Atlanta Braves

Henry Aaron
Caleb Begley - Jul 1, 2022

Once more, we find Henry Aaron atop an Atlanta Braves list. Yes, it seems that there’s truly no limit to what the man could accomplish. Every night when fans saw the block number 44 step to the plate, they knew they were seeing something special. In our last installment, we examined his 1963 campaign. Terrific […]

Lonnie Smith
Caleb Begley - May 28, 2022

Lonnie Smith was never the world’s greatest baseball player, though there were times when he could have been in the upper echelon. His speed was his greatest quality, as he swiped 370 bags during his 17-year career. He was above average with the bat, putting up a career average of .288, a tad over 1,400 […]

Defending Champions
Caleb Begley - Apr 30, 2022

The life of defending champions, in any sport, is never easy. This is especially true at the beginning of the next season. Either one begins said campaign hotter than the surface of the sun or colder than the Arctic Ocean. There are very few middling or even mediocre starts to seasons right after winning major […]

Caleb Begley - Apr 17, 2022

Matt Olson is terrific at baseball. General manager Alex Anthopolous needed to hit a home run of his own to replace someone as iconic as Freddie Freeman. Throughout the first ten games of the season, he’s done that and a lot more. Olson has been the offensive lifeblood of an Atlanta Braves team that has […]

Braves Defending Champion
Caleb Begley - Apr 14, 2022

Saying that the opening week of the 2022 Atlanta Braves season has been a roller coaster is like saying that the sky is blue. It’s simple fact. On the one hand, multiple offensive components have shredded opposing pitching. On the other, multiple holes have appeared within the Braves starting pitching. It would be foolhardy to […]

Braves season preview
Caleb Begley - Apr 6, 2022

2022 Atlanta Braves Preview Here is the much-awaited 2022 Atlanta Braves season preview. The 2022 Atlanta Braves come into the season with a burden that few previous franchise iterations have had. Namely, as the defending World Champions. Much as this makes the average player and fan smile, it also comes with a bullseye. Everyone in […]

Caleb Begley - Mar 25, 2022

The Atlanta Braves have gone all in on their bullpen this year; or, at least, the offseason it seems. Massive additions have helped add to an already impressive list of names. The venerated Night Shift, from last year’s World Series Champions, will all be returning. General Manager Alex Anthopolous has made signings so far to […]

Caleb Begley - Mar 16, 2022

Free-agent outfielder Eddie Rosario has signed a new deal with the Atlanta Braves. #Braves Sign OF Eddie Rosario: — Atlanta Braves (@Braves) March 16, 2022 The deal is good for two years and $18 million, with no buyout. There is an option attached for a potential third season. Rosario will also be donating 1% […]

Caleb Begley - Mar 16, 2022

Right-handed pitcher Collin McHugh has signed a deal with the Atlanta Braves. The deal is for two years and is worth $10 million. There is also a $6 million option for a third season to go along with a $1 million buyout. McHugh is no stranger to the Atlanta area, despite being born in Illinois. He […]

Gold Glove
Caleb Begley - Mar 15, 2022

All-Star first baseman Matt Olson has been traded from the Oakland Athletics to the Atlanta Braves, per Jeff Passan. BREAKING: Atlanta and Oakland are in agreement on a trade that will send star first baseman Matt Olson to the Braves, sources familiar with the deal tell ESPN. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 14, 2022 In […]

Caleb Begley - Mar 9, 2022

Braves 10, Brewers 5 (This game was the result of a simulation done through What If Sports. It matched the Milwaukee Brewers All-Time Team against the Atlanta Braves All-Time Team. This game did not actually happen.) The Atlanta Braves toppled the Milwaukee Brewers by a final score of 10–5 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium behind some great pitching and […]

Caleb Begley - Feb 14, 2022

Sometimes, comebacks are built upon a roller coaster, twisting and turning until one can no longer feel one’s constitution. Then, there are the times when comebacks are created from a single event, pushing a team further along the path to victory. Whether they be formed from singularities or pluralities, comebacks all have the common denominator […]

Caleb Begley - Jan 22, 2022

Saying that the Atlanta Braves have an extensive story is an understatement. This being the case, there’s certainly no shortage of incredible players in the aforementioned history. According to Baseball Reference, the top ten players in Braves history have a combined WAR of 878.2. Nevertheless, the question of who the greatest is remains. This can […]

Greg Maddux

Baseball Mythbusters: Greg Maddux and the 3–0 Count Hall of Famer Greg Maddux is one of the greatest pitchers of the Live Ball Era. One reason was his pinpoint control, with his ability to notch front-corner strikes leading to claims that umpires gave him a much wider strike zone than the rest of the league. […]

1982 NLCS

(Editor’s Note: This piece is different from others that LWOS publishes. It is a personal narrative showing how the research process works. Evan is the author of A Complete History of the Major League Baseball Playoffs. Volume I, which details the pre-divisional playoffs through 1976, came out in October. Evan is currently working on Volume […]

Braden Herb - Dec 27, 2021

Headed into the offseason, many believed that Freddie Freeman would be at the top of the list of players who would quickly re-sign with their respective team. Freeman has spent over a decade in the Atlanta Braves organization. He was the one player who remained through their rebuild. Freeman stuck with the team through so many […]

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Jake Hager

Three members of the Las Vegas area high school Class of 2011 have been drafted and made the big leagues. One of those three graduated early and was the first overall pick in 2010 — 2021 National League MVP Bryce Harper, who made his debut for the Washington Nationals in 2012 at the age of […]

Giants and D-backs
Benjamin Sabin - Dec 27, 2021

Father and daughter woke up early and loaded their packs with snacks, field guides, sunblock, and water. They took care to lock the door behind them as they went down to the creek for a Fourth of July hike. Mom had to work. The morning was pleasant: overcast, high 60’s, with a soft breeze. A […]

awards Padres
Mike Ursery - Dec 27, 2021

No team in Major League Baseball has ever completed an awards sweep, winning the Cy Young Award, Most Valuable Player (MVP), and Rookie of the Year (ROTY) all in the same season.  History shows that many teams have come close to making an awards sweep. Most recently, Justin Verlander (Cy Young Award) and Yordan Alvarez […]

Matt Graves - Dec 27, 2021

New York Mets Max Scherzer is coming off of the injured list. He will start tonight’s game against the Cincinnati Reds. Left-hander Chasen Shreve was designated for assignment. It was a corresponding move to open a roster spot for the three-time Cy Young winner. Due to a strained oblique muscle, Scherzer’s return to the mounds […]

Jim Marshall - Dec 27, 2021

The Washington Nationals extend Mike Rizzo and Dave Martinez to new deals. Rizzo will return as president of baseball operations, whereas Martinez is back as team manager. Mark Lerner, the principal managing owner of the Nationals, announced the moves over the weekend. The team announced they’d exercised the 2023 contract options on both. This gives […]

Diamondbacks Giants

Diamondbacks 8, Giants 3 PHOENIX, July 4 — Two stolen bases, two Giants throwing errors, a score from first on a double, and a first-to-third on a sacrifice bunt paced the Arizona Diamondbacks to an 8–3 Independence Day victory over the San Francisco Giants Monday afternoon. Center fielder/right fielder Daulton Varsho went 3-for-4 with three […]

Astros Valdez Javier
Braden Herb - Dec 27, 2021

One would think that with the success that Justin Verlander has had this season, he would be the unquestioned ace of the Houston Astros‘ staff. However, Framber Valdez and Cristian Javier have authored some incredible pitching performances in recent starts. With these amazing outings, the pair have nearly matched Verlander statistically on the season. The […]

Scoreless Outing

Scoreless Outing Percentage and Goose Eggs, 2022 Presenting the full list of Scoreless Outing Percentage (ScOtg%), Goose Eggs (GE), and related statistics for 2022. Statistics run through the end of play on July 4. These statistics aim to further measure effectiveness of relief pitchers. Scoreless Outing Percentage, which first appeared in this piece, is based […]