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Walk-Off Walk

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A Look Back: 2011 Draft

A few days ago, I went over the 2012 draft’s first ten picks with a few more interesting ones to review how the 2012 players are progressing.  Today, let’s look at the 2011 draft.  The 2011 draft has yet to graduate a player to the majors, though a few have made it to AAA.  The draft is known for the Braves selecting an insane amount of college players, including the first ten and 27 of…

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Google Alert alerted me to Ignorance

Every day, I get a Google Alert about the Braves.  Often, the articles are not noteworthy and are made up of analysis of a recent acquisition, or during the season, of a recent game.  This offseason has seen a lot of articles about the pending move to Cobb County in 2017 and most recently, articles talking about how awesome Greg Maddux was or in Tom Glavine’s case, how frustrating #47 made it on hitters. But…

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MLB Right Now Pisses Off Braves Fans Right Now

MLB Network is making their way through their positional rankings.  The series, titled Top 10 Right Now, debuted their shortstop rankings Friday night and two former Braves made the list along with Atlanta’s current shortstop.  However, where Andrelton Simmons was ranked frustrated a lot of Braves fans.  The Shredder, a computer-based system, ranked Simmons as the 8th best shortstop in the game right now.  Was that fair?  Do the Braves fans have a legitimate beef?…

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A Look Back: 2012 Draft

We still have a few months before the season begins so in efforts to pass the time, let’s look back at some recent drafts. Rather than start with 2013, let’s go back a year to 2012 in efforts to get some information on these players. I will go over the top ten picks and add in some interesting players beyond the top ten. 1. Lucas Sims, RHP, Brookwood High School (Snellville, Georgia) Two selections after…

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On This HOF Voting Absurdity

I have avoided a mock ballot for the Hall of Fame.  I really don’t want to get into the idea of whether or not we should allow players suspected (or suspended) of PED usage to join the moral giants like Ty Cobb and Mickey Mantle.  I mean, if you want to keep Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens out, fine.  I think it’s a ridiculous effort, but whatever.  Your choice. But the idea that someone could…

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The Babbling Brooks of Conrad

Brooks Conrad spent last season in Japan, struggling as a member of the Hanshin Tigers.  While there, he played with another former Brave, Blaine Boyer.  Unlike Boyer, who posted solid numbers, Conrad slashed his way to .175/.319/.281 while hitting no homers in 69 AB and playing sparingly at third.  It was yet another disappointing turn for someone whose career seemed to peak in the summer of 2009. Conrad was drafted in 2001 by the Houston…

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Jeff Schultz Doesn’t Like Me

I loved Tim Hudson.  Sure, he was gritty, though I despise that term.  If the adjective can be used to describe David Eckstein, it’s not a term you want to receive.  Hudson arrived after the 2004 season in a trade from the A’s and received an extension after posting monster seasons for the A’s that included four seasons of 4.8 fWAR or better before the trade.  He never was that good in Atlanta, but he…