Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Our winning moralizer is Ken Gurnick, a very competent Dodgers beat reporter for MLB.com. Today Gurnick, along with MLB.com’s other writers, revealed their ballots, and out of the 100-something total made public, Gurnick is the very first to leave Maddux off. He has just one name on his ballot: Jack Morris. Here’s his rationale.
“Morris has flaws — a 3.90 ERA, for example. But he gets my vote for more than a decade of ace performance that included three 20-win seasons, Cy Young Award votes in seven seasons and Most Valuable Players votes in five. As for those who played during the period of PED use, I won’t vote for any of them.”
Friday, December 20, 2013
This is somewhat trivial but it is kinda neat: McGriff ranks second all-time in games (1,826) and plate appearances (7,777) as a cleanup hitter. Only Eddie Murray (2,041 and 8,775, respectively) is ahead of him.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
After a season of having three catchers at manager Fredi Gonzalez’s disposal, the Braves have decided they want to do it again. The team traded for veteran catcher Ryan Doumit, sending minor leaguer pitcher and former first round draft pick Sean Gilmartin to the Minnesota Twins.
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 08:22 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 10:19 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 04:47 PM | 13 comment(s)
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