Found February 10, 2013 on Baseball Professor:
Craig Kimbrel has dominated like no closer in recent memory, and maybe like no closer in distant memory. Using advanced stats like WAR, his value to Atlanta is measurable (3.6 WAR last year). Using advanced stats like PSR, his value to your fantasy team is measurable as well (5.03 PSR last year, 85th in the league). But unfortunately, his value in fantasy is limited because of the amount of innings he throws. There’s no doubt that his 42 saves last year were great, but there were four other pitchers who had at least as many (Jim Johnson, Fernando Rodney, Rafael Soriano, Jason Motte). His 121 strikeouts were astounding, but plenty of closers finished the year with 60+ Ks, and it’s not that hard to make up the other 40-60 strikeouts by picking up 8-10 good starting pitching options over the standard 22-26-week fantasy season. His 1.01 ERA and 0.65 WHIP were downright dominating, but their impact was limited by the 62.2 innings he threw. Our handy ERA Conversion Table lets you look at ...

Braves won't wear controversial hats

Whether or not it had anything to do with the controversy that arose when the "Screaming Indian" batting practice hats were announced, the Braves will not be wearing them.

Atlanta Braves Tickets Very Affordable

The Braves have ticket packages to fit most budgets Was looking at the Braves’ ticket packages yesterday, and am astounded at how affordable it can be to attend a Braves game.  For instance, you can get an Upper Pavilion season ticket for just $385.  That is only $4.74 per game! Where can you get high-caliber entertainment for less than $5? Going to a first run movie will cost...

Braves Will Not Wear Controversial ‘Screaming Indian’ Batting-Practice Caps This Season (Photo)

After the Atlanta Braves’ proposed new batting-practice cap drew considerable backlash for its inappropriate portrayal of Native Americans, the team has announced its decision to scrap the controversial design. The team will instead wear blue caps closely resembling their game caps, featuring a red letter “A” outlined in white. Braves president John Schuerholz insisted that...

Atlanta Braves Ditch “‘Screaming Indian” Caps

The Atlanta Braves are doing away with their cap logo which featured a mohawk sporting Native American making a war cry–known as the ‘screaming Indian’ or in some instances the ‘screaming savage’. USA Today reported the story of the Braves choosing to go with just a plain navy blue cap with the red colored A insignia for spring training. When ESPN Uni’s Paul Lukas released...

Braves Pitchers and Catchers Report Today

Little over six weeks until the Braves open against the Phillies Even though the winter rain keeps falling in Georgia, and spring still appears a ways away, the Atlanta Braves pitchers and catchers reported today to the Braves Disney World complex, and isn’t it great that baseball is getting started. New Braves Justin Upton and Chris Johnson were among those who checked in, and...

Christian Bethancourt Suffers from Goldilocks Syndrome

Bill Baer coined the term “Goldilocks Syndrome” to describe when we, as fans, get discouraged with a player or prospect because he isn’t perfect or what we hoped he would be, and Christian Bethancourt isn’t “just right”. Signed out of Panama in 2008, Bethancourt had elite potential behind the plate with good athleticism and an incredibly strong arm. The concern, however...

The remarkably similar careers of Tim Hudson and Roy Halladay

Before launching further into the thought process of the bombastic heading of this post, some declarative statements need to be made. First, Roy Halladay has been a much more valuable pitcher over his career than Tim Hudson. Roy Halladay has won two Cy Young Awards and probably should have won another. Tim Hudson has never won a Cy Young Award and probably never will. Roy ...

Player Profile #101: Kris Medlen | SP | ATL

It’s tough to project a player who’s already gone through the best stretch of their career, and trust me, it doesn’t get any better than Kris Medlen‘s second half last year. In 12 starts after the All-Star Break last year, Medlen went 9-0 with a 0.94 ERA, 0.82 WHIP, 8.97 K/9, and 1.32 WHIP over 95.1 innings. I can’t remember the stat used off the top of my head, but last...

OF Michael Bourn Signs With Cleveland Indians

Michael Bourn has finally Cleveland. That's right. Bourn, 30, and the Indians have inked a contract that will lock him in a Tribe uni through 2017. Bourn will make approximately $12MM a year with a vesting option that could make it a five-year, $60MM deal. The two-time Gold Glover...

Smoke Signals 2/11: The Bourn Edition

Smoke Signals is back on the cyberwaves tonight for a special half hour edition from 11:00pm – 11:30pm EST. Indians Baseball Insiders Tony Lastoria and Jim Pete talk about the stunning signing of outfielder Michael Bourn to a four year $48 million deal and talk about all the ways his deal impacts the team.

Pitchers and Catchers report today!

They're throwing in Florida! #BaseballisBack… — MLB (@MLB) February 11, 2013 *skimming Twitter while I'm supposed to be working* Me, aloud: "That's my EO! On the MLB Twitter!" Co-worker: "What's that?" Me: "Nothing! Um. Just Braves stuff." I don't know what I'm more excited about, MLB tweeting a...

The Bourn saga continues

Earlier today, Nick Cafardo, national baseball writer for the Boston Globe, tweeted that the MLBPA will speak with major league baseball on behalf of the New York Mets regarding the Michael Bourn situation: #bbpBox_301000260812161025 a { text-decoration:none; color:#0084B4; }#bbpBox_301000260812161025 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; } MLBPA executive counsel David Prouty said...
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