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,…

Thursday Throwback – Mike Mordecai

By self (self) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Atlanta had a lot of players come up in the early-to-mid 90’s who played a variety of roles. Some were superstars; others were average fill-ins. Outside of 1995, Mike Mordecai was just a guy for the Braves. His biggest hit would come much later in his career well after the Braves had moved on. Born 12 days before Christmas in 1967, the Alabama native became a star…

Thursday Throwback – David Ross

Scott Cunningham/Getty Images (For my take on Hector Olivera, click here.) Backup catchers are sort of like backup quarterbacks. You might think spending money on one is a waste of resources until you need him to be there and produce. When that happens, you are happy that you had the foresight to get the best possible backup. For four years, David Ross fulfilled that role for the Atlanta Braves and they are still trying to…

Thursday Throwback – Ryan Langerhans

I’ve mentioned before that I love to play Out of the Park on the PC. It’s a baseball simulator that gives you loads of customization and all of the stats that you could ever wish for. I just pre-ordered OOTP 17, which comes out later this month, and will probably order OOTP 18. It’s the only game that comes out every year in which I purchase each version. Part of that reason is that you…

Thursday Throwback – Like Dexter Fowler, Rafael Furcal Looked Like a Done Deal

Typically, the Thursday Throwback is related to a random player and his time with the Braves. However, in light of Dexter Fowler‘s stunning decision to pass on the Baltimore Orioles and sign with the Chicago Cubs, I felt it was a perfect time to remember when a similar event kind of happened to the Braves. And bonus – it was far more ugly than just disagreeing about contract particulars. I’ve referenced Frank Wren’s terrible 2008-09…

Thursday Throwback – Marquis Grissom

(This column used to be called Random Ex-Brave.) “Mark gets the sign. The wind and pitch, here it is.“…It’s a fastball on the outside corner that Carlos Baerga hits off the end of the bat. Matthew Stockman | Getty He was born in Atlanta in 1967. He attended Lakeshore High School in College Park. He continued his education and playing career with Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University, four hours away from Atlanta in Tallahassee. The fact…

Thursday Throwback – Terrell Wade

(This column used to be called Random Ex-Brave.) You have to love the Braves’ scouting team in the late 80’s and early 90’s. They owned the draft and added major league talent every year – talent that would help the Braves begin their streak of division titles in 1991. They added players like Andruw Jones and Javy Lopez on the international market, helping to add dynamic offensive threats to the franchise. Stephen Dunn | Getty…