July 16, 2015

Without Offseason Rebuild, Braves not Relevant Beyond 2015

The Braves ended the 2014 season with plenty of talent on the major league roster, with Jason Heyward and Justin Upton headed towards free agency after the 2015 seaosn, and with a rather weak farm system. They had to make …

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June 15, 2015

Bethancourt’s Passed Balls Not Indicative of His Future Defensive Value

Joe Simpson was at it again Sunday.  After Christian Bethancourt allowed a run to score on a passed ball, his fifth of the season in 29 games, Simpson wondered if Bethancourt bought into the hype of himself, thought he was …

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June 04, 2015

Leader, Fun to Watch Does Not Equal a Great Player

Monday night Joe Simpson praised Jonny Gomes as a player who “plays the game the right way” and is a “tough out.”   Now, I like that the Braves acquired players like Gomes and A.J. Pierzynski to be coaches on the …

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May 28, 2015

Signs Point Downhill for the Braves

Considering all the offseason moves seemingly with 2017 as the focus, the Braves have performed about as well as we could have expected.  They are 23-23, as I write this.  They have scored 185 runs and allowed 199.  This after …

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May 17, 2015

Releasing Wandy was a Defensible Move

The Braves signed Wandy Rodriguez to a minor league deal in January after he had agreed to a deal with the Phillies in January but failed their physical.  He would have made a $2 million base salary had he made …

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