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10 Oct

Not That We Care: a guide to the playoffs, part 5

Tonight baseball continues along its merry way without us. This time it’s Game 1 of the ALCS, apparently pitting the Kansas City Lorde Songs against the Baltimore Unintimidating And Thus Unintelligible Bird Mascots. (cf Thrashers, Atlantan or otherwise.*) A guy you’ve heard of because his first name rhymes with “Big Game” goes up against a guy […]

13 Jul

Endless break open thread

Just looking around at the Braves’ drafts from the 1990s again. (Not counting 1990, when Bobby was GM and they drafted Chipper first overall.) Lord, are they awful. At least at the top — they did okay in the later rounds. This is what happens when you draft a high school pitcher from the southeast […]

23 Mar

Bringing up Heyward

Talking with Bill James: Part 2 | Cincinnati Sports News. This is about a Reds prospect, but I think it’s germane, and I found it interesting: A very high percentage of the greatest players ever got to the majors when they were 20 or 19 and they did that in part because they had unusual […]

15 May

Inevitable loss game thread: May 15, D-Backs at Braves

Sure, the D-Backs have a bad record, but the Braves have a .500 record, and as established, the Braves are never getting over .500. Meanwhile, a little bit of writing from me. I’m hardly an expert on the draft, though again — they should have taken Rasmus instead of Devine. MLB Outsider Mock Draft: Atlanta […]

26 Jun

Yeah, yeah, everybody knows already

Minor League Baseball: News: Article Hanson hurls Braves’ first no-hitter For what it is worth, throwing a no-hitter on the major league level is itself an argument for being an outstanding pitcher; nearly all no-hitters are thrown by good pitchers. (Remarkably, this is a controversial statement in some quarters.) Therefore, it seems quite likely that […]

06 Jun

Googlebomb Game thread: Phillies at Braves, June 6

I think I want to try a Googlebomb. But right now, the only one that comes to mind is “Francoeur Sucks” and I’m already in the top ten for that. Any ideas? Here’s the Braves’ draft today, so far (I think these are all today): Paul Clemens RHP Lewisberg College Brett Oberholtzer LHP Seminole CC […]

07 Dec

Chris Chambliss is back!

The Official Site of Atlanta Braves: News: Atlanta Braves News Braves announce ’08 Minors coaches Chambliss will be the AAA hitting coach, in between being interviewed for every managing job and never getting hired. I think I’d rather he was the major league hitting coach.

07 Jun

So it’s draft day

And it’s on TV this year. Anyway, everyone expects that the Braves, picking 14th, will do what they normally do and take a southern high school pitcher. Generally, the three names you hear are: Madison Bumgartner (North Carolina) Josh Smoker (Georgia) Blake Beavan (Texas) I dunno. I think that the Braves might change up and […]

18 Jan

Sickels on Lillibridge

Minor League Ball :: Book Excerpts Nothing on the minor leaguer we gave up, Lojack or whatever his name is.

01 Aug

Promotions Revisited

I never actually knew anyone who skipped a grade in school . . . other than characters on sitcoms, that is. Here’s a look at how some of the Braves’ prospects are adjusting since skipping ahead midseason.  For hitters I’m listing AVG/OBP/SLG, and for pitchers Innings Pitched, ERA, SO, and BB.  I’ll put the lower level numbers first, […]

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