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“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…

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,…

Yangervis Solarte: Possible Braves Target?

By Keith Allison on Flickr (Originally posted to Flickr as “San Diego Padres”) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons Fox Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the San Diego Padres “continues to aggressively shop third baseman Yangervis Solarte.” If so, you have to imagine that Braves general manager John Coppolella has reached out. And if he hasn’t, Coppy, you better get on it. A three-year veteran, Solarte was a bit of a late bloomer…

“It feels like every move has backfired.”

By Arturo Pardavila III on Flickr (Original version) UCinternational (Crop) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons Today, The Hardball Times published an article by Alex Remington titled “How to Lose Fans and Alienate People: The 2016 Atlanta Braves.” It’s a long look into the current team, with many fans chiming in with their assorted disappointment. “I hate these guys,” one suggests. “You wonder if they know what they’re doing,” ponders another. And then there is…

Braves Need to Consider Dumping Markakis

By Keith Allison on Flickr [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons I despise the label “professional hitter.” Aren’t they all? Even Julio Teheran is a professional hitter since he gets paid to do it. And even if you roll your eyes at taking the literal meaning of the phrase, it’s an entirely misapplied and pointless phrase that is often handed out as a consolation prize. One Brave who receives the phrase is Nick Markakis. He…

Braves Monday Roundup – Rome Goes 19, Soroka, Youth Movement

Welcome to the second Braves Monday Roundup. This series was supposed to be a way to recap the week in short fashion while freeing up Monday for a more focused look at a player or whathaveyou at my other blog, where I used to post weekly 5 for Monday articles. However, as I mentioned a few times this week, my other blog will be no more. About.com has restructured and the About Sports department got…

Everything That is Right With Baseball

Ah, the opening week of the season. No matter how pessimistic one can be, you have to take a little vacation from the feelings of dread and disappointment to entertain the possibilities of what a new season means. I’ve loved baseball since I was a little tot. My father was an usher at the local minor league stadium and even though I wasn’t good at it, I absolutely adored the sport. As I grew older,…