Tonight baseball continues along its merry way without us. This time it’s Game 1 of the ALCS, apparently pitting the Kansas City Lorde Songs against the Baltimore Unintimidating And Thus Unintelligible Bird Mascots. (cf Thrashers, Atlantan or otherwise.*) A guy you’ve heard of because his first name rhymes with “Big Game” goes up against a guy … Continue reading “Not That We Care: a guide to the playoffs, part 5”
Just looking around at the Braves’ drafts from the 1990s again. (Not counting 1990, when Bobby was GM and they drafted Chipper first overall.) Lord, are they awful. At least at the top — they did okay in the later rounds. This is what happens when you draft a high school pitcher from the southeast … Continue reading “Endless break open thread”
Talking with Bill James: Part 2 | Cincinnati Sports News. This is about a Reds prospect, but I think it’s germane, and I found it interesting: A very high percentage of the greatest players ever got to the majors when they were 20 or 19 and they did that in part because they had unusual … Continue reading “Bringing up Heyward”
Sure, the D-Backs have a bad record, but the Braves have a .500 record, and as established, the Braves are never getting over .500. Meanwhile, a little bit of writing from me. I’m hardly an expert on the draft, though again — they should have taken Rasmus instead of Devine. MLB Outsider Mock Draft: Atlanta … Continue reading “Inevitable loss game thread: May 15, D-Backs at Braves”
Minor League Baseball: News: Article Hanson hurls Braves’ first no-hitter For what it is worth, throwing a no-hitter on the major league level is itself an argument for being an outstanding pitcher; nearly all no-hitters are thrown by good pitchers. (Remarkably, this is a controversial statement in some quarters.) Therefore, it seems quite likely that … Continue reading “Yeah, yeah, everybody knows already”
I think I want to try a Googlebomb. But right now, the only one that comes to mind is “Francoeur Sucks” and I’m already in the top ten for that. Any ideas? Here’s the Braves’ draft today, so far (I think these are all today): Paul Clemens RHP Lewisberg College Brett Oberholtzer LHP Seminole CC … Continue reading “Googlebomb Game thread: Phillies at Braves, June 6”
The Official Site of Atlanta Braves: News: Atlanta Braves News Braves announce ’08 Minors coaches Chambliss will be the AAA hitting coach, in between being interviewed for every managing job and never getting hired. I think I’d rather he was the major league hitting coach.
And it’s on TV this year. Anyway, everyone expects that the Braves, picking 14th, will do what they normally do and take a southern high school pitcher. Generally, the three names you hear are: Madison Bumgartner (North Carolina) Josh Smoker (Georgia) Blake Beavan (Texas) I dunno. I think that the Braves might change up and … Continue reading “So it’s draft day”
Minor League Ball :: Book Excerpts Nothing on the minor leaguer we gave up, Lojack or whatever his name is.
I never actually knew anyone who skipped a grade in school . . . other than characters on sitcoms, that is. Here’s a look at how some of the Braves’ prospects are adjusting since skipping ahead midseason. For hitters I’m listing AVG/OBP/SLG, and for pitchers Innings Pitched, ERA, SO, and BB. I’ll put the lower level numbers first, … Continue reading “Promotions Revisited”