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Friday, November 20, 2015

Tigers get Cameron Maybin in trade with Braves |

The Tigers acquired outfielder Cameron Maybin from the Braves in exchange for left-hander Ian Krol and pitching prospect Gabe Speier, it was announced on Friday.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 20, 2015 at 06:47 PM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, tigers, trades

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Braves GM John Coppolella’s tone deafness is something to behold | HardballTalk

Losing is tough on fans. Film at 11.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2015 at 05:53 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

John Coppolella on Trading Andrelton Simmons | FanGraphs Baseball

“The New York Yankees made a run at Simmons last off-season so there was history and familiarity there with (Angels GM, and former Yankees assistant GM) Billy Eppler. Billy called me the first week of the off-season and asked about Simmons. I told him we would listen on anybody, but weren’t looking to trade Simmons.

“We spoke on and off for three weeks, sometimes on the phone and sometimes on text, where each party made offers that were ultimately declined by the other party. Billy and I met Tuesday night, one-on-one for over two hours, and got the ball to the one-yard line. The delays after Tuesday night on both side were more about ownership, etc.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: andrelton simmons, braves

Monday, November 16, 2015

Braves CEO: “Baseball is not a widely profitable business” | HardballTalk

Franchise values wouldn’t be going up so much if teams weren’t profitable.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2015 at 11:17 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, economics

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Should Red Sox have traded prospects for starter instead of Kimbrel? | FOX Sports

A bunch of things here, including this gem.

Finally, the Mets are fairly adamant that they will not trade any of their young starting pitchers, but would it have made sense for them to trade right-hander Matt Harvey for the package that the Red Sox used to land Kimbrel?

Granted, the four prospects who went to the Padres are not yet close to the majors, but Margot could have been the Mets’ center fielder of the future, Guerra would have given them another shortstop prospect to go with Amed Rosario, and Asuaje and Allen would have been additional assets.

Both Harvey and Kimbrel are under club control for three more seasons.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2015 at 07:11 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, red sox

The Atlanta Braves, Liberty Media, and Misplaced Anger

While it is true that the Atlanta Braves typically are in the middle of the pack in payroll dollars, the reality is that it isn’t Liberty Media holding payroll down (more in this later). The Braves’ payroll and operating budget are set by Braves’ longtime Chairman and CEO Terry McGuirk. McGuirk and President John Schuerholz run the day-to-day business operations of the Braves, while President of Baseball Operations John Hart runs the day-to-day baseball operations. Liberty Media has virtually no involvement with the club; the team operates as a stand-alone entity, surviving or failing based on its own revenues generated.

Friday, November 13, 2015

How Did Previous Andrelton Simmons Age?

So, yes, history suggests that Andrelton Simmons is going to get worse defensively in Anaheim, and we shouldn’t expect him to continue putting up +20 UZRs for much longer. But that history also suggests that the same trends that take some value from his glove should add some back to his bat, and that overall, Simmons should be expected to remain roughly as valuable as he has been to this point in his career. And that’s pretty darn valuable.

snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: November 13, 2015 at 07:04 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, braves, trades

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Say what you want about the Braves, but they are not afraid | Mark Bradley blog

Earlier speculation held that the Braves were talking with the Padres — yes, them again — about Simmons, and the Mets admitted they’d had similar discussions but the Braves had asked for Matt Harvey or Jacob deGrom in return. (Good for the Braves, I say.) And I know a lot of you are upset that they’ve traded Simmons anywhere, but here’s where I say …

I love their audacity.

I’ve gotten to know John Coppolella, who’s the architect of this grand redesign, a little, and this I can tell you: The guy is fearless. (He’s also very, very bright.)

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2015 at 08:28 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

AJC: Liberty Media plans new Braves stock

A tracking stock called “Liberty Braves Group” will include the Braves “and certain assets and liabilities associated with the … (team’s) stadium and mixed use development project, cash and a note obligation in the amount of approximately $165 million from the Liberty Braves Group to the Liberty Media Group relating to funds borrowed and used for investment in the development project,” Liberty Media said.

The company said the issuance of the tracking stock is expected to raise capital to repay the note and for working capital purposes. Liberty said it expects the Braves stock to be publicly traded after the exercise price is established.

Emphasis mine. Publicly traded stock means public books.

Braves open to talks about Andrelton Simmons |

This is surprising.

The Braves are listening to some clubs that have shown interest in Andrelton Simmons, but this does not mean they are actively shopping the young shortstop, who is widely considered one of the game’s top defensive assets.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2015 at 06:27 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: andrelton simmons, braves

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Cobb County to spend $1.2m a year on shuttle buses to Braves stadium, says this is mere coincidence

If you’re still wondering how the Atlanta Braves are going to get fans to their new stadium way out on the outskirts of town — no, not how to get fans from their cars to the ballpark across a forbidding highway, but how to get fans there who don’t use cars at all — a partial answer may come today, when the Cobb County Commission is set to vote on buying buses for a $1.2-million-a-year shuttle bus system that is totally not just for the Braves, how could you even think that?

Monday, October 26, 2015

Atlanta Braves Top 10 Prospects -

The Baseball America Top Ten lists have begun.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2015 at 09:50 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, prospect reports

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Kiley McDaniel of Fangraphs named Asst Director of Baseball Operations - Talking Chop

This is good news for Braves fans but bad news for Fangraphs and prospect junkies like me. Good luck, Kiley!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2015 at 01:51 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Braves: The trades that hurt the most |

“At the end of it, I think we all feel that we’re in a much better position sitting here than we were at this time last year, in spite of the fact that we had 90-plus losses,” said John Hart, Braves president of baseball operations. “We’re in a much better position. We have a level of financial flexibility. We have absolutely grown our farm system between the trades that we made and the draft and international.

“You don’t just snap your fingers and have it work. It wasn’t without pain, I’ll say that. We certainly feel for — I do — our fans, to have to go through that six- to seven-week period that we did. It was tough. It was tough for all of us in here as a group. But we kept our eye on the mark and we think we’re positioned much better to go forward than we were a year ago We know we are. There’s no ‘we think we are.’ We know we are.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2015 at 08:49 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Coppolella promoted to GM by Braves

After watching John Coppolella do most of the heavy lifting that encompassed the massive reconstruction process their organization has undergone over the past year, the Braves will reward him by naming him their general manager.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Former President and Braves superfan Jimmy Carter ended up on the Turner Field kiss cam |

It’s nice to see President Carter at the ballpark. His kiss was just long enough to be uncomfortable.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 18, 2015 at 03:37 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

What to watch for: Blue Jays have opportunity vs. Braves -

Right now the Braves are just dreadful. Will the Blue Jays take full advantage?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2015 at 09:59 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, braves

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Braves road and bridge projects push public cost past $300m, still no one sure where money will come from

...because the state refused to pay for that delayed pedestrian and shuttle-bus bridge that is set to leave Braves fans walking along the side of a highway to get to games for at least the stadium’s first season. The bridge itself is projected to cost $9 million (though nobody apparently really thinks it can be built for that amount), plus another $3.5 million is needed to upgrade a parking deck that it would connect to. Right now nobody knows where the money will come from…

On the one hand, the Braves new stadium project continues to cluster all the fuggs that could ever be clustered. On the other hand, Cobb County has to pay for this, not me. #winning!

Thursday, September 03, 2015

The Race for Last Place

Who will win “The Biggest Loser”?

Miami (54-79, one game out). Other than Oakland and maybe Milwaukee, this was the team on this list that had the highest hopes for 2015 coming in, though, then again, this is Miami, so you never know. Regardless, once Giancarlo Stanton got hurt, this team became impossible to watch. I love Ichiro as much as anyone else, but seeing him play every day in an empty building with a fish statue would make anyone sad. The Marlins might have a little push left in them the rest of the year. Stanton could be back this weekend, and Jose Fernandez should return in mid-September. That’s a positive for Fish fans desperate for a reason to go to the ballpark … but it won’t do their Drive For Last efforts any favors.

Colorado (53-78, one game out). Everyone jumped ship when Troy Tulowitzki was traded, and with good reason. Maybe the saddest thing about this Rockies team that has the second-worst record is that it’s virtually indistinguishable from every other Rockies team of the past six years. It’s only missing Tulo. And they don’t even have LaTroy Hawkins anymore.

Philadelphia (53-80, “first” place). For all the frustrations with Ruben Amaro—and the fact that he’s likely going to be out of a job pretty soon—one must admit: He ended up doing rather well for himself and the franchise with that Cole Hamels trade. There’s some nice young talent in Philadelphia’s system right now. But most of it isn’t on the big league roster—and Aaron Nola is still figuring out how the bigs work—which means there are going to be a lot of Jeff Francoeur and Darin Ruf at-bats over the next month. This is as bad as it’s going to get for the Phillies. But have no doubt: It’s going to be very bad.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 03, 2015 at 06:09 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, braves, brewers, draft, marlins, phillies, reds, rockies

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Braves activate Banuelos, promote Olivera |

You probably won’t remember what you were doing today.

The Braves have reinstated left-hander Manny Banuelos from the disabled list and promoted infielder Hector Olivera. They also recalled right-handers Dan Burawa and Brandon Cunniff, as well as infielder Daniel Castro.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2015 at 04:39 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, hector olivera

Jonny Gomes headed to Royals in trade from Braves

The Royals have added one last piece for their playoff run, acquiring Braves outfielder Jonny Gomes in a trade just before the waiver trade deadline Monday night.

Fox Sports first reported the Royals’ acquisition of Gomes, who was hitting .223 for Atlanta, but with an .878 on-base plus slugging percentage against southpaws.

The Royals also acquired cash from Atlanta in the deal and traded minor-league infielder Luis Valenzuela, 22, who was hitting .339 in 47 games for Class A Lexington in 2015.

Zach Posted: September 01, 2015 at 01:57 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, jonny gomes, royals, trade

Miller’s Hard-Luck Streak Reaches 19 Starts Without a Win - The New York Times

I wonder which book he’s reading.

“Honestly I don’t know where all those stats sit,” Miller said. “I’m reading a book (pitching coach) Roger (McDowell) gave me. It’s all about how stats and all that stuff (don’t) really reflect on how you perform. You can make a good pitch and give up a hit. You want to be the best you can be, but it’s all about going out there and competing. The stats are a benefit on the side.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2015 at 07:06 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, shelby miller

Monday, August 31, 2015

Braves’ record, attendance both in decline since 42-42 |

The Braves haven’t been pretty to watch in the second half.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 31, 2015 at 01:37 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Fan dies in fall from upper deck at Turner Field |

A man who fell off the top deck at least 40 feet to the concrete on the first level below during the Braves’ game against the New York Yankees on Saturday night died, Atlanta police said.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 30, 2015 at 08:22 AM | 291 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

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