Tag: McCann

TOT – The OTHER Teixeira Deal

Chris J. Nelson (CC SA 3.0), via Wikipedia Commons Transaction of Today…July 29, 2008 – The Atlanta Braves traded Mark Teixeira to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for Stephen Marek (minors) and Casey Kotchman. It was the moment that the Braves resigned themselves to admit that their swing-for-the-fence effort the previous July failed. On this day nine years ago, the Braves sent the dynamic first baseman, Mark Teixeira, to the Angels for a pitifully…

Braves Searching for Catcher Help, but Options are Thin

Tyler Flowers (By Editosaurus (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons) For so many years, the Braves were absolutely loaded at catcher. Javy Lopez arrived in 1994 and for a dozen years, he was one of the best catchers in baseball. After a brief intermission where Johnny Estrada looked alright, the Braves handed the reigns over to Brian McCann for nine years. Behind the plate, the Braves made other teams green with envy as they tried…

Best 5 Braves Drafts Since 2000 – #2

On this 2016 Draft Eve, here is my pick for the second best draft since 2000. Best/Worst Drafts since 2000 Worst: #5, 2009 | #4, 2004 | #3, 2013 | #2, 2011 | #1, 2001 Best: #5, 2010 | #4, 2015 | #3, 2007 | #2, 2002 | #1, 2000 2nd Best Draft Since 2000 – The 2002 Draft Keith Allison via Flickr (No Changes) (Creative Commons) It was a perfect storm for the Braves. Two years…

Worst 5 Braves Drafts Since 2000 – #2

With the 2016 draft tomorrow, it’s time to get to the end of this series. Just three more articles remain after this one. Best/Worst Drafts since 2000 Worst: #5, 2009 | #4, 2004 | #3, 2013 | #2, 2011 | #1, 2001 Best: #5, 2010 | #4, 2015 | #3, 2007 | #2, 2002 | #1, 2000 2nd Worst Draft Since 2000 – The 2011 Draft  Gilmartin | By Kaotate [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons…

Worst 5 Braves Drafts Since 2000 – #5

With the 2016 draft less than a month away, I am going to take a look back at the Braves’ drafts since 2000 with the Top 5 and Worst 5 in tandem order starting with the latter. If that is confusing, after the fifth worst draft today, the next article in this series will look at the fifth best draft. Clear enough? I hope so. Best/Worst Drafts since 2000 Worst: #5, 2009 | #4, 2004…

Thursday Throwback – David Ross

Scott Cunningham/Getty Images (For my take on Hector Olivera, click here.) Backup catchers are sort of like backup quarterbacks. You might think spending money on one is a waste of resources until you need him to be there and produce. When that happens, you are happy that you had the foresight to get the best possible backup. For four years, David Ross fulfilled that role for the Atlanta Braves and they are still trying to…

Thursday Throwback – Blaine Boyer

(This column used to be called Random Ex-Brave.) The Baby Braves. 2005’s crew of kids who were either fresh-faced rookies or just beginning to establish themselves. Sure, the Braves still had Chipper Jones, but he only played 109 games that year. And yeah, Andruw Jones was a monster that season while John Smoltz anchored a rotation that included just three pitchers who made at least 21 starts. There were still big names, but the Braves…