Once a Brave, Always a Brave: Opening Day Rosters

This series keeps tabs on how former Braves are doing in the league. Typically, I will focus on one division or even one team in isolated situations, but there’s not a lot to report right now so I will focus more on which former Braves made opening day rosters in other cities. If I counted correctly, there are 62 former Braves (or Braves farmhands) who either were on the opening day roster or the DL.…

Opening Day Fun Facts for the Atlanta Braves from About.com

Let’s put this Craig Kimbrel stuff behind us for a second. Today is opening day, one of the most exciting days of the year for baseball fans. Anything is possible on opening day even for teams, like the Braves, who are projected to be among the poorest teams in baseball. Checking the standings, the Braves are tied for first. And last. But I prefer first. I compiled a serious of often random facts about opening…

Why Not Terdo?

On Sunday, I got into a discussion on twitter with Grant McAuley, who works for the Atlanta-based radio station 92.9 – The Game. Grant is a wonderful guy to follow on twitter and is very approachable. After Joey Terdoslavich blasted a three-run bomb against the Blue Jays, he tweeted… Joey Terdoslavich with a 3-run HR. He’s making a case to grab a spot on the bench – batting .333 with 5 XBH in 24 AB…

Favorite Braves List – Pinch Hitter

(Previous information on this series can be found here. Of importance, this is not a best list, but a favorites list since I started to follow the Braves. That limits options from 1991-to-now.) Favorite Braves List (so far) Ace Starter – Greg Maddux #2 Starter – John Smoltz #3 Starter – Tim Hudson#4 Starter – Tom Glavine Closer – Craig Kimbrel RH-Reliever – Peter Moylan Catcher – Brian McCann First Base – Fred McGriff Second…

Did Batting Leadoff Hurt Jason Heyward?

In a recent article with the St. Louis Dispatch, Jason Heyward commented that he felt batting leadoff with the Braves over the last couple of seasons contributed to his declining power because he felt that he was encouraged to work deeper into counts and not “let go.” While I could never explain the psyche of a player – way above my pay grade – I wondered if there was much evidence to support that. So, let’s…

Spring Training Preview: Outfield

Previous previews: Starting Rotation / Bullpen / Catcher & Infield The Atlanta Braves have invested at least $48M into the outfield this offseason to go with an additional $46.35M that was already on the books. Regardless, many believe that this might be one of the worst outfields in baseball. Too bad money can’t buy talent. Well, it should, but apparently, it doesn’t. Welcome to the last pre-spring training preview for the pre-Braves. While there are…

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…