What Happened? – The 2017 Braves Story (Part 1 of 2)

By Arturo Pardavila III [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Even if the Atlanta Braves were not ready to be legitimate contenders for a Wild Card slot, they were supposed to a better than 11-20 through the first 31 games with a -35 score differential. People expected a team resembling the one that won 31 of its final 56 games and why not? Bonifide major league veterans like…

Braves Front Office Could Use Crash-Course in BABIP

(Ryan Cothran has joined the Walk-Off Walk team and I want to thank him for his contributions – both with this article and in the future. Be sure to follow Ryan on Twitter.) It was a few days back when I dropped a tweet and, for a lack of a better term, received what seemed at the time, some scorn from someone I respect quite a bit. First off, let’s get this out of the…

Monday Roundup: Steals, Colon, Jaime Garcia’s Disappearing Sinker

After winning just once the previous week, the Braves rolled into the final seven days of April looking to rebound and cut into their 6-12 record. They did that with some big offensive explosions along the way. The week began with a long break. A scheduled off day after escaping Philadelphia allowed the Braves to lick their wounds. That was followed by a postponement as rain kept the Braves from opening a three-game set in…

Ender Inciarte Makes Atlanta his Long-Term Home

Arturo Pardavila III on Flickr (Original version) UCinternational (Crop) (CC 2.0) via Wikipedia Commons Two days before Christmas, Ender Inciarte received a nice Christmas present. Or, maybe it was the other way around? Maybe Mom was right when she told me that giving a gift was a present in its own right. The Braves and their new center fielder agreed upon a five-year contract worth at least $30.525 million. A sixth season option would increase the…

2016 Player Reviews: Mallex Smith, Dansby Swanson, Julio Teheran

Today’s player reviews is a biggy (or should I say today’s trio of players are bigly important?). Three exciting players at three different junctures of their careers. One is trying to establish himself as a major league option. Another may have already done that and now, we wonder what more can he become? The other is about to be a five-year major league veteran and has given us a solid floor of what we ought…

Best 5 Braves Drafts Since 2000 – #1

Best/Worst Drafts since 2000 Worst: #5, 2009 | #4, 2004 | #3, 2013 | #2, 2011 | #1, 2001 Best: #5, 2010 | #4, 2015 | #3, 2007 | #2, 2002 | #1, 2000 The  Best Draft Since 2000…The 2000 Draft By Keith Allison from Kinston, USA (Kelly Johnson) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons Earlier today, I went over the 2001 draft, which I labeled the worst since 2000. What made that draft so frustrating was…

Worst 5 Braves Drafts Since 2000 – #2

With the 2016 draft tomorrow, it’s time to get to the end of this series. Just three more articles remain after this one. Best/Worst Drafts since 2000 Worst: #5, 2009 | #4, 2004 | #3, 2013 | #2, 2011 | #1, 2001 Best: #5, 2010 | #4, 2015 | #3, 2007 | #2, 2002 | #1, 2000 2nd Worst Draft Since 2000 – The 2011 Draft  Gilmartin | By Kaotate [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons…