Spring Training Battle: 5th Starter (About.com)

The Braves uber-busy offseason has left the fifth starter position still unresolved, but with a wide-open competition for the spot. The Braves could go with a veteran like Wandy Rodriguez or Eric Stults to simply provide stability at the bottom of the rotation while the young hurlers develop in the minors. Or maybe they should go with one of the young guys like Manny Banuelos or Michael Foltynewicz and see what they have. And don’t…

Random Ex-Brave: Mike Cather

One thing I love about following a team is guys like Mike Cather. He was never much of a prospect and had little success in the minor leagues, but he was able to, for a couple of seasons, make the National League forget that he shouldn’t have been in the majors to begin with. Then, like someone decided that was enough, Cather was gone from the major league picture. It’s funny how these guys seem…

Braves With a New Year Remodel

The title is a little off, I’ll admit. After all, this entire offseason has been a remodel with the Atlanta Braves experienced a great amount of turnover that began with the firing of Frank Wren. Still, this last week saw a flurry of activity, though most of this was on minor league deals. We said goodbye to a pair of Braves I hated seeing with the tomahawk on their chest while we also welcomed more…

Reviewing BA’s Top Ten: 2007

John Schuerholz’s final year as general manager started with a nice cadre of prospects in the minors despite the Baby Braves of 2005 remaining a significant part of the roster. The Braves placed a trio of players in the Top 100, but they would deal all three in the ill-advised Mark Teixeira trade. Despite that, five of the players in addition to one of the youngsters that was sent to Texas to acquire Teix made…

Random Ex-Brave: Steve Bedrosian

I almost never talk about the 1980’s on this blog. I don’t have much reason to. I try to keep most of my information relevant to the time I have followed the Braves, rarely travelling into the era of cocaine and Reagan if I can help it. But sometime, the random Ex-Brave generator throws me a curveball. Or in today’s case, an unhittable slider. Steve Bedrosian was born on December 6th, 1957 in the small…

Can Chris Johnson Be Fixed? (About.com)

Posted my most recent article at the new About.com site. Here is a summary… Chris Johnson was a breakthrough player for the Braves in 2013, but an increase on swings, especially outside the strikezone, led to a rapid fall from grace. With a new three year deal beginning this season, what exactly went wrong and is it fixable? Give it a look!

Breaking News: Atlanta Braves Spring Roster Balloons to 231 Players

You can’t say that John Hart has been passive this winter. In addition to all of the big moves and the recent additions of Kelly Johnson and Jonny Gomes, the Braves claimed Eury Perez off waivers from the New York Yankees Friday night. So, add him to the collection of players who will come to spring training and battle for playing time while the casual Braves fans try to figure out who the hell are…