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Friday, September 30, 2022

Atlanta Braves sign RHP Charlie Morton to 1-year, $20 million deal for 2023

The Atlanta Braves signed veteran pitcher Charlie Morton to a one-year extension, the team announced Friday.

Morton, 38, will earn $20 million in 2023, his 16th year in the big leagues. The deal includes a team option for 2024, also worth $20 million.

Morton is in his second stint with Atlanta after being drafted by the organization in 2002. He returned to the Braves in 2021 and made 33 regular-season starts, then four more in the postseason, before fracturing his leg in the World Series.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 30, 2022 at 08:06 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, charlie morton

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Should the Braves Be Looking For a New Closer?

So here’s the good news for Atlanta: Jansen’s wobbliness over the past few weeks doesn’t seem to have jeopardized the Braves’ season. Since August 22, Atlanta is 11–5, which is the best record in the NL over that span. If Jansen doesn’t blow a save, Atlanta basically doesn’t lose. Moreover, if Snitker were determined to make a change, he has other options: Collin McHugh, A.J. Minter, or Raisel Iglesias, who’s as Proven Closer-y as they come and has allowed a solitary run in 17 appearances since coming over from the Angels at the deadline. Suffice it to say, this is not a situation where Jansen is the best of bad options.

But the question of whether to make a change is not actually a question, but three. First, is Jansen actually pitching poorly, or did he just get bum rushed by Julio Rodríguez? (An exit velocity of 117 mph looks ugly, but Rodríguez is going to end up doing that a lot over the next several years.) Second, is he pitching poorly enough that the benefits of a change outweigh the aggravation of reshuffling the bullpen? And finally, even if Jansen is going through a rough patch, is there a better place to hide him than the ninth inning?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 14, 2022 at 01:36 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, kenley jansen

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Which teams have the most talent locked up? Ranking all 30 MLB cores [$]

ESPN Insider sub required.

1. Atlanta Braves
Elite: Ronald Acuna Jr./CF, Austin Riley/3B, Max Fried/LHS

Above Average: Matt Olson/1B, Ozzie Albies/2B, Michael Harris II/CF, Spencer Strider/RHS

Solid: Vaughn Grissom/2B, Travis d’Arnaud/C, Mike Soroka/RHS, A.J. Minter/LHR, Kyle Wright/RHS, Raisel Iglesias/RHR, Ian Anderson/RHS, William Contreras/C, Collin McHugh/RHR

This may have been the first team you thought of when you read the rules for this piece. After extending Acuna, Riley, Olson, Albies and Harris, in addition to having an outside shot to go 1-2-3 in NL Rookie of the Year voting this year (Harris, Strider, Grissom), there’s been a lot of headlines about this group of young players. As if the World Series last year wasn’t enough, this was the unanimous top choice for everyone I spoke with in the industry.

Kudos to the front office, led by Anthopoulos, for putting this group together. I also wanted to draw attention to some of my former coworkers from the previous Braves regime who were behind acquiring Acuna, Riley, Fried, Albies, Soroka, Minter, Wright and Anderson in the roughest parts of the rebuild. Every decision takes a lot of good work and good people (and luck, honestly), so it’s good to see some of our biggest decisions work out this well.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 31, 2022 at 02:11 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Monday, August 29, 2022

Ronald Acuña Jr. discusses sore knee that sidelined him in consecutive losses - The Athletic $

He’s been assured this is normal for some athletes just over a year after the ACL surgery he had in July 2021. But that doesn’t make it easy to take for a guy who usually is one of baseball’s most popular, colorful and exuberant players, in addition to one of its most extraordinarily talented.

“They explained to me that this is just going to be part of the procedure and part of the process of coming back and everything,” Acuña said through a team interpreter before Sunday night’s series finale at St. Louis, the second consecutive game (and loss) he was held out of because of knee issues. “To be honest, it was some pretty intense pains over the past couple of days. And this is just all something that I’ve never really experienced before in my life, so it’s all new to me.

“And so with that, that’s why we’re just kind of taking it easy and just trying to get away from that a little bit.”

...

“It’s just something we know he’s going to have to fight through,” Snitker said of Acuña’s injury, “and when we give him a few days, we’ll see. I don’t know if it’s ever just going to go away; I think it’s going to bother him the rest of the summer, then have a normal offseason and spring training, and he should be good to go.

“I know structurally it’s fine. It’s just there’s inflammation in there that’s making it uncomfortable for him. I feel for the kid. I mean, his legs are a big part of his game. It’s hard for him to run in and stop, and all that. He said it didn’t bother him hitting. It’s got to hurt a little bit, I would think, since the legs are such a big part of hitting.”

jimfurtado Posted: August 29, 2022 at 11:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ronald acuna

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Braves surging, and improved Robbie Grossman is a reason Marcell Ozuna already was benched - The Athletic

This is not a ringing endorsement of the Tigers’ coaching and player development.

When they got outfielder Robbie Grossman from Detroit in a trade-deadline swap for minor-leaguer Kris Anglin, the Braves were thinking strictly platoon with Grossman, a switch hitter who had struggled mightily this season against right-handers.

Soon after the trade, however, analysts from Braves baseball operations presented video to hitting coach Kevin Seitzer that showed what Grossman was doing differently from past seasons when he’d thrived against righties. The outlook started to change.

If Grossman saw the same things they were seeing and was willing to work right away on adjustments, Seitzer and the Braves analytics experts thought he might be more than a right-handed hitting platoon player to share left-field duties with Eddie Rosario, as originally planned.

To say that it’s worked as hoped would be an understatement. Grossman hit .205 with a .595 OPS and two home runs and 90 strikeouts in 273 at-bats with Detroit, including .143 (28-for-196) with one homer left-handed. But in 11 games with the Braves before Friday, he hit .286 (8-for-28) with two homers and a .965 OPS, including 6-for-18 from the left side.

jimfurtado Posted: August 21, 2022 at 12:13 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, pay site, robbie grossman

Friday, August 19, 2022

Braves get an early jump on Dansby Swanson extension talks

The Braves have opened extension talks with Dansby Swanson, and if they can lock up the Georgia product, that would leave three likely top free-agent shortstops: Trea Turner, plus Xander Bogaerts and Carlos Correa (who are likely to opt out). Swanson is repped by Excel/ Casey Close, who didn’t work out a deal for superstar Freddie Freeman with the Braves, much to Freeman’s dismay. To this point, there’s been less whispered negativity about these talks.

Swanson might have to take a hometown discount to stay. Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos is one of the best negotiators, as he proved again this week by locking up wunderkind center fielder Michael Harris II. Unconfirmed, but a repeat of the Bogaerts deal — $120 million for six years — is an early guess.

Part of the calculus of the Harris deal was his likelihood to win Rookie of the Year, which would have moved up his free agency by a year, thanks to the new collective bargaining agreement.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 19, 2022 at 11:48 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dansby swanson

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Atlanta Braves, Michael Harris II agree to 8-year, $72 million extension

The Atlanta Braves made another move Tuesday night to lock up their young core long term, agreeing to an eight-year, $72 million extension with outfielder Michael Harris II.

The deal for 21-year-old Harris runs through the 2030 season and includes team options for 2031 ($15 million) and 2032 ($20M).

Harris was the team’s top prospect entering the season, leading to a major league call-up in late May. The youngest player in the majors hasn’t missed a beat since, hitting .287 with 12 home runs, 13 steals and 39 RBI in 71 games.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 16, 2022 at 11:57 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, michael harris

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Vaughn Grissom makes history with HR, steal in debut

Starting at second and batting ninth, Grissom went 2-for-4 with a strikeout and a stolen base in his debut, securing his first career hit and homer in one at-bat and helping to turn two double plays in the Braves’ 8-4 win over the Red Sox.

Grissom reached base in his first at-bat after grounding into a forceout in the third. His next time up, he struck out on four pitches to open the fifth. When he stepped up to the plate for his third at-bat, Grissom hammered a first-pitch fastball out of the ballpark.

“The competitive nature kicked in,” Grissom said. “I had a couple of at-bats, and I failed a couple of times. So it was just like, ‘All right, like you’re down.’ I’m not gonna say I expected it, but like, I need to do something.”

Grissom became the youngest player in AL/NL history to homer and swipe a bag in his debut—though watching him play, it’s easy to forget his age. Whether it be his composure on the field or the conviction in his bat flip, Grissom is already displaying a big league attitude just one game in.

“He did great. Nothing fazed him,” manager Brian Snitker said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 11, 2022 at 10:11 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, vaughn grissom

Sunday, August 07, 2022

Atlanta Braves sending struggling right-handed starting pitcher Ian Anderson to minors

Right-hander Ian Anderson, a big part of the Atlanta Braves’ rotation last year in their run to a World Series championship, was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday after his struggles this season.

Anderson (9-6) has a 5.11 ERA this season in 21 starts. He last pitched on Friday in the Braves’ 9-6 victory over the New York Mets when he lasted 4⅔ innings during which he allowed four earned runs, seven hits, walked four and struck out three.

Before he reports to Gwinnett, Anderson will remain with the Braves on their taxi squad this week and is slated to pitch one of the two games in Atlanta’s doubleheader against the Miami Marlins next Saturday, manager Brian Snitker told reporters Sunday.

“We need to get him right,’’ Snitker said. “He’s a big part of what we’ve got going on. Hopefully he can take a step back and reassess things and get himself going.’‘

The Braves, currently in second place in the National League East and holding the NL’s top wild-card spot, acquired more rotation depth at the trade deadline last week when they dealt for right-hander Jake Odorizzi.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2022 at 06:08 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ian anderson

Tuesday, August 02, 2022

Atlanta Braves acquire closer Raisel Iglesias from Los Angeles Angels to cap busy trade deadline day

After acquiring corner outfielder Robbie Grossman from the Detroit Tigers late Monday, general manager Alex Anthopoulos started the day finalizing a deal that brought right-hander Jake Odorizzi from the Houston Astros in exchange for former Atlanta closer Will Smith.

Then, barely beating the clock before the 6 p.m. ET deadline, the Braves landed Los Angeles Angels closer Raisel Iglesias for reliever Jesse Chavez and pitching prospect Tucker Davidson.

The flurry of trades, which also included Monday’s less-prominent deal that brought Washington infielder Ehire Adrianza back to Atlanta to help fill in while Ozzie Albies recovers from a broken foot, was reminiscent of the moves Anthopoulos pulled off at the 2021 deadline.

The Braves can only hope they lead to the same result.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 02, 2022 at 09:28 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, braves, raisel iglesias

Monday, August 01, 2022

Detroit Tigers trade Robbie Grossman to Atlanta Braves for left-handed pitcher Kris Anglin

The Detroit Tigers have made their first trade, just minutes after their latest loss.

After Monday’s loss to the Twins, the Tigers sent outfielder Robbie Grossman to the Atlanta Braves, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. The Tigers are getting left-handed pitcherKris Anglin in return.

Grossman, 32, is suffering arguably the worst season of his 10-year MLB career. The switch-hitter is batting .205 with two home runs and 23 RBIs in 83 games (272 at-bats). He is in the final year of a two-year, $10 million contract.

Still, he can play all three outfield positions and had a 440-game errorless streak snapped just a few weeks ago. He can now help the Braves battle for the NL East and defending their World Series championship.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 01, 2022 at 11:51 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, robbie grossman, tigers

Report: Houston Astros Acquire Will Smith From Atlanta Braves for Jake Odorizzi

Following a scoreless seven innings Sunday, Jake Odorizzi was traded to the Atlanta Braves. The Houston Astros acquired left-handed reliever Will Smith for the starting pitcher.

Odorizzi posted a 3.75 ERA over 60 innings pitched this season for the Astros. The righty punched out 46 batters to his 17 walks and was a member of a six-man rotation following his return from the injured list.

Smith isn’t having his best season for the Braves, he sports a 4.38 ERA and a 10.0 K/9 over 37 innings this year. The lefty joins a bullpen lacking his kind of arm, he’s the third Monday acquisition for the Astros.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 01, 2022 at 11:49 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, braves, jake odorizzi, will smith

Atlanta Braves extend Austin Riley with massive contract

The Atlanta Braves have signed star third baseman Austin Riley to a 10-year, $212 million contract, the team announced Monday.

The deal runs through the 2032 season, and it includes a $20 million club option for 2033. Riley also agreed to donate $2.12 million to the Atlanta Braves Foundation, according to the team.

The news comes just weeks after the 25-year-old Riley appeared in his first All-Star Game. He’s currently hitting .301 with 29 home runs and 68 RBI, with a .964 OPS in 101 games this season. His 61 extra-base hits are the most in the majors, and included 26 in July—which broke Hank Aaron’s previous franchise record by one (1961).

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 01, 2022 at 06:52 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: austin riley, braves

Monday, July 11, 2022

Atlanta gets No. 35 pick from KC for top prospect, two others

The Braves acquired the 35th pick in this Sunday’s MLB Draft from the Royals on Monday for center fielder Drew Waters, RHP Andrew Hoffmann and infielder C.J. Alexander.

The pick is a Competitive Balance Round A pick, which is eligible to be traded. As MLB.com’s Jim Callis reported in April, the 35th pick holds a slot value of $2.2 million. The Braves, who also own the 20th overall pick, bumped their Draft pool money up to $10.2 million, the 10th-highest total.

Waters, Atlanta’s No. 1 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, was the Braves’ second-round pick in 2017 and has spent parts of the past three seasons at Triple-A Gwinnett. The Southern League MVP in 2019, the switch-hitting Waters slashed .246/.305/.393 with five home runs and 16 RBIs in 49 games with the Stripers this year.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 11, 2022 at 11:54 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, drew waters, royals

Monday, July 04, 2022

Braves Trade Touki Toussaint To Angels For Cash Considerations

The Braves have traded right-hander Touki Toussaint to the Angels for cash considerations, the Angels announced. To make room on the active roster, Jack Mayfield was designated for assignment.

The Braves had to make a move with Toussaint, whom they recently designated for assignment. Atlanta had high hopes for Toussaint, but things did not break his way and he’ll now have the opportunity for a fresh start with a perennially pitching-hungry Los Angeles organization.

Toussaint has not pitched in the Majors this season. He owns a career 5.46 ERA/5.37 FIP over 145 career innings spanning four seasons. He has pitched both out of the rotation and the bullpen for Atlanta since his debut in 2018. This season, Toussaint has a 6.26 ERA in 41 2/3 innings in Triple-A.

The Angels will see if they can get Toussaint on the right track. He made Baseball America’s Top 100 prospects list in 2015 (#71), 2016 (#90), and again in 2019 (#53). Despite the promise, Toussaint hasn’t been able to carve out a regular role on talented Braves’ teams.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 04, 2022 at 07:19 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, braves, touki toussaint

Friday, July 01, 2022

Freddie Freeman clearly wanted Braves return over Dodgers deal

Then, after the lockout ended, Excel called the Braves on March 12 to give them a couple counteroffers, and let them know they needed an immediate response and needed to present their max offer, with the implication being that they were ready to move. That night, sources say Excel presented two options as “Braves prices,” which presumably meant a discounted deal for his favored team: $165 million for five years or $175 million for six. They also upped the urgency by telling the Braves they had exactly an hour to respond.

The Braves got back and said no thank you to Excel’s figures, but since they had to try something for an iconic Brave following the World Series win and end of the lockout, sources say they verbally upped their offer to $140 million for five. It wasn’t a huge increase for an iconic player, but Freeman’s reps could have countered at that point, and it’s hard to imagine the Braves wouldn’t have gone to at least $145 million considering his value to the franchise. Instead, sources say the talks appeared to end amicably, with the sides starting to talk about other Excel free agents, and the Braves believing the Freeman camp had something for $175 million-plus and were about to take it.

jimfurtado Posted: July 01, 2022 at 04:03 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dodgers, freddie freeman

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Inside the closed-door meeting that got the Braves playing like champs again

“I was getting texts, ‘Are you going to blow these guys up?’ No. Players don’t respond to that.”

So Snitker consulted with his bench coach, Walt Weiss, and decided they needed to act now, calling a closed-door meeting in the visitor’s clubhouse when his players entered Phoenix’s Chase Field facing a potential sweep.

“Snit is not going to get in front of a club and rant and rave,” Weiss said. “It was a very simple message.”

The message: relax. The aftermath: 14 straight wins.

By the time the Braves finally lost for the first time this month Friday, they had cut the Mets’ NL East lead from 10½ games to 5½. They had gone from 4½ games out of a wild-card spot to owning the National League’s fourth-best record.

“One event doesn’t make 14 wins happen,” new Braves first baseman Matt Olson said. “But it was nice to hear Snit get up there and tell everyone to relax a little. We were not playing great baseball as far as the complete package, so it was just a ‘take a deep breath’ type of meeting.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 21, 2022 at 09:08 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Visitors paying less, businesses more for Cobb stadium bonds

Visitors to Cobb County in 2021 again contributed less than expected to pay off the public’s share of the Truist Park construction bonds, shifting more of the costs onto local taxpayers, county financial documents show.

Still, county finance officials characterized the update released on Tuesday as great news for county residents, because the pandemic-fueled dip in hotel taxes was more than offset by a rise in property taxes paid by businesses in the surrounding Cumberland area….

Also on Tuesday, the Braves released a report on the fiscal impact to Cobb County, adding another voice to the debate over whether the stadium was worth the cost to taxpayers.

Most economists are skeptical of such subsidies, because fiscal impact studies touted by businesses fail to consider the opportunity cost of investing public dollars on other things.

The latest study, by sports economist and author Andrew Zimbalist, concluded that so far, the county has spent more on debt payments and public services for Truist Park and The Battery than the projects have generated in annual revenue. But Zimbalist estimated the long-term financial benefit to Cobb County government could be anywhere from $20 million to $126 million in net present value.

“I think this has been a win-win for both the organization and the county,” said Mike Plant, the president of the Braves development arm.

A critique of Zimbalist’s findings here.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 16, 2022 at 11:13 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, truist park

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Albies fractures foot: ‘Big part of our club’

Not much has gone wrong for the Braves during their 12-game win streak. But injury struck Monday night at Nationals Park. And now they’ll be without their All-Star second baseman for the foreseeable future.

Ozzie Albies suffered a fractured left foot during the club’s 9-5 win over the Nationals, an injury that will sideline Atlanta’s stalwart second baseman for a good chunk of the summer. Jammed by a 3-2 Steve Cishek fastball in the fifth, Albies tripped attempting to leave the batter’s box after an awkward swing resulted in a ground ball to short. He was unable to run to first base on the groundout, then limped gingerly back to the dugout and was replaced by Orlando Arcia to begin the next half-inning.

Shortly after, the Braves announced the fracture. On Tuesday afternoon, the team placed Albies on the 60-day injured list, a designation that will keep him out of the Braves’ lineup until at least mid-August.

“I hate it for Ozzie, and I hate it for us,” manager Brian Snitker said. “It’s unfortunate, but it’s one of those things. He’ll be fine. He’s young. He’ll heal quick, but I just hate it for the kid because he loves to play baseball and he’s such a big part of our club.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 14, 2022 at 01:24 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ozzie albies

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Braves, Cubs Swap Sean Newcomb, Jesse Chavez

The Cubs have acquired reliever Sean Newcomb from the Braves for Jesse Chavez and cash, according to announcements from both teams. Atlanta had designated Newcomb for assignment yesterday.

It’s a new landing spot for Newcomb, who has spent the past six seasons in Atlanta. A first-round pick of the Angels in 2014, the left-hander quickly developed into one of the sport’s top pitching prospects. Within a few months, he’d pitched his way onto Baseball America’s Top 100 prospects list. After the 2015 season, the Angels flipped him alongside Chris Ellis to Atlanta for five years of Andrelton Simmons.

Newcomb was a starting pitching prospect at the time, with evaluators holding out hope that his high-octane arsenal could make him a top-of-the-rotation caliber hurler. He remained in that role for his first couple major league seasons, starting 49 of his 50 appearances between 2017-18. Newcomb showed some promise, posting a 4.06 ERA with a solid 23.3% strikeout rate. As he had throughout his time in the minor leagues, though, he struggled to throw strikes. After walking 12% of batters faced through his first couple seasons, the Braves transitioned him to the ’pen in 2019.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 20, 2022 at 10:37 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, cubs, sean newcomb

Thursday, April 07, 2022

Braves’ Ronald Acuña Jr. sheds light on rocky relationship with Freddie Freeman, says he won’t miss him

Braves star outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. did an Instagram live interview on Wednesday night with Dominican journalist Yancen Pujols in which he addressed Freeman’s departure. According to Pujols, Acuña said that he won’t miss Freeman and that he didn’t speak with him often. He also claimed Freeman had been unkind during his rookie season.

Here’s a snippet of the video, during which Acuña can be heard saying “nada” in response to a question about if they spoke frequently.


Acuña, for his part, has since tweeted a denial in response to a tweet outlining some of his comments.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 07, 2022 at 10:42 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, freddie freeman, ronald acuna

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

Sunday, January 15, 2012

MLB Trade Rumors: Bartolo Colon Agrees to Sign With Unknown Team

Bartolo Colon has agreed to a deal with an unknown club reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today (on Twitter). The right-hander wouldn’t divulge the team because he has not yet passed his physical.

Pretty sure it’s either the All-Stars or the Champs.


Friday, January 13, 2012

Braves re-sign infielder Jack Wilson

As an old pequod sod in the bar used to say to anybody named Jack…“#### you, Jack, I’m all right!!”

The Atlanta Braves have re-signed veteran infielder Jack Wilson to a one-year deal, the team’s website reports.

Wilson, 34, hit .243 with no homers, 11 RBIs in part-time duty with the Braves and Seattle Mariners in 2011. He was dealt to Atlanta on Aug. 31.

His biggest impact this season might be as a mentor/insurance policy.

Barring another acquisition, the Braves will start rookie Tyler Pastornicky at shortstop on opening day. The 22-year-old hit .314 with seven homers, 45 RBIs and 27 stolen bases between the Class AA and Class AAA levels in 2011, but he never has played in the majors.

Repoz Posted: January 13, 2012 at 04:48 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, minor leagues, prospect reports

BBPro:  Heartburn Hardball - Jack Morris in Motion

Morris, who was the face of the Detroit Tigers’ pitching staff for the entirety of the eighties before spending the early nineties hopping between the Twins, Blue Jays, and Indians, has every right to be thrilled at the news. And the rest of us, especially those who were too young to see him pitch, have every right to ask…why Jack Morris? Why now?

To answer that question, I decide to watch the most famous performance of his career, the game that proved once and for all that he was a true ace and a true winner.

....

The Twins will win 1-0 in the bottom of the 10th, winning the second World Series title in franchise history and solidifying Jack Morris’s place in baseball history.

And when it’s over, I will be more convinced than ever that Jack Morris is not a Hall of Fame pitcher.

 

 

Completely Unbiased 3rd Party Lurker Posted: January 13, 2012 at 01:39 PM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, hall of fame, tigers, twins

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