This Week at AtlantaBraves.About.com

If you weren’t aware, I also publish posts at atlantabraves.about.com. I typically post a few times each week over there and here are my three most recent articles there. Braves New GM Means Little Has Changed When John Coppolella was “promoted” into his new job, it didn’t mean much had actually been altered about the Braves braintrust. Over the last year+, Coppy has been basically the guy in charge of things with John Hart as…

Random Ex-Brave: Freddy Garcia

His career with the Braves lasted just 27.1 regular season innings, but Freddy Garcia humorously became a part of Braves lore by uttering a simple statement. “I just make pitch.” Yes, Freddy, that you do. Stephen Dunn | Getty Images Garcia originally arrived in the majors in 1999 for a Seattle pitching staff that was still looking for answers in the post-Randy Johnson world. Speaking of the Big Unit, that’s how Garcia joined the Mariners…

Once a Brave, Always a Brave – NL West

This week’s return to Once a Brave focuses on a division with a lot of ex-Braves. The Braves have completed two deals with the D’Backs since March, two with the Dodgers since May, one with the Rockies, and a pair of pretty big deals with the Padres. Therefore, we have a lot of NL West guys to check in on. As usual, this list is not exhaustive and if you catch a player I missed,…

Jeff Schultz Doesn’t Believe in the Process

I don’t always agree with the AJC’s Jeff Schultz on baseball. In fact, I rarely do. He’s a blowhard who too often doesn’t understand baseball while sticking to cliches. I’ve wrote on here before that Schultz and I didn’t see eye-to-eye on letting Tim Hudson go and signing Gavin Floyd the offseason before the last. It was the smart decision. But Schultz, who is far more comfortable analyzing football, only really focuses on names over…

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 Prospect Sunday: Jordan Edgerton

The Atlanta Braves are still trying to replace Chipper Jones. They moved Joey Terdoslavich to third base in hopes he would somehow be a competent third baseman despite being a statue at first base. They brought Juan Francisco on board with dreams of big homer totals, but couldn’t live with his .281 OBP as a Brave. Chris Johnson was given a long-term deal despite not having long-term success. Even when a young third baseman looked…

Random Prospect Sunday: Joseph Daris

Do you know anything about the typical rating scale that is used by baseball scouts? The scale runs from 20 to 80. The higher the rating, the better the skill or its potential. For example, Christian Bethancourt‘s throwing arm might be rated a 65 or 70. That would rank as an elite number, though there is room for catchers with better throwing arms. Craig Kimbrel‘s spiked curveball might be rated as a 75 – maybe…