Once a Brave, Always a Brave – NL Central

I considered doing a special version of this series with the All-Star Game, but that would have been pretty short with, by my count, just two former ex-Braves in the All-Star Game. So, let’s move on to this week’s target, former Braves in the NL Central. As usual, this list should not be considered exhaustive. There might be – and probably are – a few misses. If you notice them, feel free to comment below.…

Random Prospect Sunday – Tyrell Jenkins

In January of 2010, 17 year-old Tyrell Jenkins made the kind of decision that, for many of us, is one of the most important decisions of his life. The Henderson, Texas native decided that he would pursue higher education at Baylor, accepting a scholarship to play both baseball and football. A quarterback who could run and throw, Jenkins had a shot to stick at the position in a post Robert Griffin III world at Baylor.…

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,…

Random Ex-Brave: Nate McLouth

One of the strange things to hurt Frank Wren as general manager was the inexplicable fall from grace by several players that he either traded for or signed as a free agent. Melvin Upton Jr. and Dan Uggla might stand out the most, but Nate McLouth can’t be overlooked. He was supposed to be the guy who brought stability to center field – where there was none. He was supposed to provide some production at…

Bill Shanks Gets It Wrong On How Ken Rosenthal Gets It Wrong

It’s important when you write up an article to directly attack another article’s findings to understand the scope of the latter article. After all, when you muddle the issue with a variety of findings that have nothing to do with the original article, you are destroying your credibility to simply focus on what is at hand. Today’s example – Bill Shanks, of Scout.com, recently penned “Ken Rosenthall Gets It Wrong on the Braves.” By its…

Ranking The Top 9 Outfielders in Franchise History

Over at About.com, I have added a new post that ranks the nine best outfielders in franchise history. Originally, I was going to do a Top 5 LF, CF, and RF, but considering so many played more than one outfield position, that proved a little difficult. Do I go by games played, by their best individual performance, by how I might remember them (if I do?). Ultimately, it became too much of a hassle. That…

Let’s Rationalize Nick Markakis

In an offseason of rebuilding that has sent young veterans packing for prospects, John Hart has done a nice job rebuilding a farm system on a fly while improving the financial freedom of the organization to re-enter the free agent market to supplement the youth when the time calls for it. It’s been a marvel that has turned the system from barren to envious in less than six short months. Yet there has been a…