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…

Atlanta Braves Trade Jonny Gomes

August 31, 2015 Chris Jervis 1

The Atlanta Braves signed Jonny Gomes as a free agent in the off-season in part to provide veteran leadership and mentor Freddie Freeman and Andrelton Simmons in their roles as team leaders. Gomes has been cited as a positive influence on the locker room and a player whose influence far outweighed his very pedestrian on-field…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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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