Making Sense Out of Baseball’s Senselessness

Baseball is such a strange sport.  I have followed baseball for 31 years now.  Sure, when I was a little tot, I wasn’t that interested in the rules of the game or the statistical analysis side.  Regardless, I was at the ballpark because my father was an usher for the local Carolina League team and I got in for free.  As I have gotten older, my understanding of the sport has increased in many areas…from…

The Braves Should Extend Both Gonzalez and Wren

In the film Moneyball, Oakland Athletics manager Art Howe, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, brings up his discontent with managing in the final season of his contract with general manager Billy Beane.  Portrayed by Brad Pitt, Beane is not willing to talk about an extension with Howe and provide the aging manager job security.  In real life, Howe was in the first year of an extension that led into the next season.  But in Hollywood,…

It’s Never As Dark As It Seems

The news just keeps going from bad to worse.  A day after watching Jason Heyward stagger off the field after fracturing his jaw on a pitch to the face, the Atlanta Braves sent Brandon Beachy to go see the Harbinger of Death, Dr. James Andrews.  Today…locusts? Braves fans, as they have been ingrained to do, panic at the first sign of bad news.  Two bad things and a loss?  The crisis hot lines in the…

The Most Expensive Platoon Guy EVAH No More

At this point, B.J. Upton must be wondering what happened between leaving Tampa Bay and beginning this chapter of his career with the Braves. It was supposed to be a wonderful fit.  The Braves viewed Michael Bourn as overpriced and more likely to regress as his entire value was built on his speed.  Upton was younger, an accomplished base stealer of his own, and could play great defense even if it wasn’t otherworldly like Bourn.…

Howdy Elliot!

Earlier this season, the Braves looked like they had a wealth of depth in the middle infield.  In addition to their unquestioned starters, Ramiro Pena provided excellent numbers off the bench to go with valuable defense.  In the minors, there was last year’s opening day starter at shortstop, Tyler Pastornicky, and defensive wiz Paul Janish. But baseball has a way of destroying depth with unmatched quickness.  First, it was Pena’s shoulder.  Recently, it was Dan…

The Talkative ‘Nats

This is the Nationals. A team of high expectations and an even higher belief in who they are.  This is a team that despite over 120 games of sample size still can not accept their fate and their failure.  From the manager down to their ever-changing roster dynamic, this a team that has struggled with the target they relished having so brightly colored on their backs. Before the season, Jayson Werth – a man who…

Wait, Gosselin over La Stella?

In 2010, the Braves took University of Virginia 2B Philip Gosselin in the fifth round.  A year later, in the 8th round, the Braves selected Tommy La Stella from Coastal Carolina.  On August 15, 2013, the Braves selected Gosselin over La Stella to replaced Tyler Pastornicky, who has a torn ACL and was only in the majors because of Dan Uggla‘s LASIK surgery. And the fans went wild what?  Who?  Why? It’s not that I…