Morning Chop: Tomahawk Take’s Summary of Braves’ News
Braves boycott Chipper Jones for correctly predicting NLDS result
[Editorial Note: Chipper certainly knows how to rankle, even when he may not intend to. Does anyone know this organization, it's current "culture", weaknesses and strengths, any better than Chipper Jones? I'd say no! That said, if he makes an honest prediction that the Braves won't win the NLDS, should the Braves players and former teammates have left him hung out to dry on that 1st pitch? I think it was yet another mistake in a list of many made by the Braves this year, the organization, Brian McCann, and others. I've rarely seen grown men act more like children at times! I predicted the same as Chipper, but not because I don't love the Braves! Chipper loves this team, but was just calling it like he sees it. When did that kind of honesty become a crime? There's no correlation between a prediction and an outcome! I'll probably have more to say about this soon.]
Larry “Chipper” Jones threw out the first pitch before the Braves’ NLDS Game 1 loss to the Dodgers on Thursday. It was received by the Braves’ mascot, a Mr. Met knockoff called Homer the Brave. Jones, who retired after last season, is one of the most celebrated players in franchise history. But he did not seem thrilled by his exclusive audience with Homer.
Despite retiring from Twitter in August, Jones returned to the site with some rare non-hunting tweets. At first it seemed like he was maybe OK with it:
Wanna thank the Braves organization for having me throw out the first pitch to the mascot tonite. Quite sure that’s never been done before!
— Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) October 4, 2013
But as it turned out, he wasn’t.
Nor will it EVER happen again!
— Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) October 4, 2013
Now, thanks to a New York Post report, we’ve got the full story:
Evidently, Braves players were not happy Jones had gone on the radio earlier in the day with the team’s flagship station, 680 The Fan, and predicted the Dodgers would win the NLDS in four games. So no player volunteered to catch the pitch.
Analysis: Loss to Dodgers brings Braves’ needs into focus
Via Miami Herald
LOS ANGELES — The Braves led 3-2 in the eighth inning Monday and were six outs from bringing the division series against the Dodgers back to Atlanta for a Game 5. Which is something, when you consider what a train wreck of a series it was for the Braves in many ways.
They hit .214 with one home run, five extra-base hits and 42 strikeouts in four games, while the Dodgers hit .333 with seven homers and 18 extra-base hits and had a .390 on-base percentage.
The Braves’ defense was sensational in the second game of the series, but slipshod at times in other games.
And there were head-scratching moments. When catcher Brian McCann had David Carpenter pitching Yasiel Puig on the outer part of the plate in the disastrous eighth inning Monday, why was Freddie Freeman playing off the first-base line and Chris Johnson guarding the third-base line? Puig hit an opposite-field shot up the first-base line for a leadoff double, and Juan Uribe followed with a dagger of a two-run homer.
Atlanta Braves Have More to be Proud of Than Bummed About in 2013
If you want to read negative things about the Atlanta Braves, this is not the article for you. The news is all over Major League Baseball. The Los Angeles Dodgers were one big swing better than the Braves in game four of the ALDS. Unfortunately for the Braves, it was the last game they had to lose and now they are forced to watch the rest of the postseason from their couches at home. That is the extent of the bad news for the Braves however. They were one of the best teams in all of baseball this season and they should be nothing but proud of it. The same goes for their fans.
I’ve already seen plenty of articles about how crushing the loss was and who all could be to blame for the timely defeat at the hands of the Dodgers. Instead of adding to the muddied voices that are calling everyone out on the carpet for what was wrong, this article is about what was not. For example, instead of pretending that Dan Uggla would have saved the NLDS, I want to point out how great it was that Jose Constanza proved he could hit some of the best pitching in MLB at the most pressured of times. There could be a roster spot for him next year.
How the Atlanta Braves Can Fix Each Major Weakness Before the 2014 Season
A couple days removed from a heartbreaking loss in Game 4 to the Los Angeles Dodgers, one thing became painfully clear—2013 was not meant to be the Braves’ year.
Yeah, 96 wins is great and all, but consider the following:
The face of the franchise for the past two decades retired the previous season.
In July, Atlanta’s No. 1 starter was sidelined for the rest of the year.
The jaw of the Braves’ brightest young star was broken in August.
One of the key cogs in the Braves rotation underwent a second elbow surgery two weeks removed from a return from Tommy John surgery.
Two players worth a collective $25.45 MM were deemed liabilities by manager Fredi Gonzalez and were either benched or left off the NLDS roster entirely.
When all of this is taken into account, 96 wins looks mighty impressive. Going into the offseason though, there are four major items to address on the Braves’ agenda.
Here’s what Frank Wren and Co. will be looking to fix this offseason.