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Thursday, January 08, 2009
Smoltz to the Red Sox?!The other day I was struggling to think how the Braves' offseason could get any worse. I'll admit that this development hadn't occurred to me:
John Smoltz is leaving Atlanta for the most stunning of destinations.
If anyone needs me I'll be over in the corner wishing it was 1995 again.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 6:30am
i heard this about a month ago and was very excited. i’m glad its happening.
smoltz versatility will be a nice addition.
Posted 01/08 at 08:23 AM
This is a tough one to swallow. Being a life-long Braves fan, Smoltz has always be my guy moreso than Maddux, Glavine, Chipper, Lemke…etc.
What happened to the reports the Braves had all this “excess” money to spend this offseason because of all the dead weight coming off the books? Blame it on the economy, I suppose. With a lineup composed of only 2 plus players (and one of those is injury prone), could the Braves win 70 games?
Posted 01/08 at 08:57 AM
Jason @ IIATMS said...
I think the Braves made the right call. The financial risk for maybe half a year is not a prudent decision.
We owe our heroes our admiration, adoration but we don’t necessarily owe them their last contract.
Who knows what Smoltz can do this year? Wasn’t this supposed to be a career-ender? What if it really is? Would you, Braves fans, want that $5.5m of dead money on your payroll when you’re trying to rebuild?
The Sox can swallow the dead money but not the Braves. Let them take that risk.
Posted 01/08 at 09:42 AM
wow. It’s been a long time since an offseason move made me incredulous of the Hardball reporting. Tell me you are not serious.
Posted 01/08 at 09:46 AM
The Common Man said...
Just keep watching the Baseball Network, Craig, they recounted the entire 1995 season last night.
Posted 01/08 at 09:55 AM
My guess is that many Sox fans will be wishing it was 1995 again, too.
Posted 01/08 at 10:20 AM
@Rob - As a Sox fan I do not want to go back to the John Harrington management days as John Henry et al have certain shown that well managemd Red Sox team can win WS and that Fenway could be happening location and a more fan friendly location (if you can ever get a ticket).
Posted 01/08 at 11:10 AM
APBA Guy said...
We’re experiencing the opposite of Smoltz leaving out here, namely, Giambi returning. If we can get Miggy back, and Hudson and Mulder…or was it Scully and Mulder? It’s been so long….
Posted 01/08 at 12:34 PM
Jason @ IIATMS said...
I hear the BALCO staff is out of jail and Giambi actually did bring his trainer back with him to OAK.
Posted 01/08 at 01:50 PM
@Moose - Trust me. I remember 1995 in Boston. Mo Vaughn at first (MVP! MVP!), Valentin at short, Wakefield and his ridiculous 1.61 ERA on an afternoon in July…
I remember 1996, too.
Posted 01/08 at 02:07 PM
I would much rather have a developing Phil Hughes at the five spot with no pressure on him,then old man Smoltz becoming a home run dispensing machine with the monster eating up a myriad of balls this summer.I just wish we had a chance to bring a last title to the old ballpark in the Bronx!
Posted 01/09 at 01:09 AM