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Walk-Off Walk

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August 7: My Day

I don’t talk too much about myself here because frankly, this blog is about the Braves.  However, because it’s August 7th, this blog, for a day, becomes about the Braves and me.  You see, today is my birthday and I’m forced to ask…how do the Braves play on my Name Day? In 1982, I was born.  Had I been born about an hour earlier, I would have been an August 6th baby.  However, the seventh…

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Wait, What?

Sometimes, you miss little subtle things in the numbers.  Time to find them and say “wait, what?  He’s doing what?” Freddie Freeman – Ranked Fifth in fWAR For all of the talk, and there was a lot, that the man who lives by Hug Life was the fifth or sixth best option at first base in the National League and not close to being a worthwhile All-Star, Freeman is currently fifth among all players at…

Random Ex-Brave: Tim Spehr

Random Ex-Brave: Tim Spehr

As I discussed in the first one, using random.org, I find a player from the past that we probably have forgotten.  While there is a chance that a player is randomly chosen by year and alphabetic placement on a roster could be an All-Star, there is a bigger chance that the player is a middle reliever or a failed prospect or, like in today’s edition, a journeyman whose Braves career lasted eight games. Tim Spehr…

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How I Learned to Love Carp

Relievers are a funny breed.  Sometimes, a failed minor league starter/swingman like Jonny Venters or Luis Avilan suddenly becomes one of the most dependable arms in a bullpen.  Other times, a formerly good major league pitcher like Chris Hammond becomes an uberly good performer.  Or a waiver claim turns into Eric O’Flaherty.  You never know where an arm may come from. When the Cardinals selected David Carpenter with their 12th round selection in 2006, they…

Random Prospect of the Day: Alex Wilson

Random Prospect of the Day: Alex Wilson

Time for the latest installment in my award-winning series, Random Prospect of the Day.  What award has this series won?  That’s not important.  Why is it called “of the Day” when it only comes out Sunday?  Also not important.  Now, let’s get to know a middle reliever for the Rome Braves. Before my last Random Prospect, I went over two true prospects who could both be in the Top Ten in the organization, but the…

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Lineup Optimization: Does It Even Matter?

On July 27th, Fredi Gonzalez “succumbed” to…public pressure? Frank Wren? His wife?  After 61 games with Andrelton Simmons as the leadoff hitter, including the six games before the decision was made, Gonzalez wrote a new name in the leadoff spot – Jason Heyward.  On the face of it, it was a confusing choice for some.  Heyward is 6’5″ and 240 pounds of a hybrid of a gazelle and Ken Griffey Jr., not a 5’10” spark-plug…

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Trade Target: Placido Polanco

According to the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo, a few of the first players to be placed on waivers with a trade in mind were reported.  One of the most interesting players so far, at least for Atlanta, is Placido Polanco.  As a Braves fan, I hated him as a Cardinal, despised him as a Phillie, and forgot that he played in Detroit at some point.  He signed a one year, $2.75M contract before the season…