#AskCoppy Recap

Earlier today, Atlanta Braves general manager John Coppolella did another #AskCoppy on the twitters. I missed the entire thing because for some reason, I had kids and they annoyed me with wanting to have family time. I mean, honestly, what kind of evil children want you to play with them, color, and hang out? My evil children. As such, I’m going to need to catch up on the Q&A session. Maybe you’re like me and…

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,…

Should the Braves Bring Back Kelly Johnson and/or Jeff Francoeur?

By Arturo Pardavila III [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons It seems inevitable. Maybe it shouldn’t, but it really does seem like only a matter of time. It is so expected that should the Atlanta Braves sign either Kelly Johnson or Jeff Francoeur over the next few days, it would surprise no one. The Braves have proven that when it comes to depth, they like to go to players they are comfortable with. Both Johnson…

Spring Roster Battles Preview – The Fifth Starter

By EricEnfermero (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons Football’s done (sorry Falcons fans) and that means one glorious thing – baseball is just around the corner. In fact, in a few days, the Atlanta Braves will open spring training as pitchers and catchers report followed by the rest of the team. With all the negative in the world, spring training is a beautiful thing as it’s impossible to not be a little optimistic.…

Braves Bring Back the Meds

By Keith Allison on Flickr (Original version) UCinternational (Crop) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons In 2013, the Atlanta Braves had finally come together. Frank Wren’s team was young – Dan Uggla was its only starter over 30. Frank Wren’s team was also very powerful and bashed 181 homers led the league. Sure, they struck out a lot, but they also scored runs in bunches. But lost in all of the feast-or-famine articles about the…

Best #61 in Braves Franchise History

(Series Note: Baseball-Reference was used for a collection of players so this series is as complete as their database is. No coaches/managers were included and a number had to have at least four options to be considered with two exceptions. I started from the highest available number because as I approach #1, I’ll have much tougher decisions. For the complete series, click here.) Best #61 in Franchise History I began this series with the best…

Braves Can McDowell

By EricEnfermero (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons After eleven seasons spanning three managers, Roger McDowell will no longer be the pitching coach of the Atlanta Braves. For a franchise that rarely sees turnover in the coaching staff, the last several months have been a change-of-pace. The in-season firing of Fredi Gonzalez, the very real chance that the interim manager Brian Snitker won’t be in charge in 2017, and now McDowell’s dismissal…