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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Freddie Freeman Might Play 3B for Braves After Recovering from Wrist Injury

As Freddie Freeman gets closer to a return from the disabled list, the Atlanta Braves are exploring the possibility of having their All-Star first baseman play third base.

Per MLB.com’s Mark Bowman, the Braves are trying to find ways to keep Freeman and Matt Adams in the lineup when Freeman comes back.

It’s not that they don’t understand your dWAR arguments. It’s that they just don’t care. They think you’re wrong.


Thursday, June 01, 2017

Posnanski—How Many More Years: Dale Murphy

So how many more good years would Dale Murphy have needed to convince those voters that he was a Hall of Famer? Well, one more good year would have pushed him well over 400 home runs; that is something that might have pushed a few more votes in his corner. But I think, if we’re being honest, I think Murphy’s best bet would have been FIVE hundred home runs. With 500 homers he would have been a first ballot, slam dunk Hall of Famer.

In 1990, when Murphy was traded from the Braves to Philadelphia, he was 34 years old. At the end of that season, he needed 122 homers. How likely was he to get that? Well, it would have been hard but not impossible; 38 players have done it. Dave Parker did it. Harold Baines did it. Dave Winfield, Fred McGriff, Graig Nettles, Eddie Murray, Carlton Fisk, and Brian Downing all did it. Murphy in his prime was as good as any of them.

And Murphy probably wouldn’t have needed 500 homers to be elected over time — 450 homers would have probably gotten the job done.


 

 

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