Saturday, January 2, 2016

This Week at AtlantaBraves.About.com

Here's a list of articles I wrote this week at my other blog, AtlantaBraves.About.Com. All article links open to a new tab/window.

Braves Could Be Post-Christmas Shoppers
-With money in the tank, the Braves are primed to look for good opportunities for 2016. Yoenis Cespedes, Justin Upton, and Ian Kennedy could all be decent targets, though they comes with their fair share of concerns as I look at in the article.

Who are the Top 10 Atlanta Braves to Never Win a Title as a Brave?
-Greg Maddux got one. So did Chipper Jones, John Smoltz, and Tom Glavine. Even Warren Spahn has one. But with only three championships in the World Series era, that leaves big gaps where great players finished their Braves career empty-handed. Andruw Jones? Yep. Dale Murphy? Yep. And they aren't even the top dog.

If I Had a Hall of Fame Vote...
-Moving on from talking about specific Atlanta Braves concerns, I submit my ballot for this year's Hall of Fame. Unfortunately, it has even less value than my vote for President in 2016. Nine players made my ballot this year, including one player in his first year (Ken Griffey Jr.) and another in his last (Alan Trammell). Who else made it and who didn't? Feel free to blast my selections.

Checking in on the Braves Roster as 2016 Nears
-An overview of where the Braves are as we enter 2016. Who joins Julio Teheran and Bud Norris in the rotation? What is the bullpen looking like beyond Arodys Vizcaino and Jim Johnson? We know that Hector Olivera will be in the mix, but where? Is Mallex Smith on the outside looking in?

Who Are The Top 10 Teams in Atlanta Braves Franchise History (updated)
-With #10 and #9 already profiled, yesterday I looked at #8 - the 1891 Boston Beaneaters. As Dayton from Nebraska pointed out, the franchise seems to have some good luck in years ended in 91. Shame we are over 70 years away from the next one. The 1891 Boston Beaneaters were the class of the National League with the complete combination of hitting, pitching, fielding, and the most controversy.

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