Many of you folks here on TC know me as I have now been a regular here for a couple of years. I do quite enjoy this blog and conversing with all of you fellow Braves fans. I was thus honored last offseason to have been chosen by Gondee to produce a season preview for the Braves new full-time second baseman Martin Prado. I have since gone back to what I wrote to review my preview. You can see my preview here:
At first glance I was rather proud of my work. I felt my analysis was objective and fair, and indeed proved to be mostly accurate. I then read the first sentence of my last paragraph which read as follows:
"Prado does not need to carry the Braves on his shoulders to have a successful season, and he probably doesn't have the ability to do so anyway."
Ah, how foolish I was. On a Braves team that continually struggled with bouts of offensive ineptitude, it always seemed to be the steady bat of Martin Prado that kept the Braves going. Martin proved that he did indeed have the ability to carry the Braves on his shoulders during periods when the team needed him the most. The stability he provided at the top of the Braves lineup sometimes felt like the only offense the Braves had. His .352 wOBA and 3.9 WAR were indeed higher marks than I had imagined him to reach this season.
Therefore I feel it important to own up to this egregious error and apologize, first to my fellow TCers for leading them to believe that Martin was less than the player that he is. And of course, I must apologize to Martin Prado for doubting his talents.