Larry Whisenton (by sansho1)

A mass psychosis infected major league baseball in the 1970s, and it cost Larry Whisenton a major league career. The installation of artificial turf in several ballparks in the ‘70s (with the attendant assumption that turf emphasized the value of speed), along with Lou Brock’s high-profile pursuit of both the single-season and career stolen base … Continue reading “Larry Whisenton (by sansho1)”

Brett Butler (by smitty)

Oh what could have been… The Braves drafted Brett Butler in the 23rd round of the 1979 draft out of Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Butler was only one of four Braves draftees from 1979 to make it to the big leagues and easily had the best career. Unfortunately, most of that career came with other … Continue reading “Brett Butler (by smitty)”

’82 Braves, Stubs & All, part 2 (by Ububba)

In case you missed the last one, here was Ububba’s intro: I remembered that I have a shoebox full of old event tickets—concerts, ballgames, all kinds of stuff—basically from the mid-1970s thru about 1984 or so. Of course, there was a slew of old Braves tickets in there, too, including a bunch (in picture) from … Continue reading “’82 Braves, Stubs & All, part 2 (by Ububba)”

’82 Braves, Stubs & All, part 1 (by Ububba)

Knowing we’re taking an off-season look at the Braves’ division-winning 1982 campaign, I remembered that I have a shoebox full of old event tickets—concerts, ballgames, all kinds of stuff—basically from the mid-1970s thru about 1984 or so. Of course, there was a slew of old Braves tickets in there, too, including a bunch (in picture) … Continue reading “’82 Braves, Stubs & All, part 1 (by Ububba)”

Bob Walk (by Rusty S.)

Apart from Phil Niekro (17-4), Bob Walk was the only starting pitcher on the 1982 Atlanta Braves who managed a W/L record over .500 — and not by much. He was 11-9. Walk managed this despite posting a 4.87 ERA and a 1.448 WHIP. (His ERA+ was 77.) Illustrating the vagary of pitcher wins, these … Continue reading “Bob Walk (by Rusty S.)”

Glenn Hubbard (by Rusty S.)

I remembered that Glenn Hubbard had a reputation as good defensive 2nd baseman. What I did not know is that, according to Baseball Reference, he is the career leader among 2nd basemen in Range Factor per 9 innings. Complete data for range factor exist only back to 1974, but that was still a pleasant surprise … Continue reading “Glenn Hubbard (by Rusty S.)”

Congratulations to Mike Piazza and Ken Griffey Jr.

The Hall of Fame Class of 2016 has been announced, and there are two new members: Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza. Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Trevor Hoffman all received more than 67% of the vote, which suggests that they have a good chance of getting in next year. Frankly, I think that there … Continue reading “Congratulations to Mike Piazza and Ken Griffey Jr.”

Gene Garber (by Rusty S.)

Gene Garber broke into the major leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1969. The Pirates had little use for him (he spent all of 1971 in the minors), and in 1973 they traded him to Kansas City for Jim Rooker. In 1974, the Royals sold him to Philadelphia, where he began to have some success. … Continue reading “Gene Garber (by Rusty S.)”

Bruce Benedict (by Rusty S.)

In our continuing series on the 1982 Atlanta Braves, we look at catcher Bruce Benedict, who spent his entire 12-year major league career in Atlanta. Benedict had a career batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage of .242/.320/.299 in 3295 plate appearances. Benedict hit only 18 career home runs in 2878 at-bats, but he was in fact a … Continue reading “Bruce Benedict (by Rusty S.)”