Talking Chop and Capitol Avenue Club Merge

High Fives All Around! - Scott Cunningham

Big News!

Greetings Talking Chop readers! The first thing I want to do is thank Martin for all of the hard work he has put in during his seven years as the manager of Talking Chop. I met Martin last year and he could not have been a nicer guy. I wish him all the best and hope he is still able to drop in here from time to time.

As for me, some of you may know me and some of you may not. For those that don’t, my name is Ben Duronio and I will be the new site manager at Talking Chop. I previously wrote at TC before working in Bristol at ESPN. From there, I moved on to Capitol Avenue Club and have been managing the site for the past two seasons. Along with my writing at Capitol Avenue Club, I have been writing at FanGraphs, RotoGraphs, and recently The Fantasy Fix.

I live in Jersey City, NJ and work on Wall Street, so if any of you exiled Braves fans are from the area I would love to meet up and grab a beer sometime. I take a different approach to analyzing the Braves than most, a more statistical driven analysis as some of you may know from having read Capitol Avenue Club. That does not mean TC will be turning into CAC. It means there will be a synergy of sorts between the two. We hope to bring a great and balanced approach to analyzing the Braves.

This is essentially a merger of the two blogs. Not everyone from TC will be staying, but most of the team will still be on board. You know them already, but you may not be familiar with the rest of my team that is coming to TC from CAC. I will give you brief introductions to each of them, hopefully doing them justice in explaining how great each of them are in their own way.

Franklin Rabon has been with me at CAC for the past two seasons. He and I have very similar approaches in looking at the Braves and as a law school graduate, he has an inherent nature of writing in depth posts about any topic. He has also been the manager of the CAC podcast, which will be coming over to TC as well.

Mark Smith was in his first year as a writer at CAC, but he has a very unique background that many of you will love. Last year, he was an intern for the team’s front office! This gives Mark a very particular understanding of the inner workings of the team, and while there are obviously certain things he cannot share, his knowledge of how the team is run gives him a great perspective in his writing. He has previously written for Baseball Prospectus, among many other sites, and currently writes at FanGraphs.

Andrew Sisson reminds me a lot of myself when I was his age. He studies at High Point University and has a great knowledge of business, finance, and economics for a current college student. This type of perspective made me consider him as a CAC writer and he has proven to be one of the most valuable contributors CAC has ever had. I imagine and expect you will all feel the same about his contributions to TC.

Ethan Purser was CAC’s main minor league writer. For my money, no Braves blogger has as good of a scouting eye as Ethan. He frequently attends minor league games and can talk about nearly each and every prospect in the system at great depth. I would not be surprised if he has a future in scouting.

You can follow all of us on twitter. I am @Ben_Duronio, Franklin is @fjrabon, Mark is @gandhi_and_pie, Andrew is @cacsisson, and Ethan is @EthanPurser.

I look forward to interacting with all of you and hope to bring you the same great coverage Martin was able to for the past seven years!

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