Jul 27, 2014; Cooperstown, NY, USA; Hall of Fame inductees Tom Glavine (left), Bobby Cox (center), and Greg Maddux (right) pose with their Hall of Fame plaques during the class of 2014 national baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at National Baseball Hall of Fame. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves Morning Chop... It's Getting Painful

Atlanta Braves Alumni Weekend August 8-10

Chipper Jones attending for the first time


The 2014 Atlanta Braves Alumni Weekend will welcome a large number of former Braves players and a special tribute to the newly enshrined National Baseball Hall of Fame members Bobby Cox, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux during the series with division rivals the Washington Nationals August 8-10.

The new National Baseball Hall of Fame Plaques of Bobby Cox, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux are on loan from Cooperstown and will be part of Alumni Weekend. On Friday, they will be on the field during the pregame ceremony. Saturday and Sunday they will be available for fans to view in the Home Plate Patio.

Those scheduled to attend include:

Steve Avery, Jose Alvarez, Paul Assenmacher, Mike Bell, Sid Bream, Tony Brizzolara, Paul Byrd, Marty Clary, Bobby Cox, Adrian Devine, Johnny Estrada, Jesse Garcia, Ralph Garr, Tom Glavine, Chris Hammond, Terry Harper, Wes Helms, Jay Howell, Chipper Jones, Marquis Grissom, Luis Gomez, Randy Johnson, Brian Jordan, Ryan Klesko, Mark Lemke, Javy Lopez, Greg Maddux, Leo Mazzone, Greg McMichael, Kevin Millwood, Damian Moss, Jim Nash, Alejandro Pena, Terry Pendleton, Eddie Perez, Marty Perez, Todd Pratt, Phil Niekro, Charlie O’Brien, Horacio Ramirez, Ron Reed, Chris Seelbach, Craig Skok, Pete Smith, Zane Smith, Jeff Treadway, Jerome Walton, Larry Whisenton, Brad Woodall and Mark Wohlers

(Full schedule of events available at the link above)

Editor’s Note:  You think a few of these guys might suit up and play this weekend?


Atlanta Braves players hook into some fun Puget Sound salmon fishing action


Editor’s Note:  this is a report from the Monday off-day prior to the Seattle mini-series.


Keith Robbins, owner of A Spot Tail Salmon Guide in Seattle (www.salmonguide.com), got a late start on Monday in central Puget Sound, but managed to rally his guests into some home-run salmon action.

Robbins clients were five baseball players from the Atlanta Braves who are in town for a two-game series against the Seattle Mariners.

Robbins said the group had a successful day on the water by catching two kings and losing another at the boat as well as some coho just south of Jefferson Head.

The biggest hatchery king weighed almost 20 pounds, and was caught by Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella.

The other players on the fishing trip were catcher Gerald Laird; and pitchers David Hale; Shae Simmons; and Anthony Varvaro.

Editor’s Note:  nope – not gonna make any snide comments about the one that got away from Tommy.  Not gonna happen.


Atlanta Braves: A voice of reason in the wilderness


It isn’t fun to be rational.

Quite honestly, a significant part of my consciousness wanted to launch into a Twitter rant fit for adults only after the Atlanta Braves dropped their eighth consecutive game on Wednesday evening. After all, the team had just gone winless during an entire West Coast swing, and it was the first time since 1949 (!) that the organization had finished a trip of that length without securing a victory. Then, I remembered.

The Braves are four games back in the National League East race, and this is baseball, where seemingly anything can happen.

This is, quite literally, the “rock bottom” scenario for a team with reasonably high expectations, but in the midst of the swoon, the division-leading Nationals (even with a win on Wednesday) have won only 6 of their last 14 contests. The numbers certainly indicate that Washington has been the better team this season with a run differential more than 70 runs better than that of Atlanta, but the Braves have absolutely owned the Nationals in head-to-head match-ups in recent history, and non-coincidentally, the two teams are set to meet for three games over the weekend in Atlanta.


Meanwhile, I’m having an argument with myself

Where’s the box score?

What box score?

There was a game yesterday.

No there wasn’t.

Yes there was.  We lost again.

No we didn’t.

Yes – it was horrible – 8th in a row!




Look, I’m not going to continue with this.  There was a game and there should be a box score here.


Oh for Pete’s sake – I’ll just go and get it myself.  Looking… okay, here it… is…  and… Wow.

Okay.  I see your point.


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