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…

This Week at AtlantaBraves.About.com

Here’s a list of articles I wrote this week at my other blog, AtlantaBraves.About.Com. All article links open to a new tab/window. Braves Could Be Post-Christmas Shoppers -With money in the tank, the Braves are primed to look for good opportunities for 2016. Yoenis Cespedes, Justin Upton, and Ian Kennedy could all be decent targets, though they comes with their fair share of concerns as I look at in the article. Who are the Top…

This Week at AtlantaBraves.About.com!

Been falling behind on my schedule, but here’s four articles I posted this week at my other blog. I’ve also posted two recent posts here at this blog. Previewing Some Braves’ Targets for Free Agent Relievers The Braves have said they want to go shopping for relief help to supplement Arodys Vizcaino, Jason Grilli, and others. Who should they target? My thinking is that they don’t get too much into the big priced free agents…

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…

Jonny Gomes Pitching Was More Than a Novelty

Some so-and-so’s on Twitter voiced their displeasure of Jonny Gomes pitching Friday night. “Embarrassing,” they called it. Using Gomes was “making a mockery of the game.” Don’t get me wrong – Gomes looked awful on the mound and every bit of a guy who has never pitched a game in his life (which he hadn’t). His pitching motion evolved during the inning with him suddenly deciding to do a Luis Tiant-impression. His pitches confused Gamecast…