December 5th, 2013 at 11:14 PM
By Cody Fields
The Atlanta Braves hope Brandon Beachy can arrive for Spring Training fully recovered from his 2012 Tommy John surgery, and it seems he's confident he can pull that off.
Beachy's road back from Tommy John was stymied in June, when his first start back was pushed into July after experiencing elbow discomfort. After only making five starts, Beachy ended up having a clean-up procedure in his right elbow in September, but he is back into doing strength exercises and expects to start throwing again in January.
"I'm going to use some guidelines at first to help ease into throwing, but otherwise it's a normal offseason routine," Beachy said on braves.com.
Beachy was leading the Major Leagues with a 2.00 ERA when he was sidelined in July 2012 with Tommy John.
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December 4th, 2013 at 8:30 AM
By Cody Fields
It's just a fact. The Atlanta Braves are going to have a hard time finding a team that will take Dan Uggla in a trade.
Still, that won't stop Frank Wren from shopping him at the Winter Meetings next week, but he'll come at a steep price. The Braves are reported to be willing to pay $20 million of the $26 million Uggla is owed over the next two years, but there are already teams balking at wanting him.
For example, the Miami Marlins have already shot down the idea of bringing back Uggla. It's hard to blame them for that when his .179 average was the worst for a starting player since 1900. Uggla has also recorded more strikeouts than hits in all three years with the Braves, topping out at 171 last season.
The Braves can pretty much just hope teams become less picky once the likes of Robinson Cano and Omar Infante have cleared the free agent market. They may also attempt to land Brandon Phillips, who has severely strained relations with the Cincinnati Reds.
Until that happens though, the Braves will find it nearly impossible to move Uggs. He has just been too bad for anyone in their right mind to want him.Read more... Join the Conversation...
December 3rd, 2013 at 8:12 AM
By David Batson
Tom Glavine was never linked to performance enhancing drugs (PEDs). As a member of the Atlanta Braves, he was part of 11 of the Braves MLB record 14 consecutive division titles. And not counting PED users, he was one of only three pitchers of his era to win 300 games.
Those two stats alone, and the fact that Glavine never used PED's during the roid-filled decade of the 90's should indicate certain induction into the Hall Of Fame for Glavine on his first try. However, speculation still remains as to whether or not Glavine deserves first-ballot enshrinement into baseball's hallowed halls.
Baseball greatness has always been measured with statistics. And while the game's intangibles, such as leadership and character, certainly play a role in overall success, HOF worthiness is all about the stats.
If you are a numbers person, the vote should be an easy one. Glavine notched five 20-win seasons over his career, ranking him second, during his era, behind only accused PED user Roger Clemens, who achieved the feat six times. He led the league in wins five times, won two Cy Young awards, in 1991 and 1998, and was voted into the All-Star game 10 times.Read more... Join the Conversation...
December 1st, 2013 at 6:51 PM
By Cody Fields
It's totally understandable that no one got in the Hall of Fame last year. It was the first year anyone from the steroid era was eligible, and the writers had their say that they weren't getting in. But if former Atlanta Braves Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine aren't elected this year on their first ballot, something is jacked up.
Seriously, both guys thrived on massive amounts of control and never showed any sign of bulking up PED style. They both put together stellar careers and simply put most other pitchers in their time to shame.
Maddux threw in the bigs for 23 years to the tune of 355 years and a 3.19 ERA, which was mostly inflated by his age 37 and older seasons. He also won 18 Gold Gloves, which is kind of a big deal.
Glavine's 22 years weren't quite as incredible as Maddux, but he still won 305 games with a 3.54 ERA, all while winning 20 games five times and being named the 1995 World Series MVP.
These guys anchored Atlanta's rotation (along with John Smoltz) in the 1990s, and they made many a better simply look foolish.Read more... Join the Conversation...
November 29th, 2013 at 8:36 AM
By Cody Fields
Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez and general manager Frank Wren are entering the final year of their respective contracts in 2014, but don't be surprised if both get contract extensions.
As frustrating as some of their moves have been, from Wren signing B.J. Upton and Dan Uggla to expensive contracts to Gonzalez not bringing in Craig Kimbrel for a two-inning save in the playoffs, the Braves have made huge strides thanks to these guys.
Yes, the 2011 Wild Card collapse stung tremendously, but the Braves' Wild Card appearance in 2012 was a five-win improvement over the year before. The Braves then improved two more games with a 96-win year in 2013 for a National League East title.
Remember, the same people who made the same mistakes listed above are also responsible for the trade to bring Justin Upton and Chris Johnson and juggled a bullpen that lost Eric O'Flaherty and Jonny Venters (among many others).
That means we can all expect Gonzalez and Wren for at least another three years, whether you like it or not.
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