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Archive for October, 2012
Andrelton Simmons began the year in spring training “competition” with Tyler Pastornicky for the starting shortstop job vacated by the jettisoned Alex Gonzalez. I say “competition” because the winner was all but preordained – Pastornicky was higher in the organizational depth chart (Simmons had not yet played at AA) and was going to get the [...]
I was inspired by sansho1 to look a little harder at EOF. Unless your league counts holds, Eric O’Flaherty isn’t much good for fantasy purposes because he isn’t a closer: he has zero career saves. And his one entry in the record books — most most relief innings pitched in a season with an ERA [...]
Eric O’Flaherty in 2012 continued his reign as one of the best setup relievers in the NL, eventually being promoted to 8th-inning guy once it became clear that Jonny Venters wasn’t his usual dominant self. How good has the unassuming EOF been over the last four seasons? Here are baseball-reference rankings of NL relievers who [...]
While I am old enough to have attended an Atlanta Crackers game (and my first favorite baseball player was Sandy Valdespino, a player who had a .909 OPS for the Crackers in 1964) I am not a follower of minor league baseball. So when I come to Braves Journal and find people avidly dissecting Gattis [...]
In 2012, Jason Heyward very quietly became one of the best all-around outfielders in baseball. He was an above-average hitter, he was a great base runner, and he was a fantastic defender. Compared to his disappointing 2011 season, Heyward’s 2012 season marked improvement in almost all facets of the game. The biggest concern about Heyward [...]
Mac made it an offseason tradition to write a “Keltner List” for one ex-Brave who either was on the cusp of the Hall of Fame, or in Mac’s opinion, should have been considered worthy. It’s called “Keltner List” in reference to Ken Keltner, a third baseman who’s a charter member of the Hall of the [...]
Every fan wants their General Manager to pull off the greatest heist in baseball history. The John Schuerholz-Fred McGriff trade. Milt Pappas for Frank Robinson. Any time Billy Beane called Steve Phillips. While the Paul Maholm deal probably won’t ever be mentioned in that category, it is a great example of how Frank Wren is [...]
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2012 was a great bounceback year for Martin Prado, following a 2011 in which weakness from a staph infection and an overmatched batting coach gradually turned him from Bill Madlock into Mike Fontenot as the season wore on, and in which his predilection for self-sacrifice ballooned into full-fledged martyrdom, characterized by a seemingly endless string [...]