Jonny Gomes Pitching Was More Than a Novelty

Some so-and-so’s on Twitter voiced their displeasure of Jonny Gomes pitching Friday night. “Embarrassing,” they called it. Using Gomes was “making a mockery of the game.” Don’t get me wrong – Gomes looked awful on the mound and every bit of a guy who has never pitched a game in his life (which he hadn’t). His pitching motion evolved during the inning with him suddenly deciding to do a Luis Tiant-impression. His pitches confused Gamecast…

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…

This Week at About.com

Things have been busy over at my second home, AtlantaBraves.About.com. Here is a list of this week’s posts in case you missed them. Braves Seek Young Catching In this slideshow, I look at some of the young options the Braves could be seeking on the trade market for a long-term option at catcher. Andrew Susac would appear like a possible fit if the Giants decide he’s worth giving up for Cameron Maybin. Other choices Texas’s…

Random Prospect Sunday – Tanner Murphy

The Braves have a catching problem and that’s pretty new. Since the mid-90’s, they could count on Javy Lopez or Brian McCann behind the plate with only Johnny Estrada separating the two. But once McCann left for the Bronx after the 2013 season, the Braves tried Evan Gattis for a year and found his ability to be a catcher nearly non-existent. Next, they handed the job to Christian Bethancourt, but the young catcher struggled with…

Once a Brave, Always a Brave – AL East

This series serves as an opportunity to see how the former Braves are doing across baseball. I looked at opening day rosters last month, but as we know following the Braves, things can change rapidly from the team that opened the year. With that in mind, let’s head to the AL East and see how former Braves are doing. Most of these guys will be major league talents, but some former Braves farmhands will be…

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.…

Random Ex-Brave: Derrek Lee

He spent just 39 games with the Braves, but Derrek Lee became a massively important player for the Braves in a short time frame. He responded with a nice run to finish the year solidly after struggling with the Cubs that season. I’d call that a success. Lee was in his 14th year in the bigs by the time he became a Brave. Originally the 14th overall pick by the Padres in 1993, Lee was…