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The Atlanta Braves rebounded from their disastrous 2011 finish to claim one of the wild card spots in 2012. Under the new rules they played a one game playoff and went on their way. All things told, it was a successful season for the Braves. The Cardinals did them in again just like they did last year, but the whole exercise of patience (unlike their friends from Boston) worked out well for them.
Now, they find themselves in a state of transition. Chipper Jones is retiring and nothing could keep that from happening, but they are also losing Michael Bourn to free agency. Shortly before the Winter Meetings, they dealt former top prospect Tommy Hanson to the Los Angeles Angels for Jordan Walden. The rotation will look different than people expected a few years back with both Hanson and Jair Jurrjens being gone. Baseball is about change.
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Frank Wren calls it his "new hit list."
When Wren, the Atlanta Braves' general manager, arrived at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville Sunday afternoon, his plan for this week's Winter Meetings was already outlined. There were clear targets on his mind. By the time he and his staff met Monday morning, the hit list was finalized: Atlanta needs a left fielder...
And away we go.
— Peter Moylan (@PeterMoylan) November 30, 2012
Peter Moylan has been one of my favorites for such a long time. I know he's had some bad luck with injuries and the Braves have other plans for 2013, but I still can't be objective and say, "it's time to move on." I feel fortunate to have met him a few times and it was a pleasant surprise to...
Jair Jurrjens is a cautionary tale of not expecting success to continue in pro sports. Jurrjens was an All-Star in 2011 and at some points in the season was thought to have a shot at the National League Cy Young. In 2012, he struggled, was injured, and eventually sent to the minors. Now, he is no longer a member of the Atlanta Braves' organization.
According to Mark...
When the Atlanta Braves pulled off a deal with the Los Angeles Angels yesterday to send Tommy Hanson west, the deal felt lopsided. The Braves were getting a relief pitcher who had never developed into anything close to a star. Hanson, on the other hand, was a top prospect and exceeded expectations once he came up. The trade seemed to be a loss on the Braves' end, but there...
If you could have dinner with any Braves player, past or present... who would you choose, why, and please describe the dinner.
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This is my unconventional idea (and you can tell me if it’s dumb) but I was going to choose Beachy, of course. For...