Braves Bring Back the Meds

By Keith Allison on Flickr (Original version) UCinternational (Crop) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons In 2013, the Atlanta Braves had finally come together. Frank Wren’s team was young – Dan Uggla was its only starter over 30. Frank Wren’s team was also very powerful and bashed 181 homers led the league. Sure, they struck out a lot, but they also scored runs in bunches. But lost in all of the feast-or-famine articles about the…

TOT: Braves Add Lowe and Kawakami. Braves Fans shudder.

Transactions of Today…January 13, 2009 – The Atlanta Braves signed Derek Lowe and Kenshin Kawakami as free agents. Oh, this day. If any one day led to Frank Wren’s firing, it was this one – even if it took years to happen. First, let’s go with a history refresher. The Atlanta Braves lose 90 games with Bobby Cox at the helm in 2008. It was Wren’s first season after taking over from John Schuerholz. He…

Reviewing Hart’s Trades: La Stella/Vizcaino

The Braves have been active in John Hart‘s first season at the helm to the tune of SIXTEEN TRADES! And I had to ignore a lot of the minor deals to come to that number. 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…

Once a Brave, Always a Brave – NL East

In today’s look around the league at former Braves, the focus is on the NL East. Because teams to not deal with their divisional rivals often, there aren’t a lot of ex-Braves in the NL East – though most of the ones that are populate major league rosters. As usual, this list cannot be considered exhaustive and there is a better than average chance I’m missing a player or two. If you know of one,…

Random Ex-Brave: Nate McLouth

One of the strange things to hurt Frank Wren as general manager was the inexplicable fall from grace by several players that he either traded for or signed as a free agent. Melvin Upton Jr. and Dan Uggla might stand out the most, but Nate McLouth can’t be overlooked. He was supposed to be the guy who brought stability to center field – where there was none. He was supposed to provide some production at…

Bill Shanks Gets It Wrong On How Ken Rosenthal Gets It Wrong

It’s important when you write up an article to directly attack another article’s findings to understand the scope of the latter article. After all, when you muddle the issue with a variety of findings that have nothing to do with the original article, you are destroying your credibility to simply focus on what is at hand. Today’s example – Bill Shanks, of Scout.com, recently penned “Ken Rosenthall Gets It Wrong on the Braves.” By its…

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.…