Questioning the Trade Not Made: A.J. Pierzynski

August 11, 2015 Micah Smith 5

The Atlanta Braves fired General Manager Frank Wren on September 22, 2014, marking the unofficial beginning of a dreaded - but needed - rebuild. In the nearly 11 months since, the Braves front office pulled off about every type of trade imaginable - and even some unimaginable, including the recent trade of Chris Johnson to the Indians.…

#99: 1976 World Series

August 10, 2015 Brent Blackwell 0

In the divisional era (1969+), only one team has ever put together a perfect postseason. That team was the 1976 Cincinnati Reds, who went 7-0 en route to their 2nd straight World Championship. For that one October, every gear of the Big Red Machine turned perfectly. The World Series paled in comparison to the previous…

#100: 1938 World Series

August 7, 2015 Brent Blackwell 0

*Main list with explanations Note: Leverage Index is an average of the leverage of situations, with 1 being average, below 1 being low-pressure, and above 1 being high-pressure. The 1938 World Series featured the Yankees and Cubs, and it wasn't a great Series. However, it was slightly better than 1937. And it was better than…

The Alex Wood Trade: A Fan’s Perspective

July 31, 2015 Timothy Peacock 2

News of the Alex Wood trade, as it started to come down Wednesday night, disappointed me greatly. Micah Smith offered an incredibly good opinion on the validity of the trade from a team building standpoint. I'm not here to try to argue the other side of it, or even address the value of the trade…

Making Sense of the Atlanta Braves Trade Deadline Deals

July 30, 2015 Micah Smith 13

Braves Trade Young Talent for 30-year-old Hector Olivera, and It Makes Perfect Sense in Rebuilding Plan The world of Atlanta Braves fans is spinning backwards. Less than a week after trading beloved and productive veterans Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe for mid-level pitching prospects, the Braves were part of a blockbuster trade deadline deal that sent young…

Braves Transaction: Manny Banuelos to DL; Carpenter up

July 28, 2015 Brent Blackwell 0

Atlanta placed LHP Manny Banuelos on the 15-day DL (elbow inflammation); Purchased the contract of RHP David Carpenter from AAA Gwinnett. The season for Banuelos might be near an end, and that's not a suggestion that it was a disappointing 2015 for the former top prospect. Far from it, actually. After missing all of 2013…

My Favorite John Smoltz Fact

July 26, 2015 Brent Blackwell 5

On Hall of Fame weekend, there are dozens of anecdotes about John Smoltz from Braves bloggers, beat writers, and fans alike. It's what the weekend is for - remember the careers of these standout individuals, particularly our favorite moments in those careers. For John Smoltz, my favorite singular moment is probably watching Greg Olson leap…

Trade Recap: Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson to the Mets

July 26, 2015 Brent Blackwell 2

On Friday, the Braves traded 3B Juan Uribe, UT Kelly Johnson, and cash to the division rival New York Mets for minor league pitchers John Gant and Rob Whalen. Here's a closer look at the trade. It's little surprise that the Braves have become sellers. On the morning of the trade, Atlanta was 45-50, 6.5…

The (un)tradability of Chris Johnson

July 22, 2015 Micah Smith 3

Many in the Atlanta Braves community - from the average fan, to the Braves front office, to Chris Johnson himself - want Chris Johnson out of Atlanta. But what are the chances it will actually happen outside of an outright release? In my opinion, it ain't looking good. The reasons for this are many, but first let's look…

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