The Atlanta Braves Thread - Defend The Crown

AV_12

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Yeah I thought about this last night. We need to bleach our current culture. Starting with JS, and any other leftovers from that era. Obviously Snit as well.
This clown is pointing to the speech their manager gave in the locker room and taking another jab at RAJ. Basically saying that video needs to be played over and over again as his actions were motivating. F him. They were so motivated the went down 2-1 and got saved by a bloop over 1st base. Freeman fields a ground ball and we still might lose, but it’s a different game
 
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This clown is pointing to the speech their manager gave in the locker room and taking another jab at RAJ. Basically saying that video needs to be played over and over again as his actions were motivating. F him. They were so motivated the went down 2-1 and got saved by a bloop over 1st base. Freeman fields a ground ball and we still might lose, but it’s a different game
There are some strategic changes that need to be made but I don’t think there’s a culture issue.

In fact, I’d say the culture brought the best out of a guy like Donaldson.

Markakis and Folty have to go. One for performance, one for mental stability. Let them continue their careers elsewhere- it’ll be good for both of them.

I’d be for hiring a younger manager more inclined to give guys rest and to allow Acuña and Albies to flourish. At some point you have to stop treating them like kids and hand the team over to them - they are our two best position players for the next 10 years. I don’t know who exactly fits the bill - maybe someone on the Dodgers or Astros staffs?

This year came down, really, to Freeman, Culberson, Camargo and Ender getting hurt. And not improving over Markakis at the deadline like we were all told we would.
 

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Could have had Soroka-Sanchez game 1 Friday in Atlanta.
Or, they could have set up the rotation in a way that plays to win the Divisional Series instead of pretending we had already won the series before it started. You don't throw your 3-4 best pitcher in the rotation twice in a five game series. He gave them one good start which is all you can expect; Tehran could have done the same. Instead you burn through the bullpen in game 4 like there are an endless supply of pitchers down there and force a starter who hasn't pitched in a while to come in a crucial time as a relief pitcher.
 

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It’s unbelievable. At some point the goal has to be more than win the division. Thus far that doesn’t seem to be the case with the FO
That's the problem oftentimes with corporate ownership. Liberty Media sees the Braves as a nice asset to have that probably throws off good cash flow and helps their financials look better. Sure, there's more money to be made if the team is really good, but having a really good team means spending more money to have good players. However, just like with anything else, there's a risk/reward associated with that. From LM's perspective, the incremental gains to be made above and beyond what they are already making isn't worth the risk of spending money to make the team better. So they're OK with things just being as they are.

Say what you want to about Jerry Jones and his meddling, but the guy isn't cheap and wants to win. Mark Cuban is that way, among others. Ted Turner was that way. Of course they want the team to make money, but they've also already made a ton of money themselves and aren't using the team as a vehicle primarily for making corporate finances look better. They own the team because it's something fun and glamorous for rich people to do, they want to win, and they are willing to spend the money to have a good team.
 

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A #2 that pisses himself with any pressure. An all star first baseman that looks like a rookie right now. A whatever Markakis is in the outfield. A Mediocre bullpen. Three catchers who are nothing but average if that. There are still too many holes on this roster
To be fair, this was Freddie's first postseason where he s**t the bed. He was OK in 2018 and great in the 2012 WC game and 2013 NLDS. He's only played in 14 career playoff games.

The other stuff you mentioned, yes, those are holes. I feel terrible for Folty because I'm sure he felt a lot of pressure in Game 2 and pitched awesome. Nobody will remember that now because of Game 5. The bullpen has been this team's Achilles heel for the last 2 years. Melancon, Martin, et al was a Band Aid on a bullet hole. I tried to tell y'all when we signed him that Melancon was not all that different from Luke Jackson; he just had more of a pedigree and has closed before. He actually did pitch quite a bit better for Atlanta this year than he did SF, but he stunk in the playoffs.
 

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