Left Behind: The Guys Who Didn’t Make It (by Bledsoe)

There were several also-rans besides Francoeur . Most of these guys likely would have made the list if Mac’s list had been static, as they’re better Braves than the guys who were Nos. 40-44 in the Original List. But with the addition of seven new players, they no longer can bump somebody off. But they’re … Continue reading “Left Behind: The Guys Who Didn’t Make It (by Bledsoe)”

Left Behind: Jeff Francoeur (by bledsoe)

Jeff Francoeur RH Hitting, RH Throwing Outfielder Braves Seasons: 2005-2009 .266/.308/.424, 78 HR, 359 RBI, 310 RS, 89 OPS+ Okay — I wrote this sucker up, might as well put it up. As I said, in a 2007 update to the 44, Mac opined that if he redid the list, Jeff Francoeur would likely have … Continue reading “Left Behind: Jeff Francoeur (by bledsoe)”

The all-Mac Hates Them team (ex-Braves 1991-2006 only)

C Henry Blanco 1B Mike Hessman 2B Bret Boone 3B Wes Helms SS Ozzie Guillen RF Reggie Sanders CF Deion Sanders LF Dave Gallagher IF Keith Lockhart OF Mike Kelly SP Russ Ortiz SP Shane Reynolds SP Horacio Ramirez* SP Andy Ashby SP Jason Shiell (and his wife)† CL Danny Kolb RP Tyler Kali Yates … Continue reading “The all-Mac Hates Them team (ex-Braves 1991-2006 only)”


Bledsoe: What a hoot. Many, many thanks to Mac for my own little virtual soapbox. This is the most fun I’ve had writing in a long time. I hope that you’ve enjoyed either remembering these guys with me or else learning a little about the Braves’ history and players. For those of you disappointed in … Continue reading “LEFT BEHIND 18 WRAPUP”

LEFT BEHIND NO. 18: Tommy Aaron

Bledsoe: Righthanded Hitting, Righthanded Throwing Sibling Seasons with Braves: 1962-71 Career Stats with Braves: .229/.292/.327, 13 HR, 94 RBI, 102 RS For the last selection of the Left Behind 18 Squad: Tommy is second on the all-time Braves list in literally every offensive category for guys named Aaron. He also holds, with his brother Henry, … Continue reading “LEFT BEHIND NO. 18: Tommy Aaron”

Left Behind No. 17: Bruce Benedict

Righthanded Hitting, Righthanded Throwing C Seasons with Braves: 1978-89 Career Stats with Braves: .242/.320/.299, 18 HR, 260 RBI, 214 RS Eggs, a fine defensive catcher with a banjo bat, makes the Left Behind Squad on his glove. I think Bruce is slightly underestimated as a batter and greatly underappreciated as a receiver. He made the … Continue reading “Left Behind No. 17: Bruce Benedict”

LEFT BEHIND NO. 16: Adam LaRoche

LEFT BEHIND NO. 15 Rule 5 Pickup: The Left Behinders made a serious drafting mistake. I neglected to grab Pat Jarvis last week when Mac ejected him from the Elect on his miscount. Pat should have been instantly put on the Left Behind 18 when Mac exposed him to waivers; see Mac’s detailed analysis below. … Continue reading “LEFT BEHIND NO. 16: Adam LaRoche”

LEFT BEHIND NO. 14: Rafael Ramirez

Righthanded Hitting, Righthanded Throwing SS Seasons with Braves: 1980-87 Career Stats with Braves: .263/.298/.345, 37 HR, 301 RBI, 387 RS, 93 SBs He’s 18th in total bases, 12th in SBs, 16th in 2Bs, 22d in RBI, 19th in runs scored, so we need to talk about him. Rafy’s best year was 1983 – he actually … Continue reading “LEFT BEHIND NO. 14: Rafael Ramirez”