Braves One Year Wonder: Charles Thomas

Braves Journal is starting a new series to entertain the masses, and our first up in the series “Braves One Year Wonder” is Charles Thomas…who is actually younger than I am and that makes me feel old. Drafted by the Braves in the 19th round of the 2000 draft, Thomas was a 21 y/o prep … Continue reading “Braves One Year Wonder: Charles Thomas”

The 2020 Micro-Season

What’s the least amount of baseball that would be worth playing before the powers that be simply cancel the entire season? Here’s a proposal for a Micro-Season. (Disclaimer: this is not a prediction that a micro-season is the most likely scenario.) Micro-Season: Everybody into the pool At the amateur level, pool play is used to … Continue reading “The 2020 Micro-Season”

Braves Look Backs: Brian McCann stunned the Phillies

It’s impossible to remember every detail about every regular season game. A full baseball season is 162 games in six months, and eventually they start to run together. The games come thick and fast, and there’s always another one to move on to within 48 hours of the last one, usually within 24 hours even, … Continue reading “Braves Look Backs: Brian McCann stunned the Phillies”

Crown Me Commish: An MLB Shortened-Season!

One thing we know about this virus is that there’s little concrete idea how long our world will be on hold and/or lockdown. Some are guessing life will resume, slightly-altered, in a few months. Others are estimating 6. Then there are the extreme measures that are guessing social distancing will be worldwide for 18 months. … Continue reading “Crown Me Commish: An MLB Shortened-Season!”

Life Before Superstations: A Story about J.R. Richard

On July 30th, 1980, WLW radio in Cincinnati announced Houston Astros pitcher J.R. Richard had collapsed during a pre-game workout, and had been rushed to a Houston hospital. I was 16 years old. I was not an Astros fan, but I’d followed J.R. since 1974, because I thought he had a cool baseball card.  Richard … Continue reading “Life Before Superstations: A Story about J.R. Richard”

My All-Time Favorite Minor League Teams: 2012 Rome Braves

Pitiful, Sickening, Pathetic, Horrifying. Those were the nice words in various newspaper write-ups during the first half of the 2012 South Atlantic League season in regards to the 2012 Rome Braves. To say they staggered out of the gate is far too kind. I caught them in Greenville for a late April tilt and witnessed … Continue reading “My All-Time Favorite Minor League Teams: 2012 Rome Braves”

Rob’s 2020 Atlanta Braves Position Player Wildcard – Dansby Swanson

As I’m looking at guys who would be “wildcards” to our season success, I’m looking at guys who could potentially lengthen the list of potentially elite players at that unit. For the bullpen, it was Luke Jackson. On the position player side, it’s Atlanta Braves Dansby Swanson. Most fans have high expectations for the majority … Continue reading “Rob’s 2020 Atlanta Braves Position Player Wildcard – Dansby Swanson”

Looking back at game seven of the Braves 1992 NLCS

You’ve watched it 100 times. You know what happened. You know the Braves trailed the Pirates 2-0 entering the bottom of the ninth of game seven of the Braves 1992 NLCS. You know they clawed back to within 2-1 and loaded the bases for Francisco Cabrera.  And you know the notoriously slow Sid Bream slid … Continue reading “Looking back at game seven of the Braves 1992 NLCS”