Help Wanted: Second Base, Atlanta Braves

ATLANTA – Having never seen Joe Biden in person, I can say with confidence that what I saw last night at Turner Field was the worst display of human ineptitude I have ever personally witnessed.  Brooks Conrad, second baseman for the Atlanta Braves, single-handedly lost the game for Atlanta.  He committed three errors in the game, two of which led to runs for the Giants.  The Braves lost the game 3-2 and now are down 2 games to 1 in the best of 5 series.  We need help at second base.  Anybody but Brooks Conrad would be preferred. Continue reading “Help Wanted: Second Base, Atlanta Braves”

Joey Votto and Albert Pujols: The Race for the Triple Crown

ATLANTA— Is anyone watching the batting leaders in the National League?  Joey Votto of the Cincinatti Reds is leading the league in hitting at .323 and is third in homers at 29 and second in RBI’s at 86.  Meanwhile, Albert Pujols (the greatest player of our generation) is second in hitting at .319 and first in homers (33) and RBI’s (92).  Either one of these two players, with a strong September, could overtake the other in the remaining categories and capture a triple crown.  There have only been 14 triple crown winners in modern major league history and no one has won the award in the National League since Joe Medwick in 1937. The last winner in baseball was Carl Yastrzemski of the American League in 1968.   With so many good division races going on around baseball and with these two heavy-weights going head-to-head in the N.L. Central, September is setting up to be a very exciting month!

Jason Heyward: SUPER STAR!

 

That is one large individual,” Ryan Howard, first baseman of the Philadelphia Phillies, describing his first meeting with Jason Heyward. (Sports Illustrated, April 19, 2010).

ATLANTA – Just got finished reading the piece in the latest Sports Illustrated about Jason Heyward of the Braves.  It’s a great piece, if you can pick up the mag and read it.  Through the Braves’ first ten games, Heyward is already the team’s most productive hitter, with a .316 batting average, 3 home runs, 12 RBI’s, and a 1.041 OPS.  Not bad for a 20 year-old rookie!   Continue reading “Jason Heyward: SUPER STAR!”

Go Vols! Way to STOMP Georgia!

tennessee-fbATLANTA – When you are in the middle of a rebuilding year under a new coach, you usually are stuck trying to take joy in the small things.   Yesterday was a shock, though.  Stomping Georgia 45 – 19 behind a white hot Jonathan Crompton was no small thing.  Granted- the victory is probably meaningingless in an otherwise unimpressive season.   But you got to love sticking it to Georgia. Continue reading “Go Vols! Way to STOMP Georgia!”

Frank Wren’s “How to Give a Hall-of-Famer the SHAFT!”

ATLANTA— I have atlantabraves.com plugged into my blackberry.  Whenever I get out on the internet, I start by opening up that website and checking in on news surrounding the Braves.

For weeks now, I’ve been reading headlines about Tom Glavine’s recovery.  Tom Glavine feels better after throwing in the outfield (April 28). Tom Glavine pitches 3 simulated innings, ready to begin his rehab (May 19). Tom pitches 5 scoreless innings in Gwinnett, close to returning to the Braves (May 28).  Tom pitches 6 scoreless innings in Rome, final start before joining the big league team (June 2).  Continue reading “Frank Wren’s “How to Give a Hall-of-Famer the SHAFT!””

Baseball Predictions: 2009 Might Be Full of Surprises!

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ATLANTA— Tonight begins the 2009 baseball season, with the defending champion Philadelphia Phillies playing host to my beloved Atlanta Braves on ESPN.  And so with the start of a new season, I want to go ahead and put my thoughts on the line and provide my predictions for the upcoming year. Continue reading “Baseball Predictions: 2009 Might Be Full of Surprises!”