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Jeff Francouer to the Red Sox?…Good Idea?

Posted by m1fournier on May 28, 2009

0829_largeSo I just read today that the Braves might be sending slumping outfielder Jeff Francouer to the Red Sox for either cash or a minor league player. Idk I live in Boston so it would be cool seeing Jeff here, but I’m a Braves fan also. I think he is a good player and they should wait on him this year and then possibly deal him! What do you think?

 

  

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The Braves throughout the years…A Look at Greg Maddux

Posted by m1fournier on May 18, 2009

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Greg Maddux, a future hall of famer, and a class act in the game of baseball. As a member of the Atlanta Braves from 1993-2003.  Maddux was one of the main anchors of that incredible pitching staff that the Braves had in 1990’s. As a Braves player he won 3 of his 4 Cy Young awards, (1993-1995), and also won 194 games in an Atlanta uniform.

In addition to his 11 years in Atlanta Maddux played 10 years in a Chicago Cubs uniform(2 different stints), he also played 2 years with the Dodgers, and played 1 more year with the Padres. Thorughout his career he won 18 gold gloves(a record), was named to 8 all star teams, and was one of the main components for the Braves in the 1995 World Series win.

Greg Maddux signed with Braves in 1993 and made an immediate splash by going 20-10, posting a 2.36 ERA and winning the Cy Young Award. And in 2003 he won 16 games for the Braves, with a 3.96 ERA, Maddux started strong with the Braves and finished strong. He is the only pitcher in MLB history to ever win 15 games in 17 consecutive seasons. 

 

Maddux was the main component of the Braves pitching triad in the 90’s, (Maddux, John Smoltz, and Tom Glavine). The group combined for 6 Cy Young awards in the 1990’s and lead the Braves to 14 conssecutive division championships. But, not only was Maddux a brillant pitcher with Braves, but he was one of the classiest guys in the organizations history. Maddux will always be remembered in a Braves uniform in my eyes and I can’t wait for the day that he is inducted into the Hall of Fame as an Atlanta Brave. Long live one of the greatest pitchers in the history of the game Greg Maddux.

 

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Mike Gonzalez vs Rafael Soriano: Who do you want in the 9th?

Posted by m1fournier on May 13, 2009

Braves Gonzalez Baseballsoriano1As many of you know, last night “closer” Mike Gonzalez blew his second save of the season, ultimately leading to the loss last night for the Atlanta Braves. So far this season Mike Gonzalez has appeared in 17 games, 7 of those being save oppurtunities, and he has an ERA of 3.68. And his closing counterpart Rafael Soriano has appeared in 16 games, and is 3 of 3 in save oppurtunities, and Soriano has an ERA of 1.13. As of now Bobby Cox has said that both men will continue to split the closer duties, but so far it has seemed that Gonzalez is the favorite, but after last night don’t be surprised to see Soriano get more and more of the save chances. It will be interesting to see what happens in the next few weeks with the closer situation in Atlanta. Tell me what you think!

 

 

 

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5 of the Greatest Moments in Atlanta Braves History

Posted by m1fournier on May 13, 2009

gettyimages5. Ted Turner buys the Braves

The Braves where bought buy media mogul Ted Turner in 1976. Turner used the Braves to help and try and give his struggling TV station TBS more viewers and to promote their shows. The Braves showed great growth and promise once Turner bought the team. Some of their greatest years occured under the ownership of Turner and Time Warner. Who know’s what the Braves would be like today without Turner every purchasing the team.

 

 

08    4. Cy Young Award Winners Aplenty

 During the 90’s the Braves had arguably the greatest pitching staff of all time, and they proved it with the win’s and the awards the brought home. The first one in came in 1991, when Tom Glavine went 20-11 and posting a 2.55 ERA. The Braves then had 3 in a row come from the great Greg Maddux. He won his 2nd carrer Cy Young award(first with Braves) in 1993, 20-10 with a 2.36 ERA. He then won his 3rd and 4th consecutive Cy Young awards in 1994 and 1995. The Braves continued their dominance in pitching when John Smoltz, 24-8 with a 2.94 ERA in 1996. Then Tom Glavine won his 2nd Cy Young award in 1998, going 20-6 with a 2.46 ERA. The Braves pitching staff during the 1990’s is easily one of if not the greatest staff’s of all time.

 

o_92BravesMedia3. 1991- 2005 and Winning the National League East

The Atlanta Braves were one of the most dominant teams in the history of sports from 1991-2005, a time when they won 14 consecutive division championships. Pure dominance…! While they only won the world series one time(1995) during that time, this was one of the most dominant displayas every seen in sports. While the braves haven’t been as dominant since 2005, they soon hope to reclaim that prowess again soon.

 

 

Sports_Braves_0217082. Winning the 1995 World Series

The Braves win the World Series! In my opinion is one of the greatest moment(could be interchangable with Aaron hitting number 715) in Braves history. This was their 3rd World Series championship in franchise history, but it was the first since the team has been in Atlanta. In order to do so the Braves had to indure 6 games against the Clevland Indians, who had Orel Hershiser, Jim Thome, and later future Braves Kenny Lofton. It was a good series, but the Braves proved to be the better team prevailing in the 6th game at Fulton County Stadium by a score 1-0 on the heels of a Tom Glaivine gem. Come on Atlanta, let’s get back and win it again!

 

BE0219601. Hank Aaron Breaking Babe Ruth’s Home Run Record

Arguably one of the most exciting moments in sports and in Braves history is when Herny(Hank) Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s home run record by hitting number 715 on April 8, 1974 off LA Dodgers pitcher Al Downing in the bottom of the 4th at Atlanta Stadium. Though his record 755 homeruns was eventually broken by Barry Bonds, this moment when Aaron hit number 715 will go down in Braves history as one of the proudest and most special moments.

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