Is it over?

The Official Site of The Atlanta Braves: News: Smoltz may be facing shoulder surgery If John really has surgery… Well, it might be. If he doesn’t and is really in pain, it pretty much has to be. Recovery time varies between different surgeries, but any time they go into the shoulder it’s bad news. Smoltz … Continue reading “Is it over?”

Goodbye, Javy

Javy Lopez to retire, ending Braves comeback attempt | ajc.com Let the record show that Javy Lopez is eighth in career homers as a Brave, and sixth among Atlanta Braves; that he is in the top twenty in more areas than I can conveniently list right now; that he’s one of the twenty best offensive … Continue reading “Goodbye, Javy”

Keltner List: Fred McGriff

The Keltner List was developed by Bill James as a device to evaluate a player’s Hall of Fame candidacy. In The Politics of Glory James says that it is probably his favorite tool to do that. (You can read about the background in that book, or do a Google search, for further information.) So let’s … Continue reading “Keltner List: Fred McGriff”

Glavine

Okay, so what does this mean? Well, first, it means that the Braves don’t have a first-round pick in the 2008 draft. (They may wind up with a sandwich pick for Andruw. [Add your own “Andruw is fat” sandwich joke here.]) They would have picked eighteenth. Sam lists the last ten eighteenth picks here; the … Continue reading “Glavine”

44 Greatest: Update

Just to update the 44 Greatest Atlanta Braves list with 2007 results… The only player who could move onto the list, somewhere in the low thirties at the highest, is Tim Hudson. Hudson’s career with the Braves is comparable to Charlie Leibrandt’s (42), I suppose. I won’t write up Hudson, but his record with the … Continue reading “44 Greatest: Update”

Stupid Slate

How the media abuse Hank Aaron. – By Tommy Craggs – Slate Magazine This article bugs me. This claim of “abuse” — comparing Aaron favorably to Bonds — is one thing, but the author falls into the trap that really angers me, the framing of Aaron’s career as somehow the triumph of a slow-and-steady “good … Continue reading “Stupid Slate”

Keltner List: Darrell Evans

The Keltner List was developed by Bill James as a device to evaluate a player’s Hall of Fame candidacy. In The Politics of Glory James says that it is probably his favorite tool to do that. (You can read about the background in that book, or do a Google search, for further information.) So let’s … Continue reading “Keltner List: Darrell Evans”

#1: Hank Aaron

See the 44 Greatest Atlanta Braves here. Righthanded Hitting, Righthanded Throwing Outfielder/First Baseman Seasons With Braves: 1954-1974 Stats With Braves: .310 .377 .567, 733 HR, 2202 RBI, 2107 RS What to say about a legend? Well, to begin, I think the Hammer is actually a little underrated. There’s a tendency to see him as a … Continue reading “#1: Hank Aaron”