Tag: Heyward

“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…

Baseball’s Weirdest Rule 5 Situation

What better way to explain service time than with the hottest prospect to come through the Braves system since Jason Heyward? For that matter, what better way to explain arbitration than with the strangest case that we’ve seen over the last number of years? In professional baseball, you earn two different kinds of “time.” The one that everyone gets from a rookie-league ballplayer to R.A. Dickey relates to how long you have been a professional.…

Saturday Stats Pack: Flowers, Stolen Bases, Bullpen, Sims

Unlike last season where I posted two separate entries, I’m going to try to do one Saturday Stats Pack with both major league and minor league notable stats. So, without too much stalling, here is this week’s edition. Tyler Flowers (By Editosaurus (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons) .344 wOBA Over the last two seasons, only six catchers have stepped into the batter’s box at least 350 times and have a better weighted on-base average than…

Thursday Throwback – Reed Johnson

Sometimes, moves just don’t pan out like they ought to. That was the case of the 2012 midseason trade that sent Reed Johnson, along with Paul Maholm, to the Braves. The trade was born out of a move that didn’t happen and ultimately, failed to deliver despite looking like a good deal on paper for Frank Wren. Even when Wren made the right move, it just didn’t seem to work. But long before that trade,…

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…

What Can the Braves Learn from the Cubs?

Swanson’s Defense Important as Braves Focus on Run PreventionBy Arturo Pardavila III from Hoboken, NJ, USA [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons The World Series came to a close last night and what a Series it was! Just to put a cherry on top, Game Seven was one of the most captivating games ever played. Congratulations to both teams for reminding the country just how close to perfect baseball can be. For the Braves, the…

Best 5 Braves Drafts Since 2000 – #2

On this 2016 Draft Eve, here is my pick for the second best draft since 2000. 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 Best Draft Since 2000 – The 2002 Draft Keith Allison via Flickr (No Changes) (Creative Commons) It was a perfect storm for the Braves. Two years…