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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Umpire ejects Braves fan for heckling Bryce Harper

At least one Braves fan didn’t get to enjoy the postgame concert or boo the Nationals as they celebrated their National League East title on Tuesday at Turner Field because he was ejected by the home plate umpire for shouting obscenities at Bryce Harper earlier in the game. Good job, guy.

The incident occurred in the sixth inning, when Harper came to the plate after Ian Desmond’s two-run homer to the moon gave the Nationals the lead. Harper paid no mind as a fan near the Braves dugout stood and shouted obscenities at him. You can hear the fan in this video.

With an 0-1 count on Harper, home plate umpire Tim Welke had heard enough.

“Hey, hey, hey, get rid of that guy,” Welke yelled to an usher as he pointed at the fan. “Get rid of him now. Get rid of him.”

“Wow, we had a fan, an unruly fan hollering at Bryce Harper, and the home plate umpire, Tim Welke, is having that fan ejected,” Braves broadcaster Chip Caray said. “I think [longtime Turner Field usher ] Walter Banks is escorting that man up the aisle.”

Joey B. "disrespects the A" Posted: September 17, 2014 at 12:21 PM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, bryce harper, nationals

Monday, September 15, 2014

Bowman: A year’s worth of struggles leads reason to wonder what changes are in store for the Braves

Obviously the offense has been the primary problem throughout this frustration-filled year for the Braves. But long before scoring became a nightly struggle, this organization started to experience some of instability that seemingly marked the start of the struggles that have followed.

Highly-regarded scout Dom Chiti and notable pitching guru Dave Wallace both left the Braves to join Buck Showalter’s coaching staff in Baltimore. While both benefited financially by going to a Major League coaching staff, Wallace had indicated in the past that he was not interested in going back to the big leagues. But his mindset changed as he butted heads with members of the front office.

Then of course, the Braves nearly made the mistake of allowing pitching coach Roger McDowell go to the Phillies. President John Schuerholz stepped in at the last minute to keep McDowell, whose value extends far beyond what he does for the pitching staff.

A few weeks later, when Schuerholz hired his good friend John Hart to serve as a senior advisor in the baseball operations department,there was obvious reason to wonder about Wren’s job security.  There is still reason to wonder a year later. But it does seem like Hart like his other ventures, especially as an MLB Network analyst, to assume the position on a full-time basis.

Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: September 15, 2014 at 05:23 PM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, frank wren, the walking dead

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Nationals down Braves to stretch division lead to 9, largest in DC franchise history

WASHINGTON—Mathematicians will say the Washington Nationals can’t clinch the NL East until next week. Practicality says they essentially wrapped it up Tuesday night when they sent nine hitters to the plate against Ervin Santana in the first inning of another win over the Atlanta Braves.

The Nationals beat their division nemesis for the second time in two nights, winning 6-4 to push their lead to nine games with 19 to play. Atlanta had been a thorn in Washington’s plans for about a year and a half, but the Nationals have put the kibosh on that trend by winning five of the last seven meetings.

Joey B. "disrespects the A" Posted: September 09, 2014 at 11:59 PM | 132 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, nationals

Sunday, September 07, 2014

[Freddie] Freeman Finishes At .135 Against Marlins

MIAMI — Freddie Freeman had a hit in each of his last five games against the Marlins, but the Braves All-Star first baseman still finished with an almost unfathomable .135 average (10-for-74) against them this season….

He has hit a combined .314 with 57 extra-base hits (16 homers) and 64 RBIs in 124 games against everyone else….

Probably not of interest to anyone who isn’t a Braves or Marlins fan, but falls under that always interesting category of “Curious Baseball Stats.”

CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: September 07, 2014 at 08:12 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, freddie freeman, marlins

Monday, September 01, 2014

No-hitter! Four Phillies pitchers combine to blank the Braves

Jesse Spector
@jessespector

Congratulations to the Phillies on filling 58 minutes of their hour-long season highlight video!

The Phillies have no-hit the Braves. It was a combined effort, with Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon combining on the effort. Hamels took the first six innings and each of the relievers handled an inning. They combined to strike out 12 Braves hitters… it was the 12th no-hitter in franchise history. And the first ever combined no-no for Philly…

Cole Hamels… wasn’t a study in efficiency. H threw 108 pitches and walked five guys, but no one managed a hit off of him.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Calcaterra | John Rocker to join the cast of “Survivor”

Apparently “Survivor” is still a thing. But given how close to the bottom of the barrel they’ve gotten to find “celebrity” contestants, I can’t imagine it’ll be a thing for long.

Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: August 28, 2014 at 10:39 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, we are the world

Jonny Venters Tears UCL, Facing Third Tommy John Surgery

NEW YORK—After spending the past few months battling the frustration that came courtesy of his attempt to return from a second Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery, Jonny Venters received some jarring news on Thursday, when Dr. James Andrews informed him that he had torn the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow for a third time.

If Venters decides he wants to attempt to pitch again, he would need to undergo Tommy John surgery for a third time.

171 innings over his first two years with a 200ish ERA+ and 10 Ks/9.

CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: August 28, 2014 at 09:49 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, tommy john surgery

Simmons’ run-saving stop

On the other hand, Fredi Gonzalez says Juan Lagares is the best center fielder in the league, so… we’re even, right?

Andrelton Simmons fields a grounder in the outfield grass, jumping and throwing to first to end the 8th and keep the Braves ahead

 

The District Attorney Posted: August 28, 2014 at 12:20 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: andrelton simmons, braves

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

AJC: O’Brien: Expect B.J. Upton trade talks to be revisited

This is what I’m told about where it stands going forward: The Braves will try to trade Upton this offseason – personally, I think it’s just about a fait accompli that he’s gone before spring training – and that they might do it by including Minor in a package. In other words, they’d tell a team, you can have three years of contractual control of Minor before free agency, but you’re going to have to take B.J. Upton in the deal.
The Braves would surely have to take back a bad contract such as Jackson in such an exchange, but Atlanta would also probably ask that a decent prospect be included from the other team.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Boston Herald: Stanton not only choice

Gammo said they’re not trading the guy anyway. Then again, it was in the middle of claiming Loria was great for baseball in Florida, so.

[Giancarlo] Stanton… isn’t eligible for free agency until after the 2016 season. With ace Jose Fernandez due to return next year from elbow surgery and an emerging group of young hitters, including outfielders Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich, it makes more sense for the Marlins to take one shot at the division crown in a winnable NL East before unloading Stanton.

The Braves probably won’t wait so long before moving [Jason] Heyward, who can become a free agent after next season. And they already have tipped their hand that they don’t plan to keep him long term. In February, they locked up first baseman Freddie Freeman to an eight-year, $135 million extension one day after signing Heyward for only two years and $13.3 million…

Heyward can still be a middle-of-the-order force, assuming he’s able to fix the holes that exist in his unorthodox swing. He just turned 25 and hasn’t even entered his prime… Heyward would be the left-handed bat the Sox need to balance out an offense that suddenly has a decidedly right-handed lean thanks to the additions of Yoenis Cespedes, Allen Craig and new Cuban center fielder Rusney Castillo… And Heyward plays Gold Glove-caliber defense, making him a safe bet to handle Fenway Park’s tricky right field as well as Shane Victorino did last season.

Considering Heyward is a year closer to free agency than Stanton, the Braves’ expected return figures to be less… If the Sox are able to execute a trade-and-sign of Heyward for a package of three or four players, including a top prospect or two, it presumably leaves them with enough assets in both the big leagues and the minors to still make a deal for one of the starting pitchers they will need to rearm the top of the rotation.

The District Attorney Posted: August 25, 2014 at 06:11 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, giancarlo stanton, jason heyward, marlins, red sox

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Report: The Braves and Cubs discussed a B.J. Upton, Edwin Jackson swap

Most importantly, Nightengale also says the deal “likely will be broached once again this winter. Stay tuned.”

In today’s column for USA TODAY, Bob Nightengale writes that the Braves and Cubs nearly pulled the trigger on a swap of B.J. Upton and Edwin Jackson at the non-waiver trade deadline, but it never materialized. The Braves would have had to throw in a significant amount of cash to even out the trade, which was ostensibly what halted the deal.

Upton is in the second year of a five-year, $75.25 [million] contract… Jackson, currently sidelined with a strained lat muscle in his right shoulder, is in the second year of a four-year, $52 million deal.

The District Attorney Posted: August 24, 2014 at 07:01 PM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: b.j. upton, braves, cubs, edwin jackson, rumors

Monday, August 11, 2014

Bryce Harper drawing heat for scuffing Braves logo at Turner Field

Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper can’t take a step these days without someone watching him. And apparently people — several thousands of them, in fact — were watching very closely on Saturday night, as he caught the attention and drew the ire of Atlanta Braves fans for repeatedly and seemingly intentionally scuffing the “A” logo that sits behind home plate at Turner Field.

Harper, of course, denies it being intentional, which is actually more pathetic.

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: August 11, 2014 at 05:37 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, bryce harper, douchebag, nats

Friday, August 08, 2014

Atlanta tops Forbes’ 2014 list of America’s most miserable sports cities

The Atlanta Braves just continue to do what they do. In the thick of the National League playoff race, they’re in position to make a run to the postseason. But few will be picking the Braves to do a lot of damage if they get there. What’s shaping up is a possible repeat of last season — when the Braves took the National League East before bowing out to the Dodgers in the first round — as well as many seasons past.

That kind of outcome would be more tack-on points to a history of sports misery for Atlanta, which ranks first on our list of America’s Most Miserable Sports Cities thanks to just one title (the 1995 Braves) in 162 cumulative sports seasons since the 1960s.

Joey B. "disrespects the A" Posted: August 08, 2014 at 10:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Braves swept by lowly Padres for their sixth loss in a row; now trail in division by 3.5 games

SAN DIEGO—Everth Cabrera singled in the winning run in the 10th inning to lift the San Diego Padres to a 4-3 win over the slumping Atlanta Braves on Sunday.

Will Venable led off the 10th with an infield single off David Hale (3-4) and Alexi Amarista walked. The Braves got a double play on Renee Rivera’s sacrifice bunt attempt with Amarista taking second. Chris Nelson walked to bring up Cabrera. After the Padres pulled off a double steal, Cabrera lined a hard single past second baseman Ramiro Pena.

Tim Stauffer (4-2) pitched one inning for the win.

Joey B. "disrespects the A" Posted: August 03, 2014 at 08:45 PM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, padres

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Pete Van Wieren, longtime Braves broadcaster, passes away

Pete Van Wieren, the longtime Atlanta Braves broadcaster, passed away peacefully this morning at the age of 69 after his long battle with cancer.

Another all-time great gone.

PeteF3 Posted: August 02, 2014 at 01:09 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, obituaries

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Cubs deal Emilio Bonifacio, James Russell to Braves

Hey, sounds even, they’ve got the same batting average.

The Cubs dealt… left-handed reliever [James Russell] and infielder Emilio Bonifacio to the Braves on Thursday in exchange for 20-year-old catching prospect Victor Caratini, who was batting .279 at Class A Rome.

Russell, 28, has been a workhorse for the Cubs the last three seasons, and had appeared in 44 games this year with a 3.51 ERA…

Bonifacio, 29… who has played second, third and center field, was batting .279 in 298 plate appearances.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

VICE: Baseball Erotica #1: John Smoltz and Tom Glavine

Um, NSFW.

Smoltz remained silent and tried to to stand up straighter. Even his eyes were correctly positioned, looking dully ahead with the plasticine sheen of bad taxidermy. In front of him sat a cork board lined with weather-wilted photocopies of He Who Should Not Be Named, augmented by sharpie to include fecal beards and Pollockian body fluid-based decorations. ####### Maddux.

Smoltz lost track of how many times they repeated this dance. All he knew was that he had to keep getting up. Until one time, he faltered.

As Glavine berated him like a drill sergeant, he forced him down onto hands and knees and hastily cut away his clothing. Smoltz listened to the sound of the scissors as they swam across his outfit, bisecting it for His pleasure, and was grateful for the splinters now, as they gave him something else to think about besides the throbbing marks made by a talented paddler. As Glavine cursed and spat on the floor, Smoltz’s zip-tie bindings cut his skin, listlessly biting at his wrists the way a butter knife saws on a ripe tomato.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 30, 2014 at 11:49 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, erotica, john smoltz, tom glavine, vice

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Schoenfield: Why didn’t the Braves win more titles?

This article isn’t meant to be a criticism or detract from the accomplishments of Maddux, Glavine and Cox, but it’s also fair to point out that part of the legacy of those Braves teams is that those 14 playoff appearances led to just one World Series title (1995). Why wasn’t it more? The law of averages—if every playoff team were considered equal—suggests the Braves should have won 2.1 championships in this period, so they really only underperformed by one title by this measure.

But the Braves were often better than the opponent who beat them, at least in the regular season, so maybe it should have been at least three titles. I thought it would be interesting to go back and see what went wrong for them. We’ll list three factors for each postseason series defeat during that period.

...Of course, in the postseason, when the margin for error is smaller and the opponents better, those mistakes become more important. Still, maybe that wasn’t a decisive factor; the Braves reached on an error 58 times in these 14 playoffs years, their opponents 64.

Maybe a key to the Braves’ success—starting pitching depth—just wasn’t as big of a factor in the playoffs, when their opponents could shorten their rotations. Maybe power pitching does win in October; think of some of the pitchers the Braves lost to (Schilling with the Phillies and then the Diamondbacks; Johnson; Wood and Prior; Clemens and Roy Oswalt). The Braves’ best playoff starter was Smoltz, more of a power pitcher than Maddux and Glavine. Maddux went 11-13 with a 2.81 ERA in his Braves postseason career but also allowed 18 unearned runs in 27 starts; he was good but not quite the Maddux of the regular season. Glavine was 12-15 with a 3.44 ERA in his Braves postseason career. (He had a 3.15 ERA in the regular season during this period.)

But Braves fans will always have 1995, Maddux pitching a two-hitter to win the opener and then Glavine clinching it with that masterful Game 6 performance, allowing just one hit in eight innings. It’s hard to believe that was 19 years ago.

Thanks to Chet.

Repoz Posted: July 27, 2014 at 10:55 AM | 87 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, history

Saturday, July 26, 2014

HoVG: John Rocker Shows Up in Cooperstown… “Survivor” Up Next

Well, guess I can add gutless Ryan Klesko to my mierda list.

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This year, however, is a little different.  Probably thinking there’s a way to cash in on the glut of Atlanta Braves fans making the trip north…there’s also John Rocker.  And, sure, it’d be easy to suspect that Rocker is in town to support his former teammates Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and skipper Bobby Cox, but, it’s Rocker…and we know that’s not how dude operates.

Rocker (alongside another former Brave Ryan Klesko) was holding down his patch of sidewalk selling books, posing for pictures, signing autographs and, naturally, telling folks to “Speak English”.

Repoz Posted: July 26, 2014 at 09:37 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, hof

Friday, July 18, 2014

Braves release Dan Uggla

That is one Uggla contract.

The Braves on Friday released second baseman Dan Uggla, CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman has learned.

The move is notable because Uggla, whom the Braves signed to a five-year, $62-million deal just prior to the 2011 season, is still owed the remainder of his $13-million salary for this season and another $13 million for the 2015 season. In other words, making Uggla go away is worth, oh, almost $20 million to the Braves.

Even with the money involved, the decision is easy to understand. Uggla in 2011, his first season after being acquired from the Marlins in exchange for Omar Infante and Mike Dunn, tallied 36 homers. Since then, however, he’s batted .196/.320/.357, and this year he cratered to an OPS+ of 33 (!).

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 18, 2014 at 04:02 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: bad contracts, braves, dan uggla, released players

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Braves Suspend Dan Uggla For One Game

No, Braves fans, you can’t void his contract for being late.

The Braves have issued a one-game suspension to Dan Uggla, the team announced… Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez declined to comment on the specifics of the suspension but David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution hears it was due to Uggla being late (Twitter links).

... O’Brien speculated yesterday that with [Phil] Gosselin on the way up, the Braves could have designated Ugggla for assignment today.  The suspension gives Atlanta a bit of extra time to decide what they’re going with Uggla over the long run, as the club still owes him approximately $5.42MM for the remainder of this season and $13MM in 2015.

The second baseman hasn’t lived up to expectations since joining the Braves and signing that five-year, $62MM extension in January 2011.  Uggla has a .209/.317/.391 slash line and 79 homers over 1984 PA as a Brave and he’s seen his role decrease as his output has declined — he was left off Atlanta’s playoff roster last fall and saw his starting job usurped by [Tommy] La Stella and Tyler Pastornicky.  Today’s suspension is the clearest sign yet that Uggla’s time with the club is about to end and the Braves will have to eat the remainder of Uggla’s contract.

The District Attorney Posted: July 13, 2014 at 12:47 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dan uggla, phil gosselin

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

McCann’s old hitting coach: ‘He’ll never be comfortable’ on Yankees

“New York is not Brian,” Pendleton said before the Braves fell to the Mets 4-3 in 11 innings. “That’s my opinion. I knew if he chose New York, there would be more than he expected or knew about. He’ll never be comfortable with that.”

TP is always making friends.  McCann hit .230/.300/.399 in ‘12 and is hitting .230/.289/.379 now.  He’s fat, has a lot of miles on him, and is on the wrong side of 30.  What did you expect.  Enjoy the part of the contract where he is still able to catch.

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: July 08, 2014 at 07:29 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, brian mccann, opinions are like, yankees

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Scarpetta leads Lynchburg to second straight no-hitter:  Braves’ Carolina League affiliate holds Wilmington hitless for second consecutive night

For two nights, Class A Advanced Lynchburg’s pitching staff has been unhittable. After Braves’ No. 1 prospect Lucas Sims and Alex Wilson combined for a no-hitter Thursday night against Wilmington, Cody Scarpetta and Benino Pruneda combined for a no-hitter of their own Friday, as the Hillcats defeated the Blue Rocks, 5-0.

CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: June 28, 2014 at 09:46 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, collective vander meer-ism

Friday, June 20, 2014

Gavin Floyd suffers fracture in elbow

Floyd broke the olecranon—the bony tip of the ulna that sticks out behind the elbow—as he made the first pitch of the seventh inning, a curveball that Jayson Werth pulled foul, deep along the left-field line.

“In the big picture, I think he’s going to be OK,” Gonzalez said.

A similar injury ended the career of Detroit Tigers reliever Joel Zumaya in 2010.

“I mean like a really big picture.  It probably won’t kill him is what I’m saying.”

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: June 20, 2014 at 02:17 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, injuries

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

WaPo: U.S. patent office cancels Redskins trademark registration, says name is disparaging

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the Washington Redskins trademark registration, calling the football team’s name “disparaging to Native Americans.”

Could this mean Chief Wahoo’s days are numbered?


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