What’s all this talk about the Phillies? Yeah, they acquired Cliff Lee, and yeah they have a sweet rotation… but the Braves ranked 3rd in ERA last year, and the Phils ranked 5th. Apparently MLVtv and ESPN haven’t taken this into consideration. Not only did the Braves have the 3rd best rotation in the NL… they did it without Jurrjens and Medlen. Booyah.
by Josh Brown on January 26, 2011 5 Comments
It’s no secret now that the world is going to end in 2012. Both the holy-roller/end-time folks and secular scientists are talking about it, and it’s time that we accept this new reality. The newest signs that the end is near, is the Giants won the World Series and the Yankees want to move Jeter to the outfield. The book of Revelation eludes to the Yankees moving Jeter to the outfield in the “end times”, I think it’s in chapter 11. So, since 2011 could be the last baseball season ever, here are my baseball end-of-the-world predictions for 2011.
by Josh Brown on December 11, 2010 28 Comments
Even though I’m the Braves writer here, I have to speak up. This Cliff Lee stuff is getting out of control.
Does a guy who can throw a baseball really merit $161 million dollars? Well, of course not. But that’s not my argument… that’s a different article altogether. The baseball market these days involves high dollar contracts… like really high dollar contracts, and that’s just the way it is. The question is – in today’s baseball market and age, does Cliff Lee really deserve a 7 year $161 million dollar deal? Heck no.
by Josh Brown on December 8, 2010 5 Comments
It is no secret that I am a huge Matt Diaz fan. I think he’s the most underrated baseball player in the bigs, and I’m fairly certain he holds the cure to cancer. Since the news came out about Matt leaving Atlanta, it’s been a struggle for me to get out of bed and to be nice to people. I’ve been raving about Matty for the past 3 seasons. Most of Diaz’s time in Atlanta was spent platooning left field because of his “struggles” against righty pitching. Less intelligent baseball fans seem to obsess over Matty’s numbers against right-handed pitching. They would call him a “lefty killer”… which he certainly was. You see, Diaz is a .335 lifetime hitter against lefties, which rightfully deems him as a “lefty killer”, however his .269 lifetime avg against righties is not something to be frowned upon. Alex Gonzalez hits .250 against righties, Dan Uggla hits .267 against righties, and Brian McCann has a lifetime .267 avg against lefties.
by Josh Brown on November 17, 2010 8 Comments
by Josh Brown on November 15, 2010 No Comments
I am a huge fan of downtown Minor League parks. Portland, Montgomery, Memphis, Chattanooga have all done great jobs with their parks, and they seem to have all reaped some benefits of having them downtown. There’s something incredibly picturesque about a downtown park, plus it brings tourists and money into the downtown area.
by Josh Brown on November 9, 2010 2 Comments
When I learned recently that Frank Wren picked up Joe Mather from the Cardinals, I wanted to break something. He hit .191 in the majors last year before being sent to the minors where he hacked about .275… sounds like another Chris Woodward or Pete Orr. This move also eludes to the idea that non-tendered possibility Matt Diaz may not be brought back, which terrifies me beyond belief. Word on the grass is that Diaz and Phillies manager Charlie Manuel are next door neighbors and good friends, and the Phils have shown interest in signing my favorite player. If this happens I may sink into a depression that I may not be emotionally prepared to handle.
by Josh Brown on July 1, 2010 No Comments
It is no secret that Atlanta has less than excitable baseball fans. I truly wish that I could say otherwise, because I love the Braves and baseball and rowdy fandom, but in general, Braves fans care more about texting on their iPhones than baseball.
In recent years I have attended Braves games mostly with my Braves partner in crime, Chris Bartelski. Chris is full on dutch…. which means he’s incredibly loud with no inhabitions. There have been many times when Chris and I were the only ones making noise or standing. A couple of years back we’re at a game, Matt Diaz is up to bat, game tied up with a chance to take the lead, and some guy asks us to sit down so he could see. This type of thing is common in Atlanta and it burns my mitt… especially when I watch a Red Sox game in April and everyone is standing in the 2nd inning. Now, don’t get me wrong… there are some excitable Braves fans at games… but in general they are found in the cheap seats.
by Josh Brown on June 1, 2010 10 Comments
I frequently get harassed at work for being a baseball fan. Most of the insults are thrown by football fans. They love to argue how football is better, and they say things like, “There are too many games in baseball” and, “who cares about a sport where every game doesn’t matter?” I usually reply by giving a couple of “come from behind wins in the 9th” examples and insults to their mothers.
by Josh Brown on April 27, 2010 11 Comments
Yesterday, my friend Anna wrote this on my facebook wall:
Stats of the day:
- Jeff Francouer, Mets: .286, 3 homers, 10 RBIs
- Kelly Johnson, D-Backs: .322, 7 homers, 12 RBIs
- Casey Kotchman, Mariners: .279, 3 homers, 14 RBIs
- Adam Laroche, D-Backs: .278, 1 homer, 7 RBIs
After reading this, it was all I could do to not hang up my head dress until next spring.