Atlanta Braves news
Sean Newcomb pitched well, Kurt Suzuki hit two homers to continue his hot streak, and the offense jumped all over the Phillies early as the Braves notched their 69th win of the year (obligatory “nice” here).
After a start where he had his knuckleball working, RA Dickey gave some hints that his career may be coming to an end. While some have speculated that the Braves could easily pick up his option for 2018, it is possible he either thinks otherwise or feels like the time may be right to hang up his cleats. We won’t know for sure for a while, but retirement is certainly in the cards from the sounds of things.
Ken Rosenthal reported here that the question of whether or not to retain Brian Snitker is most certainly an open one within the Braves front office, with both sides have ample support. Rosenthal goes into great detail as to the Braves’ decision making process up until this point, names some potential candidates if they decide to part ways, and adds a bit of palace intrigue as he talks about competing interests within the Braves organization.
Of course it is not too early or unreasonable to take a stab at projecting the Braves’ starting rotation three seasons from now. MLB Pipeline took an Inbox question regarding the Braves rotation a few years out and it looks like they like the crop of pitchers still in the minors to be in those spots vs. the guys who currently hold those rotation spots.
Ichiro is closing in on another hits record, this time it is the single season pinch hit record. He also wants to play forever
The ageless wonder Ichiro is still doing work at the plate as he is approaching a nearly 30 year old record for the most pinch hits in a season. He is only two away...but don’t think he is looking to retire anytime soon. He wants to keep playing until he is 50....which would be awesome.
Mother nature has not been kind of late as multiple areas have experienced tremendous heartache and damage this hurricane season. In an act of unbelievable kindness and charity, the Astros’ Carlos Beltran donated a million dollars to disaster relief in his native Puerto Rico that was devastated by Hurricane Maria. Good on you, Carlos.
Little league was a lot of fun, but it is almost better to see the same tactics used successfully in the majors. Todd Frazier got caught napping by the infamous “hidden ball trick”. The execution was pretty spot on from Ryan Goins and Frazier’s reaction was indignant and priceless.