Found October 29, 2012 on Love My Bravos:
The end of 2012 baseball, you know. I wish the Braves would hurry up and release Spring Training info so I know which day to look forward to in February. ;) I feel like I should write about the playoffs, or how the World Series ended in a sweep, or how tragic it is that Omar got a THIRD broken bone in the same hand on his last at-bat of 2012. (I miss Omar. Can we have him back?) And in all seriousness, Gregor Blanco has finally turned into the player some of us always thought he could be. (Hey Gloworm, we have a LF vacancy for 2013 - want to come back to Atlanta?) But honestly, I don't have much to say about the playoffs. I watched nearly every game. I was cheering for former Braves and other individual players I like. I was rooting against the Cardinals at every stage. They and the Giants both proved that the team that gets hot at the end of the year has the most potential. Next year, how can we turn it up in September and October instead of trailing off? I want a picture like ...

Braves picking up options on McCann, Hudson and Maholm

The Atlanta Braves will retain three players who were responsible for the teams appearance in the post season. The Braves will pick up the options for catcher Brian McCann and pitchers Tim Hudson and Paul Maholm. It is not surprising that the Braves are picking up all three options. McCann will make $12 million next season and underwent shoulder surgery at the end of the season....

Braves interested in bringing David Ross back

The Atlanta Braves have already made contact with David Ross' agent to let him know the team is interested in bringing him back reports David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. He adds that Ross already made it clear that he wants to return with the Braves. Ross, 35, agreed to a two-year deal with the Braves back in 2010. This year, Ross hit .256/.321/.449 with...

Free agent preview: Atlanta Braves

The Braves weren't the best team in the National League this season. But they *were* clearly better than the St Louis Cardinals during the regular season, and yet, they were forced to play the Cardinals in the one game wild card playoff. The Cardinals prevailed, and the Braves playoff run was over after just one game, leading to ire and scorn from the fanbse towards the new playoff...

Braves exercise options on Hudson, McCann

The Atlanta Braves exercised the 2013 options for pitcher Tim Hudson and catcher Brian McCann on Tuesday. Hudson, 37, made 28 starts in 2012, and went 16-7 with a 3.62 ERA. He will earn $9 million 2013. McCann will earn $12 million next season. The lefty batter hit .230 with 20 homers and 67 RBIs in 121 games this year, and recently had shoulder surgery.

Is Kris Medlen the New Greg Maddux?

Kris Medlen was the best pitcher in baseball the second half of 2012 Atlanta Braves pitcher Kris Medlen had an outstanding 2012 season.  Winning 23 regular season games in a row, dating back to the 2010 season, is a streak that takes significant luck, but considerably more skill. Was Medlen a guy who just went on a roll like other pitchers have in the past, or does he really have...

Braves Pick Up Options on Hudson, McCann and Maholm

Tim Hudson has been a very consistent performer since joining the Braves The Atlanta Braves have picked up the contract options on starters Tim Hudson and Paul Maholm, and on catcher Brian McCann.  No contract details were released. The 37-year old Hudson had another big year in 2012, going 16-7 with a 3.62 ERA in 28 starts.  He tossed 179 innings while logging a solid 1.21 WHIP...

Braves exercise options on McCann, Hudson, Maholm

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Braves have exercised options on catcher Brian McCann, right-hander Tim Hudson and left-hander Paul Maholm. McCann, a six-time All-Star, will earn 12 million next season instead of receiving a 500,000 buyout. McCann had surgery after the season to repair the labrum in his right shoulder that could force him to miss the start of the season. He is expected to return...

Blanco makes a great catch in foul territory

In a 2-0 game, outs get magnified in the 9th. San Francisco left fielder Gregor Blanco made a great running catch in foul territory last night to rob Jhonny Peralta of another swing - getting the... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

Looking Back at Rankings and Projections Part 6

Picking up where we left off...   Tommy Hanson – 2012 Projection;  14 Wins 3.10 ERA, 180 K's, 1.20 WHIP in 180 innings Actual;  13 W, 4.48 ERA, 161 K, 1.45 WHIP, 174.2 Innings.   Hanson did not meet expectations this year which shouldn’t be surprising considering his injury history. A Disastrous July and August did him in this year.  Miss.  ...

FanGraphs Audio: Dave Cameron Analyzes All Baseball

Episode 266 FanGraphs managing editor Dave Cameron analyzes all baseball — and, in particular, the part of baseball concerning Gregor Blanco, Marco Scutaro, and the Giants’ particularly able roster construction. Also: Tim Lincecum, future reliever (in the tradition of Willie Hernandez)? And, finally: free agency, which starts soon. Don’t hesitate to direct pod-related correspondence...

Top 5 moments of the 2012 World Series

Although the 2012 World Series didn’t last all that long, it did have some memorable moments. I’ve narrowed down the 5 most memorable moments that jumped out to me, and this is what I came up with:   5.  In game 2 of the series Gregor Blanco placed a perfect bunt down the third baseline that narrowly stayed fair and loaded the bases for the Giants with no outs. The next batter...

Giants pull together, keep on winning

What we are seeing, more than anything, is an organizational triumph. A triumph of sacrifice, unselfishness and resiliency. Of relationships. Of people. Ryan Vogelsong, Tim Lincecum and Gregor Blanco come from different ends of the baseball earth. But together, they brought the Giants within one victory of their second World Series title in three years on Saturday night, playing...

Giants take 2-0 lead over Tigers in Game 3

Gregor Blanco hit a run-scoring triple off the wall in right-center field in the second and scored on Brandon Crawford's single as the San Francisco Giants took a 2-0 lead over the Detroit Tigers after three innings in World Series Game 3 on Saturday night. Having swept the first two games at home, the Giants got off to a quick start against Anibal Sanchez. No team has ever...
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