Tag: Melvin

Reaction: John Coppolella Resigns in Disgrace

For three years, John Coppolella was treated as a wunderkind. The Notre Dame graduate who had cut his teeth in the Yankees organization before coming south, Coppolella represented a new era for the Atlanta Braves. He seemed ultra-capable in fleecing other teams of prospects and draft choices while also bringing together a talented group of scouts and assistants to comb the globe for new talent. Under his leadership, the Braves’ scouting department flourished and with…

Saturday Stats Pack: Catching, Atlanta’s Non-Manager, Acuna’s Exploits

Johan Camargo‘s Shocking Season Camargo started at shortstop Friday night and singled once in three trips to the plate. His average actually dropped a tad to .327 in the process. That’s how’s Camargo’s surprising rookie campaign has gone to this point. Over 40 games, the switch-hitter has on-based .355 due to just a 4.5% walk rate but has shown new-found pop to keep his slugging a shade under .500. His numbers are remarkably similar to…

The Two-Minute Braves

Braves Radio Net reporter Kevin McAlpin tweeted this Friday night: Former #Braves legend Mike Aviles leads off the 7th for the Fish and is hit by a pitch. — Kevin McAlpin (@KevinMcAlpin) May 13, 2017 I followed with a tweet of my own: @KevinMcAlpin Who had a better run as a Brave – Carlos Quentin or Aviles? — Tommy Poe (@WalkOffWalk1) May 13, 2017 But I was only beginning a cascade of responses @WalkOffWalk1 @KevinMcAlpin…

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,…

Braves Need to Consider Dumping Markakis

By Keith Allison on Flickr [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons I despise the label “professional hitter.” Aren’t they all? Even Julio Teheran is a professional hitter since he gets paid to do it. And even if you roll your eyes at taking the literal meaning of the phrase, it’s an entirely misapplied and pointless phrase that is often handed out as a consolation prize. One Brave who receives the phrase is Nick Markakis. He…

Reviewing Hart’s Trades: The Craig Kimbrel Deal

The Braves have been active in John Hart‘s first season at the helm to the tune of SIXTEEN TRADES! Sixteen deals involving major league talent going one direction or in both. Sixteen deals that include over 50 different players, a few draft picks, lots of cash, and two Uptons. It’s been friggin unreal to see what the Braves have done. With most of the season in our rear view, it’s time to start reviewing each…

See ya, Todd Cunningham!

It was a bit of an odd development on Friday to learn that Todd Cunningham had been waived by the Atlanta Braves – let alone lost on waivers to the Angels. After all, it was kind of those moves that the Braves didn’t have to make, chose to make, and it makes zero sense from the outside. It’s like deciding to throw away the milk a week before its expiration date. Sure, you bought new…