A Farewell To Frediball

May 23, 2016 Brent Blackwell 0

Last Tuesday, Atlanta fired manager Fredi Gonzalez. It wasn't a particularly shocking move. The Braves, stewards of the worst record in baseball, have an unhappy fanbase hungry for change. Change is what they got. Yes, it's change for the sake of change, and it will have little effect on the 2016 Braves' fortunes (or 2017,…

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,…

Optimizing the 2016 Braves

April 4, 2016 Brent Blackwell 0

Winning ain't easy. Only 50% of all participating teams even win baseball games. When you have really good teams like the Cubs and Dodgers and Astros and Royals factoring in, that leaves a few teams that will win far fewer than 50%. In 2016, one such team is probably going to be the Atlanta Braves.…

Braving the Future with Fredi Gonzalez: For Better or for Worse?

July 20, 2015 Micah Smith 4

There are people we love to love, and there are people we love to hate. Then there is Fredi Gonzalez. View image | gettyimages.com The recent news of his contract extension through 2016 (with an option for 2017) highlights just how emotionally conflicted the Atlanta Braves fan base is concerning the team's skipper, with reactions ranging from cheers of…

Fredi Goes Platooning

April 7, 2015 Brent Blackwell 0

There's never too much to glean from Opening Day. With the Braves, despite all the offseason changes, many things were familiar on Monday in Miami. Julio Teheran pitched really well. Andrelton Simmons displayed defensive wizardry. A pretty good bullpen escaped some jams. A good player here had a bad day, a bad player there had…

Optimizing the Braves batting order

May 5, 2014 Brent Blackwell 0

Any time teams struggle to score runs, the masses start clamoring for changes.  So far I've heard: Fire the hitting coaches!  They may or may not be contributing to Atlanta's scoring woes, but they're not going anywhere. Fire Dan Uggla!  There's a worthy debate as to whether or not it's time to bench Uggla in…

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