About Micah Smith
LIttle known fact: during the infamous Outfield Fly ruling, I was doubled over on the floor thinking I was headed to the hospital because I took a bite of a ghost pepper and it was burning a hole through my guts. It was an all around bad day. Moral of the story: Trust people when they say ghost peppers are too hot for you to eat! And record the game in case of emergency. I also have a great family, good job in university research, and love the Braves.

Freddie Freeman, Anthony Recker and Regression to the Mean

August 10, 2016 Micah Smith 0

I have noticed during the course of the last two seasons there is a surprisingly large pocket of Atlanta Braves fans who like to question Freddie Freeman's performance, especially jumping on him for any period of poor play through the season. Part of this might be from overly high expectations (in which case, simply readjust…

In Matt Kemp, Braves Get Some Power, Dump some Baggage

July 30, 2016 Micah Smith 0

In a swap of players who never quite reached their potential, the Braves pick up Matt Kemp and $10.5 million dollars from San Diego for Hector Olivera, pending physicals. https://twitter.com/Braves/status/759569327783874560 Who The Braves Received Matt Kemp's career was off to a promising start with the Dodgers, with 2011 his breakout year. The 26-year-old hit .324/.399/.586…

The Case for Corey Ray: Or Why Kyle Lewis Dropped on My Draft Board

June 9, 2016 Micah Smith 0

In looking at the top of the Draft, there’s a lot of hype around Kyle Lewis and his massive numbers. There should be. His triple slash in 2016 of .395/.535/.731 is quite impressive, and 20 home runs in 296 plate appearances sure suggests he’s got some legit game power. It all added up to some prestigious…

Life After Fredi: What Qualifications Do Braves Need in Next Manager?

May 20, 2016 Micah Smith 18

What’s next? That’s always the question, isn’t it? Fans argued for weeks – really years – whether Fredi Gonzalez should stay or go as manager of the Atlanta Braves. But now that he is actually gone, what’s next? A Look Back to Move Forward Fellow OFR writer Brent Blackwell takes a look back at Fredi Gonzalez,…

Want More Fans MLB? Get Baseball in Front of the Next Generation

May 4, 2016 Micah Smith 3

Major League Baseball is continuing its quest to find the right formula to make more baseball fans as interest in the game seems to be waning. MLB's Formulaic Strategy MLB has several initiatives designed, at least in part, to bring fans to baseball, especially younger fans as MLB has the oldest fans of the major sports.…

Accursed Number: A Look at the Magic Number for the Worst Record in Baseball

September 29, 2015 Micah Smith 2

Final Day of Season Update: Since this was apparently picked up on mlbtr.com, I thought I would provide new readers with final-day-of-season scenarios for draft order: First Pick: Phillies Second Pick: Cincinnati. Braves could tie for second worst record, but Cincy holds the tiebreaker with worse record in 2014. Third Pick: Braves or Rockies. Braves clinch…

The Real Julio Teheran Stands Up

August 25, 2015 Micah Smith 2

We are far enough into the baseball season to safely assume Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran must have expected a better one. He is not alone in that disappointment. Many Atlanta Braves fans were clamoring for a trade of the pitcher who once was considered a "future ace," and the front office was even…

In Defense of Christian Bethancourt: The Once and Future Prospect

August 14, 2015 Micah Smith 14

  Recently, I argued that the Braves made a mistake by not trading the expiring contract of a productive A.J. Pierzynski. You can read the article here in which I discussed in detail why trading him was the right choice, but it centered around two reasons: To gain a prospect that might have future value To…

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