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Archive for November, 2017

28 Nov

Where Do We Go From Here? Position Summary

Since the series began, we’ve hired a new GM and lived through the Acoppolypse.  For your shopping convenience, here’s an overview of the position players in one shot.  First, a brief look at where we (think) we know we’re going, followed by a summary of my earlier thoughts on the question marks. Freddie Freeman turned 28 in September, […]

27 Nov

Retrosheet needs help! Got any Launching Pad scorebooks from the ’70s?

Related to my comment @37 in the previous thread, I got a few emails from Jay Wigley of Retrosheet, who asks for our help: I wonder if you’ve ever asked that community (your readers, other Braves fan contacts) whether they have any early 70’s scorecards or scorebooks with scores games in them? I’m a sometime-volunteer […]

26 Nov

A Sport In Which A Team That Lost To Troy State May Become National Champions

At home. I figure most of the non-DOOOOOOOMED! cross talk will be about the semi-professional football league that exploits 18 year old Americans the way MLB exploits 16 year old Columbians. Do as you will. Get too over hyped about UGA for the inevitable shattering. Or ride your War Eagle. Or pretend that Bama didn’t […]

20 Nov

Pivot Day

Just throwing up a new thread to handle any coming sturm und drang re: Coppallellagate. Figure it’s worth it just to segregate the blow back from today’s (assumed) news releases out into their own holding pond. If they get out of this with just losing Maitan, some picks and money, I think we have to […]

14 Nov

Alex Anthopoulos

The first good news I’ve heard in a very long time. Alex Anthopoulos is just about the best possible General Manager the Braves could have chosen, for two reasons: 1) In Toronto, he made a lot of very good moves. Some of them didn’t work out, but the process behind all of them looked really […]

11 Nov

Where Do We Go From Here? Outfield

The Incumbents The incumbents should be familiar; they are the same incumbents as last season – Matt Kemp, Ender Inciarte, and Nick Markakis. In his 3 seasons as the Braves right fielder Nick Markakis has hit 24 home runs in 2040 plate appearances.  This seems like a potential area for improvement. Markakis turns 34 on the 17th of November, and although […]

03 Nov

Where Do We Go From Here? Shortstop

The Incumbent Dansby Swanson played 142 games at shortstop for the Braves in 2017, interrupted by a July demotion to AAA Gwinnett, at which point he was hitting .213.  Swanson only got 11 games at AAA (batting .237) before a Johan Camargo knee injury prompted his recall.  He finished 2017 with a batting average of .232, which […]

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