David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution got a big scoop when it came to the fallout of the current scandal with the Braves front office that is somehow still unfolding. This time, O’Brien received a letter from a former employee of the Braves who chose to remain anonymous. The person claims that Coppolella is being railroaded in the media and branded as a ruthless cheater, which (in this person’s opinion) is far from the truth. This is actually the first time that we’ve seen someone defend Coppolella since the news of the scandal broke and while this is just one person’s anonymous opinion, it’s still interesting to see someone actually come to the defense of the now-exiled executive.
Kris is still running down his list of player reviews from the 2017 season, and he got around to some of the younger pitchers in the bullpen. The spotlight in this particular post shined squarely on A.J. Minter, who should see an increased role in the bullpen for the 2018 season if all goes well.
This article from the Player’s Tribune may be a couple weeks old, but any time you can get a chance to read a first-hand account of one of the most famous moments in Atlanta Braves history from the man who made the play himself, then you need to take time to read it. Sid Bream penned an article for the Player’s Tribune in which he talked at length about the play that cemented him as a Braves legend.
The first game of the 2017 World Series came and went in the relative blink of an eye. It only took two hours and twenty-eight minutes for the winner to be decided in this one, and the Dodgers ended up being the ones who drew first blood. Clayton Kershaw struck out 11 Astros, and two big home runs from Chris Taylor (who sent the first pitch that Dallas Keuchel threw all night into the stands) and Justin Turner gave the Dodgers just enough run support to prop up Kershaw’s excellent performance and give them the win.