Jul 31, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla (26) almost loses his balance catching a fly ball over his head against the Colorado Rockies during the sixth inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Uggla for Phillips? Sounds good. Too good

If, as Dave O’Brien has Tweeted, the Atlanta Braves would be interested in trading Dan Uggla to the Cincinnati Reds for Brandon Phillips, the kneejerk response would be to say, “If that deal goes through, that’s the dumbest thing the Redlegs have done since dealing Frank Robinson for Milt Pappas!”

Sep 21, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (4) makes a throw on a ball up the middle in front of shortstop Zack Cozart (rear) against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

But wait just a second. As old pal C. Trent Rosecrans of theCincinnati Enquirer sagaciously notes: “A deal with the Braves for Uggla would basically be a swap of bad contracts. Phillips is owed $50 million over the next four years, while Uggla has $26 million left over the next two years.”

There’s not much difference in ages — Uggla is 33, Phillips 32 – and, if we go by Baseball Reference’s WAR (wins above replacement) ratings, there’s not as much difference in production as you’d think. As we know, Uggla was about the worst player in baseball in 2013, andhis WAR rating of minus-1.5 buttresses the point. But Phillips, at 1.6, was pretty bad himself.

Yes, Phillips drove in 103 runs, but that was with Joey Votto and Shin-Soo Choo, who ranked first and second among National League qualifiers in on-base percentage, batting ahead of him. With 98 strikeouts against 39 walks, Phillips’ OBP was .310, which was – stop the presses! – a tick above Uggla’s .309. (For the record, Uggla had the 10th-worst OBP among NL qualifers; Phillips had the 12th-worst.)

Is Phillips a better fielder than Uggla? Yes. He has three Gold Gloves to Uggla’s none. Is he a better player? He made the 2013 All-Star team, and as we know from the composition of the Braves’ postseason roster you didn’t need to be an All-Star to beat out Uggla. You only had to be Elliot Johnson.



Sutton, Powell re-up with Braves radio

Braves radio broadcasters Don Sutton and Jim Powell have signed multi-year extensions, and the Braves will remain on Atlanta flagship stations 680 AM and 93.7 FM after signing a multi-year extension with Dickey Broadcasting Company.

The Braves made both announcements Monday, and also said their broadcast will shift next season from Rock 100.5 to a stronger signal on 106.7, an all-news station. Lengths of the deals were not disclosed.




Atlanta Braves – Physical Therapist

The Atlanta Braves, a division of Liberty Media, are seeking to hire a physical therapist for its’ Minor League Department.  The position is a full time, 12 month salaried, benefits eligible position. The Physical Therapist would implement our rehabilitation programs that are currently in place and all future rehabilitation needs.  The organizational rehabilitation program is geared to manual based therapy.

The rehabilitation setting is located at our Spring Training site at the ESPN Wide World of Sports, which is on Disney property in Kissimmee, Florida.  Permanent relocation to the Central Florida area would be required for this position.  The physical therapist would work with the team and affiliated physicians to administer rehabilitation programs that would help maximize the outcome of surgical interventions and injuries.  The physical therapist would report directly to the physicians, the Director of Minor League Operations and the Minor League Head Athletic Trainer.  This

communication would involve the projected outcomes, date of return and any other applicable information that would be deemed necessary from the rehabilitation program.


1. Graduate of an accredited physical therapy program.

2. Capability of gaining licensure by the State of Florida.

3. ATC and/or CSCS certification are preferred.

4. Experience in playing professional of collegiate baseball is preferred



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  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Damn, I played college ball. Only wish now I was a physical therapist! I’d change careers in a heart beat! LOL

    • Matthew Jones

      I just shared it with a friend who’s a PT. Sadly, she just accepted a new job, so no chance of her taking this up and me getting free tickets. :D

      • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

        haha a PT’s ability to get you free tickets might be a stretch, but who knows – it was certainly worth a try, and I admire your tenacity. It indicates true Braves’ fandom! :)

        • Matthew Jones

          Well, I will say this. A cousin of mine works with the big league club as one of the top accountants. She’s been able to pass some tickets to my family from time to time, so I would guess if an employee asked for them (and especially one who works with so many players, who do get freebies) it wouldn’t be a stretch. Granted, my cousin’s also been with the Braves since at least the 1970s, and ranks high enough in the organization that she gets rings whenever they win stuff (she brought them to a family reunion in 1996. Had ’82, ’83 Division Champs, ’91, ’92 NL Champs, and ’95 WS rings).

          • fireboss

            will she adopt me? I don;t eat much :)

          • Matthew Jones

            Last I heard from my Dad (this cousin and he are the same generation), she’s kicking the idea of retiring. More or less, she’s tired of fighting Atlanta traffic every day, not the job.

    • Jeff Schafer

      $20 you didn’t play college ball….

      • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

        What? Was that some sort of bet that I didn’t play college ball? That’s what it sounds like, and if so I think our relationship just changed!

      • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

        Well, I’m certain I did, so you owe me $20. 100 says you didn’t though

  • Matthew Jones

    You know, I’d take a 1.6 WAR at 2B, even with the bad contract. Geez, Phillips would be beloved if he came and hit above the Mendoza Line.

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      He would definitely hit above that, I would say, but with TLS prepped to come up, I just don’t think it’s the move Atlanta should make. He’s aging, costs alot, and we have what I consider to be a very good 2B who’s absolutely raking in the minors! The improvement on D is not enough, in my view, to make such a costly and short term trade.

      • Matthew Jones

        Agreed, actually. But I have a hunch that Frank Wren’s going to pull this trade.

  • Are Dee

    They do this trade and I am done… DO YOU HEAR ME??? D O N E!!!

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      haha are you saying Wren needs an attitude adjustment, right on top of the head? ;)

    • Jeff Schafer

      Who are you yelling at??

  • fireboss

    I’m for contacting a Dodger reject to fill the trainer position Their former trainer Sue Falsone is available. I like Jeff and crew but she’s better looking and every visual enhancement helps

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      Yeah, no dis Sue, cuz while she ain’t no beauty queen, I’d prefer to see her over Jeff anyday. haha.

    • Jeff Schafer

      Sue is someone I wouldn’t mess with…she’s a stud at what she does