Service Time: Explaining One of Baseball’s Nuances

Why would the Braves wait on bringing up Jose Peraza if he shows he belongs in the spring? Why can’t a team send a guy down for one day to hold off his arbitration for another year? Why is Mike Minor arbitration eligible for the second of four times this year when most players only get three? In my most recent column at About.com, I look at one of the more confusing things in baseball…

Top 5 Second Basemen in Braves History (About.com)

As I have successfully got back into the schedule of things, I have added another column at the About page with a run-down of the top five second baseman, by WAR, in Braves history. What I love about doing articles like this is players who I never really considered become part of the discussion. I love reading about Ross Barnes and how dynamic a player he was for Boston before the turn of the century.…

Spring Training Preview: C/IF

(Been a little preoccupied so my blogs have suffered. Hopefully, I’ll get back on schedule starting today.) Previous previews: Starting Rotation / Bullpen For the rebuilding Atlanta Braves, this offseason has been one of great change and even greater discontent from the fan base. I don’t know about you, but I’m sick to death of hearing the old adage, “well, they weren’t winning with those guys.” But I get it…there were issues and rather than…

John Hart: Okay, so I lied. This is a rebuild.

Since being “hired” to head up things in Atlanta, we have heard John Hart mention several times one particular point that needed to be clarified. John Schuerholz has parroted the line. This is not a rebuild. We don’t use that word. We are retooling and trying to compete in 2015 with an eye towards having an even better club when the new ballpark opens in 2017. We are totally not rebuilding and breaking down something that…

Braves will Strike Out Less, but Will It Help?

The last two seasons under Frank Wren were uneven as the Atlanta Braves offense was both productive and dreadful. The only things that seemed to be consistent about the team was a pitching staff doing its job regardless of the injuries that were piling up and the constant reminder about how the team was striking out. Oh, the strikeouts. Over the last four years, the Braves have struck out at least 1,200 times after not…

Last Minute Gift Ideas

Christmas is just around the corner and if you’re anything like me, you still have a few things to get. The Braves are in a similar position as they have done some of their shopping and they are keeping their eye on some big purchases if the price is right, but they also need to look for some little things to complete their Christmas shopping. Maybe a stocking stuffer or ugly sweater. Or power bat.…

Winter Meetings: That’s A Wrap

The winter meetings ended Thursday with a little news for the Braves as they picked up one righty in the Rule 5 draft while losing another. Outside of that and the signing of Cuban outfielder Dian Toscano and all-around “meh” Alberto Callaspo, the Braves had a fairly quiet four days. At least, it was quiet on actual press releases – the kind that often are done to announce a signing or trade. While many teams,…