Tag: Atlanta Braves

Maddux, Glavine elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame

The 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame class will have a lot of Atlanta flare. Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, two Braves greats, will join manager Bobby Cox in Cooperstown. Frank Thomas, a Georgia-native, will also be enshrined:

Two great pitchers from the Atlanta Braves and one great slugger who spent many of his best years with the Chicago White Sox are the newest additions to baseball’s hall of fame.

The new inductees were announced at 2 p.m. ET Wednesday and they are:

— Greg Maddux of the Braves.

— Tom Glavine of the Braves and later the New York Mets.

— Frank Thomas, who along with the White Sox played for Oakland and Toronto. He’s the first player who spent most of his career as a designated hitter to be put in the hall of fame.
Maddux was named on 97.2 percent of the more than 500 writers’ ballots. Glavine was on 91.9 percent. Thomas was on 83.7 percent.

Players must receive 75% of the vote from the Baseball Writers Association of America in order to make it to Cooperstown.

Some thought that Maddux would be the first unanimous selection to the Hall of Fame. That didn’t happen. He did, however, come very close to eclipsing Tom Seaver’s mark for highest percentage of the vote. The New York Mets’ pitcher took 98.84% of the vote in 1992.

John Smoltz will be on the ballot next year.

UPDATED: Atlanta Braves plan move to Cobb County by 2017

Via the Marietta Daily Journal:

The Atlanta Braves are expected to announce today the team plans to relocate to Cobb County with a new stadium being ready for the 2017 season. They will be leaving Turner Field after their 20 year agreement expires at the end of the 2016 season.

The new stadium will be built near the intersection of I-75 and 285. The current site is under contract and set to close in early 2014.

Details aren’t available, but one would surmise that the team will, like the Atlanta Falcons, push for a taxpayer-funded stadium.

Turner Field was built for the 1996 Summer Olympics and was converted for baseball for the 1997 season. The stadium, generally considered one of the best ballparks in MLB, will only be 20 years old when the Braves’ lease expires.

There’s no word on what will become of “The Ted.”

I really hope this report is a joke or otherwise wrong.

[UPDATE] I put in a call to the Braves’ press office to verify this. Left a message.

[UPDATE-9:13am] WSB spoken with Cobb County officials and the AJC has talked with team officials. It’s legit, folks, the Braves are moving to Cobb County.

[UPDATE-9:23am] AJC’s David O’Brien tweets: “#Braves confirm move to Cobb County in 2017. Remarkable how quiet they kept this behind-scenes maneuvering.”

[UPDATE-9:26am] Jim Galloway reports the “deal to move the Atlanta Braves to Cobb County involves $450 million in private financing arranged by the county and another $200 million put up front by the baseball team that first moved to Atlanta in 1965, we’re told.”

“There’s a Wednesday meeting at the state Capitol at which the Braves will discuss the move with Gov. Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed,” he added.

[UPDATE-9:30am] The Atlanta Braves just tweeted: “We are excited to announce plans to build a world-class stadium, which will open in 2017 at the NW intersection of I-75/I-285.” In a separate tweet, the team says, “We have secured a large tract of property at this location & will work to build a world-class ballpark for our fans.”

They are directing fans to HomeOfTheBraves.com for updates.

[UPDATE-9:42am] The Braves have posted a message from John Schuerholz, team president, in which he explains the reasoning behind the move.

[UPDATE-9:47am] Via Galloway, here’s a look at the location of the proposed new stadium.

Liberty Media CEO Donates to Conservatives

The President and CEO of Liberty Media, Gregory Maffei, is the largest sports owner/principal donor to politicians and political causes. Liberty Media is, of course, the owner of our beloved Atlanta Braves. This story from The Atlanta-Journal Constitution states, in part, of Maffei:

He’s giving it to political candidates. One report states that the Braves boss is actually the top political donor among sports franchise owners.

According to a story from WNYC, “The most generous single owner was Gregory Maffei of the Atlanta Braves, who dished $157,500 to Mitt Romney, American Crossroads, Restore Our Future, and the National Republican Congressional Committee.”

While the story leaves the impression that Maffei gives only to conservatives, such as Jim DeMint, this is not true. A quick glance at the FEC website individual donations page (01/01/2009 through 08/01/2012) shows that he has also given money to Democrats Ken Salazar and Michael Bennett as well as moderate Republicans.

While there are those who are upset with Maffei for making investments in the political field rather than in center field (RE-SIGN MICHAEL BOURN!), remember that it’s Maffei’s money. Despite the fervent wishes of many on the left, we still have property rights in this country. Besides, what’s really America’s pastime, baseball or politics?

Former Brave Schafer Charged with Felony Possession

Fomer Atlanta Braves centerfielder Jordan Schafer was arrested in Florida and charged with felony possession of marijuana. According to the story in the AJC, Schafer had nearly 26 grams of marijuana and some marijuana peanut butter cups. Less than 20 grams would have resulted in a lesser, midemeanor charge.

From the story from The Sporting News website:

Schafer, acquired in the July 31 deal that sent center fielder Michael Bourn from the Astros to the Atlanta Braves, was arrested outside of The Cheesecake Factory restaurant at 12:38 a.m. He was booked at 1:59 a.m. and released from jail at 5:15 a.m. on $2,000 bond.

The police report states that Schafer had an expired Mississippi license tag on his 2008 Range Rover. Both front windows were down and there was a “strong odor of marijuana was emitting” from the car. Schafer reportedly had a marijuana joint in his left hand, and a search of the car revealed a bag containing 25 grams of marijuana, according to the St. Petersburg Times.

The good news is that the Braves do not have to return Michael Bourn. The bad news is that they wasted far too much time on Schafer. In Schafer’s defense (sort of), isn’t busting someone for marijuana possession outside of a Cheesecake Factory sort of like hunting over a baited field?

Thank you Bobby!

I’d like to take a brief break from politics to thank a man who has made a huge impact on the state of Georgia. The Braves didn’t make it this year, but still fought hard. We had a roster filled with injuries (Jones, Martin Prado, Kris Medlen, Jair Jurrjens, Eric O’Flaherty, Takashi Saito, and Billy Wagner all were lost to injury), but we still managed to get the Wild Card and force the Giants to Game 4.

2,504 Regular Season Wins (4th all time)

67 Postseason Wins (2nd all time)

14 STRAIGHT Divison Titles (1st all time).

THAT’S managing. A sincere thank you to Bobby Cox! #6 will always have a place in my childhood memories.