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Walk-Off Walk

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Making the Most

And we’re back. After a brief reprieve, baseball’s second half opens tonight as the Braves start a three-game set at home against the New York Mets.  The latter is a surprisingly half-game worse than the Braves’ disappointing 46-39 record, though both trail the front-running Nationals.  On Sunday, the Braves will welcome Ben Sheets to the team, though there is no move just yet to define who he will replace.  It would seem reasonable to believe…

Random Prospect of the Day – Matt Talley

Random Prospect of the Day – Matt Talley

The Random Prospects series returns with a pitcher.  With 122 pitchers listed under the B-R page, random.org gave me number 109.  Matt Talley.  Four prospects in, I have two catchers and two lefties.  This series is exciting!     Not sure what’s going on with his left arm in this picture.  Guess it wasn’t feeling too well.  Anywho, Talley is a 22 year-old from Sumter, South Carolina who will turn 23 in exactly one month. …

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The Myth of Matt

When Atlanta allowed Matt Diaz to leave following the 2010 season, I had some mixed feelings.  I had grown to be quite fond of the guy we at Chopnation had nicknamed Magellan for his often strange ways of tracking down a flyball to left.  That said, for the money that Diaz could command, the results needed to be higher than Diaz had been able to muster in 2010 when he hit just .250 with a…

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Taking a Break from Jonny

There are some rumors stemming from a Luis Avilan tweet that the lefty will be headed to Atlanta and likely will be replacing Jonny Venters.  It would be cool if it was Avilan since he was one of my “Random Prospects” and would be the first of them to get the Walk-Off Walk bump.  Avilan had just joined the Gwinnett Braves today after the Atlanta cut D.J. Carrasco and needed a spot in AA for…

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Howdy Ben Sheets!

If you haven’t heard by now, Atlanta has agreed to a minor league contract with former Brewers workhorse, Ben Sheets.  The Braves were one of the few teams that watched a simulated five-inning stint Sheets threw at Georgia Tech last week and saw enough to believe that it was time to act.  Sheets’ agent and Braves GM Frank Wren agreed to the deal Saturday night and after Sheets passed the physical today, the comeback attempt…

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The Best (and Worst) of June

Hey, cool, I made it a month.  The Braves finished off a 13-12 June with a 7-5 victory against the Nationals in the oven known as Turner Field today.  Despite the win over the revered Stephen Strasburg, Atlanta remains one of baseball’s disappointing clubs.  After opening the season with four consecutive loses, the Braves righted the ship and were 14-8 after 22 games, but since April 29th, Atlanta is a weak 27-28.  June started with…

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The All-Stars

I will be completely forthright with this.  I hate the All-Star Game.  I hate the idea that it “matters,” I hate the fact that every team gets a player, I hate that fans stuff ballots for their guy, and I hate the choices that managers typically make for who gets to go and who doesn’t.  Too often, guys aren’t selected for what they have done in that season.  Case in point…”let’s send Chipper to the…