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Ronald Acuna hits first homer | MLB.com

He showed off his power. Two ABs later he showed off his wheels beating out an infield hit.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 26, 2018 at 01:58 PM | 28 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dingbat_Charlie Posted: April 26, 2018 at 02:20 PM (#5661194)
It was a long one.
   2. perros Posted: April 26, 2018 at 02:27 PM (#5661202)
Hit a ball to the track in center in his second AB.

To be fair, Homer Baily was pitching BP.
   3. dlf Posted: April 26, 2018 at 02:47 PM (#5661224)
As of today, the Braves have the only two players born after 1996. I was mildly annoyed when Albies was called up; he is about three weeks older than my daughter. But now Acuna? The young man is 11 months younger than she is. Ouch.
   4. bfan Posted: April 26, 2018 at 04:30 PM (#5661327)
Acuna is only 1 game behind Frenchie's pace (Francoeur having gone deep in his first game as a Brave).

   5. Spahn Insane Posted: April 26, 2018 at 04:45 PM (#5661348)
Homer Baily was pitching BP.

But, you repeat yourself.
   6. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: April 26, 2018 at 04:54 PM (#5661358)
Glad the Braves didn't bring him up until they'd already played the Phillies 6 times. tAlthough the Braves won both those series anyway.
   7. bunyon Posted: April 26, 2018 at 05:31 PM (#5661381)
Geez. I'd have thought a hot prospect like Acuna would have hit a homer before.
   8. flournoy Posted: April 26, 2018 at 08:45 PM (#5661435)
Acuna is only 1 game behind Frenchie's pace (Francoeur having gone deep in his first game as a Brave).


I've mentioned this before, but in the early 2000s (when the Braves obviously were quite good and winning the division every year) the Braves lost fifteen straight games that I attended. That miserable streak was broken by Francoeur's debut game, and I remember it well. He looked hilariously bad in his other at bats.
   9. Dolf Lucky Posted: April 27, 2018 at 09:00 AM (#5661508)
Smart of the Braves to bring Acuna along slowly, letting him hit AAAA pitching before introducing him to the MLB game.
   10. Ithaca2323 Posted: April 27, 2018 at 10:17 AM (#5661539)
To be fair, Homer Baily was pitching BP.


For the life of me, I can't remember another player providing so little value to a team and staying with them as long as Bailey has. I know he timed his career year (3 WAR!) perfectly to get a long term deal, but man. Just 5.8 WAR in 11+ years, all with the Reds
   11. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: April 27, 2018 at 10:28 AM (#5661546)
And he's only 31! He could spend 11 more years with the Reds.
   12. flournoy Posted: April 27, 2018 at 10:28 AM (#5661547)
For the life of me, I can't remember another player providing so little value to a team and staying with them as long as Bailey has.


I've been around here long enough to know that you're about to get a bunch of replies listing similar candidates. I'll start with Ed Kranepool.
   13. Perry Posted: April 27, 2018 at 10:45 AM (#5661556)
I've been around here long enough to know that you're about to get a bunch of replies listing similar candidates. I'll start with Ed Kranepool.


Ken Reitz spent 4 years with the Cardinals and amassed a total of -2.7 WAR. They off-loaded him to the Giants for a year (-0.3), then traded to get him back! In 4 more years, he racked up 0.9 WAR. So his total for 8 Cardinals years was -1.8.

   14. wjones Posted: April 28, 2018 at 12:05 PM (#5662208)
As of today, the Braves have the only two players born after 1996. I was mildly annoyed when Albies was called up; he is about three weeks older than my daughter. But now Acuna? The young man is 11 months younger than she is. Ouch.

Here is what depresses me. Not only are both of these guys older than ALL of my kids....bad enough.....but RONALD ACUNA SR.....the dad....is two years YOUNGER than Andruw Jones, who was born a month before I graduated high school!
   15. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: April 28, 2018 at 04:41 PM (#5662282)
Just 5.8 WAR in 11+ years, all with the Reds

Kranepool is a good mention. 4.4 bbref WAR in 18 seasons, all with the Mets.

Jim Gantner amassed 22.4 bbref WAR in 17 seasons, all with Milwaukee, and was never negative in a single season. A peak of 4.3 (1983), four seasons in the 2's, five seasons in the 1's, six seasons from 0.1 to 0.9 and 0.0 WAR in 79 PA in his first season of MLB experience.
   16. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: April 28, 2018 at 05:31 PM (#5662293)
Mike Squires. 10 years with the White Sox, 0.3 WAR
   17. Sweatpants Posted: April 28, 2018 at 06:25 PM (#5662300)
Pete Suder had a thirteen-season, -1.7-WAR career spent entirely with the A's. If I recall correctly, he is the most prominent player to spend his entire MLB career with that franchise.

Edit: I don't recall correctly.
   18. cardsfanboy Posted: April 28, 2018 at 10:25 PM (#5662417)
For the life of me, I can't remember another player providing so little value to a team and staying with them as long as Bailey has. I know he timed his career year (3 WAR!) perfectly to get a long term deal, but man. Just 5.8 WAR in 11+ years, all with the Reds


War underrates slightly below average starting pitchers in todays game.
   19. BDC Posted: April 29, 2018 at 09:12 AM (#5662442)
Jerry White had 2.3 WAR in ten seasons with Montreal. Though he was always just a fourth/fifth outfielder, PH type; he only played 562 games for the Expos. In fact, having the same guy play that role for ten years is pretty efficient personnel management. Most clubs have eight guys play that role for them every five seasons (though nowadays that guy usually has to be able to play infield positions, as well).

Like Reitz, White was traded away briefly, to the Cubs, and then immediately traded back to Montreal.
   20. perros Posted: April 29, 2018 at 11:00 AM (#5662461)
Kruk pronouned that Acuña, Jr. Would win at least a couple of mvps.

To echo sentiments expressed elsewhere, it's shocking just how boring John Kruk is on the mic. Just a ballplayer, lady.
   21. perros Posted: April 29, 2018 at 11:03 AM (#5662462)
Acuña, Jr. Is four days younger than my middle kid.... for how many of us was Jamie Moyer the last mlb elder?
   22. JJ1986 Posted: April 29, 2018 at 08:09 PM (#5662679)
Ed Kranepool had 4.4 WAR in 18 (!) seasons with the Mets.
   23. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: April 29, 2018 at 09:29 PM (#5662711)
Biff Pocoroba, 10 years, all with the Braves, -0.6 WAR.
   24. BDC Posted: April 29, 2018 at 09:35 PM (#5662713)
for how many of us was Jamie Moyer the last mlb elder?

Julio Franco for me, but there are probably about 200,000,000 Americans who can say that.
   25. Ziggy's screen name Posted: April 29, 2018 at 11:45 PM (#5662737)
for how many of us was Jamie Moyer the last mlb elder?


Julio Franco for me, but there are probably about 200,000,000 Americans who can say that.



...as well as several woolly mammoths.
   26. wjones Posted: April 30, 2018 at 02:31 PM (#5663029)
for how many of us was Jamie Moyer the last mlb elder?


Julio Franco for me, but there are probably about 200,000,000 Americans who can say that.



...as well as several woolly mammoths.



Me, too.

I keep thinking that one day I hear he's back. Alas, in today's game he'd have a much better chance as a relief pitcher.
   27. dlf Posted: April 30, 2018 at 02:48 PM (#5663051)
for how many of us was Jamie Moyer the last mlb elder?


Me too.

...

The jokes about Franco hide the fact that as a young player, he was pretty damned good. A competent middle infielder who batted around .300 with middling walks, power, and steals. Not a superstar, but the kind of contributor that any championship team needs. But the looooooong tail and the end and the beginning being somewhat obscured by being part of the seventy-eleven-dozen players for Von Hayes deal never let the player's image develop normally.
   28. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 30, 2018 at 02:54 PM (#5663061)
The jokes about Franco hide the fact that as a young player, he was pretty damned good.
Hell, he had some pretty damned good years in part-time roles when he was a really old player.

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