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Thursday, March 31, 2005

Braves - Released White

Atlanta Braves - Released P Gabe White

If Leo Mazzone, the man who could build an above-average bullpen out of a group of paraplegics and WWII veterans doesn’t think he can do anything with you, you’ve got a problem.  White will still get some calls for a while, though.

Dan Szymborski Posted: March 31, 2005 at 03:11 PM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. philly Posted: March 31, 2005 at 03:21 PM (#1225318)
I almost kept him on my strat team becasue he signed with the Braves. Glad I didn't.
   2. SG Posted: March 31, 2005 at 03:33 PM (#1225331)
If Leo Mazzone can't fix you, it would seem to be hopeless. I'm sure Gabe will get another shot with someone though.
   3. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: March 31, 2005 at 03:36 PM (#1225335)
That guy should be in films.
   4. Tanto Posted: March 31, 2005 at 03:55 PM (#1225366)
This was more of a money thing, I think. The Braves are apparently close to trading for a reliever, and since White's contract wasn't guaranteed, they freed up some money by releasing him. If it was a pure baseball decision, I'm sure they'd have released Martin instead, even though they would have been on the hook for more money.
   5. Sam M. Posted: March 31, 2005 at 04:00 PM (#1225375)
Riddle me this, Batman. How does a guy give up 39 hits in 39 innings, with a W/K ratio of 5/33, and nevertheless have an ERA of 6.94?*

Answer: He gives up 12 home runs in those 39 innings. Ouch. I wonder how many inherited runners that produced for other guys' ERAs???

* - White's numbers with Cincinnati last season.
   6. Sam M. Posted: March 31, 2005 at 04:26 PM (#1225408)
Aren't you supposed to giggle hysterically after delivering the answer, Sam M?

Nah. Twelve home runs in 39 innings is no laughing matter (even if I could do a mean Frank Gorshin).

The all-time record for HR allowed in a season is 50, by Blyleven in 1986. If White had pitched the same number of innings last year that Blyleven did in 1986, and given up homers at the same rate he did while with the Reds, he'd have allowed ... drumroll please ... 84 home runs.

Holy homer haven, Batman!!!
   7. jingoist Posted: March 31, 2005 at 04:35 PM (#1225421)
That's really big "if" isn't it Sam M?
Which genius manager, outside Dusty B, would allow someone with those stats to pitch 270 innings with such results?
   8. Sam M. Posted: March 31, 2005 at 04:41 PM (#1225430)
That's really big "if" isn't it Sam M?
Which genius manager, outside Dusty B, would allow someone with those stats to pitch 270 innings with such results?


Well, sure. I was just having a little fun with the jaw-droppingness of White's HR rate.

I assume that the conditions of the game would have to be radically transformed into something almost unrecognizable for a pitcher actually to get 270 innings while allowing more than 80 home runs. Even with Dusty at the helm.
   9. Der Komminsk-sar Posted: March 31, 2005 at 04:44 PM (#1225435)
"This was more of a money thing, I think. The Braves are apparently close to trading for a reliever, and since White's contract wasn't guaranteed, they freed up some money by releasing him. If it was a pure baseball decision, I'm sure they'd have released Martin instead, even though they would have been on the hook for more money."

What they said.
   10. 44magnum Posted: March 31, 2005 at 05:04 PM (#1225450)
It's amazing that Gopherball White had his best year in Colorado.

I have 252 million Gabe White homerun stories, but my absolute favorite was when he gave up a yellow seat (3rd deck at the old Riverfront Stadium) bomb to the mighty John Cangelosi.
   11. Drewdat Posted: March 31, 2005 at 07:09 PM (#1225647)
Braves traded Nick Green to TB for Jorge Sosa. Betemit and Orr get bench spots, Sosa replaces White, I guess. Martin's the only LHRP now.

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