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11th October 2018 - Inevitable Fall

Posted by theprincipality on November 2, 2018 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (1)

In the end, the inevitable happened. Atlanta, having defied all expectations to win their first NL East title in five years, found themselves outmatched by an LA Dodgers team now in their third consecutive NLCS. The gulf in class was evident right from the outset. Los Angeles is a decorated team of household names like Kershaw, Machado, Puig and Bellinger. The only surprise was the difficulty with which they eventually took the NL West. It was really the deadline trade for Machado that was...

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19th April 2018 - Acuna Matata

Posted by theprincipality on April 20, 2018 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (685)

It's been a whirlwind start to the 2018 MLB season. We're 17 games in and so already 10% has been and gone. What we have seen so far has been encouraging, but at the same time frustrating - as any Braves fan will have come to expect from the past few years. A 10-7 record to start the year is, on the one hand, a good sign. We haven't had a winning record at any point over the past two seasons and to be 10-7 is no fluke. Atlanta has won its first four home series for the first time since 2...

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5th October 2017 - Dodgy Dealings

Posted by theprincipality on October 6, 2017 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (5)

I was getting ready to prepare my final blog of the season, all set to talk about a deflating finish, where we barely held off the Mets to stay third in the NL East, then the team made the headlines for all the wrong reasons. An MLB investigation, which nobody in the outside world knew was happening, revealed the Braves had made some serious breaches of the rules regarding international signings. Next thing we know, GM John Coppolella resigns/jumps before he was pushed and potential sanctio...

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29th August 2017 - Giving Up (Again!)

Posted by theprincipality on August 29, 2017 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (1)

Someone should tell the Atlanta Braves that the season doesn't end at the All-Star break, because their miserable performances in the second half of the season is becoming a habit. Sure, 2016 was a positive second half, but in that case the team didn't show up until August. Now, here we are in 2017, barely a month out from having an even record, 14 games below 500. It is like they did the hard work getting back to parity, gave themselves a pat on the back and considered it a job well done ...

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14th July 2017 - First Half Report

Posted by theprincipality on July 13, 2017 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (2)

So we find ourselves at the All-Star break in the 2017 season. Though not the literal half way point of the campaign, what remains is termed as the season's second half and what happens from here defines the success or failure of the year. The first half has seen its fair share of challenges, none bigger than losing Freddie Freeman for two months with a broken hand, but through the ups and downs the team has battled and remains within touching distance of an even record. In fact, at the se...

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19th May 2017 - Streakier Than Bacon

Posted by theprincipality on May 18, 2017 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (1)

It is an anniversary of sorts in the Braves Nation. This week marked one year since Fredi Gonzalez was unceremoniously dumped as manager during a trip to Pittsburgh and replaced with long-term minor league servant, Brian Snitker. Snit's first year has had its ups and downs, but the general outlook is very positive. A strong finish to 2016 and a start to 2017 that has shown a lot of promise and seen Freddie Freeman establish himself as a front-runner in the MVP race.  Of course Freeman...

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5th October 2016 - The Future Begins Now

Posted by theprincipality on October 5, 2016 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

So 2016 is finally over for the Atlanta Braves, although far from being put out of their misery, the Braves finished the season strongly and a September surge saw them jump back to respectability and instead of finishing dead last, leapfrogged four teams, three of them in the National League to finish 68-93 (missing one game after the untimely death of Marlins pitcher, Jose Fernandez saw their game with Miami cancelled that day).


In fact, the late season surge made many of...

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22nd June 2016 - Reign of Snitker

Posted by theprincipality on June 22, 2016 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (1)

It has been a couple of months since my last blog, which is a long time in the baseball world. It has probably been an even longer time for Braves fans as we go through this self-titled rebuilding year. Since my last one, the Braves were bad, got worse, fired Fredi Gonzalez, promoted Brian Snitker and are now riding a season-high 6 game winning streak. Freddie Freeman has burst into life, becoming the first Brave to hit for the cycle in 8 years and just been crowned NL Player of the Week, ...

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22nd April 2016 - A Nationals Embarrassment

Posted by theprincipality on April 22, 2016 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (1)

It is probably fair to say that expectations in Atlanta this year are as low as they have been since 1991.  By their own admission, the team won't be competitive this year, with the hope to return to winning ways in 2017 and put out something worth watching for their first season at SunTrust Park.  Such has the rebuild been hyped, I probably know the names of more prospects now than in any of the 16 years I have been following the Braves.  Granted, I'm excited about the future,...

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7th October 2015 - Bright End to a Dismal Year

Posted by theprincipality on October 7, 2015 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The 2015 season came to its conclusion on Sunday, at least as far as Atlanta was concerned. It used to be something of a saying in the South that the Braves season runs through October. Unfortunately this year it only happened due to the late start to the season, meaning the last five regular season games were held in October. The Braves' season was effectively done and dusted by August.


Nonetheless, the horrors of an horrific August were somewhat forgotten after an enc...

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