Happy birthday, Julio!

Today is Julio Franco‘s 57th birthday. Yes, he’s just 57. Isn’t that an odd idea that someone can only be just 57? It was 2001 that Franco magically arrived on the team. After letting Andres Galarraga leave, the Atlanta Braves made the decision that Rico Brogna was their guy at first base. Rico had been a productive player between 1995-1999, bashing 20 homers four times, but Brogna was a Brave because he was cheap. He…

Once a Brave, Always a Brave – NL East

In today’s look around the league at former Braves, the focus is on the NL East. Because teams to not deal with their divisional rivals often, there aren’t a lot of ex-Braves in the NL East – though most of the ones that are populate major league rosters. As usual, this list cannot be considered exhaustive and there is a better than average chance I’m missing a player or two. If you know of one,…

Favorite Braves List – Right-Handed Reliever

(Previous information on this series can be found here. Of importance, this is not a best list, but a favorites list since I started to follow the Braves. That limits options from 1991-to-now.) Favorite Braves List (so far) Ace Starter – Greg Maddux #2 Starter – John Smoltz #3 Starter – Tim Hudson#4 Starter – Tom Glavine Closer – Craig Kimbrel Catcher – Brian McCann First Base – Fred McGriff Second Base – Marcus Giles…

Who’s This Brady Feigl Guy?

One thing we have grown to expect when spring training opens is articles about obscure players we’ve never heard of who are impressive early on. These guys often don’t amount to a lot beyond digital fodder to keep from writing the same articles about Melvin Upton‘s failures, Nick Markakis‘s neck, or Freddie Freeman‘s leadership. With that in mind, let’s meet Brady Feigl. Now, Feigl has little shot to win a spot in the Braves bullpen…

Favorite Braves List – Backup Catcher

(Previous information on this series can be found here. Of importance, this is not a best list, but a favorites list since I started to follow the Braves. That limits options from 1991-to-now.) Favorite Braves List (so far) Ace Starter – Greg Maddux #2 Starter – John Smoltz #3 Starter – Tim Hudson#4 Starter – Tom Glavine Closer – Craig Kimbrel Catcher – Brian McCann First Base – Fred McGriff Second Base – Marcus Giles…

Does Jackie Bradley Jr. Make Sense for the Braves?

There has been a lot of buzz recently that the Braves have an interest, sometimes called strong, in Boston outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. David O’Brien tweets that the interest was early this offseason, implying that the Braves have backed off. If that latter part is true, this might be the case of someone high up in the Braves front office liking Bradley and wanting to see if Boston had soured enough for the Braves to…

Spring Training Preview: Outfield

Previous previews: Starting Rotation / Bullpen / Catcher & Infield The Atlanta Braves have invested at least $48M into the outfield this offseason to go with an additional $46.35M that was already on the books. Regardless, many believe that this might be one of the worst outfields in baseball. Too bad money can’t buy talent. Well, it should, but apparently, it doesn’t. Welcome to the last pre-spring training preview for the pre-Braves. While there are…