Random Ex-Brave: Steve Bedrosian

I almost never talk about the 1980’s on this blog. I don’t have much reason to. I try to keep most of my information relevant to the time I have followed the Braves, rarely travelling into the era of cocaine and Reagan if I can help it. But sometime, the random Ex-Brave generator throws me a curveball. Or in today’s case, an unhittable slider. Steve Bedrosian was born on December 6th, 1957 in the small…

Braves Continue Scorched-Earth Policy

Just when you think, “okay, so, this team is the one the Braves largely will go into spring training with,” they make yet another trade that crosses that all up. On Wednesday, the Braves made their third trade of the new year as they sent Evan Gattis to the Houston Astros for a trio of prospects. Well, at least, they sold a bunch of polar bear stuff. I’ve actually been a little underwhelmed with the…

Random Ex-Brave: Mark Whiten

We often think of baseball in the strict terms of what we see and quantify. Chipper Jones hit 45 homers the year he won the MVP. Greg Maddux had a 1.90 ERA in his first 89 starts with the Braves. When going into the sixth inning with the lead, the 2013 Braves were 66-6, a winning percentage of .917. But real life has a way of impacting the direction of a baseball team. John Hart…

Braves Sign Jason Grilli…Because Reasons

It’s been only a few months since John Hart assumed the job as “dude in charge” for the Atlanta Braves and the moves so far have been fairly uneven. Trade Jason Heyward, sign Nick Markakis. Ship out Tommy La Stella, add Alberto Callaspo. Send Justin Upton packing, ink…Jason Grilli? What’s next? Trading Mike Minor to bring back Aaron Harang? Grilli is the latest addition to the remade Atlanta Braves, signed to a $8M contract over the next two…

John Hart: Okay, so I lied. This is a rebuild.

Since being “hired” to head up things in Atlanta, we have heard John Hart mention several times one particular point that needed to be clarified. John Schuerholz has parroted the line. This is not a rebuild. We don’t use that word. We are retooling and trying to compete in 2015 with an eye towards having an even better club when the new ballpark opens in 2017. We are totally not rebuilding and breaking down something that…

Braves will Strike Out Less, but Will It Help?

The last two seasons under Frank Wren were uneven as the Atlanta Braves offense was both productive and dreadful. The only things that seemed to be consistent about the team was a pitching staff doing its job regardless of the injuries that were piling up and the constant reminder about how the team was striking out. Oh, the strikeouts. Over the last four years, the Braves have struck out at least 1,200 times after not…

Winter Meetings: That’s A Wrap

The winter meetings ended Thursday with a little news for the Braves as they picked up one righty in the Rule 5 draft while losing another. Outside of that and the signing of Cuban outfielder Dian Toscano and all-around “meh” Alberto Callaspo, the Braves had a fairly quiet four days. At least, it was quiet on actual press releases – the kind that often are done to announce a signing or trade. While many teams,…