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Archive for October, 2012

31 Oct

Spooooooky!

The scariest thing ever: Happy Halloween, everybody!

29 Oct

Andrelton Simmons (by sansho1)

Andrelton Simmons began the year in spring training “competition” with Tyler Pastornicky for the starting shortstop job vacated by the jettisoned Alex Gonzalez. I say “competition” because the winner was all but preordained – Pastornicky was higher in the organizational depth chart (Simmons had not yet played at AA) and was going to get the […]

27 Oct

More on Eric O’Flaherty

I was inspired by sansho1 to look a little harder at EOF. Unless your league counts holds, Eric O’Flaherty isn’t much good for fantasy purposes because he isn’t a closer: he has zero career saves. And his one entry in the record books — most most relief innings pitched in a season with an ERA […]

26 Oct

Eric O’Flaherty (by sansho1)

Eric O’Flaherty in 2012 continued his reign as one of the best setup relievers in the NL, eventually being promoted to 8th-inning guy once it became clear that Jonny Venters wasn’t his usual dominant self. How good has the unassuming EOF been over the last four seasons? Here are baseball-reference rankings of NL relievers who […]

24 Oct

Bits and Pieces: Pastornicky, Constanza and Boscan (written by JonathanF)

While I am old enough to have attended an Atlanta Crackers game (and my first favorite baseball player was Sandy Valdespino, a player who had a .909 OPS for the Crackers in 1964) I am not a follower of minor league baseball. So when I come to Braves Journal and find people avidly dissecting Gattis […]

22 Oct

Jason Heyward (written by Adam M)

In 2012, Jason Heyward very quietly became one of the best all-around outfielders in baseball. He was an above-average hitter, he was a great base runner, and he was a fantastic defender. Compared to his disappointing 2011 season, Heyward’s 2012 season marked improvement in almost all facets of the game. The biggest concern about Heyward […]

19 Oct

Keltner List: Kenny Lofton

Mac made it an offseason tradition to write a “Keltner List” for one ex-Brave who either was on the cusp of the Hall of Fame, or in Mac’s opinion, should have been considered worthy. It’s called “Keltner List” in reference to Ken Keltner, a third baseman who’s a charter member of the Hall of the […]

17 Oct

Paul Maholm (written by Smitty)

Every fan wants their General Manager to pull off the greatest heist in baseball history. The John Schuerholz-Fred McGriff trade. Milt Pappas for Frank Robinson. Any time Billy Beane called Steve Phillips. While the Paul Maholm deal probably won’t ever be mentioned in that category, it is a great example of how Frank Wren is […]

14 Oct

Serendipity

Sent by an eagle-eyed reader. A picture is worth a thousand words.

13 Oct

Martin Prado (written by Sansho1)

2012 was a great bounceback year for Martin Prado, following a 2011 in which weakness from a staph infection and an overmatched batting coach gradually turned him from Bill Madlock into Mike Fontenot as the season wore on, and in which his predilection for self-sacrifice ballooned into full-fledged martyrdom, characterized by a seemingly endless string […]

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