up a pretty expansive collection of players that have taken the field for you. In this series, we look at the best possible lineup you could build that all share one thing in common – a last name that begins with the same letter. I should have known “E” was going to be a tough team to field. Did you know only three…

Transaction Tuesday: Elian Leyva is Real!

Not a lot of movement this week as the Braves play through the first few days of the minor league calendar. Just a head’s up – I categorize a player by where he finishes the week. For instance, if a player starts the week in Florida, but is demoted to Rome, he’ll be in the Rome section because that’s where he finished things. I don’t know why I just explained that. Period covered: 4/3 –…

Statcasting: Sean Newcomb vs. Rockies

In early March of 2017, Outfield Fly Rule’s Andy Harris did a composite list of Atlanta Braves prospect rankings. There were the big boys like Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus, Fangraphs, and Keith Law. Then there were the more fan-based rankings like Talking Chop, Tomahawk Take, and even Harris. Also included in that last category – me. At the time, Walk-Off Walk was a one-man operation and I did a complete Top 50. When it came…

WOW Book of the Month: Ballplayer (1/4)

From the dry writing of John Schuerholz last month to the exciting retelling of Chipper Jones’ career, we open the April Book of the Month – “Ballplayer.” With the help of former Atlanta-Journal Constitution writer, Carroll Rogers Walton, “Ballplayer” is more gripping than I figured it would be. Most of the time, if you read one player’s autobiography, you’ve read them all. They are whitewashed and focus more on highlights over real substance. Chipper doesn’t…