Sep 7, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons (19) celebrates hitting a two run home run with third base coach Brian Snitker during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Braves 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Morning Chop: Atlanta Braves News 9/20


Morning Chop: Tomahawk Take’s Summary of Braves’ News

Braves fan’s death at Turner Field ruled suicide

Toronto Sun

The death of a 30-year-old man from a fall at Turner Field in Atlanta last month during a Braves-Philadelphia Phillies games was ruled a suicide, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Ronald Lee Homer Jr. of Conyers, Gla., fell 85 feet over a fourth-level railing onto concrete in a players’ parking lot on Aug. 12 during a rain delay at the ballpark. He was unconscious at the scene and later died at a local hospital.

 

 

Atlanta Braves’ Offense Will be Primed and Ready for Jason Heyward

Rant Sports

As they finally near the clinching point of their long and winding season the Atlanta Braves deserve a breather more than any team headed to the postseason. The latest of the devastating blows they took was the broken jaw to the man who was carrying the offense, Jason Heyward. It was a huge blow to chemistry on the field and especially offensively. The hole he left at the top of the order looks now more like a chasm. All of that is coming to an end however, as Heyward could be back in the batting order as early as next week. One of the big things that made his leading off a success was the placement of Justin Upton in the two-hole. Upton also came alive at that time and really made it difficult for pitchers to get through the first inning without an incident.

 

 

Andrelton and Andruw and Defense and Offense

Fangraphs

Andrelton Simmons and Andruw Jones have a few things in common: they grew up in Curacao, they came up with the Atlanta Braves, they are superlative up-the-middle defenders with good power for their position but some other offensive flaws, and their names both start with “Andr.” I think that the final similarity between the two is this: they help demonstrate just how hard it is for many fans to intuit that one win on offense is equal to one win on defense.

For Simmons, this can be shown by his relative absence in conversations about the league MVP. This year, Simmons’s preternatural play at short has inspired any number of articles exploring whether he’s having the best defensive season ever. But even so, he hasn’t come in for much MVP consideration, which is a bit intuitively bizarre — if a player were having the best offensive season ever, there would be no question of MVP buzz.

(Simmons is only 14th in the league in WAR at 4.3, but that’s partly because UZR likes his defense less than DRS — he has 41 DRS and “only” 31.1 UZR. In any event, he leads the Braves in WAR, and the Braves lead the league in wins, so there’s no question that he has been “valuable.”)

 

 

Series preview: Braves at Cubs

Chicago Tribune

Season series: Braves 3-0.

Friday: 1:20 p.m., CSN.

RH LH Paul Maholm (10-10, 4.35) vs. RH Scott Baker (0-0, 0.82).

Saturday: 3:05 p.m., WGN-Ch. 9.

RH Kris Medlen (14-12, 3.32) vs. LH Travis Wood (9-11, 3.05).

Sunday: 1:20 p.m., WGN-Ch. 9.

RH Julio Teheran (12-8, 3.14) vs. RH Edwin Jackson (8-16, 4.75).

 

 

Will Braves Have Sense of Urgency in Playoffs?

Atlanta Bullpen

The Atlanta Braves were known throughout their 14-year division championship run as going about their business on the field with a tight-lipped, button-down, corporate approach.  Rarely did Braves players show emotion, particularly by leaders of the team.

John Smoltz, Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, Chipper Jones, Fred McGriff… those players went about their business like robots, efficient in their play, but lacking fire and enthusiasm.  They may have been excited when their huge paychecks arrived, but rarely did they demonstrate emotion during games.

When the playoffs came around, rarely did Bobby Cox make bold moves, rarely did he show fire.  My all-time most frustrating Braves game was when they were playing the Marlins in the playoffs and home plate umpire Eric Gregg was giving Marlins right-handed starter Livan Hernanzdez strikes that were a full foot outside.  Yet Cox sat there the entire game and let it happen without going out and raising holy hell.  Like he was in a catatonic state.

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  • Joseph Fain

    I completely disagree with the last article including Smoltz in the group mentioned. He was as gritty and firey a competitor as they come. I get the rest of the guys mentioned and the overall thought track, but I would never lump Smoltz into that category (not to mention citing him first in the list.

    • cheadrick

      Yeah, I posted it only because I knew it would get underneath a number of Braves’ die-hard skins. LOL

  • Glen Morrow

    Smoltz is as competitor as anyone that is all I going to say on that. Now hoping Jason can get back soon and be in good shape for the Playoffs.

    • cheadrick

      Smoltzie defined how you can come back from TJ, redefine yourself, and go on to greatness.

      • Joseph Fain

        I never forget that one game where he came off the disabled list, pitched with a basically shredded shoulder which forced him to pitch almost side-arm, struck out 11 guys, and then had to have shoulder surgery immediately. Just a tough-as-nails guy.

        • cheadrick

          Yeah, it’s hard not to think of Smoltzie as my favorite Braves’ pitcher. I tend to gravitate toward Maddux just because of his dominance, or Glavine because his personality is so much like my own, but Smoltzie will always have a place in any fan’s heart.

  • cheadrick

    You know I have another comment about the Atlanta Bullpen article. I get a little tired, frankly, of comments from men about how a player or team’s emotion wasn’t present. So what!? I believe that emotion is not a trait that is all that desirable in a man. It’s largely a feminine trait. No, men have emotion, but simply shouldn’t let themselves make decisions based on emotions. In my opinion only, it’s just not how men are wired. A player can be emotional and play well, or not be and play well. One shouldn’t assume though that they MUST be in order to play well. A good bit of Bobby Cox stoicism served the Braves well for 14 years!! and more, so take that “emotional response” and put it in your pipe and smoke it! hehe

  • fireboss

    I went to the site and was going to comment there but unless you subscribe and take everything they write you can’t. Quite frankly I want a sense of urgency from players and every team needs someone who can fire them up either in the locker room or on the bench when they look out of it. However, I absolutely hate a player acting like he’s 12 years old because he strikes someone out or gets a big hit. The display by the Dodgers last night in another teams house was disgusting. They might as well have dropped their pants and mooned the Diamondbacks. I am absolutely positive that Gibby won’t forget that and neither will Diamondback fans. Back to the Braves.
    Just because you don’t see a manager screaming and stomping around like Larry Bowa used to do when he attempted to manage the Phillies does not mean he’s not invested emotionally in the game or the situation. Claiming that the manager who holds and will forever hold the record for being ejected from a game isn’t emotionally involved shows a complete lack of understanding of the man and the situation. Moreover getting an umpiring crew turned against you in a playoff series is bad strategy. No umpire ever left a Bobby Cox managed game without understanding how Bobby felt.
    Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine are quiet men. They didn’t rant and prance like a pompous ass they simply went out and beat their opponents over and over again. To say they weren’t emotionally charged up during the post season once again shows a complete lack of understanding of the men, their generation and their respect for the game and their opponents.
    I have charged Fredi with not backing yup his players in the past and he is still not quick enough in many instances but he has improved. I think the loss of David Ross hurt us more in the locker room than on the field and while Jason and Freddie lead by example they’ve deferred to BMAC and Uggs too often. That too is changing.

    This in your face generational BS we see isn’t cool or professional and adults don’t like it a bit. Harper was fine until he started reading and believing his publicity. Now he’s become an ass. You haven’t seen Trout doing anything like that, Mike Scoscia wouldn’t wear it. Our young men are better mannered – most of the time – and will always be more respected for it.,