Wednesday, November 20, 2013
There was some thought that the Braves might be among those teams that could be in the market for David Price or any of the other legitimate aces that could be available on the trade market. But Wren has made it clear that he is not willing to mortgage his club’s future by offering the kind of package it would likely take to get one of these pitchers.
Instead, it seems more likely that Atlanta will evaluate the trade market in search of an accomplished veteran who would not require as significant of a return package. One possible target seems to be Milwaukee’s Kyle Lohse, who has compiled a 3.19 ERA in the 95 starts he has combined to make with the Brewers and Cardinals over the past three years.
If the Brewers are willing to trade Lohse, they will likely be seeking a first baseman in the return package. The Braves might be able to satisfy this need with a package that would include Joey Terdoslavich and another prospect.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
From June of 2013, but relevant this week…
There’s so much else that it’s hard to know where to begin. There’s the fact that the Braves are leaving a ballpark served by mass transit for one that would be located at one of the most traffic-congested intersections (I-75 and I-285) in America, pumping tons of unnecessary carbon pollution into the air. The fact that this is just slightly less egregious than what’s happening with Atlanta’s also pretty new, also fully functional football stadium the Georgia Done (which opened way back in… wait for it, 1992) that’s being replaced with a $1.2 billion palace with a retractable roof, because…??? And there’s the “white flight” of the Braves leaving the majority black city where Aaron heroically endured death threats to break Babe Ruth’s record.
Which maybe wouldn’t be so terrible… if they weren’t doing it with other people’s money. But here’s the thing that really galls me—that this is happening in Georgia, the hotbed of the Tea Party, the state that gave us Cobb County’s own Newt Gingrich and now sends right-wing crackpots like Rep. Paul Broun to Washington so that they can rail against “the moochers,” “the takers,” who don’t think twice about slashing food stamps and who won’t—on principle… principle!—take Washington’s Medicaid money so that their own working-poor constituents can get good health coverage. And now they’re writing the (corporate) welfare check of a lifetime, to one of the most historically lucrative sports franchises in American history, and their only question is how many zeroes there are in $450 million. How dare they?!
If you travel today to Italy, it’s not always easy to find the ruins of Ancient Rome, a world that was lost to a long run of corrupt emperors and the folly and contradiction of maintaining a global empire. But you can’t miss the Colosseum, still standing strong after all these centuries. It’s not hard to imagine the tourists of a future millennium touring an Ancient American monument to imperial insanity that was once called Turner Field.
Thanks to Carlos.
Posted: November 12, 2013 at 07:22 AM | 96 comment(s)
Monday, November 11, 2013
The Atlanta Braves plan to build a new stadium in Cobb County and move there from Turner Field at the start of the 2017 season, team officials said today.
Braves executives John Schuerholz, Mike Plant and Derek Schiller, in a meeting with a small group of reporters, said the new ballpark will be built at the northwest intersection of I-75 and I-285 in the Galleria/Cumberland Mall area. They said the team has “secured” 60 acres of land for the project.
The Braves said the project will be built in partnership with Cobb County. They indicated that Cobb County would provide public funds toward building the stadium but declined to provide details on that.
Thanks to Jeff.
Posted: November 11, 2013 at 09:19 AM | 300 comment(s)
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
It’s that time of year again! No, not the prospect biz…time to break out the whole Fabien Mang shebang!
1. Lucas Sims, rhp
2. Christian Bethancourt, c
3. J.R. Graham, rhp
4. Jason Hursh, rhp
5. Mauricio Cabrera, rhp
6. Jose Peraza, ss
7. David Hale, rhp
8. Victor Caratini, 3b/c
9. Tommy La Stella, 2b
10. Sean Gilmartin, lhp
Righthander Lucas Sims, a local product drafted in the first round in 2012, blossomed in his first full season. Former Oklahoma State righty Jason Hursh brought a power repertoire as 2013’s first-rounder. Reliever Shae Simmons made the jump to Double-A Mississippi in his first full season and could take his high-90s heat to Atlanta at some point in 2014. Another late-round sign, righthander Tyler Brosius, has the farm system excited, as does nondrafted free agent righty Wes Parsons, who made his pro debut in 2013 with 19 starts at low Class A Rome.
The Braves’ international efforts are also paying dividends. Shortstop Jose Peraza made strides in all phases of the game in 2013 at Rome, and righthander Mauricio Cabrera displayed impressive arm strength in the South Atlantic League despite struggling with his control. Outfielder Victor Reyes is blossoming in Rookie ball and could emerge as a premier prospect in the near future.
Posted: October 29, 2013 at 03:47 PM | 13 comment(s)
Thursday, August 01, 2013
[Chris] Johnson went from the Diamondbacks to the Braves as part of a much larger deal. The key, everybody understood, was Atlanta’s acquisition of potential superstar Justin Upton. This was the conclusion of the Justin Upton sweepstakes. To this point, Upton has been worth 1.6 WAR. A big part of Arizona’s return was the solid and underrated Martin Prado. To this point, Prado has been worth 0.4 WAR. Johnson went to Atlanta and people didn’t notice. To this point, he has been worth 1.9 WAR. He was worth more than a third of that in July.
In chats all year long, I’ve been fielding questions about what the Braves might do at third base. Johnson, obviously, wasn’t any kind of real solution, so, what was out there and available? How was this playoff team going to upgrade? I’ve presented a few ideas, but the only problem has been that Johnson hasn’t slowed down at all. To whatever extent people don’t believe in him, he’s earning more believers by the day. What’s the Braves’ solution at third base? Chris Johnson might be the solution at third base. Except-
Except it’s easy to be skeptical, and here’s why…
Monday, July 29, 2013
The Atlanta Braves are partnering with a private company to build a maglev train from MARTA’s Georgia State station to Turner Field as a way to improve fan accessibility to the stadium.
But before that project can begin, the Atlanta Braves must first negotiate a new agreement with the city of Atlanta. The baseball team’s lease of Turner Field runs out on Dec. 31, 2016. The Braves would love to reach a new agreement — with more favorable terms — as soon as possible.
1. Transit! WOOO!
2. I wonder if this is part of the Braves’ attempts to work around that horrid TV/radio deal with Fox…
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