Praying for the DH: Breaking Down Braves’ Bryce Ball

Word has spread that the National League could adopt the DH as early as 2021, and I’m finally ready. No more Mike Foltynewicz, and say hello to Bryce Ball. It seems universal throughout conversations from Atlanta Braves prospect gurus that the Braves committed highway robbery when they drafted Ball in the 24th round. Granted, Ball … Continue reading “Praying for the DH: Breaking Down Braves’ Bryce Ball”

Atlanta Braves Spring Training: Notes From Games 5

*Worth noting that I, Ryan , edited the heck out of this Braves Spring Training piece…I’m sure you can see what is Jonathan’s work as it’s written much, much better. I agreed to give notes from today’s spring training game against the Orioles against my better judgment… I should have gone with my better judgment. … Continue reading “Atlanta Braves Spring Training: Notes From Games 5”

Atlanta Braves Spring Training: Notes From Games 3 and 4

After 4 games into the Atlanta Braves Spring Training, the team is 2-2 and as a fan, you should not care in the slightest. Let’s be clear on the purpose of practice games. They’re practice. In practice, scores don’t matter. However, in practice, players should be working on making strengths stronger and weaknesses less weak. … Continue reading “Atlanta Braves Spring Training: Notes From Games 3 and 4”

Atlanta Braves Roster Talk #3: Opening Day

Our first 2 pieces on Atlanta Braves Roster Talk can be found here: Atlanta Braves Roster Talk: The Locks and the Battles Atlanta Braves Roster Talk 2: Opening Day While I don’t read too much into wins and losses in Spring Training, when discussing the last 4-5 roster spots on a 26-man roster, a superb … Continue reading “Atlanta Braves Roster Talk #3: Opening Day”

Atlanta Braves Spring Training: Notes from Game 2

Game 2 of the Atlanta Braves spring training season was a matchup between the Braves and the Tigers. Bryse Wilson got the start with Ronald Acuña Jr., Ozzie Albies, and Freddie Freeman starting for a 2nd straight day. Braves Spring Training: Bryse Wilson working on off-speed It looks like Rick Kranitz and the Braves will … Continue reading “Atlanta Braves Spring Training: Notes from Game 2”

Atlanta Braves Spring Training: Notes from Game 1

Atlanta Braves Spring Training got off to a good start against what will likely be the worst team in the Major Leagues in 2020, the Baltimore Orioles. Felix Hernandez “looked” good While the velocity did not all of a sudden reappear after 5 years, Hernandez pitched 2 solid innings, giving up 0 hits and striking … Continue reading “Atlanta Braves Spring Training: Notes from Game 1”

Atlanta Braves Non-Roster Invitees

As the Atlanta Braves prepare to kick off their Spring Training games this afternoon, we will familiarize ourselves with the 26 non-roster invitees looking to make a name for themselves over the next 6 weeks. There is a large mixture of players here between prospects, fringe major leaguers looking for a path back to the … Continue reading “Atlanta Braves Non-Roster Invitees”

My All-Time Favorite Minor League Teams: 1981 Richmond Braves

The damndest thing happened in the summer of 1981 — baseball went on strike. No superstation! No internet! What was a fan to do? In response, newly rechristened SuperStation WTBS (formerly WTCG-17 Atlanta) decided to bring their MLB broadcast crew of Skip, Pete and Ernie to AAA to cover the Braves AAA affiliate in Richmond, … Continue reading “My All-Time Favorite Minor League Teams: 1981 Richmond Braves”

Braves 40-Man Roster Faces Difficult Decision

“The Braves 40-man roster was full as a tick, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of this bulging was signed by the clergyman Cole Hamels , the clerk Terry McGuirk, the undertaker Nick Markakis, and the chief mourner Ender Inciarte. Anthopoulos signed it. And Anthopoulos’s name was good upon … Continue reading “Braves 40-Man Roster Faces Difficult Decision”