Spongy New Grass Designed To Help Braves Infielders

Apr 20, 2012 by

The bright green grass at a baseball game has always been a thing of beauty, one of the many aesthetics of the sport. Groundskeepers really do some nice work out there and seem to have their fun … but is it a bit much when one tries to actually affect team performance? From Carroll Rogers:

Braves head groundskeeper Ed Mangan planted a new kind of infield grass this season in the hopes of slowing it down for the sake of the Braves infielders. The Turner Field infield is known for being quick, and Mangan planted a thicker grass he hopes will remedy that.

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What Kind Of Impact Will New Television Deals Really Have?

Mar 30, 2012 by

As evidenced by the Dodgers soon-to-be finalized sale, the market for professional sports teams has drastically moved away from gate revenue and towards television revenue. That’s not changing anytime soon, especially when fan bases continue to spread out geographically.

A recent WSJ article helps explain some of the nuances of these new television deals that are streaming enormous amount of revenue into the pockets of MLB teams:

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The Greatness Of Chipper Jones

Mar 22, 2012 by

Chipper Jones announced that his 2012 season would be his last. Like most Atlanta fans, he’s been my favorite Brave for a long time. And not just because he’s one of the greatest players of our generation. It’s mostly because he’s got such a damn refreshing personality.

Here are some links that help explain some of the awesomeness that is Larry Wayne Jones, Jr:.

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MLB Organizational Rankings 10-1

Mar 22, 2012 by

For most of the top ten organizations, high-ceiling players at single-A or double-A carry their weight. For others, it’s the high-floor guys that are close to reaching the majors. Again, the criteria is based solely on minor league players yet to qualify for their rookie seasons.

The list is made from the average rankings of Keith Law (ESPN), Kevin Goldstein (Baseball Propsectus) and Marc Hulet (FanGraphs).

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Arodys Vizcaino’s Injury Has Long-Term Effects For Atlanta

Mar 20, 2012 by

The Atlanta Braves were dealt a blow when they learned Arodys Vizcaino would miss the entire 2012 season due to Tommy John surgery. The 21-year-old Dominican is regarded as one of the organization’s top three pitching prospects, along with Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado.

Though the Braves are loaded with pitching depth right now (perhaps more than any other organization in baseball), Vizcaino’s injury could have long-term negative consequences that go beyond health.

Considering Vizcaino’s previous arm issues (he missed a significant portion of the 2010 season due to a partially torn ligament), the need for Tommy John isn’t all that surprising.

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