Posts by: Brittni Swanson

Bautista Gone, Sets Precedent for Other Free Agents

Joey Bats is batting no more. Now he is batting for the Mets. Ha. José Bautista’s time with the Braves was short-lived, but you can’t say that he wasn’t given the chance to prove himself multiple times in high leverage moments. When Bautista joined the team on May 4, Braves country was excited as well as a little concerned at how Bautista would work with the chemistry of the team. Still, it was a chance…

Can Gohara Make a Come Back?

These young Braves make each game so exciting to watch. The anticipation of wondering what will happen next, wishing for a hit and it happening. Everyone is contributing and everyone is meshing so well together. The team chemistry is the best its been in years. This is not just a team, this is a family. After Mike Soroka’s amazing start and an incredible first week for Ronald Acuna Jr., there is new life infused into…

Relief Pitching Needs Help From Young Talent

At the beginning of the season, I wrote an article focusing on some keys to pitching for the Braves. Those keys included a reliable closer and veteran pitching to help out the young guys. Now that we are about a month in, what does Braves pitching look like? Well they have a reliable closer that pitches in the 8th inning rather than the 9th and they have two veterans, one has been a killer starter…

Sam Jethroe – The Brave That Broke The Color Barrier

The year was 1952. A young, eager man steps up to the plate. Jersey adorned with a tomahawk and a chief. Following in the footsteps of his friend Jackie. Sending a message in a new era of baseball, in an exhibition game, Sam Jethroe takes a breath and knocks one out of the park. It was not just any hit, a three-run homer over the left field wall in Fenway. Running the bases with pride…

Flaherty vs Camargo – A Scrimmage for Third

Winning is addicting and lately, the Braves have been doing a lot of it. Their bats are hot, bases are loaded and pitching is on point. With so much success and excitement surrounding how the Braves have been playing lately, there is a dilemma on the horizon. When Ryan Flaherty came on the scene right before the season started, most people didn’t know all that much about him and the type of performance he would…

Opening Day in Braves Country

I haven’t written any poetry in years and this week I got inspired to write something for opening day. It may seem a little cheesy, but my hope is that this poem prompts you to think about all the great things that you love about baseball and the Braves. So, if you will, this is my ode to opening day and you, Braves Country. Play ball! ________________________   Walking up to the gate, I can…

Are Sanchez and Schimpf Worth Their Salt?

The city of Atlanta is hungry for another championship. The last time it happened was 1995 when the Braves won the World Series, but they won’t get back there if they keep signing mediocre players. Otherwise, the team is going to be mediocre. The Braves are supposed to be coming toward the end of their “rebuilding” mode and entering a time of success. Last year the Braves had a $126.1 million payroll and they didn’t…