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.…

Favorite Braves List – Left-Hand Reliever

(Previous information on this series can be found here. Of importance, this is not a best list, but a favorites list since I started to follow the Braves. That limits options from 1991-to-now.) Favorite Braves List  Ace Starter – Greg Maddux #2 Starter – John Smoltz #3 Starter – Tim Hudson#4 Starter – Tom Glavine Closer – Craig Kimbrel RH-Reliever – Peter Moylan Catcher – Brian McCann First Base – Fred McGriff Second Base –…

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…

Once a Brave, Always a Brave – AL West

It’s Tuesday which means it’s another chance to look around the league at former Braves and how they are performing. Today’s division is the AL West. Is anybody still struggling with the idea that Houston is in the AL West? Houston Astros P Paul Clemens – Much like last season, Clemens has been on the shuttle between Houston and Oklahoma City. Acquired in the Michael Bourn trade, Clemens was a an okay starter in the…

Random Ex-Brave: Derrin Ebert

When the Atlanta Braves selected Derrin Ebert in the 18th round out of Hesperia High School in California, they liked the potential the young lefthander had. Of course, that low in the draft, you are thrilled if they player even sticks around long enough to provide depth to your AAA squad. Ebert did that and eventually became part of an Oscar nominated film. More on that later. Ebert joined the Braves system as a 17-year…

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,…

The Most Recent Big Four in Atlanta

In baseball, you just never know… During the offseason of 2011-12, the Atlanta Braves were faced with some considerable questions. The Braves had finished 2011, their first season under Fredi Gonzalez, by collapsing down the stretch and missing the playoffs. Changes were expected to be made. Alex Gonzalez was gone at shortstop, the trio of Jair Jurrjens, Brandon Beachy, and Tommy Hanson was either hurt or coming off injury, and the bullpen faltered down the…