So, the Braves prospects who are currently in action in the Arizona Fall League have been having a rough go of it as of late. That wasn't the case on Wednesday, though, as Connor Lien, Andrew Thurman, and Mauricio Cabrera all had solid days of work for the Peoria Javelinas. Apparently Cabrera was especially impressive in his appearance, so that's always nice to see.
If you haven't gotten enough of our look back at the '95 World Series (or all the Braves World Series teams from the '90s in general), then the Sporting News should be able to fill that cup up for you. They recently took a look back at the Braves teams from 1991 to 1999, but it's a bittersweet look. Yeah, it's always fun to look back at all of those great Braves teams, but it's also painful to remember how most of them were eliminated. With that being said, I suppose that it's a lot more fun to reminisce about past (close) glories rather than read about the awful team from last season, correct?
Meanwhile in the present day, the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets are currently engaged in battle to see which team will lift the Commissioner's Trophy for the first time in at least 29 years. If you're a Braves fan, the AJC's Mark Bradley believes that you can take heart in the fact that with the way these two teams were constructed, the Braves may not be that far off from joining them sometime in the foreseeable future.
The Cubs’ fortunes changed when Theo Epstein, an architect of Red Sox championship teams, was named president of baseball operations in 2011. The Mets became a different club when Sandy Alderson, who’d built great teams in Oakland before Billy Beane invented Moneyball, took over in 2010. Jeff Luhnow, the head of scouting in St. Louis, left in 2011 to preside over the Astros’ rebuilding. It took Dayton Moore, once Schuerholz’s No. 2 man here, eight seasons to lift the Royals to the playoffs, but they’ve now graced consecutive World Series.’
I don’t know if Coppolella and Hart will lift the Braves to the 2017 playoffs or the 2020 World Series. Baseball fixer-uppers carry no warranty. I do believe they’re very smart men who are working very hard. I trust them to do right by this franchise.
Speaking of the World Series, the Royals have successfully defended their home field and will be taking a 2-0 lead to New York after they beat the Mets 7-1 last night. Johnny Cueto has been maligned a bit since he was acquired by the Royals near the trade deadline, but he's been stepping it up when it counts the most, and he delivered the first Complete Game Shutout by an AL pitcher since Jack Morris did it in 1991, and I'm going to stop there because it still hurts.
The Miami Marlins identified former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly as their prime candidate for replacing Dan Jennings as their manager, and it appears that the Marlins have got their man. Although they probably won't make a formal announcement until after the World Series ends, the Marlins have apparently locked down Mattingly for a four-year deal. We'll see if Jeffrey Loria and friends actually stick to that contract, though.
Meanwhile, the Nationals have also found their next manager, and much to my dismay, it isn't Dusty Baker. Instead, it's former San Diego Padres manager Bud Black. Again, we probably won't hear anything official until after the World Series ends, but it's clear that the Nationals have found their replacement. Both Black and Mattingly should be pretty decent improvements over their respective replacements, in my opinion.