Just Win In October: King Felix’s Debut (Part 3)

In this continuing series, I sim the 2020 season with Out of the Park 21 while playing as the Braves general manager. I meant to live-report the Sunday Game of the Week, but forgot to. Hey, I’m allowed to make mistakes. ——————– Well, a 3-1 start isn’t the worst thing by any means. We continue our NL West road trip by heading over to San Diego for a three-game set with the Padres. San Diego…

Just Win In October: Setting Up for the Season (Part 1)

So, this is not an original idea. I’ve seen others doing it – most notably Eno Sarris at The Athletic. The basic premise is this – I’m taking over the Braves in OOTP 21. I won’t mention OOTP when I write these entries because I want this perspective to take place in the OOTP universe. Basically, we’re pretending here. Hey, it’s a pandemic and I need to keep myself busy. I might bring in some…

My Braves Team of the Decade

A lot of people have already done this so I figured I’ll throw my hat in the ring and pick my Team of the Decade. From 2010 and through 2019, who deserves a spot on the best team the Braves could possibly put together? Get ready to tell me how wrong I am. Though, to be honest, most of these choices aren’t that controversial. Catcher – Brian McCann In two different stints with the team,…

Braves 2019 Exit Interviews: A-C

Well, might as well move on, right? Or at least try to. Today, I hope to start a series that will continue that will look at the 40-man roster and potentially a few other players. We’ll look at their 2019 season, their contract/service time situation, and take a look at 2020. Let’s do this alphabetically and give exit interviews to six players whose last name begins with either an A, B, or C. Of note,…

That…Was Brutal

This one is going to hurt for a while. For the tenth consecutive time – with three different managers, three different general managers, current Hall-of-Famers, potential Hall-of-Famers, and everything in between (and, oh, John Coppolella) – the Braves have lost a playoff series. It ties the record set by the Chicago Cubs. At least the Cubs didn’t have it all happen in a condensed manner of less than two decades. They spaced it out over…

NY Post’s Phil Mushnick doing his part to ruin sports journalism

Oh, boy. Not only was his article not timely – the Braves won Game 2 of the NLDS before his piece of trash was pushed out – but Phil Mushnick’s “Braves’ Ronald Acuna is doing his part in ruining baseball” article that published Saturday afternoon from the New York Post is just another example why outlets like the New York Post is considered more a tabloid home than one for news coverage. Mushnick, when he’s…

Another Playoff Series, Another Game One Loss for Braves

The Atlanta Braves couldn’t overcome a superstar not running hard out of the box on a deep fly to right field, a veteran outfielder not getting a ball in quick enough to keep a runner at second, a bullpen incapable of getting outs when desperately needed, and a manager who was both overly aggressive and far too passive at different times in the game. In the end, the first issue became the scapegoat. The other issues…