See ya, Jonny and Ramiro!

It wasn’t much of a surprise when the Braves announced that both Jonny Venters and Ramiro Pena had been designated for assignment late Wednesday evening. The Braves needed room on their 40 man roster for a slew of additions and I hope to look more into the names added this weekend. Before we get to that, though, let’s look at the now ex-Braves. Ramiro Pena (UPDATE: Pena was actually outright to Gwinnett instead of being…

Frenchy Goes Philly

How absolutely perfect is it that Jeff Francoeur is now a Phillie? After all, the Phillies are an organization that is not expected to finish with a winning record, yet they will pay three players at least $23M next year. This is the same organization that refused to truly entertain the idea of trading Chase Utley last year when his value was at his highest. And while Frank Wren is circling job ads in the…

WOW’s Offseason Look at: Catcher

Since 1994, two players have dominated the playing time at catcher, providing the Braves with both consistency and top notch performance. After Brian McCann left the Braves for the higher tax bracket found in the Bronx, Evan Gattis took over last season. Gattis was a surprise in 2013 and his bat became such a focal point to the offense that the Braves dealt with his “defense” in left field just to get him into the…

Random Ex-Brave: Javy Lopez

Very few catchers had a more memorable career with the Braves than Javy Lopez. A quiet man from Puerto Rico, Lopez became one of the best hitting catchers and clearly, from the attention from female Braves fans, great eye candy night in and night out. Recently elected to the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame, Lopez’s career seemed over far too early, but he remains a figure to compare all Braves catchers to. Typically, this random…

The Lineup: Does Placement Matter?

After a couple of disappointing games in Denver, the Braves find themselves reeling as they return home to meet the Angels for a three-game weekend series. For a change, Atlanta trails in the NL East and their fan-base is panicking. Can the Braves stop the bleeding or is this flawed team just not capable of beating the media’s favorite, the Washington Nationals? Oh, you’ve heard of them, I’m sure. For a year-and-a-half now, the media…

Brian McWho?

Before the 2013 season, the Braves has some concerns with their backstop position. Quality backup David Ross had become too expensive to retain and the Braves went for Gerald Laird. While a good player in his own right, Laird was not expected to replace Rossy’s considerable production while the latter played in Atlanta. More pressing was the contract situation of Brian McCann. Since the summer of 2005 when McCann was called up to replace Johnny…

155 and Counting

In Atlanta, it was Saturday, but in Arizona, it was a Friday night game where the Braves, behind some good offense and the great Julio Teheran, took the first of a three-game set in the desert from the Diamondbacks 5-2. The game was most notable for being the 155th time Craig Kimbrel took over a game with a close lead and finished the game. I am one of those guys who thinks saves are way,…