1. Jose Guillen a Brave and Jeff Francoeur a Royal?

    I know it's just a rumor, but I could see this one happening. I've noticed that Jeff Francoeur has reverted back to his old stance and reverted away from he worked on with Rangers, hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo this offseason...

    James Hulka Written by James Hulka about over 5 years ago 1,111 reads 8 comments

  2. When Umpires Compound Bad Calls

    You could read Eric O'Flaherty's lips on TV. "How do you miss that?", he repeated to plate umpire Bill Hohn. I doubt the response was, "Because I'm blind with an ugly mustache to boot," before he made three quick ejections...

    James Hulka Written by James Hulka about over 5 years ago 1,267 reads 11 comments

  3. Braves Get Upper Hand in Japanese Arms Duel

    Kenshin Kawakami quietly won the match-up between the former Japanese aces at Fenway Park on Friday night, leading the Braves to an 8-2 win over the Boston Red Sox...

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  4. Atlanta Offense Fails to Show Up

    "There's only so many times you want to give the other team credit," Braves catcher David Ross said. "We just can't keep letting good pitching performances go by the wayside." No kidding...

    James Hulka Written by James Hulka about over 5 years ago 122 reads 1 comments

  5. American League All-Star Starter Leading Candidates

    Last week I outlined who should be heading to the All-Star Game this year as a starter on the NL side. The voters got a few right - with Pujols, Beltran, and Ibanez presently in the lead at their respective positions...

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  6. Six Changes that MLB Needs to Make—Now

    I love the game of baseball - just not the way Bud Selig, Don Fehr and others choose to run it right now. Here's a brief list of sweeping changes that need to be made to fix problems in Major League Baseball today...

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  7. Recapping Moving Day in Atlanta

    It will be difficult for anyone to top the Braves with regards to being a newsworthy team after they made not one or two headline catching moves—but three...

    James Hulka Written by James Hulka about over 5 years ago 57 reads 1 comments

  8. Cubs-Braves: Atlanta Completes Five-Run Comeback to Win in 12

    (AP Photo/John Bazemore) Chipper Jones got the first hit of the night for the Braves in the bottom of the seventh, and the last one in the bottom of the 12th, as Atlanta beat Chicago in an extra-inning walk-off stunner by the score of 6-5...

    James Hulka Written by James Hulka about over 5 years ago 118 reads 1 comments

  9. Predicting the National League All-Star Starters

    Now that we've completed 2 months of the 2009 MLB season, let's take a look at who's leading the way (not in votes) and is playing like a starter for the National League All-Star Game...

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  10. The Top 10 Atlanta Braves Untradeables

    Yesterday, I gave you the ten players who the Braves might or should try to trade for. Today, I give you the list of players in the Braves organization that management shouldn't trade for - ...

    James Hulka Written by James Hulka about over 5 years ago 1,174 reads 17 comments

  11. Blue Jays-Braves: Johnson, McCann Power Atlanta to Sweep

    Brian McCann and Kelly Johnson combined for six hits, three home runs, and seven RBI to lead the Braves past the Toronto Blue Jays 10-2 on Sunday afternoon...

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  12. Ten Potential Trade Targets for the Atlanta Braves

    The three guys above (Tim Hudson, Brian McCann, and Chipper Jones) aren't going anywhere anytime soon. When Hudson returns, whether it be in August or September, the Braves will get their ace ...

    James Hulka Written by James Hulka about over 5 years ago 2,460 reads 14 comments

  13. Braves-Blue Jays: Aces Up As Atlanta Bests Toronto

    Roy Halladay is probably the best pitcher in baseball and the absolute epitome of an ace. Kenshin Kawakami showed Friday night why he was one in Japan...

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  14. Should the Atlanta Braves Bring Back Mark DeRosa?

    Everyone (especially the talking heads in New York) seems to be yapping about how every tradeable player is going to end up with the Mets or Yankees in about 15 minutes, including Mark DeRosa...

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  15. Braves-Mets: Resilient Atlanta Wins Afternoon Finale in New York

    Martin Prado was the unlikely hero, blasting a 12th-inning home run off Mets reliever Ken Takahashi to lead the Braves to an 8-7 win at Citi Field on Wednesday...

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  16. Mets Steal Win from Braves (with Assist from Greg Gibson)

    It's unfortunate when a game that was as well-pitched and well-played from both sides for eight and one-half innings gets ruined by a blown call...

    James Hulka Written by James Hulka about over 5 years ago 276 reads 3 comments

  17. Braves-Nationals: Clutch Hitting Carries Atlanta to Series Sweep

    The Braves certainly didn't dominate the Nationals during their first series of the season at Turner Field, but nevertheless they did complete their first series sweep of the season with an 8-5 victory on Sunday afternoon...

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  18. 7th Not Heaven For Braves in Series Finale

    Like Joe Simpson and Jon Sciambi mentioned on today's telecast from Philadelphia -- this one felt like last July. In July, the Braves had given themselves a big early lead, when the bullpen was summoned to hold a lead for Mike Hampton in the 5th inning...

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  19. 2009 Atlanta Braves "Do The Evolution"

    New Look is the right term for the Atlanta Braves this year. While most of the key players are still the same (Brain McCann, Jeff Francoeur, Chipper Jones, Kelly Johnson), evolution might be ...

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  20. Five Under-the-Radar Reasons the 2009 Braves Will Be Much Improved

    Most people have noted the big reasons why the Atlanta Braves will be much improved in 2009 as compared to their lackluster and injury-riddled 2008, that saw them finish 72-90, and in fourth place in the National League East...

    James Hulka Written by James Hulka about almost 6 years ago 317 reads 5 comments

  21. Jose Canseco Needs To Shut Up, but That Doesn't Mean He's Wrong

    In the wake of this weekend's Sports Illustrated article regarding Alex Rodriguez's steroid use during his years in Texas, Jose Canseco basically said that this was the result of 25 years of screw-ups by Bud Selig, Gene Orza, and Donald Fehr...

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  22. "Countdown": The MLB Offseason Version

    I can only imagine Keith Olbermann's opening monologue covering these topics. Enjoy. Tonight on Countdown. . . . Story No...

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  23. Lowe, Kawakami Bring Hope For 2009, World Series Contention Soon To Follow

    With the Braves' recent signings of pitchers Derek Lowe and Kenshin Kawakami, they've given themselves a pretty solid starting rotation...

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  24. With John Smoltz Departure Near, What Does Atlanta Do Next?

    Let me first say, John Smoltz has been as classy and professional as any athlete in sports today. But the reports of his signing a one-year, $5...

    James Hulka Written by James Hulka about almost 6 years ago 215 reads 1 comments

  25. Paul Kinzer's Judas Impression Leaving Atlanta Braves Fans and Management Ticked

    Scott Boras has some new company in the race for the title of biggest scumbag among agents in Major League Baseball. Boras—meet your new competition, Paul Kinzer...

    James Hulka Written by James Hulka about almost 6 years ago 1,683 reads 3 comments