Oct 4, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves injured pitcher Tim Hudson in the dugout during game two of the National League divisional series playoff baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

No Huddy, No BMac - I Just Don't Know

Tim Hudson to the Giants? Brian McCann to the Yankees? What is this all about? It can’t be right?

It’s been a few weeks since these transactions happened, but I’ve had to collect myself from them. Tim Hudson leaving blind-sided me. And BMac going to the evil empire….sickening.

With these two gone, plus Chipper leaving after the 2012 season and Bobby is gone now – no one from from the run of 14 straight division titles is still left on the team. Sad.

I like the guys on the team now, sure, but it’s just hard to believe we are so far separated from that era of Atlanta Braves baseball. It hit me when 2013 was the first time we’d won the division since 2005, but this hits home even more.

Who is the leader of the team now? JHey? Freddie? They’ll have to take the reigns because two of the key cogs in the Braves roster for nearly a decade have left. It’s not their fault, or the Braves. It was the right call on both ends…just a sad time.

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  • Jeff Schafer

    Very sad to see these to go but we move on!

    We debated all last offseason on who take the lead as the leader in 2013, now we are back at it again for 2014.

    Personally I believe it’s Freddie Freeman. He drives this team on the field and seems to drive the locker room as well. Freddie Free gets my vote for our “leader”

  • fireboss

    Jason is the one everyone thinks is the leader and on radio a couple of weeks ago Kimbrel (as I recall) said he was the guy in the clubhouse who spoke up and kept people focused on the goal. Having said that I think most also believe that Jason will be unaffordable and gone within a couple of years. Freddie was the one who’s been Mr. Dependable since he came up but always the quiet guy who led by example. If offered a reasonable extension I suspect Freddie takes it and grows into the leader role if/when Jason departs. I read that he would be more expensive because of Votto’s contract and there will be suitors but the Braves can and should extend him before they get a chance to woo him away.

    • The Croom Diaries

      Sucks that we spent all that money on B.J. Upton and may end up losing JHey because we can’t afford him, because we’re paying B.J. to be terrible. Hopefully he’ll rebound.

  • Matthew Jones

    Also, don’t discount Kris Medlen as a leader. There is something to say about him being the longest tenured Brave player right now, and some of it has to do with the fact that he’s a bulldog of a player. Plus, he’s been a starter and reliever, so he has connections with both parts of the pitching staff.