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August 15, 2012

King Felix Reigns Supreme

by @ 5:28 pm.   Filed under braves

Congratulations to Felix Hernandez for pitching the 23rd perfect game in MLB history a few minutes ago. Personally I would LOVE to have Felix as a Brave but I realistically realize that is all but impossible. The only way we would get him if he had a catastrophic injury or it was in the final years of his career. A truly amazing pitcher and one of the best in the league right now. Thank you for pitching in the AL West and not the NL East.

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The Melk Has Turned Sour

by @ 5:25 pm.   Filed under braves

So apparently Melky Cabrera tested positive for testosterone and admitting using a substance that was illegal. He has been suspended 50 games. All this in the midst of what was the best year of his career. As basically EVERY Braves fan that actually watched games could tell you, this comes as NO surprise at all. Melky is, was, and always will be a mediocre at best player.

Flashback to 2010. One of the WORST statistical seasons not just for his career but for the entire league. Not to mention the infamous “throwing a wet bar of soap” incident. Suddenly he goes from some schmuck hitter to an MVP candidate in less than 2 years and people didnt think to question that? He had a good year in KC but no telling what if anything he used there.

My belief is that he didnt use in KC or at the most just experimented with it. His usage didnt really begin until he joined the Giants franchise which earlier this season had another player suspended under the league’s drug policy. A franchise which was home to one of the most notorious suspected users of PEDs, Barry Bonds. I joked on my twitter that Melky had gotten Bonds’ old locker and found some leftover “flaxseed oil” which is what Bonds claimed he thought he was taking.

Obviously this is purely opinion, but for a player that had never even been above average to suddenly be an MVP candidate and get caught using illegal substances I think it speaks pretty clearly to the advantages said drugs can give a player.

It has been said that steroids can only make you hit harder, that it can’t make you a better hitter. Well in the case of one Melky Cabrera, it DID. He had no uptick in power numbers and his hitting was really the result of a lot of luck and fluky hits. Obviously testosterone doesn’t increase luck. But perhaps it helped his timing, his vision?, or something else. I’m not a doctor so I don’t know.

But at the end of the day the truth about Melky has come to light. That his meteoric rise has an equally brilliant crash back to earth. You can put lipstick on a pig but it’s still a pig…er Melky.

I would like to, on behalf of all Braves fans everywhere, extend a genuine and heartfelt “Thank You” to Melky Cabrera. It wasn’t that you just sucked for us, it’s that you cheated for them. And I guess all that crotch chopping and other antics were just part of your roid rage?

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August 5, 2012

Medlen should give Braves reason to consider 6-man staff | Jeff Schultz

by @ 10:52 pm.   Filed under braves

There is this problem with Kris Medlen. He is too good at everything he does.

He can pitch middle relief. He can start. He can come in at any time and rescue a teammate in full mound meltdown mode, or step in as the understudy for one who has been put on the shelf. He is equally adept at both.

It’s sort of like Kenshin Kawakami’s alternate universe.

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August 2, 2012

Braves putting together special season | News

by @ 8:06 pm.   Filed under braves

If you were drawing up the ideal Major League Baseball team, you’d want talent and leadership along with a mixture of veteran experience and youthful enthusiasm. You’d want some speed at the top of the lineup and some big boppers in the middle. You’d want all the pitching you could get your hands on. You’d also want some remarkable stories. You know, things you’d reflect on after the season and ask yourself, “How did THAT happen?”

Ladies and gentlemen, meet your 2012 Braves.

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ESPN’s Keith Law: The Braves overpaid for Maholm and Johnson | Mark Bradley

by @ 5:53 am.   Filed under braves

I questioned whether we should have parted with Vizcaino as well, but I still tend to agree with Bradley that it was a good trade. Still, I would have preferred that it had been Delgado than Vizcaino.

About Arodys Vizcaino, the 21-year-old pitcher the Braves sent to the Cubs: This spring, Law ranked him as the No. 14 prospect in baseball, ahead of Julio Teheran (No. 18) and Randall Delgado (No. 98). Vizcaino underwent Tommy John surgery in April, but Law still projects him as “a No. 2 or better starter.”

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Dempster’s loss feels like Maholm’s gain | Atlanta Braves

by @ 5:37 am.   Filed under braves

A week after Dempster used to his 10-and-5 rights as a veteran pitcher to reject a trade to Atlanta, Maholm saw it as his own gain. The Mississippi native grew up a Braves fan and was excited not only to get his first shot at the playoffs but getting to play with Chipper Jones during the final two months or so of his career.

“I enjoyed my time there (in Chicago), but if I was going to get traded this was obviously landing spot No. 1 for me,” Maholm said.

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Jurrjens to DL with groin strain | Atlanta Braves

by @ 5:35 am.   Filed under braves

The Braves placed Jair Jurrjens on the disabled list with a groin strain, freeing up room on the roster for newly-acquired Paul Maholm.

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August 1, 2012

Braves put Hanson on DL with lower back strain – updated | Atlanta Braves

by @ 12:27 am.   Filed under braves

Hanson said he first started having problems with his back over the All-Star break but after taking a dose pack of anti-inflammatories, it subsided. But it flared up again during the third inning of his start Monday night against the Marlins, and he can’t take another dose pack again so soon.

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