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Same everything, just different layout. Maybe new writers. Who knows, anything is possible on WordPress!
When I started this blog however many months ago, I had a goal, a vision, a dream. That goal/vision/dream was to create an engaging community of intelligent Braves fans. It’s slipped the past couple of weeks, but no biggy. I want to introduce a new series on “The Few, The Proud, The Braves” called, “Braves Blog of the Week”or fortnight depending on how busy I am. I’m going to start with “Toma(T)alk”.
The author is “an Atlanta native and overly-obsessed baseball fan,” and in his spare time likes fantasy baseball, reading baseball books and re-watching “Field of Dreams.”
which is a northwest suburb of Atlanta, and I immediately took to all
of my hometown teams.
Who is your favorite Brave of all time?
Who is your favorite current Brave?
he made his debut. Plus, the guy’s just so goofy and lighthearted that
it’s difficult to find anything to dislike. I also appreciate that he
grows a beard about as well as I do, and yet he still wears it more
often than not.
When was your first baseball game? Did anything special happen? Who Took you?
was at Fulton County Stadium, and I’m sure my Dad took me, but that’s
about as positive I can be. That’s probably attributable to the rather
forgetful decade the Braves had in the 80’s as a whole.
What inspired you to create a Braves blog?
I tend to be a bit long-winded to merely reply to other people’s blogs
so I figured I’d make my own blog where I could be as long-winded as I
How does the Braves’ future look? (2009 and beyond)
get excited when you see a rookie like Tommy Hanson come up and do so
well without being fully mature yet. Having guys like , Freddie Freeman, ,
and Julio Teheran in the minors gives me even more encouragement. So
long as the Braves develop these guys to their potential, the team has
a bright future. I was happy to see the Braves essentially pull off
the bandages this year letting Smoltz walk, cutting Glavine, and
trading Francoeur. Many have given the front office a lot of grief in
recent years, but they’ve gone a long ways in transitioning this team
for the future.
What do you do when the Braves don’t play?
now. I also love to read just about anything non-fiction, and I love
to pretend to work out.
Fan or Fanatic?
guy, but I’m not someone who hoots and hollers a whole lot, and about
as crazy dressed as I get for a game is perhaps wearing a Braves
jersey. I also tend to get annoyed quickly at games when I see my
fellow Braves fans demonstrate a lot of ignorance about our team, the
opponent, or baseball in general.
It’s worth noting that by “fanatic,” I didn’t mean someone who is crazy at games, but rather a level of “fan-a-tism”
Braves biggest rival? (In your opinion)
Phillies are the team I get most ramped up about us playing. They’re
the defending champions and have been the most consistent team in the
N.L. East for the past 4 years. Since
doesn’t have that traditional rival or geographic rival, our biggest
opponent should always be the team we’re chasing most frequently.
Who is worse? Jon Miller or ?
Do you have an Braves related goals?
around to autograph signings. Over the years the baseball got the
autographs of Glavine, Smoltz, Avery, Justice, Lemke, Blauser, Olson,
Chipper, and a few others….the guy I never got was Greg Maddux. I
suppose I would still want him to sign it, though I highly doubt that
chance will ever come.
Do you have a goal for your blog?
differently, give them a piece of information they’d never heard, or
just generally strike up a good debate, my only goal’s complete.
Coke or Pepsi?
Anyone who calls them self a Georgian must answer this
question Coke. Aside from geography (well, it’s not really “aside” as
the two are related, but) my dad’s worked for The Coca-Cola Company for
over 30 years and I worked there on and off over the course of 5
years. It’s safe to say that Pepsi is simply known as the “P” word in
Be sure to check out his blog @ http://tomatalk.mlblogs.com
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Oh and the Braves sign Takishe Saito (another name I have to memorize spelling, ARRGH!)
That’s all for me, folks!
The Atlanta Braves certainly made a splash in the free agent pool, breaking seemingly endless hours of consecutive boredom.
“The team reached preliminary agreement Tuesday with free-agent
left-hander Billy Wagner on a one-year, $7 million contract with a
vesting option for a second season, according to a major-league source.” – Ken Rosenthal
The $6.5 million vesting option is guaranteed if Wagner “finishes 50 games next season.”
Wagner will be coming off Tommy John surgery, which is no uncharted waters for the Braves, who have had pitchers Tim Hudson, Peter Moylan, Rafael Soriano, John Smoltz, Mike Gonzalez and others come off major surgery and still post very successful seasons.
Wagner had an amazingly incredible 2009 campaign. Although it was significantly shortened season, its was incredible; 1.02 WHIP, 1.72 ERA, and nearly 15 K’s for every 9 innings. Think about that, 15 K’s per 9 innings.
Bill James predicts Wagner’s 2010 line to be: 6 – 1, 2.18 ERA, 62 IP, and 75Ks
Which would be tremendous for the Braves.
The Braves lose their 20th round pick which will go to the Boston RedSox assuming the physical, to be executed on Wednesday, goes through.
If you ask me, this is a good deal. Wagner becomes the closer, Moylan takes Gonzo’s job. and perhaps O’Flarity moves into the 7th inning role. 7 million is a lot, I’d have thought somewhere around 5 with incentives would be
better… Wren must have a lot of confidence in him, and if Wren does,
then so do I!
Wagner is 15 saves short of of 400 saves and 40 saves away from becoming the all time leader among left handed pitchers in saves, passing Franco.
This mysterious Wren that works in mysterious ways is a good color on him.
That’s All For Me, Folks!
Assuming the payroll stays at $96,726,166, here’s a look at possible solutions for the offseason.
These 17 roster spots cost $77,850,334. Leaving $18,875,832 to spend on the following needs.
If I’m Frank Wren, I look at LaRoche, Johnson, Branyan and Blalock. LaRoche wants a three year deal in the 25M – 27M range. I’d give it to him. Freeman’s struggles have shown that he shouldn’t be rushed to the show. I’d bring him up up in mid 2012. Nick “OBP Machine” Johnson would get a good fit for the Braves. However, he has a scary history of injuries and such. Russel Branyan would be a perfect power fit. He could probably hit clean up too. Bill James predicts he’ll hit 27 HRs, and unless Chipper REALLY breaks out of a slump, he’d lead the team in HRs. Hank Blalock is kind of a safety option for first, as is Dye.
If I’m Frank Wren, and I have to pick one to acquire, I’ll go with Mike Cameron or Mark DeRosa. However, that may be too expensive, so I’ll pick, Cody Ross. Shifting Diaz to right, leaving McLouth at center and Ross at left could bring 50 to 60 HRs to the outfield. Ross could cost some good AAA players. I wouldn’t bring up with Jordon or Jason until mid-season.
One of the 3 needed RP should be filled with in house options, so whose a better 12th pitcher? Logan or Acosta? Probably Logan… To save a draft pick I’d skip out on Wagner. Instead, sign Saito (2yrs./9M) and Putz (1yr/2M base, up to 5M in incentives, with a 7M mutual option for 2011). If those fail, there are nearly a million options, like Abreu and Procter.
With Infante on the team, Diory, Reid, or Gregor are not needed, Barbo won’t NEED to be either because Conrad could slip into 2B and Prado over to first if injury occurs. So my first slot goes to Conrad. I love the idea on Jacobs on the team, or Hinske, one of them, with Ross, would add some nice POP! to the bench. Especially with Norton gone, the bench will be a strong point. My last spot has to go to Barbo because he’s cheaper and would produce waaaaay more
For a final payroll of $96,450,334.
Keep in mind, this is all IF the Braves don’t raise their payroll, I’m 100% sure they will…
That’s all for me folks!
GO BRAVES AND FRANK WREN!!!
I’ll start with the American League.
Twins vs Yankees:
Because their the underdogs…
America loves the underdogs.
America loves to love the underdogs
America loves to hate the Yankees.
Red Sox vs. Angels:
Because I like them more, I guess.
Also because I like Mike Scioscia.
And Nick Adenhart
Now the National League…
Rockies vs. Phillies:
I don’t care, like at all. This series is bittersweet for me. Why? Because I know one of these teams will fail (YEY!!!), but one will succeed (BOO!!!).
Cardinals vs. Dodgers:
In a way I want to see the Cardinals win it all, but I would mind watching the Dodgers win…
So, Who are you rooting for??
Anyone remember that commercial from Staples where the Dad took the two kids school shopping? They played that classic Christmas song, the kids were depressed and pissed, and the Dad was dancing with glee…
Why, here it is.
In my opinoin, both the Twins and Tiger have advantages in their respective games. So, their season’s could both be decided by a tie-breaker. THATS EXCITING!
I like the move the Twins made. I like haing the veteran pitcher playing in the must win game, and playing their best pitcher in the tie-breaker. You want a guys whos been there, a guy who could pitch under pressure.
Both teams are in 1st place, both team are good, both can make the playoffs.
Its all up in the air!
The last time I came back from a break, this blog finished first among all Braves blogs in August. Lets see what kind of magic we can come up with this time.
Why I Left?:
Because of Hewlett Packer. Those expletives took forever to give me my laptop back!
The Braves are eliminated from the playoffs, and they sure are playing like it. Having dropped three in a row, two to the Nationals no less, that spark in the team certainly has left. I’m a bit tardy on covering their near-historic streak, but I will say that pitching and timely hitting carried them.
Fridays loss was disappointing. Lowe needs to go, for one big reason:
- His contract: Lowe makes 45 million dollars over the next three years. Thats good for the highest paid player on the Braves…
- His performance: Derek was brought in to lead the staff, and a 4.55 ERA doesn’t really say, “leader”. Sadly, he does lead the team in wins, but thats a totally different story.
- His age: The man is 36 years old. While thats young in our world, he’s old in baseball years. Much like dog years, you have to convert it. So Derek Lowe is actually 72 years old, until he retires.
- His sweat: Its amazing how much sweat he can produce. Does he ever stop? He could have an endorsement deal with speed stick…
Oh look at that, I had four reasons, well isn’t that something… [Rolls Eyes]
AL ROY: Gordon Beckham
NL ROY: Chris Coghlan
AL MVP: Joe Mauer
NL MVP: Albert Pujols
AL Cy Young: Zack Greinke
NL Cy Young: Adam Wainwright
Also, I will be covering select playoff games, so, there is something to look forward to do.
GO TWINS!! (and Braves!)
That’s all for me folks!