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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…

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Atlanta Braves 2013 Myths: Part III

Earlier today, I touched on another myth I have seen and a couple of days ago, I began this series. Time to turn a corner and possibly find some truth in a myth. Possibly. 1. Atlanta doesn’t make productive outs because of strikeouts. 2. Atlanta seems to fall behind early and has to play catch-up.  3.  Atlanta can’t win if they keep striking out so much! Commonly, we hear about the strikeouts being the Achilles’s…

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Atlanta Braves 2013 Myths: Part II

Previously, I began a series to seek out the truth behind some of the comments typically made about the Braves, often from observational bias.  Today, we continue as we try to find out more truth about the Atlanta Braves current philosophy. 1. Atlanta doesn’t make productive outs because of strikeouts. 2. Atlanta seems to fall behind early and has to play catch-up. I’m not entirely sure where this idea comes from, but I have seen…

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A Couple of Trade Ideas

Last July, I wrote a blogpost called Mining for Gold in which, among others, I brought up the idea of trading for Reed Johnson and Jeff Baker before Atlanta acquired both in separate trades last summer.  This won’t be as in depth of a blogpost, but I figured I would do half of Frank Wren’s job and give him the ideas that he would later act on. So, yeah, I truly feel Wren follows me…