As sure as the sun rises, that's as sure as it'll be that if he plays for most of the season, Andrelton Simmons will receive a Gold Glove nomination. He's once again in the running for receiving the prestigious award at the Shortstop position, but this year he doesn't seem to be as much of a shoo-in to win the award as in previous years. Both San Francisco's Brandon Crawford and Miami's Adeiny Hechavarria have a legit shot at winning the award this year. Simba has a slight edge when it comes to the numbers, and he'll always have the advantage when it comes to the eye test. Still, voter fatigue is a thing, so we may see an upset here. With that being said, don't be surprised if Simba ends up adding another trophy to his case when the winners are announced in early November.
The crew over at Fox Sports South decided to take a look at one of the most intriguing parts of teh Atlanta Braves going forward: Their rotation. One thing that isn't in question is the status of their top two pitchers -- Julio Teheran and Shelby Miller. The only question there is who will be better in 2016, and that's a good problem to have. What's a bad problem to have is trying to figure out what to do with the other three spots in the rotation. Is Mike Minor actually going to return and be healthy? Are they going to continue to trot out inexperienced pitchers, or will they actually add experience via trades or the free agent market? We'll have to wait and see.
There wasn't too much exciting going on for the Braves players in Arizona Fall League action yesterday. Connor Lien and Johan Camargo both went 1-4, and no Braves pitchers made an appearance. However, there is one Braves pitcher who is in the spotlight, and that's Lucas Sims. MLB.com recently did a story on his tumultuous 2015 season, and I suggest that you check it out.
Everybody remembers Fred McGriff and everything that he accomplished during his few years with the Braves. He was one of the main factors in helping to bring Atlanta a World Championship, and he contributed to the cause by hitting two homers during the '95 World Series (which we're currently taking a look back at, if you haven't noticed). His time with the Braves ended when the Tampa Bay Devil Rays picked him up in the Expansion Draft, but he's stayed close with teh Braves since his retirement, and continues to be a beloved figure in Braves history.
What he does now: McGriff works as a special assistant for baseball operations for the Braves. He spends a lot of time traveling and visiting all the club’s minor league teams as well as working on the amateur draft and was in the war room for the last draft in June.
On how he feels about the current Braves: "I think the organization is going in the right direction. Now the key is for these young prospects to stay healthy and produce on the field. The thing is Ted Turner doesn’t own the team any more, so the strategy is different.’’
Imagine that you're a General Manager who has no experience in being a dugout manager. Imagine if your higher-ups believe that it's a good idea for you to actually take the position of dugout manager despite having no experience at it. Imagine actually taking that job with a pretty bad baseball team to begin with, and imagine losing your job because of it. That's what's happened to Dan Jennings, who has been dismissed by the Miami Marlins after a rough season as manager. Apparently, Jennings has received the blame for Miami's poor 2015 season, and there's also rumors that he and owner Jeffrey Loria -- who he used to be famous friends with -- butted heads over the fact that Jennings wanted to give Marcel Ozuna lots of play time, and Loria was having none of it. So yeah, this is a perfectly functional baseball franchise down there in Miami! Have fun with that, Don Mattingly!