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13 Nov

Mark DeRosa Retires

I’d like to write about this at greater length, but for now I’ll just note that Mark DeRosa has retired. I always liked him, from the time he came up. He had a 16-year career, which is pretty astonishing considering the way he left Atlanta, after utterly failing to hold down the starting job at […]

20 Jul

Guy who pitched a no-hitter last time game thread: July 20, Giants at Braves

“Hola, I’m Giants pitcher Jonathan Sanchez, and tonight is all about me! Me me me!”

12 Jul

Summing up game thread: July 12, Braves at Rockies

“Hi, this is Braves blogger Mac Thomason. So, what are we dealing with here? Well, our worst hitters play left field and first base, our biggest power threat hits leadoff, our shortstop is leading the team in RBI even though he got benched for a week for general douchiness, the offense of late has been […]

06 Jul

Ursine game thread: July 14, Braves at Cubs

“Hi, I’m Gwinnett Braves outfielder Jordan Schafer. I’m on the shelf right now with a wrist injury, and you know what? It’s been bothering me all year! Of course, I didn’t tell anybody that it was that bad, because (1) I was a rookie and didn’t want to lose my job, and (2) I’m a […]

28 Jun

Clinically depressed game thread: June 28, Red Sox at Losers

“Hola, this is Braves starting pitcher Javier Vazquez, and I’m wondering: Do I have to do everything around here?” “This is Braves starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens, and I’m wondering the same thing. I’m definitely taking extra batting practice.” “You’re telling me. Who built this offense, the Three Little Pigs?” “At least you’re a strikeout pitcher. […]

28 Apr

Clutch game thread: April 28, Cards at Braves

Thought of the day: I do not believe that athletes are better people than us, I do not believe that athletic contests are tests of character, and I do not believe that there is any such thing as an ability to perform in clutch situations. It’s just a lot of poppycock. Baseball men often like […]

01 Sep

Daryle Ward

The Daryle Ward Story… Ward is the son of former major leaguer Gary Ward, an outfielder who had a 12-year career in which he had one really good season (1982) and a whole lot of mediocre ones. Daryle, who hits and throws left, was a 15th-round pick of the Tigers in 1994, had a good […]

28 Aug

Martin Prado

I never got around to a player analysis, and I know you’ve all been waiting… Prado (or “Pardo”, as he’s referred to by the TBS graphics staff) is similar sort of player to Nick Green or Pete Orr, a guy who isn’t a good enough hitter to play regularly and isn’t really a shortstop so […]

29 Jul

Danys Baez

Danys Baez is, probably, better than his 4.35 ERA this season. He’s not as good as his 2.86 ERA of last year, though. He’s probably something in-between — like his career 3.76 career ERA. Mind you, that’s mostly in the American League, and is 15 to 20 percent better than the league average. Baez is […]

28 Jul

Willy Aybar

I know a lot of people are disappointed that Wilson Betemit was traded, and so am I, but I’m excited that the Braves got Willy Aybar in exchange. Aybar — like Betemit, a switch-hitting infielder — was BP’s #34 prospect after the 2004 season. He had a disappointing AAA campaign but played well after his […]

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