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Braves Daily News Digest: 7/28

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Hall of Fame talk, a struggling starter, and more controversy surrounding bat-flips.

Mike Zarrilli

Braves News:

Should the Braves Have Won More Titles?

With two former players (Glavine and Maddux) and a former manager (Cox) being inducted into the Hall of Fame this past weekend, it's natural to take a look back at their legacies, and what they did for the Braves. With that trio, and a strong supporting cast, the Atlanta Braves were one of the most successful teams in the league during the 1990's and early 2000's. They even won the World Series in 1995! Despite all of that, should the Braves have actually won MORE than just that? David Schoenfield of ESPN breaks it down:

This article isn't meant to be a criticism or to detract from the accomplishments of Maddux, Glavine and Cox, but it's fair to point out that part of the legacy of those Braves teams is that those 14 playoff appearances led to just one World Series title (1995). Why wasn't it more? The law of averages -- if every playoff team were considered equal -- suggests the Braves should have won 2.1 championships in this period, so they underperformed by only one title by this measure.

Team President John Schuerholz on the Braves HOF Weekend

Aside from taking two games from the Padres, the Braves had a pretty successful weekend in other ways as well. Bobby Cox, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine were all inducted into the Hall of Fame. Former Braves General Manager and current President John Schuerholz shared his thoughts on the three Braves entering the Hall.

Frenchy Enjoys Return to Atlanta

Jeff Francoeur, who played with the Braves, who played in the Braves outfield from 2005-09, re-appeared at Turner Field this weekend, this time as a member of the Padres. Francoeur remarks on how the first few years coming back to Atlanta left him uneasy, but now, it;'s all about nostalgia and memories.

Talking Chop Breaks Down Mike Minor's' Struggles

There's no escaping the fact that 2014 hasn't been too kind to Mike Minor. A 5.32 ERA and a .358 BABIP, he's certainly struggled. Our own Ian Harris and Andrew Sisson break down the reasons behind Minor's season long struggles.

MLB News:

Don't Flip Your Bat Around Chris Archer

Ah yes, more controversy regarding bat-flipping and pimping home-runs (a never ending argument). This time, it was bat-flipper extraordinaire David Ortiz, smashing a three-run home-run off of Rays' youngster Chris Archer. The flip provoked some post-game comments from the righty:

"I think it was a perfect example of what Price said," said Archer. "All of my interactions with him off the field have been good, but when it comes to him on the field, I don't know what makes him think that he can showboat the way he does, and then nobody can retaliate or look at him in a funny way or nobody can pitch him inside."

This isn't the first time this season where a Rays' pitcher has had a problem with Ortiz' bat flips, as David price had a similar outburst earlier this year.

Big Brawl in Triple-A Baseball Game

Baseball is an amazing sport. It's a slower paced game, filled with strategy and thought provoking moves. Fans love to watch a pitching duel, or games where one team could literally go hit-less. If anything, it's one of the more sophisticated sports around, and fans love it like that.

Who am I kidding, we LOVE watching fights in baseball, and a big one went down between the Reno Aces and the Albuquerque Isotopes on Saturday night. Punches were thrown and feelings were hurt (maybe, I don't actually know) and the two teams put on quite a show.