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Thursday, December 06, 2018

Toronto Sun: BROCHACHO BROUHAHA: Did Josh Donaldson shade the Blue Jays?!

#Burn!

Former Blue Jays star Josh Donaldson served up a double play of diss for his former team.

The Bringer of Rain and former MVP signed a one-year contract for $23 million with the ascendant Atlanta Braves and had some choice words for the wrecking crew currently dismantling the team that got the city excited about baseball again.

Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: December 06, 2018 at 11:05 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, braves, josh donaldson

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Interesting subplot brews in NL East as rival Braves hire Rick Kranitz, Phillies’ deposed pitching coach

After the Phillies surprisingly fired pitching coach Rick Kranitz last month, we wrote this line:

Kranitz, who had previously served as head major-league pitching coach with Miami, Baltimore and Milwaukee, should have no trouble hooking on with another organization.

Well, this has proven true.

Pity that the soap opera is a dying breed- this is the sort of thing for which the organ music was very much intended.

QLE Posted: December 05, 2018 at 05:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, phillies, rick kranitz, soap opera

BASEBALL: New Braves spring training ballpark named CoolToday Park

The new spring training home of the Atlanta Braves has its name: CoolToday Park.

Tuesday the Atlanta Braves announced a partnership with CoolToday for the naming rights of their new spring training ballpark, slated to host its first game on Sunday, March 24, with the Braves taking on the Tampa Bay Rays at 4:05 p.m. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“As part of our commitment to maintain a lifelong relationship with our community, this partnership with the Braves organization, City of North Port, and Sarasota County will cement our presence and strategy for southern Sarasota County,” said Jaime DiDomenico, President/Owner of CoolToday. “The Braves have a proven track record of building strong ties to the community they operate in and we look forward to enhancing those ties going forward. I’m very excited about what the future holds.”

In practice, the name is LameAlways, but they can’t admit to that, can they?

QLE Posted: December 05, 2018 at 04:54 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, naming rights, spring training

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Jeff Francoeur to Be Braves New TV Analyst

Joe Simpson is going to be (mostly) out as the TV analyst and will be shifted to radio. In the TV booth next to Chip Caray for most games: Jeff Francoeur.

...

Simpson has made some unwelcome headlines in the past few years for some comments that raised eyebrows. This past season he implied that Nationals outfielder Juan Soto was lying about his age. He also, strangely, criticized Chase Utley for taking batting practice in a t-shirt, calling it unprofessional.


Friday, November 30, 2018

Should the early success of their division rivals affect how the Nationals approach the offseason?

After a lackluster few years, the Philadelphia Phillies look ready to compete with starting pitching and an owner ready to spend big. The Atlanta Braves find themselves ready to compete with their barely-old-enough-to-drink superstars and a core that’s already won a division title.

So with the Washington Nationals coming to a crossroads with the potential loss of a superstar or potential bill of somewhere around $400 million, D.C. is facing an important question about their offseason move: Should they keep up with the proverbial Joneses, or try to plan for rebuilding in the future?

Every team’s decision-making, roster construction, and aggressiveness is determined by one defining factor: where they stand in terms of a contention window. Entering one? Go after that final piece. In the middle of one? Do everything you can to stay ahead of the competition. Solidly not in one? Sell, sell, sell.

I’d like to think that changes in general conditions would change how teams would behave, yes.

QLE Posted: November 30, 2018 at 06:50 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, nationals, phillies, the competition

AJC Exclusive: Changes coming to Braves’ broadcast team

The Braves will juggle the lineup in their broadcast booths for next season.

The biggest change is that former Braves outfielder Jeff Francoeur will replace veteran broadcaster Joe Simpson as the lead analyst on the Fox Sports South and Fox Sports Southeast telecasts of games.

Simpson, a member of the Braves Hall of Fame, will remain part of the broadcast team for a 28th season, shifting to radio for a large number of games and also working a limited number on TV.

It’s been a while since we’ve had him to kick around…..

 

QLE Posted: November 30, 2018 at 06:50 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, braves, jeff francoeur, joe simpson, television

Monday, November 26, 2018

Brian McCann heads home to play for Braves | MLB.com

Brian McCann had his wish to return to the Braves granted, as the club announced on Monday afternoon that it signed the veteran catcher to a one-year, $2 million contract. McCann’s desire to once again play for his hometown team led him to decline a couple of more financially lucrative offers made by other teams.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2018 at 08:23 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, brian mccann

Ken Rosenthal: Donaldson in agreement with #Braves on one-year, $23M free-agent contract

 

Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2018 at 02:49 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, josh donaldson

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Braves owner not in ‘exit mode’ as team makes money at ‘serious clip’

Thanks taxpayers!

The Braves are making money “at a pretty serious clip,” and team owner Liberty Media plans to stick around for a while.

That was the message from company executives during an investment conference in New York on Wednesday.

“Look, I think there is a lot of good stuff that is going to go on at the Braves that we’d like to remain involved with for a period,” Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei said. “That includes for the buildout of The Battery, all of the development around there. That includes, frankly, the fact we are well set up for on-field performance with very attractive contracts.

“We are making money now at the Braves at a pretty serious clip, where historically the measurement was we didn’t lose money,” Maffei said. “That’s only going to get better as you approach the time when we renew in 2027 on our (regional sports network) deal. So all of those (factors) set up well to suggest – not that we’re going to hold (the Braves) 10 or nine more years – that there are a lot of positive things happening. … I don’t think we’re in the exit mode today.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2018 at 08:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Braves owner not in ‘exit mode’ as team makes money at ‘serious clip’

During the day-long investors event, which was broadcast on Liberty’s website, Braves executives provided details on how much money the team is making.

In the first nine months of this year, through Sept. 30, the Braves posted an operating profit before depreciation and amortization of $105 million (up more than 100 percent from $49 million at the same point in 2017) and revenue of $410 million (up from $366 million at the same point in 2017).

The Braves’ strong financial results have stirred speculation about when, or whether, the team will significantly increase its player payroll to add more talent to a young roster that won the National League East championship this year.

According to a different article about the Braves at Fangraphs, Liberty Media is a publicly traded company and therefore more financial information is available about the Braves than other teams.

Nasty Nate Posted: November 21, 2018 at 01:49 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

The Braves’ Profits Provide a Glimpse into Baseball’s Books

With average attendance and ticket prices, a $130 million payroll, and a terrible local television deal, the Braves turned a $100 million profit last season.

Teams are swimming in money.

snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: November 21, 2018 at 11:39 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Youngest Braves home-schooled on cruelty of the postseason

For the youngest Braves, Monday night at SunTrust Park was the same painful rite of passage navigated by so many of their forebears.

While it certainly was nothing new for those in the Braves’ home dugout to end a season watching someone else celebrate a postseason series victory, it hadn’t happened before in this particular ballpark. Call it another kind of SunTrust Park christening, the kind no one wants to attend. 

And it certainly never had happened to Ozzie Albies.

 

QLE Posted: October 09, 2018 at 06:27 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, postseason

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Dodgers showing Braves what postseason dominance looks like

LOS ANGELES—This is baseball, right? It’s not an early September non-conference football game featuring Alabama and Nowhere Tech. It’s the big leagues and one thing we know about this sport is that from the perspective of a single game or two, there is no such thing as an upset. It takes dozens and dozens of games to really know the true difference between teams.

Nevertheless, it very much feels like the Los Angeles Dodgers are playing Alabama to the Atlanta Braves’ Nowhere Tech. It’s not just that after two games of their National League Division Series the Braves remain scoreless. It’s not that the Dodgers have outscored them 9-0 after Friday’s 3-0 victory in Game 2. It’s not that the Dodgers have hit 1,999 feet of home runs in two nights to Atlanta’s zero. No, what it feels like is that hitter for hitter and pitcher for pitcher, this series is an utter mismatch.

“You know, it’s just not one guy,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said after Game 2. “It’s a complete team thing right now, as far as the lack of offense. You can’t blame any one person. I mean it’s just our whole lineup is having a hard time, struggling offensively right now.”

Braves management considered pointing to their playoff record during the 1990s and early 2000s in rebuttal, but realized, on a closer look, that that would not be as helpful as originally thought.

QLE Posted: October 06, 2018 at 06:59 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dodgers, playoffs

Friday, September 28, 2018

Braves’ Dansby Swanson has partially torn ligament in left hand

Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson was diagnosed with a partially torn ligament in his left hand, the team announced Wednesday.

Swanson, who had an MRI in Atlanta on Wednesday, will undergo daily treatment for the remainder of the regular season and will be re-evaluated next week prior to the National League Division Series, which begins Oct. 4.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 28, 2018 at 05:03 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dansby swanson, playoff implications

Baby Braves Won’t Be Playoff Pushovers

Even though the Atlanta Braves rested regulars Freddie Freeman and Ender Inciarte Thursday night, their numbers suggest they won’t be pushovers in the playoffs.

The Braves began the night with an 89-69 record, good for an eight-and-a-half game margin over second-place Washington, because they balance offense, defense, and analytics – a mix that compensates for a pitching staff that is prone to handing opponents more than a fair share of walks.

With a win at CitiField Thursday, Atlanta would become the first National League team to win 90 games after losing the same number three years in a row.

Bobby Cox considers making a counter-argument, decides it best not to bring that up….

QLE Posted: September 28, 2018 at 05:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, playoffs

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Could Acuna win NL MVP Award as rookie?

For a while, I was riding the Cardinals’ Matt Carpenter NL MVP Award bandwagon (if only because it serves great homemade salsa). Lately, it feels like Christian Yelich’s late-season push for the Brew Crew might be enough to propel him to the honor. But we’ve still got 2 1/2 weeks left, and that’s plenty of time for a hot hitter to leave a lasting impression. The assumption all along is that the NL MVP Award is going to be won with the benefit of a home-stretch surge.

Which brings us back to Acuna, whose NL MVP Award argument is rooted in the fact that he’s carried the Braves on his back at this most crucial juncture of the year.

The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: September 12, 2018 at 03:26 PM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, mvp, phenoms, ronald acuna

Friday, September 07, 2018

Braves, Cobb in legal dispute over millions in stadium costs

We can be sure of only one thing…taxpayers will be screwed either way.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2018 at 08:54 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, stadium deals

Friday, August 24, 2018

The Braves traded into their strengths

But it wasn’t just happenstance. Gausman was a calculated upgrade for the Braves, who were also rumored to be in on Chris Archer at the deadline. Archer wound up with the Pirates for a significant cost while Alex Anthopoulos and his team grabbed Gausman for relatively cheap. But Gausman’s profile, and how that profile matched what Atlanta already had, surely helped Atlanta decide it wasn’t worth the price to pony up for Archer. Not when that profile could provide some hidden value.

If you don’t know what I mean, here’s Gausman’s 2018 batted ball profile:

2018: GB% 47.6% FB% 31.6%

And since he’s gotten to Atlanta, those numbers have actually improved:

with ATL - GB% 50.7% FB% 26%

The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: August 24, 2018 at 08:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, braves, trades

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Kevin Gausman throws 8 scoreless frames in win

Who can pitch well with rocks in multiple baskets?

“Any time you change anything as a Major Leaguer, there’s always a big question mark in your head about whether it’s going to work or not,” Gausman said. “I’ve had success in the big leagues before coming over here. There was a part of me that was a little hesitant. But I just tried to put all my rocks in one basket. I just jumped head-first right into it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2018 at 09:31 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, kevin gausman

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Ronald Acuna elbow OK | MLB.com

Some good news for the Braves.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 16, 2018 at 01:50 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ronald acuna

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

“It’s so gorgeous and elegant.” @markdero7 breaks down @ronaldacunajr24’s swing.

 

Jim Furtado Posted: August 15, 2018 at 09:12 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ronald acuna


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Ronald Acuna hits two leadoff homers | MLB.com

I watched both Braves games yesterday. Acuna put on a real showcase of his skills. I know Juan Soto is getting some well deserved attention. Having watched the two play, Soto will be the better hitter but Acuna will be the better overall player. In pretty much equal playing time this year, bWAR currently gives Acuna the edge.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2018 at 11:09 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ronald acuna

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos on the trade deadline and big-ticket rentals

Some insight into what the Braves are thinking.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 15, 2018 at 10:18 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: alex anthopoulos, braves

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Moore: Age is just a number for Niekro and Moyer

Phil Niekro: The sparks is still there!

“Oh, yeah. I threw my last [Major League] pitch when I was 48, but I could have gone another year or two,” Niekro said, recalling his final season in 1987. It began with the Cleveland Indians, but he was traded near the end of the season to the pennant-hopeful Toronto Blue Jays.

After two rough starts, then-Blue Jays general manager Pat Gillick released Niekro and told Toronto reporters that he thought Niekro’s career was over.

“Since I have total respect for [Gillick], and also out of fairness to myself, I just took his word and decided that maybe he knew more about myself than I did, and that maybe he sees something that I don’t see, so I went by his words,” said Niekro, who made one final start with Atlanta that season. “After I retired, the next Spring Training, I got the fever. Then the next Spring Training after that, I got the fever.”

In fact, Niekro still has the fever.

Said Niekro, chuckling, but only a little, “I still feel like I can get guys out in the big leagues right now. My arm feels as good now as it did when I retired.”

...“I’ll throw some BP down there, so my arm is no problem,” Niekro said. “To stick around a long time, it’s a discipline thing for a player, where you have to stay healthy. You also have to be fortunate, just to spend any time in the big leagues. I’ve got no squabbles about anything. I just kick myself in the butt for not hanging around for another year or two.”

Repoz Posted: January 21, 2012 at 12:34 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, history

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