The Braves used some strong pitching and a late rally capped off by Johan Camargo to beat the Phillies 4-2. Rio Ruiz hit a homer off of a lefty and Julio Teheran was excellent in his 7 innings of work.
There has been a lot of Brian Snitker news and speculation over the last couple of days and it sounds like things should be getting resolved soon. This report from yesterday indicates that Brian Snitker may have met with the Braves’ front office to discuss his future with the club.
The baseball scouting industry is an ever evolving thing, especially with the introduction of new technologies that some worry is causing teams to shed scouting positions. This article talks about how things have changed and the importance of continuing to emphasize the use of human scouts going forward.
If you had Kurt Suzuki hitting a career-high number of homers this year despite playing in half the team’s games, you get a cookie. The Braves jumped at the chance to bring Suzuki back for another year at a very reasonable rate given his production this season. With Suzuki locked in and Tyler Flowers’ option likely to be exercised, the Braves appear to be set at catcher at least for 2018.
The Braves seem thrilled to have signed Korean shortstop prospect Jihwan Bae. Bae can really fly and the Braves seem to think that if everything comes together for him, that he could be a Trea Turner-type player that happens to hit left-handed. That would be lovely.
While there have been players that have knelt during the national anthem in other sports to draw attention to social injustice and the treatment of minorities by police (in case you live under a rock and haven’t heard), A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell became the first MLB player to do so yesterday.
In the wake of yet another fan, this one a young girl, getting injured on a screaming line drive foul ball, four more teams have announced that they will be installing extended netting to protect fans from just those kinds of things happening. With the players all for it, it looks like this could be a change that spread throughout the league in the next couple of years.
The Yankees are back in the playoffs and are now (trying) to set their sights on the Red Sox and catch them in the AL East. The Yankees’ offense can be terrifying, so worst case scenario we should at least get to see how far Aaron Judge can launch one in October.