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Fun With Lineups

Fredi Gonzalez LOVES lineups. It’s one of his most favorite things in the world, next to poor bullpen management and sitting on the bench with a look of bewilderment every time the opposing team scores. He loves lineups so much he has used 63 different ones entering Thursday’s game and only used the same one five times and that’s not including the pitcher so it’s only the top eight. Guy freaking loves the strategery that…

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The Arrival of Terdo

With the news that Jordan Schafer was headed to the Disabled List, the Braves once-strong bench is now full of Gwinnett’s starting lineup.  Evan Gattis is still on the DL, giving us the formidable bat of Tyler Pastornicky late in games.  Ramiro Pena is out for the season so we are blessed with Paul Janish‘s ability to play tremendous defense with absolutely no offense.  Now, with Schafer gone, the Braves will rely on Joey Terdoslavich.…

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Favorite Braves List – Second Base

(Previous information on this series can be found here.) Favorite Braves List (so far) Ace Starter – Greg Maddux Catcher – Brian McCann First Base – Fred McGriff Last summer, I began this list with first McCann and McGriff.  Following that, I began to add pitchers and Maddux became the first to join the list.  It’s been some time, but it’s time to add to this list with a second baseman.  Maybe next week or…

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Chris Johnson: Maybe He’s Okay

While I skipped out on blogging – you know, that ten month period – the Braves completed a trade that sent Martin Prado and youngsters to the Diamondbacks for Justin Upton and Chris Johnson.  The former was the target, a guy who legitimately could, and maybe should, be a perennial MVP contender.  The latter was Prado’s replacement, and ultimately, the guy tasked with the unenviable job of replacing Chipper Jones at third.  No one likes…

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Failure or Over-hyped: The Baby Braves

The other day, the Kansas City Royals, who make it a habit to employ former Atlanta Braves, designated Jeff Francoeur for assignment.  Since the beginning of 2008, Francoeur has been demoted, traded twice, non-tendered, and now DFA’d. What makes that news, at least to Braves faithful, is that it wasn’t that long ago that Francoeur graced the cover of many a magazine, including most notably Sports Illustrated while being labeled The Natural.  He was the…

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The Best (and Worst) of June

Last year, after every month, I looked at some mostly useless monthly splits stats to give the best and worst awards for pitchers, position hitters, and a rookie of the month.  So, let’s get back at it.  Rookie of the Month Julio Teheran – Evan Gattis‘s injury opened this one up a little easier for Teheran, but it’s difficult to believe Teheran wouldn’t have won it outright.  Teheran finished June with 10.3 K/9 and 1.1…

Random Prospect of the Day: Ross Heffley

Random Prospect of the Day: Ross Heffley

Welcome back to one of Walk-Off Walk’s first ongoing segments, the Random Prospect of the Day.  As of today, there are 162 players who have received an at-bat in the Braves minor league system.  Using random.org, I got the number for Ross Heffley.  Let’s meet him. Not the best home run stare in the world, Ross. Ross Heffley was born in Georgia back in January of 1990 and helped to lead Brookwood High to a…