Reaction: John Coppolella Resigns in Disgrace

For three years, John Coppolella was treated as a wunderkind. The Notre Dame graduate who had cut his teeth in the Yankees organization before coming south, Coppolella represented a new era for the Atlanta Braves. He seemed ultra-capable in fleecing other teams of prospects and draft choices while also bringing together a talented group of scouts and assistants to comb the globe for new talent. Under his leadership, the Braves’ scouting department flourished and with…

The Youth Movement Is Finally Here

G-Braves Media You’d be forgiven if at times this season, you said, “where’re all these prospects we traded everyone I knew for?” The opening day lineup included five players over the age of 30. Two of the five reserves used that day were over 30. That doesn’t include Emilio Bonifacio, Kurt Suzuki, Jaime Garcia, Jim Johnson, Sam Freeman, or Josh Collmenter – all regular faces over the first few months who were in the Age-30…

“Is Schuerholz running the club or are Hart and Coppolella running it?”

In an article for The Athletic, Ken Rosenthal points to possible dissension within the Atlanta Braves front office. The article is behind a paywall so I won’t quote it word-for-word, but the general perception is that Braves general manager John Coppolella and John Hart, the President of Baseball Operations, could be in a bit of a power struggle with Team Vice Chairman – and former GM and Team President – John Schuerholz. Rosenthal cites unnamed sources…

Hey Brandon, how ’bout a Retrospective Thank You?

Last week, the Braves, prompted by a promotion of Ozzie Albies to the bigs to become the everyday 2nd baseman, asked Brandon Phillips if he’d slide over to the hot corner to make room for the rookie. Needless to say the veteran was not happy when informed of the decision and made that known by silence.  Here’s the story, paraphrased by me and told by Jim Powell of Braves radio (read from bottom to top): Jim…

Possible Theories for Dansby Playing Second

Since his demotion to the minors, Dansby Swanson‘s bat has been slow to come around. Through his first eight games, he was 6-for-30 with no extra-base hits, four walks, and seven strikeouts. On Sunday night, the Gwinnett Braves tried something new – they gave him his first game away from shortstop. Not to be the DH, but to play second base – something he had yet to do professionally. Swanson responded with his first multi-hit…

Making Sense of Yesterday’s Roster & Lineup Decisions

G-Braves Media It was already going to be a big day as far as major league debuts go, but the surprising afternoon news of another new addition to the list of players to play in the bigs was a bit confusing at first. The decision to bring Ozzie Albies to the major leagues yesterday was given some context as the day went on. Albies WAS NOT brought to the majors for an injury. He WAS…

So Let’s Talk About Dansby Swanson

Wikimedia Commons Baseball is hard. I flamed out around T-ball so I really can’t imagine how hard major league baseball is. I know far more players fail at it than succeed so players struggling shouldn’t ever really surprise us, especially young players. It should be obvious but Aaron Judge is an outlier. The problem is we’ve had guys like Judge and Bellinger and Correa and Seager come up recently and light the world on fire…